Star Wars: Battlefront is one of the biggest games of the year. It promises to bring first-person shooter action to the Star Wars universe in a way no previous game in the franchise has. In development at DICE, the game will offer a host of multiplayer gameplay modes, eschewing any story content for all-out online mayhem.
I've spent a good amount of time with the beta and have come up with this list of reasons why you should play Star Wars: Battlefront, especially if you're a Star Wars fan.
Returning to A Galaxy Far, Far Away
Dropping into the Walker Assault mode, which takes place during the Battle of Hoth has to be one of the most immersive Star Wars experiences I've ever had. I've played everything from Star Wars: Dark Forces to Knights of the Old Republic, but Battlefront manages to top it all.
I was hit by a wave of nostalgia for the original trilogy. The lay of the land, filled with trenches in the snow and massive AT-AT walkers lumbering across the battlefield reminded me of the early scenes in The Empire Strikes Back. I remember being absolutely immersed in the movie the first time I saw it while I rooted for the rebels as they faced three AT-ATs converging on their base. Though the scenes mostly focused on Luke Skywalker's sortie on the walkers, I always wondered what the scene on the ground would have looked like. Thanks to Battlefront though, I don't have to imagine any longer. Even though I played the same map over and over, it was still special every time.
Hoth isn't the only location from the movies. The beta's co-op mode also includes Tatooine, whose desolate canyons resemble Death Valley, where parts of A New Hope was filmed. It should come as no surprise that the developers traveled to the same locations where the films were shot to design these environments, and it truly shows.