Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Star Wars: Elite Squadron refines its formula with a new campaign story and other modes, especially multiplayer online.
  2. Impressively ambitious but hampered by woolly controls and camera. [Winter 2009, p.74]
  3. Star Wars: Elite Squadron is George Lucas' franchise as its best, or at least at the multiplayer features of the game. We've very much the same game that we saw a year ago on Renegade Squadron, with a new Campaign story mode that's set to discover every epic battle that we've saw on the original movies. And that's alright, but we were expecting something else of this adventure, mainly focused on the online.
  4. Although Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron takes more than a simple hint from its predecessor, it introduces a new and much more varied mission structure, making the game much more fun.
  5. Sometimes you have to wait because of loading times. But except for that, you will enjoy the action in cool space battles.
  6. Star Wars Battlefront Elite Squadron is too linear in its development, and although it offers continuous action and has a good and well told story, it is not enough to make it a cult game.
  7. Ultimately, if you find yourself firing up the previous Battlefront for online skirmishes, Elite Squadron should satiate your need for something slightly new. [Holiday 2009, p.82]
  8. For better or worse, Elite Squadron delivers more of the same Battlefront action you already know.
  9. 70
    A nice Star Wars game with funny gameplay. Besides of that the game has got a lot of issues, the story isn’t really interesting, the camera is annoying and the gameplay can be repetitive. It’s a nice game, but we’ve seen a lot, lot better.
  10. 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.
  11. Awful camera movement, less-than-ideal control setups, and some laggy online play prevent this from being a Star Wars title that's worth checking out, even for the hardcore fan community out there. If the series is going to continue its life on handheld systems, it certainly needs to see more of an improvement than this.
  12. 65
    A poor story. [Issue#187, p.82]
  13. 60
    Hampered by bland, repetitive play and old control issues, Elite Squadron is one of those games that really will appeal to the hardcore fan only.
  14. 60
    Ultimately, while you can see the developer's good intentions, the lack of emphasis placed on some fundamental aspects mar what would otherwise be a solid sequel. Yet, the online battles are still intact and run and play well, so if one tires of the campaign, he can take out his camera/control frustrations on other Star Wars devotees who are also looking for some catharsis.
  15. 60
    Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron may not be as good as the previous console releases that came before it, but for fans of the series, there's still some fun to be had.
  16. Personally, I'm a bit mystified about why this game even exists. The concept behind the Star Wars Battlefront games is sound, but I can't see why anyone would think that the PSP could be a good platform for this kind of outing.
  17. Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron is a decent game that offers some old school Battlefront fun, but is ruined by its bad controls and shabby camera.
  18. Old in the soul, Battlefront Series needs a complete revolution to entertain the video gamers of this new generation.
  19. 59
    Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron, like the previous games, is plagued by lousy controls, boring campaign and sad graphics. The multiplayer is okay, but doesn’t offer much novelty. The class system hasn’t received much thought, making it useless. Only the Galactic Conquest is worth it, but that’s only a small ray of light in an otherwise grim game.
  20. I think the developers tried to cram too much into this game. I could do without playing as Vader and Maul, and I can even live without the online modes, if only the single-player mode was technically sound - and above all, fun. I expect better and you should as well.
  21. Another poorly constructed portable spin-off that brings us no closer to a real Battlefront III.
  22. Star Wars has brought us many games and the quality of those have been as varied as the galaxy George Lucas once created itself. Elite Squadron isn’t one of the good ones, unfortunately. The fights are epic and the multiplayer works fine, but the bad controls, weak story and boring missions pull this one down.
  23. Dated graphics and horrible control make this game worthless except for die hard Star Wars fans.
  24. 42
    The greatest problem with Elite Squadron is that it feels like a step back from its predecessor, Renegade Squadron.
  25. As it stands, you’re left instead with something that is more difficult to control than an angry rancor.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jul 2, 2012
    I could blabber mouth on about how it brings whole worlds in the star wars universe to life allowing you to use loads of customisation to makeI could blabber mouth on about how it brings whole worlds in the star wars universe to life allowing you to use loads of customisation to make a super fun time soldier. That wouldn't be a lie. But we have seen huge worlds before in video games, we also have seen customisation in video games. Both of these have been seen in star wars games before. This just strings them together which should, on paper, make one of the best games on the PSP. I mean, renegade squadron had a great story, great galactic conquest, fore-filling customisation and of course the instant action. Which is great, and being this is the sequel you'd think it would do the same and more. But, the customisation is now limited alot more, the story is a pile of **** but it still is fairly good. I cant give it more than a six though because it wasn't exactly as good as I wanted. Full Review »
  2. Nov 14, 2012
    When I picked up this game, I was excited about the promise of an expanded Battlefield. I have played every Battlefront Game put
    When I picked up this game, I was excited about the promise of an expanded Battlefield. I have played every Battlefront Game put out and generally enjoy the series. In this case, I find some flaws with the new system. Much of the same old things were in this game; Conquest of spawn points, space battles, multiplayer mode and a campain. I was pleasantly suprised by the campaign. Its not well put together, with the story jumping around, and some of the levels are a simple repeat of the last mission, but it was more enjoyable in general then past campaigns. The class system is also been replaced by a general layout design. This works very well. On the downside, Galactic conquest is no longer the same sort of "build your fleet and go engage the enemy". It was replaced by a "move troops" function. There is also not a "default" galactic conquest mode. They are all "story based" with a small set of planets and sectors that you just move your troops around. I found this system not nearly as fun as previous installments.

    Graphics: 7
    For the PSP, it was better then on other versions and pretty good. Compaired to Battlefront 2, its very similiar. Compaired to "modern" games, meh.

    Controls: 9
    The Controls were much improved over the last game. I felt (especially with settings on Vita to allow for 2 joystick use) that I was in total control of my character and it made flying much easier. The auto aim, and sticky recepticle was helpful. I felt it on par with playing on a Playstation 2/3 controller.

    Sound: 9
    Good sound effect and background musice. Voice acting leaves alittle to wish for, but not too bad.

    Story: 7
    The last "act" has some fun in it, the rest of the story seems plausable in the Star Wars Universe. Some of the main story is alot of retracking, as well as a "Why do I have to do this" feeling, but the overall campaign was a generally pleasant experience for me.

    Value: 8 For the PSP (I actually played this on my Vita), this game is better graphically and technically then the last PSP Battlefront game. There is little restriction compaired with the council installments and this game doesnt feel "cut down" to play on the Vita. Its enjoyable and a good way to waste time, and you can download it for $20 on the market. Considering that, it has a pretty good "value"
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  3. Jun 18, 2012
    Nice game. It was my first PSP game and I enjoyed it. Later I realized that there was better star wars games out there, but that game standsNice game. It was my first PSP game and I enjoyed it. Later I realized that there was better star wars games out there, but that game stands out. The story was fun and its never a bad time to start a battle.
    It has a few issues but they are acceptable.
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