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Star Wars: Battlefront

Star Wars: Battlefront is a first and third-person video game based on battles in the Star Wars film series. It was developed by Pandemic Studios and LucasArts, and released on September 20, 2004 for PlayStation 2, Xbox, Mac and Microsoft Windows.

Star Wars: Battlefront encompasses battles between four main factions: the Galactic Republic, the Confederacy of Independent Systems (CIS), the Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire. In each faction, five different classes of character become available. Four of the classes are similar for each faction: infantry, heavy weapons, pilot and sniper. The fifth class is faction specific: Droidekas (CIS), Jet Troopers (Republic), Wookiee Smugglers (Rebels), and Dark Troopers (Empire). Each faction also has a non-playable hero character that participates in battle for a limited amount of time: Count Dooku (CIS), Mace Windu (Republic), Luke Skywalker (Rebels), and Darth Vader (Empire).

 

The main gameplay is conquest based. Each faction has a finite amount of reinforcements, and each is given control of a set number of command posts. The object is to either eliminate enemy forces or capture and hold all command posts. Several ground and air vehicles are available on the battlefield. These range from the hulking AT-AT to the fast speeder bike and vary based on the level. There are more than 25 vehicles in-game. Some larger vehicles also function as mobile command posts, which cannot be captured, but are lost if the vehicle is destroyed.

 

Star Wars: Battlefront can be played online with up to 50 players on Microsoft Windows via local area network (LAN) or over the internet via GameSpy. The Macintosh version is limited to 32 players online or 50 players via LAN. The PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions can accommodate up to 32 players or can be played in split screen mode with two players.

 

Three modes are presented to the player:
  • Campaign - which serves as the game's story mode.
  • Galactic Conquest - in which the player must conquer planets.
  • Instant Action - which allows the player to select the battle they wish to play and adjust settings such as reinforcements to their liking.