I spent all weekend watching football and missed 10 minutes of Star Wars Battlefront footage that was uploaded on Saturday. I just watched it and looks pretty damn awesome. But I have a few reservations as well. Here’s the footage.

DICE Knows Sound

Sound design, especially weapon sound design, has always been a strong point for DICE. It’s no different with Star Wars Battlefront. The trademark Star Wars blaster sounds are here, and they sound great. So does the whine of the TIE Fighters as they soar above you.

DICE knows sound design and there isn’t a better developer out there to capture the trademark Star Wars sounds.

Hip fire looks good

When I heard ADS (aim down sight) was coming to Battlefront, I was worried. Typically, when a game has hip fire and ADS, ADS is always better. The guy playing Battlefront has no problem taking out scores of other players while hip firing. That’s good news for fans of the older Battlefront games.

Reload Mechanic

This is interesting. I never noticed it in previous clips. Watch when his blaster overheats. He presses ‘R’ at just the right time to quickly ‘reload’ his gun. Fast forward to 2:00 to see it. He messes up the second time, and his gun stays overheated for a few extra seconds.

I doubt this gets much use. You can also see how quickly the gun cools down when he stops firing after he kills someone.

That Grenade Launcher Reload Time

Anybody else think that grenade launcher reloads a bit too quick? I timed it at 15 seconds. Granted the guy playing is better than average, but that still seems a bit too quickly. Maybe DICE will address this once the beta hits and millions of people are playing.

Hey, it’s Hoth Again

Hoth is awesome, but damn I’m already tired of seeing it, and I haven’t even played the game yet. The lack of maps is going to be DICE and EA’s biggest problem with Star Wars: Battlefront.

Star Wars Battlefront comes with 12 maps set on Endor, Hoth, Tatooine and Sullust. The Battle of Jakku DLC will add two more maps a few weeks after Star Wars Battlefront releases.

With no dedicated single player, asking $60 for 14 maps (12 at launch) would usually a tough sell. But it’s Star Wars. EA knows the IP will sell. EA’s Blake Jorgensen said the company expects to sell at least 9-10 million copies of Battlefront. He made the remarks at an earnings call back in May. I’ll be one of them. I admit it, I’m part of the problem – but it’s Star Wars…


Did the latest footage solidify your Battlefront purchase? Are you still on the fence? You’ll get a chance to try Battlefront for yourself during next month’s beta.

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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