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Deals

Star Wars Battlefront deals plus free Jade Empire from Origin


It's a Star Wars holiday no matter what
Nov 15
// Dealzon
As Star Wars Battlefront approaches the deals are actually drying up. We've seen the PC digital version go for as much as 25% off, but now the best deal for PC is a measly 17% off at DLGamer dropping the price from $60 to onl...
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Battlefront

A better breakdown of the Star Wars Battlefront season pass


Maps, modes, characters
Nov 13
// Jordan Devore
The season pass for Star Wars Battlefront is $50. We had a basic understanding of what the package entails, and as of today, we have a slightly better idea what to expect. Here's the latest summary from EA: 4 expansion packs...
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Review events

As a reminder, Destructoid does not attend industry review events


Including EA's recent one for Star Wars
Nov 12
// Chris Carter
As you may have heard, major publishers often run "review events" for big games, seeking to gather up members of the press into one location. These events are located in highly controlled environments, with near-perfect setti...

Star Wars Battlefront's full version hasn't really swayed me

Nov 12 // Chris Carter
Firstly, I have to say I'm surprised at how smooth the EA Access build has been. I've had no issues connecting to any matches, and online play has been very smooth. There's also plenty of people in the program, and nearly every match I've played has filled up immediately. Additionally, nine modes in all is enough to keep people interested without having the unfortunate effect of splitting the community. In addition to the modes I already covered, another addition really stood out -- Hero Hunt. It's a 1v7 mode essentially, where one player takes the place of an iconic hero, and defends themselves against a group of standard soldiers. Whoever kills said character becomes one next. It's pretty fun, mostly because of how formidable each hero is. I love that it's constantly changing up the hero after each kill, as it forces players to adjust their tactics The other breakout mode is Fighter Squadron, which is an entirely vehicular based affair, similar to a Star Fox skirmish. It's a far better way to handle ships than the lame "power-up" style pickups in the core modes, and there are even hero ships like the Falcon involved. AI is also built in to make it feel more full and "epic," which I'm mostly okay with since it feels more arcadey than anything. As for the rest of the modes they're pretty standard fare (team deathmatch, escort), and across all of them I noticed the same stilted animations from the beta. It feels cheap, even in comparison to DICE's recent efforts like Battlefield 4. Voicework for standard grunts and heroes alike also feels rush and hastily injected. Pop-in is a major issue, and one of my soldiers even grew hair in the intro -- it was hilarious, but when it happens in-game it's just annoying. [embed]320256:61076:0[/embed] Thankfully the offline modes have been fully unlocked as well, allowing me a much bigger taste in comparison to the one horde mode mission in the beta. As a note, all of the following supports online and split-screen play, the latter of which sees a small drop in quality as well as the framerate, but is still presented in a very much playable state. The first of the two modes is "Battles," which are essentially team deathmatch confrontations with AI built in. There are only four maps to choose from (Hoth, Tatooine, Endor, and Sullust), and both support regular or hero battles -- the latter of which allows players to control a named character (Luke, Han, Leia, Vader, Palpatine, or Boba). It's...straight-up Kill Confirmed from Call of Duty. After downing a foe they'll drop tokens, which you'll have to collect to score points. Do that 100 times and the match is over. If you want you can turn off your AI support, which makes the gametype even more like a horde mode than it already is. Sadly, the AI is a bit dull even on the "master" difficulty, so they never really take the gameplay to the next level. The same exact four maps are available in Survival mode, which delivers enemies in waves like a traditional horde experience. It's a fun distraction, but it doesn't ever go the full mile, heavily relying on nostalgia, like the classic soundtrack from the original trilogy. Ultimately, both modes feel the same. The former is framed more as a versus match, but still places multiple AI opponents in each arena with you -- it just isn't presented in a wave-based format. For those of you who were holding out hope for a more involved single-player component in lieu of a campaign, prepare to be disappointed. I obviously need more time to deliver a final verdict, so stay tuned for a full review sometime next week. In the meantime, you can download the game now if you're in the EA Early Access program or you happened to get a free token recently.
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EA Access impressions
I wasn't all that smitten with the Star Wars Battlefront beta, but today the full game launches for EA Early Access members, with a 10-hour time limit caveat. Now the game is free of content locks, with all modes available for play in addition to the offline component, which features split-screen support and bots. The final build hasn't really changed my mind all that much.

