Star Wars Battlefront
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is nothing more violent in this game than in the movies. But it's battles, and nothing else -- lots of shooting, zapping, etc. all with the sounds from the movies. This can be either a third- or first-person shooter. This is a game that doesn't spawn much conversation -- it's just battles, battles and more battles.
What's it about?
All the battles from five (and a hint of the sixth) Star Wars movies can be played in STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT. You can play in any of 15 environments on 10 planets. You can choose from 20 different solder types from the Rebel Alliance, the Imperial, Clone or Droid armies.
Is it any good?
The entertainment value is very high -- kids can play alone or with up to 32 players over the Internet (although connecting can be tricky and will definitely involve someone who knows what they're doing to troubleshoot). There is no blood and no gore, but it's a non-stop shooter, explosion game. The violence is no different from the movies. There's just not anything but the battles.
The graphics and sound effects are phenomenal, and so is the range of weaponry. Younger kids will be frustrated when trying to shoot from speeder bikes since they move too fast, but they will enjoy jumping on and off them. Winning a battle takes time, and when a player dies, they can spawn again in the battle either in the form they were in or they can choose to be another type of soldier. Battle progress is difficult at times, which also might frustrate younger kids.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the lack of context. Do you enjoy focusing narrowly on the action? Do you prefer games with more storytelling? Do you think the game company assumed people were familiar enough with the Star Wars story to hit the ground running?