It’s here. EA heard our cries for the chance to play Star Wars: Battlefront before its release and answered them. Today, everyone with a PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC can get their hands on one of this year’s most anticipated games – Star Wars: Battlefront.

I managed to snag one of the early access codes floating around on Twitter the other day. After two nights of playing it, I can’t wait for the full game to release. It’s a lot more arcadey than the typical DICE shooter, but I’m having a blast.

Here are my tips for all of you who are just now starting to play it.

Play Drop Zone first

I know. We all want to jump into Walker Assault on Hoth right away, but Dropzone is a good starting point. The 8v8 mode keeps the action a bit tighter. Plus, it gives you some time to unlock the jetpack. Without it, trekking across Hoth feels like a chore.

Third person all the way

This isn’t even a question for Battlefront veterans. There is a first-person option as well, and it makes the game look even more epic. But, third person allows you to see around cover. A must-have for spotting approaching Rebels or Imps.

Keep your eyes peeled for pickups

DICE needs to adjust the color on these. The bluish-white blends it way too well with Hoth’s snow. Pickups range from vehicles to shields and grenades to heroes. Yep, you’ll get your chance to play as Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker. And yep, it’s as awesome as you are hoping. Force choking a Rebel scum and then throwing my lightsaber through another one? Yeah, that goes down as one of my favorite gaming moments of 2015.

Here’s what the Hero pickup looks like. (Note: this is what it looks like when you pick it up. During the match, it will look just like any other pickup, but with that logo you see in the image below).

Star Wars: Battlefront hero pickup

Man the turrets

Remember the turrets from the Battle of Hoth in Empire Strikes Back? They are here, and you should use them. The one that looks like a satellite dish gun is perfect for knocking out the AT-STs.

Star Wars: Battlefront turret

Pay attention to the Y-Wing bombing runs

In Walker Assault, the Rebel side is the tough one. Your job is to activate and secure a pair of uplinks. The longer your uplinks are secure for, the more Y-Wings will come in to bomb the AT-ATs. Pay attention for these bombing runs. You’ll get an audio and visual cue. Once the shields are down on the AT-ATs, light’em up. X-Wings and A-Wings are perfect here. If you have a team that knows what they’re doing, you can win easily on this side.

One note about the Snowspeeder. Do not try to hit the AT-AT on the right with the tow cable. Most of the time, you’ll end up crashing into a cliff. Let the X-Wings and A-Wings focus on the right and use the Snowspeeder on the AT-AT on the left.

Or, you can use BattlefrontUpdates’ tactic. Grab the orbital strike pickup and get ready for an easy win.

Get into the fight quicker with the AT-ST

Sometimes you’ll spawn away from the action in the AT-ST. Hold down the sprint button for a nice boost of speed. It’s perfect for getting into the action quicker, or for a quick flanking maneuver.

Turn off the UI

I know you can do this on PC. I’m not sure about consoles. YouTube user Berdu already created this badass cinematic video.

I expect many more to pop over the next few days.

Lead your shots

Make sure you slightly lead moving targets. I guess blaster bolts only travel so fast. And this gives me an excuse to post the awesome Mythbusters Star Wars blaster bolt video.

Star Wars fans, rejoice!

My last tip? Have fun. Star Wars: Battlefront is even better than I thought it would be. Also, I gotta give props to DICE for the sound design. I knew they were some of the best with Battlefield, but they take it to a whole new level with Star Wars: Battlefront.

The Star Wars: Battlefront beta starts today and will last through October 12th. Don’t worry. The servers will hold together. You hear me DICE, hold together.

When I’m not playing Rocket League (best game ever), you can find me writing about all things games, space and more. You can reach me at alex@newsledge.com

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