Star Wars: Battlefront Xbox

Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
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  1. Game-play for Star Wars: Battlefront, although not quite as polished as I’d like to see it, is a gaming experience that is rivaled by few in its genre, especially when it comes to Xbox Live. There is just so much to do in this game, it’s hard to know where to start.
  2. 93
    Great game, worth every penny. If you like massive battles, star wars, first person shooters or vehicles, you will definitely want to check this game out.
  3. To say the least, this was an exhilarating feeling. Even with its slow, lumbering bulk, it was truly satisfying to pilot my favorite of all childhood sci-fi vehicles.
  4. I just wish there were a melee attack so I could finally bludgeon an Ewok to death with the butt of my blaster.
  5. Cheat Code Central
    90
    Battlefront works because it's not an overly complex game. Within the confines of a FPS, you won't have to learn a lot of button combos and other complex configuration.
  6. World-class Star Wars games are like Endor buses: you wait light-years for one and then two turn up within 12 months of each other. Do the galaxy a favour: buy it now.
  7. The fluid movement of each class is wonderful including the rag doll effect when they have been shot, trampled over or blown up.
  8. Despite some of its flaws Star Wars: Battlefront delivers what it promises – massive Star Wars engagements that drop you right into the films.
  9. A must have for fans of the films and a great multiplayer game for shooter fans as well. Battlefront does suffer a few design flaws that include a weak single-player section, poor AI at times, and a lack of an underlying continuity between battles.
  10. 85
    While it offers these amazing spectacles, thrilling battles, and remains a great account of what Star Wars battles must have felt like, there simply isn't enough content to keep the game going for months or years after its release.
  11. The Star Wars game that will have fans in absolute rapture because the presentation and authenticity is totally flawless. Forget technical prowess or ground-breaking gameplay (although Battlefront is by no means ordinary in this department), this game has been built from the ground up by fans, for fans.
  12. For fans of shooter games in general, Battlefront is a chance to apply some military strategy to epic scale intergalactic combat. And for Star Wars fans, the game finally gives them a chance to experience firsthand some of the best battles in the Star Wars saga.
  13. 85
    A fantastic game, the more I play, and the more I like it. Sure there is no real single player, but the online game makes up for it.
  14. Although it isn't without some problems, Battlefront is easily one of the most fully realized, enjoyable Star Wars games we've ever played.
  15. 84
    Yes, it may not be the nicest looking game, it may have some problems with lag over Xbox Live but one thing it does offer is the competence to give players an experience that no other game over live can offer a player.
  16. 84
    In all fairness this sort of game has been done before, and to a higher quality, but if you have even a passing interest in Star Wars then the real beauty of this title stems from the brilliant way in which it has tapped into the franchise.
  17. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    83
    It's a truly beautiful game, too, spanning from the lush forest of Ewok-infested Endor the to the Tatooine desert (complete with hostile Tusken Raiders.) And it's just plain cool to see Darth Vader walking around kicking ass. [Nov 2004, p.124]
  18. A blast for Star Wars aficionados and a solid experience for regular gamers, but it should be considered something of a work in progress, and future patches can do much to alleviate its short comings.
  19. The maps offer opportunities for strategy and the online battles are a blast.
  20. The console versions of the game--especially the Xbox version--might seem more fresh and appealing to their respective audiences, who don't have as many choices in online team-based shooters.
  21. A remarkable online experience but it suffers as a single-player game. Get broadband in and you'll be laughing. [GamesMaster]
  22. Official Xbox Magazine
    82
    Doesn't feel as complete as it should. But the sheer intensity and scale of the battles, as well as the expertly crafted environments and diversity of characters, make it work better than you'd expect. [Nov 2004, p.86]
  23. Star Wars Battlefront is essentially action-figure theater on the television screen, and playing online is like inviting your friends over to take part.
  24. Edge Magazine
    80
    Those accustomed to the adult world of online PC gaming may have reason to sniff at the more streamlined play, but Pandemic has given consoles a whole new genre, pretty much perfectly formed... No game has ever felt quite so much like playing with Star Wars figures. [Nov 2004, p.102]
  25. GMR Magazine
    80
    It's "Star Wars" with a proven and well-executed game concept. And if that's not enough to persuade you, you're able to murder Ewoks. Enjoy. [Nov 2004, p.120]
  26. The best Star Wars action game we've played since "Rogue Leader," delivering the sort of galactic conflicts we've long marvelled on the big-screen in a balanced and inviting manner that continually satisfies.
  27. games(TM)
    80
    So much more about Battlefront manages to impress than disappoint – from the solid gameplay to the overall application of the Star Wars universe, which has been done with so much care and attention that even the most hardened fan will be satisfied. If only all Star Wars games could be made this way. [Nov 2004, p.100]
  28. AceGamez
    80
