|System: DS, PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: N-Space||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: LucasArts||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov.3, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Graphically, things are adequate if not spectacular. Cutscenes between the action are delivered through nice drawings, with text dialogue taking place on the bottom screen. During the game, similar text will pop up on the lower screen giving further narrative - something I found myself missing half the time, as I was focused on the top screen where all the shooting was going on.
The music is exactly as you'd expect, being the extremely well-known Star Wars themes and sound effects. This isn't really a bad thing, as it captures the mood. But when coupled with a subpar game, it feels uninspired. Take the same sound effects and music and add it to a dynamic game like Knights of the Old Republic and it feels epic. Moral of the story is the sound isn't the one at fault, it merely plays down to its surroundings.
You'll notice the lack of any mention of the multiplayer mode until now, an oddity as this is a game within the Battlefront series. Multiplayer is limited to four people and is more of a tacked-on. I have a sneaking suspicion not many people will be able to convince three of their friends to buy this game.
It's a shame a series that offers as much as Battlefront does has sullied its name with a subpar release like this on a system that can't handle what the Battlefront games are all about. It seems unnecessary to tack the Battlefront tag on when this could have been developed as its own stand alone game where the developers were free to build it without restrictions to make it a Battlefront doppelganger. As it is, Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron is a big disappointment that only the biggest of Star Wars fans should consider trying. While that's the normal caveat for a licensed title, it's a stretch here. In reality, don't waste your time.
CCC Freelance Writer