Star Wars Battlefront couldn't be launching at a better time. The world is currently gripped with force fever, as J.J. Abrams' hotly anticipated The Force Awakens readies itself for release. DICE appears poised to take advantage of the situation, with its flashy multiplayer focused Battlefront reboot possessing all of the presentational pizzazz of a big-budget sci-fi blockbuster. But we did have worries during the recent beta that the game may be all flash with very little substance to back it up. So, what are the critics saying at this stage?
IGN - In Progress
Star Wars Battlefront captures everything I love most about Star Wars. It's playful and imaginative, driven by a sense of adventure and fun above all else. In those ways, developer DICE has made exactly the Star Wars multiplayer shooter I've always wanted. The catch is that it comes with baggage, and doesn't always know what to do with itself.
Polygon - 8/10
In a sea of multiplayer-focused shooters, Star Wars Battlefront distinguishes itself as much by what it does as what it doesn't, and that comes at a price. Its old school simplicity doesn't always mesh with its attempts to bring those ideas into 2015, and it lacks some of those back-of-the-box bullet points that most modern AAA shooters wouldn't be caught dead without.
Videogamer - 7/10
Star Wars Battlefront, then, is one of the best experiences of the year, if only for a short while. Completionists may stay with it to unlock figures for the in-game diorama which shows how many challenges you've completed, but others will find their interest has waned long before that. Too limited in its maps and modes to keep people hooked, it will nevertheless provide enough fun to jump onto once in a while, hear that famous score and maybe take down an AT-AT. Those who wanted a Battlefront III, however, will have to wait a little while longer.
GameSpot - 7/10
Battlefront doesn't go much deeper than its ambitious surface appeal. It front loads its best content, only to fade in quality as the hours roll by. Star Wars Battlefront's skin is beautiful, but its legs are shaking, and threaten to buckle with time.
Giant Bomb - 3/5
There's a whole lot of Star Wars seeping out of every pore of Battlefront, and no amount of forced fan service took away from the fact that some moments in this game reminded me of the many things I love about the film franchise. If the impending release of The Force Awakens has you in the mood for a casual online shooter set in the Star Wars universe, this game can certainly provide that for a dozen or so hours. Battlefront initially checks all of the boxes for being a great Star Wars game, but its limited amount of content and lack of meaningful progression kept me from wanting to return for more than a brief visit.
Destructoid - 6/10
Star Wars Battlefront feels authentic in many ways, but that authenticity is aggressively pursued at the cost of gameplay, and is often tacked-on. If you're in the mood for a relatively shallow shooter with caveats you likely won't be disappointed, but I wish that DICE had a little more time to polish it and add more substance.
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