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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The Star Wars lore makes knowing who to trust difficult in the game. One second you're fighting with the clones, the next against them. As with the movies, the themes of control and rebellion against organized factions is ever-present.
Positive Role Models
Characters resort to violence to solve all problems and get themselves out of jams. Plus, the moral ambiguity makes it difficult to view the characters as good role models.
Ease of Play
It's generally a very easy game to play and learn, but the controls on the PSP sometimes make particular areas of the game tough. For example, you can't move the camera vertically, so you may have difficulty viewing tough-to-reach areas without moving the character's entire body. Also, the space shooting sections can be disorienting due to the PSP's finicky control nub.
Violence & Scariness
Characters use guns, staffs, grenades, and lightsabers to defeat enemies. No gore is involved but violence is the primary method of advancing in the game.
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Products & Purchases
Star Wars is a megabrand among children, with toys and gadgets for everything from bath toys to bed sheets. This game feeds into that stream of merchandising.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron has a violent narrative set during the mythology's Clone Wars. Players rarely know who to trust, and it seems as though all problems are always solved through violence, be it with a blaster, a lightsaber, or a grenade (though no blood or gore is ever shown). Also note that its Star Wars logo may mean that kids who have been engulfed by the Star Wars phenomenon may desire it based on the brand alone. The game is available on the PSP and Nintendo DS, but both games are slightly different when it comes to style of play. The DS version has reduced graphical power which makes its visuals pack a little less of an impact and it is rated "E10+" instead of "T." But both games follows a very similar story progression and contains the same characters.
Is It Any Good?
As between the PSP and the DS versions of Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron, the PSP version of the game is the better of the two. It has sharper graphics and a sharper presentation, mostly because the developers were able to fit more voice work into the story. Controls are fairly easy to learn and use, but your inability to completely control the camera detracts from the overall experience. A powerful auto-aim option makes shooting almost entirely automatic. Enemies tend to go down quite easily, making the game a breeze to play.
Online interaction: The PSP version has an online multiplayer component, but actually finding a game to play online is going to be difficult. Since there is no method of directly interfacing with other players, parents don't have to worry about exchanging personal information or hearing bad words.
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