EA’s Battlefront sucked. I am pretty sure that this game will suck too. I have no intention of playing it. But here’s the thing I want to talk about – why I think this game could have had potential. Because it really could have. For a little while there I am actually invested in what’s happening. I don’t get how a trailer can go from engaging to bullshit in seconds. Maybe it’s because Disney decided to fuck the Expanded Universe. I don’t know. Whatever the case, this game goes from looking really cool to looking really dumb in seconds, and that’s amazing. Let’s take a look at this trailer.
You know what I miss – the Rogue Squadron games. Those were awesome. I keep hoping that EA will do something with that license, but they would probably fuck that up anyway. I bring this up for a reason. There was this incredible animated short that was done in the style of Gundam where you have Imperial fighters duking it out with the Rebels and kicking their ass. I have always really wanted to know what the Empire’s story is. I mean, all we ever see of them is them being evil. In the old Tie Fighter games, you get to play as an Imperial pilot. It would have been kinda cool to see things from their point of view. I mean, when you think about it, the Rebels are some hardcore terrorists. How many innocent people got killed when they blew up the original Death Star? They condemned the Ewoks to obliteration when they blew up the second one. The Rebels are all about peace and justice, but you really do have to wonder how many innocent people’s deaths are on their hands.
So this game has you in the role of an elite stormtrooper. Cool! We get to see the war from the Empire’s side! And especially after the fall of the Emperor. Awesome! So is it like a civil war? Is the Empire collapsing and you get to see from the side of a lost soldier who can’t leave her duty behind? That’s kinda neat. We even get to see the Rebels getting their shit messed up. Really did remind me of that animated short. Wanna watch that again. You all should too.
But then the trailer decides to fuck all that cool build-up and go into the stupid. Every time I see Emo Vader’s stupid lightsaber design I laugh. The most impractical weapon ever, and they still want us to think that it’s cool. They are trying WAY too hard. We also get to reenact the battle with Darth Maul? Like, from Episode I? The second-worst film in the entire franchise? (I argue that Episode II is the worst. The cringe level was so much worse than Episode I) Okay? Hell, can we PLEASE get some of the cool characters from Cartoon Network’s show? I’d love to get to play as Cad Bane, who is one of my favorite anti-heroes. Or maybe a cool General Grievous like in Clone Wars. Maybe some Ventress action? Oh, right, that would be cool. And if it’s cool, it’s not in this game. Instead, we have Emo Vader and Boring Girl who is played by an actress who can’t act (not even going to see Episode VIII) doing stuff.
If the story of this game is what I think, and you get to play as the Empire on the losing side of the war with the Rebellion, this game could have at least some potential. But this is EA and DICE. How much hope do you really have that this game won’t suck?
6 out of 10