Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron Review
PSP | DS
Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron box art
System: PSP, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Rebellion 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: 1-16 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Employing the online infrastructure, up to 16 players can do battle in the multiplayer modes. The controls issues that plague the single-player campaign mode aren't as apparent, but that may be due to latency that delays commands. I would like to say that things run smoothly, but even in cyberspace there is no escape from the game's glitches.

Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron screenshot

Principal characters such as Luke, Vader, Boba, and Admiral Ackbar can be played in the Heroes and Villains mode. They turn up randomly during regular play and act as power-ups lending more devastation to your attacks while adding more resilience to enemy attacks. The randomness of this mode coupled with the multiplayer deathmatch battles are the only real surprises you'll experience in this otherwise predictable and repetitive game.

Graphically the game looks great, as long as it's paused. There are some really great animated sequences, but the choppy framerate issues mar the spectacle. The online modes suffer as well, but they still show moments of greatness. The screen size just isn't conducive to deathmatch modes, but that's a constant that can't be changed. Voiceovers are good if generic, but there's no denying the quality of the music and sound effects which are undeniably some of the best in the business. It's just too bad that the Star Wars franchise isn't as concerned about the quality of its games as it is with its soundtrack and sound effects.

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I think the developers tried to cram too much into this game. I could do without playing as Vader and Maul, and I can even live without the online modes, if only the single-player mode was technically sound - and above all, fun. I expect better and you should as well.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.3
Graphics
Good graphics are marred by stuttering framerate and camera angle issues.
2.2
Control
Awful control scheme gives the nub double duty.
4.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Average voiceovers, but everything else in the audio department rocks.
2.6
Play Value
Repetitious gameplay for each level. Online Deatmatch modes offer some diversion.
2.7
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Fight on an expanded battlefront that spans multiple layers of action - start the fight on foot, commandeer a vehicle and dogfight in space, and land your craft on and fight in capital starships - your actions in each area directly affect the outcome on others.
  • Take the lead role in an engrossing, never-before-told storyline that puts you in the middle of the action of the most memorable battles spanning the entire Star Wars saga and beyond.
  • Massive amounts of replay value and customization ensure that every battle you take part in is unique and different.
  • Deep customization options on the PSP system let you build and outfit your character like never before - dictate the weapons they carry into battle, the armor they wear on their backs, their species, gender, appearance and physical strengths including hundreds of unlockable items and bonuses.
  • Feel the rush of combat on the PSP system with 16-player multiplayer matches complete with enhanced stat tracking, or battle intense four-player skirmishes on Nintendo DS.
  • Let loose your inner Jedi or Sith in the special "Heroes and Villains" mode where you can play classic characters like Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Kit Fisto, Darth Maul, Count Dooku, Asajj Ventress, Boba Fett, plus new characters from the Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video games.
  • Battle on some of the most iconic Star Wars planets and locations from the feature films, all with multi-layered battlefronts, such as Tatooine, Endor, Yavin 4, and Hoth through 12 campaign levels.
  • Commandeer trademark Star Wars vehicles and spacecraft from the Empire's TIE Fighters to the Rebel Alliance's X-wings, as well as AT-RTs, LAATs, Imperial Transports and Droid Fighters.


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