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  • Summary: Master the art of starfighter combat in the authentic piloting experience Star Wars: Squadrons. Buckle up and feel the adrenaline of first-person multiplayer space dogfights alongside your squadron. Pilots who enlist will step into the cockpits of starfighters from both the New Republic andMaster the art of starfighter combat in the authentic piloting experience Star Wars: Squadrons. Buckle up and feel the adrenaline of first-person multiplayer space dogfights alongside your squadron. Pilots who enlist will step into the cockpits of starfighters from both the New Republic and Imperial fleets and fight in strategic 5 vs. 5 space battles. Modify your starfighter and adjust the composition of your squadron to suit varying playstyles and crush the opposition. Pilots will triumph as a team and complete tactical objectives across known and never-before-seen battlefields, including the gas giant of Yavin Prime and the shattered moon of Galitan.

    Take control of starfighters such as the X-wing and TIE fighter. Customize loadouts and cosmetics, divert power between weapons, shields, and engines, while immersing yourself in the cockpit. In addition, players will have the option to play the entirety of the game in virtual reality on PSVR and PC!

    Learn what it means to be a pilot in a thrilling Star Wars single-player story set after the events of Return of the Jedi. Seen from alternating perspectives between two factions, iconic and emerging leaders on both sides are battling for the galaxy. The New Republic fights for freedom. The Empire demands order. We need you to join the galaxy's finest.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 88
    Squadrons' gameplay core is finely tuned, and its spectacle layer nails the Star Wars illusion. Perhaps in a few months I'll long for a meatier suite of modes and maps, but, in the heat of battle, Rebel and Imperial pilots haven't had an experience this engaging since the Nintendo GameCube era.
  2. Oct 18, 2020
    83
    Star Wars: Squadrons is the space simulator of the saga that every fan was waiting for, with a flight experience to match the circumstances and full of classic details of the franchise.
  3. Oct 1, 2020
    80
    Simultaneously a franchise cash-in and love letter to the classic LucasArts PC space combat games of the 1990s, Squadrons sticks to its mission and comes out the other side of a warp-speed jump successfully. Pummeling a star destroyer against the Wild Berry Skittles-esque backdrop of Yavin Prime doesn’t require my undivided attention or multiple scans of my credit card. Seems like a fair deal to me. 8/10 burning embers of Alderaan.
  4. Oct 5, 2020
    80
    An incredible experience in terms of immersion to feel like a pilot of the galaxy far, far away, especially with HOTAS and VR. It is a bit lacking in game modes in the multiplayer portion.
  5. Oct 18, 2020
    80
    Star Wars: Squadrons is a solid space combat sim, with great controls and immersion, but with a forgettable plot and a bit scarce in contents. It will definitely be able to satisfy the appetite of the lovers of the genre.
  6. Oct 22, 2020
    75
    After playing the modern Star Wars Battlefront and its sequel I had some high hopes for Star Wars: Squadrons. I enjoyed the story, and playing both Empire and Rebel sides gave great additional context to proceedings. It’s also a stunning looking affair, the first person viewpoint showcasing lots of fine detail in the little switches and dials all immersing you in the experience. I’m not a big fan of first person aerial combat and would have liked a 3rd person option (especially as we don’t get a VR option on Xbox) though. Also managing some of the elements of the ship is tricky as I needed to constantly flick between the analogue stick and d-pad to adjust energy flow.
  7. Oct 7, 2020
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 32
  2. Negative: 10 out of 32
  1. Oct 14, 2020
    10
    The game is a lot of fun, especially in VR. If you’re looking for an amazing Starfighter experience, one that cements the past Star WarsThe game is a lot of fun, especially in VR. If you’re looking for an amazing Starfighter experience, one that cements the past Star Wars Starfighter games, then this is it. It has its issues, but I have had nothing but fun playing it. I feel like I’m a pilot when playing. Expand
  2. Oct 9, 2020
    10
    In a time where almost every game I pick up just feels like a copy and paste of another title (I'm looking at you, "Tomb Jedi: Fallen Raider")In a time where almost every game I pick up just feels like a copy and paste of another title (I'm looking at you, "Tomb Jedi: Fallen Raider") this game felt like something fresh. Do you like Star Wars? Do you like Star Wars space combat? Then you will enjoy this game. It's not perfect, it's rather limited, and while it carries SOME of the spirit of the X-Wing/Tie Fighter series, the scope is far narrower. I would have loved to see a greater variety of ships, factions, and objectives, not to mention more story playing out in-mission like the old XW/TF games, and not in frankly awkward feeling 1st person cutscenes/conversations. (The view controls outside the cockpit felt lifeless and broke the immersion for me. Also when I launch the mission I watch the Tie hanger crane start to pick up my Tie. Hey! you're forgetting me! I'm out here!)

    All that said, I try to judge games on one thing: do I have fun playing it? Yes, I absolutely do. Set your expectations for a $40 mini-title that will tickle your Star Wars fancy and you won't be disappointed.
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  3. Oct 3, 2020
    10
    Normal white dude here. This is the Star Wars space battles game you're looking for.
  4. Oct 6, 2020
    8
    Star Wars: Squadrons (single player)

    I ended the campaign after 9-10 hours. I played on the medium level of difficulty and with minimal HUD
    Star Wars: Squadrons (single player)

    I ended the campaign after 9-10 hours. I played on the medium level of difficulty and with minimal HUD settings + controller.