    Although there is not much substance to the single player game, it's fun for a while and hearkens back to the days when games didn't have to be too clever or in-depth. It's the online aspect that most people are going to be drawn to, which is immensely satisfying, even with the lag and communicator issues.
  29. Game Informer
    80
    This is one of those games that is successful in the delivering of instant action, but doesn't offer up much in terms of depth. If you thrive off the online deathmatch scene, you'll fall head over heels in love with Battlefront. [Oct 2004, p.121]
  30. 80
    Despite a few lags and slowdowns, the multiplayer action is always involving, and it gets pretty challenging when you're playing against a bunch of other humans. If you've got an Xbox Live account, you owe it to yourself to give Battlefront a try.
  31. 80
    Even after all the hype, Battlefront manages to stand tall as a great game that does the best job we've yet seen of playing out the battles of the Star Wars movies. Though the game has some balance issues that may hurt its long term appeal, it's still likely to become a huge favorite on Xbox Live.
  32. An intense blast of pure Star Wars.
  33. With the exception of practicing against AI controlled opponents, reply value is almost non-existent for the single player campaigns as there is nothing new on offer. But if you are blessed with Xbox Live or access to LAN play, you will have many hours of Star Wars fun!
  34. 80
    With the stunning visuals and audio sections of the game it’s somewhat of a treat for Xbox gamers to witness. Sadly, Battlefront is hurt greatly because of a lack of effort put into the game’s AI and overall single player production.
  35. GamePro
    80
    Though heinous sitting-duck A.I. keeps the single-player experience a bit wan, waging galactic civil war over the internet with real live people destroys, despite slight technical flaws and cumbersome aerial vehicle controls.
  36. 80
    Unless you've got friends willing to pass as potential victims, it's about a day's worth of cheap thrills. But those seeking a suitable multiplayer scrap should find themselves in good shape with this one.
  37. The various combatants are well-balanced and there is a huge variety of vehicles and aircraft to pilot, including X-wings, TIE fighters, speeder bikes and hulking AT-STs.
  38. Oddly captivating in its mediocrity. If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ll undoubtedly have a blast reliving the epic conflicts of the Star Wars universe, but at the same time you might find it a little too frustrating to enjoy and I could sympathize with that.
  39. For those looking to relive your favorite battles from the Star Wars universe, this is the single-best compilation of battle scenarios going. What it lacks in presentation it makes up for in intense gameplay with plenty of authentic Star Wars flavor.
  40. Hopefully LucasArts will address the latency issue which would vastly improve the overall experience. As it stands if you are a fan of Star Wars you should pick this up without hesitation.
  41. AI can seem a bit like sheep at times just running towards the combat areas and the fact is you will probably take down about four or five before they manage to kill your character. This obviously unbalances the teams and can make the game incredibly easy but you don't buy battlefront for the single player, multiplayer is definitely the main focus.
  42. If you are a hardcore online player, Battlefront should have you traveling that galaxy far, far away. Unless you fall into that category or you are just a die-hard Star Wars geek, give the game a test drive from your local rental store.
  43. There’s no Downloadable Content, no scoreboards, not even a lobby for online play, and single player is as skimpy as Leia’s slave outfit.
  44. GameSpot AU
    75
    If you look beyond the Star Wars trappings, however, what you're left with is a game that's not quite as good as it really should be, which is a pity.
  45. Even though its brand of battlefield warfare is by no means new, it’s still plenty of fun and a must for Star Wars nerds. Just don’t be fooled by any claims that Battlefront contains a viable single-player experience. This is an online game, period, and if you can’t get online, then this isn’t the game you are looking for. Move along.
  46. Play Magazine
    75
    Some may balk at the limited modes of play; the game as a whole is a bit underdeveloped, and the single-player skirmished do run light, but things truly heat up when you go online, warring in teams of eight on eight. [Oct 2004, p.73]

Awards & Rankings

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#20 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
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#25 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2004
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 62 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. RandallS.
    May 19, 2005
    10
    It sometimes makes me feel like I'm in the game!!!
  2. Dec 7, 2015
    8
    I don't actually own this game, but my friend does, and may I just say, it is awesome! Even when you're not playing the game properly and areI don't actually own this game, but my friend does, and may I just say, it is awesome! Even when you're not playing the game properly and are just messing around the battlefield, this game is fun. The maps are amazing and so nostalgic, and the roster of characters is satisfying. This has to be one of the best Star Wars games ever! Full Review »
  3. Nov 28, 2012
    8
    Good game i wish you can be jedis and stuff but ya it was fun and stuff and stuff andGood game i wish you can be jedis and stuff but ya it was fun and stuff and stuff and stuffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff Full Review »