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Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron

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New Star Wars adventure solves problems using violence.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Nothing noticed. It’s as clean as the movies.

Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

What's it about?

STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT: ELITE SQUADRON is the second Battlefront-themed game to grace the Sony PSP and the first one on the Nintendo DS. Both feature essentially the same story progression, but look dramatically different due to system limitations on the DS. You play as a clone of a Jedi who must fight his way through squadrons of troopers and other familiar faces like General Grievous and the Emperor. Levels generally cover both ground battles and some form of vehicular combat, be it land speeders or space ships, but this pattern exists in almost all levels making it repetitive.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about branding. You can explain to your kids that makers of children's products understand that kids will be interested in games based on logos alone, and will try to sell them games based on that knowledge.

  • Families can also discuss violence in video games. Do you think that the violence depicted in this game is in keeping with the content of the films, which is generally G-rated? Do you think that the game's moral ambiguities make the violence more difficult to stomach?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, PSP
Price:$29.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:LucasArts
Release date:November 3, 2009
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:T for Fantasy Violence

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Teen, 15 years old Written byCalavera September 29, 2011

CSM, maybe not so much? Common Star Wars knowledge thinks so

The CSM review is way too harsh here. Almost as though they don't know what's going on. The "lack of trust" issue is irrelevant, there's no decision making process anywhere. Players follow the story of a clone trooper created with jedi DNA. This clone has a twin, and when Order 66 is issued (the betrayal of clones against jedi, watch the movie) one twin follows the new empire, while the other sticks to what's good and turns to the light. I don't see where CSM was ever going with this.... Violence is moderate, barely much other than the occasional "UUUGGH!" that you'll hear from a newly downed trooper. No blood, no swearing, just your everyday Star Wars game...
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Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written byteletubbiesbro4 September 16, 2016

A waste of money

This game isn't very good. When someone gets hit, they show little to no reaction. All you get is an automated grunt. Plus, you have to hit someone in the chest like seven times before they die. WARNING: DO NOT BUY TUIS!
Kid, 11 years old June 18, 2012

supper fun

its like any other star wars thing. though your character brother kills your dad... & on the last level you battle him to what seams to be a battle to the death but when you beat him you decide not to kill him so them he tries to kill you but ends up killing himself. and you flirt with another character. overall its pretty pointless but OK to play.
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Too much violence

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