EA’s Excuse For No Story Mode In Star Wars Battlefront Is Lame

The initial announcement and reveal of Star Wars Battlefront got a lot of people excited to jump back into the world of Star Wars in video game form. However, that excitement was quickly tempered with the announcement that the game would feature no single player campaign. Both previous games in the series had them, and considering this will be a full price game the omission is jarring.

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Of course, the game’s main emphasis is multiplayer, and while what we’ve seen of it does look impressive, many still can’t shake that disappointment of no single player. EA’s Peter Moore had a conversation with GameSpot where he briefly discusses the decision to omit single player, claiming that the decision was a response to the direction that gaming is going. Apparently they feel that video games are becoming more multiplayer-centric and that it’s the most important thing to focus on.

GameSpot’s interviewer countered that by stating that the lack of singleplayer is strange, considering that most video games containing both singleplayer and multiplayer sell better compared to games that contain just one or the other. Moore replied with the following:

“Very few people actually play the single-player on these kind of games. That’s what the data points to.”

While I agree that the reason that people come back to these types of games is the multiplayer, I don’t think saying very few people play the single player is fair. Many people were also upset with a lack of a single player campaign for Titanfall, and that game has become a ghost town. Single player tends to be what I remember most even in games like Call of Duty, as I feel like it’s the main course of the package while the multiplayer is the desert that keeps you coming back for seconds, thirds, fourths and so on. With a series that has a lore that is as expansive as Star Wars it’s very disappointing to know that there will be no story to get swept up in, and completely dropping that part of the package due to so-called trends is lame.

Still, I can’t judge a game until I’ve played it and I’m hoping that the game will deliver a multiplayer experience so expansive that it will make the lack of singleplayer easier to swallow. Star Wars Battlefront is set to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on November 17th, 2015.

Star Wars: Battlefront Reveals Fighter Squadron Mode

Many people were waiting for the aerial combat gameplay for Star Wars: Battlefront, and today at Gamescom that exact thing was given to them.

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The mode is called Fighter Squadron, which is a twenty-person battle that allows you to select from a bunch of different ships. Of course, one of those very ships is none other than the iconic Millennium Falcon.

Check out the gameplay trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront‘s Fighter Squadron mode below.

Star Wars Battlefront 10v10 Deathmatch Mode Called Blast

New information regarding Star Wars Battlefront‘s 10v10 multiplayer mode has been revealed, which we now know is called Blast. The mode puts Rebels and Imperials against each other in a race to 100 kills or to lead when the 10-minute timer runs out.

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Lead level designer Dennis Brännvall said the following regarding the mode:

“One battle you’ll be fighting within interior levels on Endor or Sullust. In the next battle, you might find yourselves among Tatooine’s dusty canyons, or inside the undeniably cool Ice Caves on Hoth. My favorite is the verticality of Tatooine, fighting by the Sandcrawler.”

Star Wars Battlefront launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on November 17th, 2015.

Kingdom Hearts III & Star Wars: Battlefront Reveals Coming To D23

Disney’s D23 event in August is set to reveal a lot more information regarding several Disney game properties, such as Star Wars: Battlefront,  a Star Wars-themed Disney Infinity 3.0 and Kingdom Hearts III.

The event is set to show never-before seen gameplay, trailers and surprises from the most anticipated Disney games. What I find most interesting here is that Kingdom Hearts III is the only non-Star Wars game being shown here. Could this mean that a Star Wars world could be making its way into Kingdom hearts universe?

D23 will take place on Sunday, August 16th.

Star Wars Battlefront Leads E3 2015 Game Critics Awards Nominees With 5 Nominations

The list of nominees for the E3 2015 Game Critic Awards have been released, and the game with the most nominations is Star Wars Battlefront with 5. The winners are set to be announced on July 7th, with the games being chosen by 38 judging publications out of 40 titles.

You can click right here for a full list of the nominees, or just scroll down.

