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SW:Battlefront Reviews and PSA

November 14, 2015

At this point, there is still only one review (metacritic). What the reviews says, however, rings true with what I suspect will be the case, so I am quoting it below. Also (PSA), there were accusations that EA was offering bribes to reddit editors if they removed negative posts/reviews. This is not accurate. In a screenshot of the accused’s own letter, he specifically asked for the removal of post that violated the NDA, not that were negative about the game. In return for removing NDA violating posts, EA would provide SW:BF Alpha access codes. Hardly a night’s stay in a hotel with drinks and wanton women. Nothing to see here, move along. These aren’t the haters you’re looking for.  Having said that, here is the snippet from the first review.

But soon even the most ardent fans will find that, after the spectacle starts to fade, the game’s underpinnings don’t really support extended play, and a lack of appropriate modes hinders the entire experience.

In a way, the Battlefront beta has worked against the full release. While on its own a superb demonstration of just how well DICE has reworked many elements of the Star Wars universe into video game form, taken now it seems a bit like watching all the many TV spots, trailers, adverts, promos, etc for an upcoming blockbuster, then getting into the theatre and realising you’ve seen it all. The best mode (Walker Assault) and the second best map (Hoth) have already been extensively showcased. Sadly, almost everything else on offer doesn’t hit these heights.

There is still joy in the final product, especially in the early going. …

  1. Blankman permalink*
    November 14, 2015 8:34 pm

    Yep, that’s what I’ve been saying all along. The deluxe edition & season pass is an egregious slap in the face to would-be consumers. Sixty dollars for not even a half baked game. If you want to experience everything, you’ve got to shell out more money. GTFOOHWTBS!

  2. Blankman permalink*
    November 15, 2015 11:40 pm

    OT: XB1 loves you, Suns. The NXOE allows you to invert the Y-axis for every game now:

    • November 16, 2015 12:06 am

      Cool! If that allows me to play through the Walking Dead, double cool! Thanks for the heads-up.

    • Blankman permalink*
      November 16, 2015 12:55 am

      Try it out & let us know. Do NOT select invert Y-axis in your game options, otherwise it will negate the NXOE inversion setting that you’ve made a a default.

    • November 16, 2015 4:26 am

      Yes, I had read that it is universal, so after you invert it, you need to put all your other games back to normal. No problem. Already did that for Gears and PvZ. And… The Walking Dead is now playable. Very sensitive, so it is still not nearly as “easy” as using a tablet device, but it is now playable. Who wudda thunk?

    • November 16, 2015 3:44 pm

      I still wish they would implement a setting, that would change the “in-game” default camera inversion (like 360). I think it may be too late for that, because all existing games would require updating.

      The problem with a binary switch like this, is that some games have a default inversion for things like flight, also, other games have vertical movement that most “inverted” players (like myself) need to be “standard”. This setting affects all vertical camera movement.

      Better than nothing, but hopefully they learn for the next time around that the 360’s was a much richer feature imo.

    • Blankman permalink*
      November 16, 2015 10:24 pm

      Happy Birthday, Adam! Woot!!! 😃

  3. November 16, 2015 9:55 am

    So what did you guys decide? Are you taking the plunge?

    The more I listen to you guys, read stuff, and think about it, I’m actually on the fence now, or even climbing back down….

    I don’t know who in my house actually even knows that launch date is tomorrow. Luke has been playing Xbox 360 with his friends that don’t have Xbox One. Seth and I are completely immersed in Fallout 4. The Division beta is coming up in a few weeks.

    For MP games, I’ve got Halo 5, Gears UE, and Battlefield 4. Do I really need another game (that no one I know is really interested in)?

    If you all go for it, I’m in, but I’m thinking this game should have a $30 to $40 price tag.

    Especially when I compare it to BF4. Campaign (check), Massive MP support / maps (check). Many game modes (check). Guns that I like to shoot? (check). No I don’t like shooting laser guns…. Personal preference.

    What does Battlefront even offer for $60? Nostalgia?

    I make a correction on my earlier statement about the price not dropping for a year. If sales are poor (and they might be), then the price will drop sooner (maybe spring time).

    Bottom line. If I’m gonna play a Dice game, I like Battlefield. THAT scratches my itch (since BFBC2). Plus, I already own BF4 and it is still fun. And there are still new maps released and coming

    • Blankman permalink*
      November 16, 2015 3:39 pm

      I was never on board for Battlefront.

    • November 16, 2015 10:51 pm

      Ok, it’s done then. I will not buy Battlefront, even if others do. I’ve no doubt it will provide some great fun for the first day or two, but I have huge doubts after that. There is too much coming down the pipe, or already in the pipe to be spending money Willie Nillie on a 4 map game. Booo! I may love it long time after it comes out with all content for 30 bucks, but until then, I will stick with what I’ve got.

    • Blankman permalink*
      November 16, 2015 11:58 pm

      Spoken like a true stinkin’ genius. I’m glad you exercised restraint, brutha!

      Giantbomb & Destructoid are very well respected, and they both gave Battlefront a 60. Just as I warned & suspected.

  4. November 16, 2015 4:23 pm

    Not going to buy another EA MP for a while and i’ll explain. Hardline was an awesome purchase but only after EA put it on Access. Before that servers were limited, DLC servers even worst. After it was on Access it was night and day except for the DLC that never got better.

    So something like Battlefront which is almost made entirely for casual dads who will probably not be there after January. Will certainly get a big lull between that and the time they put it up in Access. DLC is expensive and there’s no guarantee that access players will buy it.

