Itís arguably been a long time since anyone could say this with a straight face, but itís a good time to be a Star Wars
fan. Not only is the mega-franchise about to launch its sequel trilogy, but thereís a ton of exciting new plans regarding the new direction Star Wars
is taking. From the mysterious Amy Hennig-directed project at Visceral to the expansions to Walt Disney World and Disneyland to the already successful Star Wars Rebels
and Star Wars: The Old Republic
, the brand is perhaps stronger than itís ever been. But letís talk about that other thing thatís practically on our doorstep. Namely, Star Wars: Battlefront
. Having skipped an entire console generation and with the now-defunct (and profoundly missed) Pandemic Studios out of the picture, itís up to DICE to usher the series into the next generation of Star Wars
gaming. I recently spent some time with the beta for Star Wars: Battlefront
, and Iíve come away with some impressions, nearly all of them positive.
First things first, letís disabuse ourselves of the notion that Star Wars: Battlefront is just a reskinned Battlefield. While most of us would be perfectly okay with that, that doesnít seem to be what this reboot is going for. It wonít take much playing time to determine that this game is its own beast, somewhere in between the high-speed third-person action of the originals and the slower, more deliberate objective-based gameplay of DICEís bread and butter.