Star Wars Battlefront is a visually stunning game with an immersive soundscape but (at least currently) short-lived playability. Though it’s another installment in the Battlefront series, it more rightfully belongs in EA’s Battlefield lineup. With that said, Battlefront is more than a mere Star Wars skin on Battlefield. Power-ups and heroes in particular make Battlefront unique. Where Battlefield is gritty and complicated, Battlefront is clean and smooth, though perhaps to a fault. Its lack of weapon and armor customization and a single-player campaign severely limit its long-term playability. After just a few weeks, I’ve already maxed out my level and accomplished most of the achievements.
And after already spending $60 for the base game, I’m disappointed that the Season Pass access to expansions and extra content is demanding that I double my investment. I won’t even consider doing so until there’s word on what precisely the Season Pass includes. I’d be more inclined to shell out for it if it includes scenes, characters, and equipment from The Force Awakens, as the initial Battle of Jakku free DLC suggests will happen.
Finally, as an aside, I really enjoy the Base Command mini-game in the companion app, and like the way it ties into Battlefront stats. Overall, I’m still glad that I have Battlefront, and if you’re a Star Wars fan, it’s definitely worth giving it a play-through at some point. But if you can only get one title this holiday season, I’d recommend going with Fallout 4 or The Witcher 3 first.
Lasting Appeal: 2/10