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Star Wars Battlefront

Here's everything that can be unlocked in Star Wars Battlefront


Unless there are some surprises
Nov 10
// Brett Makedonski
It's only one week until an estimated 13 million players will hop into Star Wars Battlefront and contribute to the eternal struggle of good versus evil. Regardless of which side you're on, there will be plenty of ways to...
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PlayStation 4

Check out this awesome Darth Vader PS4 controller


May the PS4 be with you
Nov 10
// Vikki Blake
The Darth Vader-themed PlayStation 4 DualShock controller will be available in Europe from November 18, 2015, and November 19 in the UK. Sony confirmed the news on the official EU and UK PlayStation twitter accounts.
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Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront has a surprisingly small file size


Comparatively speaking, of course
Nov 09
// Brett Makedonski
In a sea of 40 and 50GB game installs, Star Wars Battlefront flies under the radar. It defies what we've come to expect from a triple-A title. I bet the other games think it's a traitor and call it Rebel Scum. According ...
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Star Wars

If you like Star Wars and Anna Kendrick, I have the thing for you


Or if you like vanishing from clothes
Nov 09
// Brett Makedonski
In a week's time, a lot of people will be transported to the battlefields of Star Wars Battlefront. EA is expecting around 13 million, in fact. All those folks living out the Star Wars fantasy before shuffling off to th...
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Star Wars: First Assault

See the Star Wars game that was cancelled before EA got the rights


Star Wars: First Assault
Nov 05
// Steven Hansen
There's Star Wars: Battlefront III. There's Star Wars 1313. There's even that Darth Maul game. But no one mourns Star Wars: First Assault. According to the YouTube description, "This was a tech beta ran on Xbox Live a while ...
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Star Wars

Star Wars Battlefront's four gorgeous planets in just 30 seconds


And possibly more, you tourist
Nov 05
// Brett Makedonski
Most everyone who is interested in Star Wars Battlefront has a good idea by now if they're buying it. The open beta last month served as a nice test run in that sense. We've all had an opportunity to see what we're gett...
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EA Access

Star Wars Battlefront EA Access trial good for 10 hours of play


$5/month for 5 days in advance
Nov 04
// Steven Hansen
If you're dropping the five bones per month (get you, Mr. Moneybags; some of us need that $5 for carrots to make soup) on EA Access (Xbox One only), you'll get to play 10 total hours of the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront. Acc...
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Battlefront

Force Awakens' Jakku shows up in Star Wars Battlefront


Looks pretty cool
Nov 03
// Jordan Devore
In the second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there was a striking shot of Rey speeding past a long-abandoned Star Destroyer. The scene takes place on a desert planet, Jakku, and the massive ship crash landed...
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Battlefront

EA shoots (first) for 13M Star Wars Battlefront sales


That is a ridiculous number
Oct 30
// Brett Makedonski
Electronic Arts isn't trying to be Greedo greedy, just ambitious when it says that it expects Star Wars Battlefront to move 13 million copies. Maybe realistic, too. The Star Wars maelstrom of fandom is at a fev...
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Halo primed for big sales

Microsoft man: 'Halo is to games' what 'Star Wars is to movies'


Pump the space breaks
Oct 29
// Steven Hansen
Microsoft must be pretty happy that for the second year in a row it has more big exclusives in its holiday lineup (what with Uncharted 4 delayed and the paid timed exclusivity for Rise of the Tomb Raider) than nearest competi...
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Battlefront

Nice sarlacc pit you got there, Star Wars Battlefront


Fool me once
Oct 27
// Jordan Devore
The Star Wars Battlefront beta gave rise to funny moments with Luke and Darth Vader, but I need to see more. More gifs, more videos. All of it. Today's trailer from Paris Games Week shows other heroes and villains in action, ...
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Star Wars

Because Star Wars Battlefront is Star Wars related, 9.5 million people played the beta


Popular franchise is still popular
Oct 26
// Chris Carter
With all of the hype surrounding the new Star Wars film, it's no surprise that 9.5 million people downloaded the beta for EA's new Star Wars Battlefront. When the upcoming J.J. Abrams joint is crashing every ticketing sy...
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Darth Maul

A cancelled Darth Maul game from a few years ago might still happen


Hoping to pitch it to EA soon
Oct 26
// Joe Parlock
A few years ago, Red Fly Studios was tasked with making a Star Wars game known only as Battle of the Sith Lords. Featuring Darth Maul being an absolute badass, prototypes of it were made until eventually the game got cancelle...
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RIP Battlefront III