    Access is great for casuals but if I am suporting a game it sucks because it delays the player base and they certainly will not stick around for DLC.

    Besides all these games are basically Battlefield variations. Never got into PvZ because of that.

    They are milking that cow under different skins.

  5. November 16, 2015 4:35 pm


    Blank saw the Rousey-Holly fight. It was not strategy. Rousey tried to cut the distance constantly, she wasn’t striking, she just couldn’t close the gap.

    Ate left hands all the way and whenever she did try to grab Holly just overpowered herself out of it.

    Holly is just better. She was aggressively defensive and didn’t give an inch of space without putting a good power shot. Was in control throughout the whole time while back pedalling the whole way.

    Ronda just got tired and got beaten by pure skill. I doubt any change of strategy would have make a difference because she paid too much to be in grappling distance.

    A rematch is pointless. I think she should retire and go the Gina Carano route and keep her face.

    That fight was just the perfect blueprint to beat her. I seriously doubt she could win so easily ever again.

    • Blankman permalink*
      November 17, 2015 12:02 am

      Yeah, after the two minutes of trying to stand & bang with Holm, RR went for an arm bar. Holm is just way too fit and strong for her. Holm made her look like an amateur especially when she threw that wild left, lost her balance, and wound up running into the cage. LMAO

      Hubris was one of the reasons for RR’s downfall. Her utter disrespect for her opponents made her insufferable. I’m glad she got her ass handed to her. Holm was professional throughout the entire promotion & refused to stoop down to Rousey’s level. The win by Holm was well deserved. She wasn’t a two-time boxing champion for nothing.

      Also, Rousey’s mother was correct that she surrounds herself with too many “yes” people. Her coach actually said her first round performance was “beautiful.” WTF?!? Are we watching the same fight? He’s merely an opportunist. His striking coaching is garbage. Rousey has no footwork, head movement, and doesn’t understand angles. They filled her head with all of this “world class striking” nonsense, and she chugged that Kool-Aid like no tomorrow.

      A rematch makes no sense except for the financial gains. If Rousey loses again, it will tarnish any legacy that she’s built, and Dana White’s cash cow will have to be taken to the pasture and shot between the eyes. She should just retire and hang it up. The bully not only got beat, she was completely outclassed and dominated. “I see through her fake sweet act,” declared Rousey. No Ronda, you saw her sweet chin music. Get wrecked.

    • November 17, 2015 2:03 am

      Yeah that Coach was on crack. But anyways she is done. Ironically I think the only way for her to beat Holly is to stand and strike.

      Holly will just slip away from any grappling distance and do the same thing, make her pay for moving in.

      The only way to counter her is to learn to cut the ring and counter strike.

      But there’s no way she can beat her because she will not be able to develop a good counter punch in movement like Holly. That’s just something that takes way too long to develop, and Hollywood is calling.

      And yeah that’s the surprising thing Holly was stronger than Ronda, even while being skinnier and longer.

      That’s the ultimate package there, she can hit on all angles, she is strong enough to break grabs, and fit enough to move away nonstop.

      I only saw one time when Ronda had her and held her arm for a bit, but stupidly she decided to strike her, instead of finishing a hold.

      I don’t know I just think this is like Mike Tyson. She got figured out and her run is over. Probably will tarnish her whole career too, because it proves she was just fighting unprepared opponents like Carano.

  6. November 17, 2015 11:02 am

    Tried to play Battlefront for an hour last night. Sat there searching for games and watching my monitor continue to say “No matches can be found” as soon as I chose a game mode. Ended up playing Fallout 4 for a coupe hours then went to bed.

    Talk about a completely disappointing launch night. Can’t say I’m surprised.

    • Blankman permalink*
      November 17, 2015 2:01 pm

      RoBBins, you’re entitled to one refund per calendar year from Microsoft if you purchased it digitally. It’s an unspoken rule. Call up 4MY-XBOX, and simply explain it to the customer support rep that you’d like them to refund your purchase because of the inability to find any matches. No need to waste your money on a bare bones game.

    • November 17, 2015 4:01 pm

      In a game where there is only matchmaking multiplayer, it shouldn’t even count as your yearly allowed refund. But anyway, it can be done, and your argument need not be heated. The evidence is overwhelming.

  7. Blankman permalink*
    November 17, 2015 6:04 pm

    And the body blows to Battlefront keep coming! Game Informer, a subsidiary of GameStop, who is well known for their inflated review scores even gave the game a 75. 😁

  8. November 19, 2015 10:54 pm

    And the hits just keep on comin’

    The link says it all!


  9. Herandar permalink
    November 22, 2015 1:08 pm

    Value and longevity questions aside, it really is a fun polished game considering it was something of a rush job.

    • November 23, 2015 5:36 pm

      Herandar, I hear you. It is a matter of cash and principle. When SW:BF Premium Edition goes down to 30 bucks, I won’t even blink. I will be all over it.

      I played a little BF4 CTE Operation Outbreak this weekend and thoroughly enjoyed myself (some with Cornie and sometime alone). I can easily foresee at least another 100 hours on that map alone. That is worth 30 bucks to me. I still have troubles with the player count being to high (and thus getting killed unexpectedly more often than I would like), but all the rest of the BF gameplay that I love is there – a good map and 30+tickrate is all I needed. I am optimistic about their next free map, too.

      P.S. They fixed the smoke nades!!! They were useless at release; now the smoke is thicker than a heavy fog, and hangs around for a good long while. In fact, I discovered I needed to use them slightly differently than I used to because they are so effective.

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