Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars: Battlefront’

The 10 Best Games Based On Movies


I had twin criteria for this. The first was ‘is it a decent game?’ and the second ‘does it meaningfully evoke the spirit, themes or characters of the movie in addition to having Quite Good Guns And Graphics?’ The second saw quite a few games which would otherwise qualify ruled out. This year’s Mad Max, for instance, was an agreeable murder-romp but it’s much harder to argue that it nails the desperation or oddness of the films it’s based on. Star Wars: Battlefront, meanwhile, is an OK online shooter with marvellous graphics, but it’s too mechanical to ‘feel’ like Star Wars once you get beyond the spectacular presentation. Ah, ‘feel’. That’s the thing, isn’t it? Does a movie game make you feel like you’re a part of that movie’s wider world, or is it just wearing its skin?

It’s that question which most informed this list. I don’t disagree that there are, in some cases, better games-based-on-movies if ‘game’ is the foremost criteria, but these, in no particular order, are the ten games which most understood and even grew my appreciation for their subject matter, rather than simply piggy-backed it. (Additional FYI: I decided not to include any superhero games, reasoning they’re really their own thing rather than innately movie-based).

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Star Wars Battlefront Has Free Maps On The Horizon

My favourite Star Wars film is the one with Liam Neeson. Star Wars Battlefront [official site] is set much later, and next film The Force Awakens even later still. Battlefront’s first free content update will bridge that gap a little with The Battle of Jakku – and EA say there will be more “new maps and Star Cards, for free in the coming months.”

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Wot I Think – Star Wars: Battlefront

16 years after cosmic expectations were brought crashing down to Earth when the Phantom Menace started droning on about the taxation of trade routes, poor old Star Wars still seems helpless to prevent the profoundly exciting from becoming slightly tedious.

I’ve opened cruelly, but it’s not a complete summary of my feelings about Star Wars Battlefront [official site].

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Is Star Wars Battlefront A Good Singleplayer Game?

Not really. There, saved you a click.

Aw, go on though.

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Star Wars Battlefront DLC Season Pass & Misc. Lies

Star Wars Battlefront [official site] may be stomping out this week with all the AT-ATs and TIE fighters and Skywalking your young heart could dream of, but I’m sure the question your longing for an answer to is: what’ll be coming as DLC after launch? I know your type. Can’t get enough of that DLC, you. “Mad for it,” as they say in Manchester. Hold your horses, you DLC delinquents! I’ll tell you all about Battlefront’s £40 DLC Season Pass. Well. Mostly what I imagine is in it.

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Star Wars: Battlefront’s Live Action Trailer Is Live

“If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine,” said Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. Because he was then struck down so promptly afterwards, he never had a chance to explain the rest of the rules: “But if you don’t strike me down, I’ll vanish anyway and appear as a powerless ground troop in the midst of a war, and from then on only become more powerful depending on the collection of limited and randomly spawning powerups.”

There’s a Star Wars: Battlefront [official site] live action trailer now. Watch it below.

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Emperor Palpatine’s “Hit And Run Tactics” In Battlefront

On the one hand, Star Wars: Battlefront [official site] is absolutely plumbing our nostalgic desire for meticulously-recreated AT-AT battles and X-Wing vs TIE Fighter dogfights. On the other, it’s this absurd cartoon wherein a super-powered Skywalker or Vader sprint around the battlefield getting right up in everyone’s faces. And now Han Solo, Princess Leia and OH FOR GOD’S SAKES Emperor Palpatine have been added to that list.
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Star Wars Battlefront Beta Extended Through Tuesday

If it wasn’t multiplayer focused, I’d say Star Wars: Battlefront [official site] was a game solely made for Star Wars Dads. It has a fetishistic approach to the sound and texture of the original trilogy which seems designed to massage the nostalgia glands of, well, Alec, if his impressions of the beta are anything to go by. If you too are suppurating nostalgia from places, you might be glad to know that open beta has been extended through tomorrow.

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Sith’ll Help: Star Wars Battlefront Gets More Servers

I’m feeling less and less enamoured of Star Wars: Battlefront [official site]’s current beta now I’m over the initial ‘OMG! AT-ATs!’ excitement. It feels so very game-y, and so very dominated by people who, for one reason or another, seem able to pull off endless pixel-precise headshots. The industrial sci-fi fun is being overwhelmed by frustration and the hamster wheel of unlocks – but that may well change once I’m no longer limited to three maps and what’s surely the most ardent, practiced slice of the likely playerbase. Though that is already expanding rapidly – EA have laid on more servers for this weekend’s beta in order to meet the demand. That should take at least some of the infuriation out the experience.

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Impressions: Star Wars Battlefront Beta

I want to learn the ways of the multiplayer first-person shooter and become a headshot Jedi like I wasn’t a late-30s father. So I’ve been dabbling in Star Wars: Battlefront [official site]’s three-map beta, keen to see if’s really as spectacular as the marketing Death Star has implied.

Yeah, OK, that’s Star Wars.

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