Best of Show

  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/SCE)
  • Oculus Touch (Oculus VR)
  • Star Wars Battlefront (DICE/EA)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SCE)

Best Original Game

  • Abzu (Giant Squid/505 Games)
  • Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/SCE)
  • The Last Guardian (GenDesign/SCE Japan/SCE)
  • Unravel (Coldwood Interactive/EA)

Best Console Game

  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/SCE)
  • Star Wars Battlefront (DICE/EA)
  • Super Mario Maker (Nintendo)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SCE)

Best Handheld Game

  • Fallout Shelter (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (AlphaDream/Nintendo)
  • Persona 4 Dancing All Night (Atlus)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (Nintendo)

Best PC Game

  • DOOM (id Software/Bethesda)
  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
  • Just Cause 3 (Avalanche Studios/SquareEnix)
  • Star Wars Battlefront (DICE/EA)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Hardware

  • Microsoft HoloLens (Microsoft)
  • Oculus Rift (Oculus VR)
  • Oculus Touch (Oculus VR)
  • Project Morpheus (Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Xbox Elite Wireless Controller (Microsoft)

Best Action Game

  • DOOM (id Software/Bethesda)
  • Halo 5: Guardians (343/Microsoft Studios)
  • Just Cause 3 (Avalanche Studios/SquareEnix)
  • Star Wars Battlefront (DICE/EA)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/SCE)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions/Konami)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Microsoft Studios)
  • The Last Guardian (GenDesign/SCE Japan/SCE)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SCE)

Best RPG

  • Dark Souls 3 (From Software/BandaiNamco Games)
  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
  • Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (AlphaDream/Nintendo)
  • Sword Coast Legends (nSpace/Digital Extremes/Wizards of the Coast)

Best Racing Game

  • Forza Motorsport 6 (Turn 10/Microsoft Studios)
  • Need for Speed (Ghost Games/EA)
  • Trackmania Turbo (Nadeo/Ubisoft)

Best Sports Game

  • FIFA 16 (EA Canada/EA)
  • NHL 16 (EA Canada/EA)
  • Madden NFL 16 (Tiburon/EA)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 (Konami)
  • Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (EA Tiburon/EA)

Best Family/Social Game

  • Disney Infinity 3.0 (Avalanche Software/Disney Interactive)
  • Guitar Hero Live (FreeStyleGames/Activision)
  • LEGO Dimensions (TT Games/WBIE)
  • Rock Band 4 (Harmonix)
  • Super Mario Maker (Nintendo)

Best Online Multiplayer

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III (TreyArch/Activision)
  • Halo 5: Guardians (343/Microsoft Studios)
  • Star Wars Battlefront (DICE/EA)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division (Massive/Ubisoft)

Best Indie

  • Abzu (Giant Squid/505)
  • Below (Capy Games)
  • Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games/SCE)
  • Wattam (Funomena)

Star Wars: Battlefront Gameplay Trailer Is Impressive… Most Impressive

We’ve seen and heard about Star Wars: Battlefront for months now, but we hadn’t actually seen any gameplay footage for the game. EA changed all of that by closing out their press conference with the multiplayer gameplayer reveal for the game, and it is most impressive.

In the trailer we see a massive battle that’s happening on the planet Hoth, and we see just about every Star Wars character and vehicle we could want. Check out the trailer below.

Star Wars: Battlefront Trailer Revealed At Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars: Battlefront looks stunning, but unfortunately will not contain a singleplayer campaign.

The moment that everyone has been waiting for has arrived, as DICE and Electronic Arts revealed the first official trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California.

The trailer is captured on PlayStation 4 and the footage shown is running entirely off of the in-game engine, which is extremely impressive. We see troops on Endor and Hoth riding on speeder bikes, AT-ATs and the Millennium Falcon. Towards the end we even get glimpses of Darth Vader and Boba Fett, who are both playable in the game.

While all of this footage does look great, the big bummer here is that the game does not have a singleplayer campaign. This will be a multiplayer shooter only, which is kind of a rip off in this day and age. There are a lot of great games that feature both awesome singleplayer AND multiplayer, and with a series with a lore as rich as Star Wars this seems like a wasted opportunity to dig into that. Especially when you consider this thing will, undoubtedly, be asking for the full $60.

One cool thing that they did reveal at the Star Wars Celebration is that, prior to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this game will receive a free DLC that takes place on the movie’s planet of Jakku. Freebies are always nice!

Star Wars: Battlefront is developed by DICE and published by Electronic Arts for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. It is set to launch on November 17th, 2015 and you can pre-order it now through Amazon right here. Check out the reveal trailer below.