Star Wars

Format: PC
Lucas Arts/Pandemic

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Age Restrictions: 12+
24 September 2004

Fight on any side in the escalating galactic star wars. Select one of a number of different soldier types, jump into any vehicle, man any turret on the battlefront and conquer the galaxy planet-by-planet on-line with friends or off-line in a variety of single player modes...

Star Wars: Battlefront is an action/shooter game that gives fans and gamers the opportunity to relive and participate in the classic Star Wars battles on any side.

The history of Star Wars games is a rocky one. You never know whether you are going to end up with a stinker or competent offering. Thankfully Battlefront slips into the later category.

So how does it all work then? Well, first you pick a battle, then you are given the option of which sides you want to fight for - these include members of the Rebel Alliance, the Galactic Empire, the Republic Clone Army, or Separatist Battle Droids. Then choose a planet and fight in a bid to win as many zones from the opposition, while keeping those you've won free from invasion.

Along the way the game is enhanced by the ability to take control of Star Wars vehicles - there are over 30 including AT-AT's X-wings and snowspeeders - and the different weapons and abilities of each very different soldiers. The graphics and music all look and sound the business, but the gameplay can be a little annoying at times.

While there are enough single campaigns to keep you occupied for a while (instant action, galactic conquest and the story-based historical modes) this game really shines through in the numerous online campaigns. In fact if you are buying this expecting to play alone (off-line) then you may be a little disappointed.

Also, you might like to wait a while before spending your money. Personally I'd hang on until a few patches are available to download. Yes, this game seems to be a victim of "Quick rush it the shelves! What? It's not fully ready yet? It doesn't matter we can fix it latter!" There are a few too many nasty little bugs lurking - ones that should not have gotten past the testers.

Yes, there are much better games on the market, but Star Wars fans will love the opportunity to play so many very cool campaigns.

Nick Smithson

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