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    I am satisfied, the whole campaign is not tearing any trees, but it is entertaining throughout and offers a great Star Wars experience. Playing the campaignstructure from the side of the Empire and the rebels made for enough variety. The interplay is well balanced and both flight squadrons have cool characters. You get the feeling of being part of a squad and not just being put in front of soulless AI colleagues. Nevertheless, because of the good foundation that is laid by the interesting characters and the relationship within a squad, I would have liked to have gone into more depth at this point.

    Outside of the missions you have the opportunity to have conversations with your fellow combatants, which can also be interesting, but that's more of a scratching of the surface ...its to shallow, a shame.

    Graphics / presentation

    Star Wars Squadrons looks wonderful and has nicely chosen cutscenes. The individual locations are nicely done, as are the air combat ships, characters and the mission presentation in the briefings.

    Didn't have a single bug or any graphic glitches, stutters or the like. The game is absolutely stable.

    You can clearly see in the presentation that a complete VR experience was developed at the same time and you only fly in the cockpit view, but certainly really awesome for people with VR glasses.

    Unfortunately, I don't understand at all that there is no photo mode, as there are great panoramic moments that cannot be captured in a screenshot from the cockpit perspective.

    Gameplay

    The campaign is very varied. You are given the most varied of mission objectives (escorting, destroying frigates, individual fighters or scanning various ship components.

    The controls are really well done and you are introduced step by step in the initial missions, because flying can be complex in the details (e.g. switching shields to the bow or stern, concentrating all the power on individual parts of the ship, etc.). Switching off frigates or larger ships also requires tactical behavior, which is certainly really important on higher levels of difficulty.

    The airships have different tasks (interceptor, bomber and support ship) and each individual ship can be equipped with different components and also with skins etc. (then mainly via the multiplayer and the in-game currency: no microtransactions!).

    I would have liked to have had to operate on a planet in the campaign and have very close dogfights here.

    The flying and fighting is implemented perfectly and logically goes well beyond the casual flying of a Battlefront 2, which I also had a lot of fun with.

    Conclusion

    Nice Star Wars game that will hopefully be well received enough for EA to continue on its way with the Star Wars games since Fallen Order and sticking to Battlefront 2. 8/10 Star Wars.

    Unfortunately, the Internet is again in a bad light, here on Metacritic e.g. are numerous negative reviews due to only one white playable character and LGBT moments (actually only briefly mentioned in a dialogue). As always pathetic.
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  5. Oct 3, 2020
    6
    I’m no proud boy. But I’m old and wise enough to see the agenda going on. Normal white dude below is happy to be cancelled. I do believe inI’m no proud boy. But I’m old and wise enough to see the agenda going on. Normal white dude below is happy to be cancelled. I do believe in tolerance but there is an Indisputable anti white male racism in this game. This is a woke agenda game. I’ve no problem playing black leads in games. In fact mafia3 was awesome. One of my favourite games ever. But This is diversity to the extreme removing white males. It’s a deliberate agenda. It’s a patronising one which just demonstrates the reverse racism going on in many industry. I’ve never been racist yet my culture and male lead roles are being subjugated. You patronise many game players with this stance. I for one will think twice about paying for ea products. I then had a look on the covers for ea games. All had black men covers except ufc which had a Whitman and a Blackman. Seriously an agenda going on. It like their tradition customer is not important. I will be accused of racism but it’s ea with the racist and diversity agenda. Poor show. Post blm were are noticing more and more this going on. As for the game, it’s actually ok. Not much of a simulation. Why should I buy products from such a disricompant again. Expand
  6. Oct 4, 2020
    3
    Had hopes that this would be like the old tie fighter/xwing games from the 90s. It's just another woke/sjw title. Single player is really bad,Had hopes that this would be like the old tie fighter/xwing games from the 90s. It's just another woke/sjw title. Single player is really bad, bad story (insta skip all the time), combat is 100% arcade. Waste of time. I'll give it 3 points for some nice graphics. Expand
  7. Nov 17, 2020
    0
    Would you like a Star Wars game with ZERO SW characters? How about a spaceship game where your ship handles like a lifeboat? This game isWould you like a Star Wars game with ZERO SW characters? How about a spaceship game where your ship handles like a lifeboat? This game is absolute trash, and I wish I'd bought it on disk so I could sell it. There's a reason why you can't review it on Xbox, and that reason is they don't want you to know how awful this game is.
    The 1 player mode is nothing but training for how to play the game. All your interactions with characters in the game consist of them doing long winded speeches. Your "choice" is to do the next mission.
    The multiplayer mode is lame. Your ship is so slow if you hit something it's like a life raft bouncing off a buoy. Once again, there's no Yoda, Boba, not even Jar Jar Binks! Your ship will never go fast like in Battlefront 2. All the characters are generic, bad haircut having, pajama wearing bores.
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