Star Wars: Battlefront (Microsoft Xbox, 2004)
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|Star Wars: Battlefront is a first- and third-person shooter video game based on the Star Wars film franchise. Developed by Pandemic Studios and published by LucasArts, it is the first game in the Star Wars: Battlefront series. It was released on September 21, 2004, for Xbox to coincide the release of the Star Wars Trilogy DVD set.
Become a fearless soldier in “Star Wars: Battlefront” for Microsoft Xbox by LucasArts. Like most video games in the Battlefront series, this version is also compatible with the Xbox 360. “Star Wars: Battlefront” is a first-person shooter with a release date in 2004. While playing the game, you can virtually travel to a faraway galaxy and choose to join any Star Wars faction during battle. Available factions include the Republic Clone Army, the Separatists Battle Droids, the Imperial Army, and the Rebel Alliance. Every time you take on the gameplay, you can choose from an array of soldier avatars. Soldier types include scouts, heavy weapons, standard infantry, and pilots. Each soldier has their own unique abilities that differ from those of other soldiers. Soldiers also have access to 30 weapons including blasters, rocket launchers, and thermal detonators, and you can earn access to additional weapon choices as your character rises in rank.
During gameplay, you can choose to fight for the Rebellion or the Empire. In your journey, you can choose to play as a memorable Star Wars characters, including Boba Fett, a Jedi, or Darth Vader. You'll also run into R2-D2, C-3P0, and many other popular characters.
If you choose to be a pilot, you'll have access to a wide array of vehicles. In fact, you'll get the opportunity to pilot 30 different vehicles, including the Millennium Falcon. The aerial and ground transport options in this title will be familiar to anyone who has seen the Star Wars movies. During various levels of the game, you can drive powerful equipment, including tanks, speeder bikes, and AT-STs, while battling your opponents. The massive Republic Gunship is large enough to hold five soldiers.
All scenarios in Battlefront are based on the Star Wars universe. In fact, the game was designed using photogrammetry technology. This technology allowed the game's designers to bring digital replicas of movie models from the original Star Wars movie franchise right into the game.
During gameplay, you can fight for control of space and freedom using the famous TIE fighters and X-Wings in aerial combats. You can also take to the skies in Conquest Mode where you can capture galaxies and gain an advantage over your opponents. In total, you can visit 12 environments across 10 planets. Battles take place on several iconic planets players will recognize from the Star Wars movies, including Endor, Hoth, Sullust, and Tatooine. Endor is a wooded moon planet and Hoth is an ice planet. New locations included in this video game are Geonosis, a ringed planet; Kamino, an ocean planet; and Yavin IV, a jungle moon.
You can enjoy playing both offline and online. A multi-player option allows you to battle up to 16 other gamers online when you connect with Xbox Live or System Link. When connected to Xbox Live, you can chat with other players who are wearing headsets. In multi-player Battlefront action, the screen is split to offer everyone a detailed view of the gaming events as they unfold.
Upon its release, Star Wars: Battlefront received generally favorable reviews from the media. It currently holds an aggregate score at Metacritic of 80/100 for the Xbox version. Fellow aggregate website GameRankings reports a similar score of 80.15% for the Xbox version. GameSpot Editor Bob Colayco praised the gameplay in general, which he compared favorably with Battlefield 1942. He gave high marks to the versatility of playing modes, such as vehicle control and foot battle. Ivan Sulic of IGN praised the graphics, sound, general Star Wars setting, and online mode, but was very critical of both the AI and the single-player mode. "This is a multiplayer-centric third and first-person shooter, [which] means players who opt to stick to single player will have something to do, but won't be thrilled enough to desire extended play."
|Game||Star Wars: Battlefront|
|Genre||First Person Shooter, Third Person Shooter|
|Number of Players||1 or 2 (System Link: 2 - 10)|
|ESRB Rating||T - Teen|
|Game Special Features||
|Game Series||Star Wars: Battlefront Series|
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