More footage uncovered from the cancelled Star Wars: Battlefront III


Now THAT is how flying works
Oct 22
// Jed Whitaker
Remember a couple of years ago when footage was leaked of pre-alpha gameplay for the now-cancelled Star Wars: Battlefront III? Well more footage from Free Radical's third entry in the series has been leaked from a supposedly...
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Uncharted drama

Star Wars actor left Uncharted 4 cast after 'weird changes'


More on last year's Naughty Dog unrest
Oct 20
// Steven Hansen
Uncharted 4 lost its writer and then its director in early 2014 amid allegations that writer Amy Hennig was "forced out" by The Last of Us’ Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, the pair that would go on to take control of ...
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Star Wars

Star Wars Battlefront introduces playable Leia, Han, and Palpatine


Well beam me up!
Oct 20
// Steven Hansen
The best part of the recent Star Wars Battlefront beta was the incongruity and anticlimax of seeing iconic characters like Luke Skywalker and Daddy Vader die on the field of battle squished by an AT-AT. Can't wait for it to h...
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Old men have bad opinions

George Lucas, writer of Star Wars Episodes 1-3, said video games can't have plot


'It's not going to be Shakespeare'
Oct 19
// Steven Hansen
The man whose just about only claim to fame is biting Akira Kurosawa films but making all the characters wear pajamas, and then doing three more really fucking awful versions of that, has some opinions about story-telling in ...
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Star Wars commercial

Sad and unfulfilled? Star Wars Battlefront will make you feel like a kid again


Escape into that thing you liked once
Oct 19
// Steven Hansen
Sometimes while I sit at my white collar job in a gorgeous skyscraper office doing nothing in particular, I, too, feel bored with my life and remember how much I used to like Star Wars. The new Battlefront (and the new films...
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Star Wars Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront's Walker Assault mode was 'too tough'


I sure died a lot
Oct 15
// Vikki Blake
EA will address "balancing" issues with that Walker Assault mission in Star Wars Battlefront. Responding to a fan who asked if they "sucked," community manager Matthew Everett confirmed unsuccessful Rebel attacks were more likely to be as a result of a "balancing issue within the beta," rather than players just being... well, a bit shit.
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Deals

25% off Star Wars Battlefront PC deal closes in as beta ends


Will totally sell gazillion copies
Oct 14
// Dealzon
Nine million strong was the verdict in the Star Wars Battlefront beta test weekend. By all accounts, the beta seems to be well received as the Internet was flooded with videos/gifs aplenty. Green Man Gaming must have received the memo because during an unannounced sale, it's headlining Battlefront as the deal to grab for the season.
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Battlefront

Star Wars: Battlefront won't have any VOIP on PC


On consoles, you'll need party chat
Oct 14
// Joe Parlock
Did you just have a fun time enjoying the Star Wars: Battlefront beta with your friends? Yelling about AT-ATs while smushing Darth Vader into a fine paste, maybe? Well if you want to do that in the final release, you&rsq...
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Star Wars

That's how Vader dies? Uh, badass!


Like father, like son
Oct 13
// Jordan Devore
Not to be outdone by Luke, Lord Vader has taken this death-by-vehicle thing to new heights.
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Star Wars Battlefront

Over 9 million people played the Star Wars Battlefront beta


That's a lotta stormtroopers!
Oct 13
// Mike Cosimano
According to the gang at Electronic Arts, over 9 million people played last week's Star Wars Battlefront open beta. The beta worked exactly as intended -- a legitimate concern for players after 2013's disastrous Bat...
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season PASS

Star Wars Battlefront has a $50 season pass


Burn it all to the ground
Oct 12
// Brett Makedonski
No! No, no, no! We were doing so well, Star Wars Battlefront. We had that open beta that anyone could play, with nothing locked behind a pre-order wall. Gameplay looked like fun, and we got a bunch of amusing clips out of it....
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Battlefront

The Star Wars Battlefront beta has been extended by a day


More time to test their server load
Oct 12
// Chris Carter
Star Wars Battlefront kicked off its beta last week, and is currently still running. It was supposed to end today actually, but publisher Electronic Arts has revealed that the program will be extended until Tuesday. They...
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Super Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront looks so good as a 16-bit game


Thank the Force
Oct 09
// Brett Makedonski
Enjoying that Battlefront beta? It seems like plenty of people are thrilled to play in a Star Wars universe that looks as good as this one does. Bear with me here, but Battlefront has a pleasant charm to it if...

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