You don't have to walk or run everywhere. Vehicles such as the hovercrafts, speederbikes, and AT-STs are available for you to drive. If you want to head off into space, the TIE Fighters and X-Wings await your piloting prowess. All of the various vehicles respond nicely. They have different weapons systems such as lasers and missiles and employ the lock-on camera system, which is a little difficult to master, but at least the pace isn't too fast. You get time to aim, but after a while the general lack of speed makes you feel as though you're coasting in space instead of blazing through it.
There are some graphic tradeoffs which I suppose are necessary to keep the pace flowing. The environments aren't particularly inspiring, but the characters, weapons, vehicles, and explosions certainly surpass PSP standards. As expected, the audio is brilliant. Sound effects from the LucasArts library and a soundtrack from the genius of John Williams absolutely demand headphones to appreciate all of the audio nuances. It just doesn't get much better than this.
I have to say that this is definitely a game for everyone, even if you could care less about Star Wars. From the single-player campaign to the eight-player ad hoc to the 16-player multiplayer modes, there is more than enough to keep any gamer busy for weeks on end.
The gameplay variety is second to none with a good cross referencing of gameplay genres. You can also expect some surprises, as some famous playable Star Wars characters make an appearance. May this game be with you.
CCC Senior Writer
Beginning with the evacuation of Yavin 4 (end of A New Hope) and ending with the Battle of Endor (Return of the Jedi), the original story features 11 battles as seen through the eyes of a clandestine Rebel team personally selected by Han Solo.
Millions of possible customizations directly affect gameplay to an even greater degree than the predetermined character classes of previous Star Wars Battlefront games.
Earn credits to upgrade and customize soldiers' attributes (health, speed, agility), equipment (weapons, items) and appearance (species, body, insignia, uniform colors).
New maps include Ord Mantell, Boz Pity, Korriban, Sullust, and Saleucami, plus new space battles at Kessel, Hoth, Bespin, and the remnants of Alderaan.
Renegade Squadron also adds a second Hoth map, plus a new interpretation of Endor.
For the first time, fly as heroes in space aboard the Millennium Falcon, Darth Vader's TIE Advanced, Jango and Boba Fett's Slave I, and Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi starfighter.
New land-based heroes include Admiral Ackbar, Ben Kenobi (Episode IV), IG-88, Asajj Ventress and Kit Fisto.
Fourteen heroes return from Star Wars Battlefront II. Renegade Squadron debuts B-wings and TIE defenders in space, plus A5-R Juggernauts, T4-B heavy tanks and mountable carrion spats on land.
Enhanced space combat features a refined control scheme. For the first time on the PSP system, players can also enter capital ships as they did in the console versions of Star Wars Battlefront II.
Expanded multiplayer allows for up to 16 players via Infrastructure and eight via Ad Hoc. (Star Wars Battlefront II for the PSP system featured four-player Ad Hoc only.)
Also returning are Star Wars Battlefront staples Conquest and Capture the Flag (one- and two-flag varieties, plus new Hero Capture the Flag where the flag bearer plays as a hero).
Infrastructure mode embraces community through leaderboards and profile pages, where players can display medals they've earned, their battle statistics and more.
Rating out of 5
Uninspired environments. Includes old maps from the previous game. Characters and vehicles are nicely detailed.
There are some issues with the lock-on system. Some commands can be slow to execute. Otherwise comfortable layout.
/ Sound FX / Voice Acting
Excellent music and sound effects. The audio is occasionally interrupted by loads.
This game is all about replay value. Tons of modes and gameplay variety. Up to 16 players online.
Overall Rating -
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.