Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron DS

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  • Summary: For the first time ever in the Star Wars Battlefront series, players can fight on multi-level battlefronts, on the ground and in space. Players can start the fight on foot, commandeer a vehicle to battle on the ground or dogfight in space, and land their craft and fight on capital starships.For the first time ever in the Star Wars Battlefront series, players can fight on multi-level battlefronts, on the ground and in space. Players can start the fight on foot, commandeer a vehicle to battle on the ground or dogfight in space, and land their craft and fight on capital starships. The battles waged on each front are all directly effected by the player's actions, creating a combat experience where every shot fired and every enemy defeated can affect the outcome of a battle on another front. Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron features a deep and engrossing single player campaign that spans the entire Star Wars Saga - and beyond. Gamers assume the identity of X2, a clone trooper created from the DNA of a Jedi Master. Originally tasked with eliminating Jedi during Order 66, X2 decides to leave his blood-stained past behind and joins the Rebellion. X2 isn’t the only Force-sensitive clone, however. X1, his clone brother, chooses a much more sinister path, leading to a confrontation that could determine the fate of both the Empire and the Rebellion. Additionally, players have at their disposal massive amounts of pick-up and play action for seemingly endless replay value. The PSP provides the deepest customization options ever seen in a Star Wars Battlefront title, allowing players to personalize and build their character with more weapons and items than ever before, including the weapons characters carry into battle, the armor they wear on their backs, their species, gender, appearance and physical strengths. Players can also unlock hundreds of other items and bonuses to help even the odds. On Nintendo DS, players can experience a unique class-based gameplay experience that allows them to outfit their characters with pre-determined weapon armaments, including heavy weapons, blasters and even lightsabers. Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron on the PSP supports 16-player multiplayer, complete with in-depth stat tracking, and intense 4-player skirmishes on Nintendo DS across a wide number of modes, including the all-new "Heroes and Villains." Take up arms as some of the most iconic Star Wars characters, including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Kit Fisto, Darth Maul and other familiar faces from Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. And battle for the fate of the galaxy on some of the most memorable Star Wars planets of all time, including the forest-covered landscape of Endor, the frozen wastes of Hoth and even the mysterious Yavin 4. [LucasArts] Collapse
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  1. The best Star Wars game available on the DS. [Jan 2010, p.72]
  2. 69
    The single player story is pretty good, and the action is somewhat engaging, if a bit light on replayability. The multiplayer leaves a lot to be desired though, because it's way too easy and simplistic.
  3. Elite Squadron’s big problem is its controls. The game has a couple control schemes, but I couldn’t find one that didn’t feel both clunky and inaccurate.
  4. Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron is certainly a victim of its platform’s shortcomings, but it’s also not a very good game to begin with.
  5. Nintendo Power
    55
    The film-score-inspired soundtrack will also get the blood of any Star Wars fan flowing, even when the gameplay itself does not. [Holiday 2009, p.88]
  6. Aside from a quick rental, it's not worth it to pick up this title.
  7. In Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron for Nintendo DS you can switch between four classes and use different weapons, but unfortunately this doesn't change the poor combat system and the lack of a decent level design.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Feb 19, 2013
    8
    This game kinda reminds me of Fusion Fall but in stead with a top-down perspective, but when your fighting in a boss battle the camera getsThis game kinda reminds me of Fusion Fall but in stead with a top-down perspective, but when your fighting in a boss battle the camera gets behind you and it feels more like a Fusion Fall game! Expand
  2. Jun 27, 2016
    7
    While the multiplayer isnt really good, the story is enough to get the enjoyment of the game as well as the gameplay. The story though willWhile the multiplayer isnt really good, the story is enough to get the enjoyment of the game as well as the gameplay. The story though will only really appeal to the fans of the expanded universe. Expand
  3. Sep 17, 2013
    4
    While I think that this game is slightly better than Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, (I'm comparing the two because they were both made by theWhile I think that this game is slightly better than Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, (I'm comparing the two because they were both made by the exact same developer) I don't think that it is that much better. This game also sucks to tell you the truth. It has all of the same flaws as Ultimate Alliance 2, without the RPG elements. To start, the story of this game is once again good. It follows the story of X2, who is a clone of a Jedi Knight from the Clone Wars. The story is all about him, and a rivalry between him and his brother X1. X2 decided to go to the light side of the force at the end of the Clone Wars, while X1 went to the dark side. This really is a great story, and it is a shame that the great story could not be used on a better game. So no, the game does not fail with its good story. Where this game does fail is with the gameplay and graphics. The first problem is that this game is just copy and paste gameplay of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. In other words, the game still uses the overhead perspective, minus the RPG elements. This was a very bad decision, as it proves that this game company has learned nothing of its past mistakes. The way they made Ultimate Alliance 2 was terrible, and I mean terrible. They should just stop making games like it altogether. There are literally no real improvements towards this engine they used whatsoever. While this game does not have the RPG elements of Ultimate Alliance, that still does not prevent this game from sucking. It actually has more shooter elements, so you'll be blasting plenty of droids and Stormtroopers throughout this adventure. These multiplayer shooter elements may be what Battlefront is known for, however, they are executed very poorly when compared to the console versions of Battlefront. One problem with this game is that it is way too easy. It is literally almost impossible to die unless you try hard enough. Another real problem with the gameplay is that it is usually quite redundant. Seriously, the entire game is based around going from land, to space, to capital ship battles. This happens on every single level of this game. It does go in a different order from time to time, however, that still does not stop the feeling that everything in this game is the same. Space is always just shooting down random enemies, and surviving for as long as you can. Land is always killing enemies, and completing objectives. Capital ship battles are exactly the same as land in the story. If the story missions aren't repetitive enough, then the multiplayer is even worse! Yes, this game does have multiplayer, however, the multiplayer sucks! The maps all follow the same land, space, capital ship formula as the story, and if you can comprehend this, it is even more redundant then the actual story. Land is always trying to take over control points, capital ship is always capture the flag, and space is always shooting down a preset number of enemies. However, quite possibly the biggest problem with this game's multiplayer, is that it is nothing like the multiplayer found in the previous Battlefront games. Battlefront has always been about massive battles, this is all just 2 on 2, or even a free-for-all with four players maximum. Battlefront is supposed to be 16 on 16 or something like that. There are no free-for-alls! The graphics of this game are also terrible. They are way too pixalated, and more often then not, you will see the exact same textures used over and over. So that's my review of Star Wars Battlefront Elite Squadron. What do I have to say about it? Well it's slightly better than Ultimate Alliance 2, but not by much. This game still has all of the same mistakes as Ultimate Alliance, other then the RPG elements. There are no unlockables, the gameplay is redundant, and the graphics are terrible. All I can say is that this game is not even worth renting. Never buy this game. Stay as far away from it as possible. Stay away from games made by N-Space for your own good too. These guys developed both of these games, and they are both total garbage. They have also made tons of other crappy games. Just don't buy this game, and buy Star Wars Battlefront II instead. Battlefront II is a much better game then this toned down piece of crud. Expand

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#45 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
#30 Most Shared DS Game of 2009