The Death Star. After destroying so many planets and people, The Death Star has completely destroyed this game and its faithful players.
“Welcome Savemi to Battlefronts Anonymous….” Yes I am weaning myself off. It has been a tough few weeks, but I think I will get through.
I was a Battlefront junkie.
Yes – it is not the best shooter in history. Yes it has a dreadful single player experience.
No I am not (completely) insane.
But there was something about being a Stormtrooper or even a rebel, that spoke to me.
So many hours as a boy playing with the action figures, recreating scenes from the movies in our minds. Adding twists at a whim. Not in our wildest imaginations would we have thought that in the future we would be virtually thrust interactively into the action via a TV screen.
I was not an FPS fiend before. I am turning the corner because of this game.
How fun to seek out hidey holes and sit to wait for prey. Repeatedly. The rush of running blindly into the frontline. The skill thrill of hitting a sniper target at range.
….and I got to man an AT-AT, not to mention an AT-ST….
My first attempt on a speeder bike in the tutorials – my daughter was sitting with me. We were in fits of laughter (at my incompetence) – so hard that I couldn’t continue playing. And may have barked up something akin to a wookie sized furball.
Having not previously played FPS much before – I was buzzed and in a Star Wars world. I have really bad eyesight which precludes me from normally playing FPS. But this was smooth. I was able to continue.
And continue I did, racking up insane amounts of hours – ripping through 2 controllers from wear (not raging).
I was happy enough to be the soldier. Didn’t care much to be the hero. Couldn’t be a pilot for the inability of my eyes to grasp another layer of depth.
The best part of the game was the 40 player battles. After learning the game through Drop Pod and Cargo, I progressed to Turning Point. As was the style at the time. The massive map of Jakku that came with pre-order. I was hooked. So hooked. I loved the final stage of that Turning Point map – the arena as I though of it. It was intense.
As numbers dwindled in Turning Point due to lack of maps, I took up Supremacy. Immediately daunting but more satisfying in game play. With several maps, again I was hooked.
Blast was pointless. Walker Assault was the worst, yet mystifyingly one of the most popular modes. It all comes down to snow speeders. If they get a tow cable on – its good night Irene, regardless of how much you have dominated the game previously.
So the first expansion came out. With it came more Turning Point and Supremacy maps (free). Ace. Time to get back out there. The Outer Rim introduced Extraction and focused on Heroes. Not really my forte.
Good part about the first expansion was bringing players back on. Meaning it was easier to get a game in the 40 player modes.
Expansion 2. Cloud City. It looked absolutely amazing. And played like shit. It supposedly played different game modes in sequence. I only ever got to play Walker Assault (??!!!) and one other unforgettable mode. Whats more is, the maps dont fit into the regular rotation of other maps in the regular games. Surely there could be a mode for Season pass holders? So you are basically stuck in Cloud City (rubbish) or just back to normal play.
Numbers flooded back for about two weeks. Then slowly dissolved.
But there was a shining dark glow on the horizon. Death Star. Imagine running around a 40 player match of Supremacy in a multi level Death Star?
Death Star launched. It was dismal. It was a half assed “expansion” that reeked of a company trying to exit the game whilst still meeting their commitments. 2 pilot games – that I cant play and that nobody else seemed to care to. One limited infantry game, but it was in rotation with the pilot games.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.. I could get a game in Supremacy and Turning Point. Post Death Star, you are lucky to see anybody lined up at all.
There is one expansion left based on Rogue One. Im not sure anybody will actually play it. As for my Season Pass? That we the most expensive non-game I have ever played.
Bring on Battlefront 2.