The Star Wars hype shuttle has left the hangar and is now picking up a bit of momentum, thanks to the release of the all new Star Wars Battlefront game. Before you fly off to the PlayStation Store or your nearest convenient retail games merchant, you should know that EA is charging full price for what basically amounts to half of a game.
It seems that what you are getting for your 60 or more smackers (or credits, or what have you) is essentially a watered down Star Wars reskin of the multiplayer portion of EA and DICE's popular military shooter, Battlefield. However, unlike the Battlefield games (as well as the two previous Battlefront entries), there is no single-player campaign to be found. The realization then, is that by still charging full price for less of a game, they are essentially just cashing in on Star Wars nostalgia. As such, my personal recommendation would be to at least hold out for a pretty significant price drop.
If you've already boarded that aforementioned hype shuttle though, this may be easier said than done. To EA and DICE's credit, they really seem to have nailed the look and feel of Star Wars. I should also note that their marketing campaign has become more powerful than you can possibly imagine. As a result, the temptation may be pretty strong with this one. (I was actually this close to picking it up, myself.) Whichever way you decide to go, may the force be with you.
Also out this week, Super Star Wars (an elegant solution, for a more civilized gamer), the now fully armed and operational Game of Thrones Telltale series, and 2013's Deadpool game (now making the jump to PS4). Adventure...heh! Excitement...heh! A Jedi craves not these things. Proceed further to see more of this week's new releases.
- Star Wars Battlefront (DICE, 19.2 GB, $59.99)
- Super Star Wars (PlayStation Vita Cross Buy) (LucasArts, 40.3 MB, $9.99)
- Game of Thrones (Telltale Games, 2.4 GB, $19.99)
- Deadpool (Activision, 5.4 GB, $49.99)
- Sword Art Online: Lost Song (Bandai Namco, 5 GB, $59.99)
- The Crew: Wild Run Edition (Ubisoft, 13.3 GB, $39.99)
- Dreamals (Xiness, 305 MB, $4.99)
Update: My mistake. After playing Super Star Wars again for the first time in twenty years, I realize that my memories betray me. That game is a steaming pile of bantha excrement.