The Star Wars Battlefront beta ended Tuesday after receiving a one-day extension, and publisher Electronic Arts announced that more than 9 million players logged in and played, making it the largest beta in the company’s history. A free download on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC, the beta gave gamers a taste of three different multiplayer modes on three maps.
We spent a large amount of the weekend shooting blasters and piloting AT-STs as either a Rebel Alliance soldier or an Imperial Stormtrooper, and came away generally impressed. The Star Wars universe has never appeared so fully realized in a game, and the gorgeous graphics, spot-on sound design and liberal use of the series’ iconic score combine to transport you to a galaxy far, far away. Here’s a closer look at the three modes that were available, and the pros and cons of each.
The only single-player (or co-op) mode available in the beta, Survival Mission drops you on Tatooine as a Rebel soldier who must fend off six waves of increasingly difficult Imperial forces while collecting powerups along the way. This is Battlefront’s version of the Horde mode that Gears of War 2 popularized in 2008 and has since found its way into nearly every shooter.
Drop Zone is an eight vs. eight player mode where teams fight for control of escape pods that continually rain down on the rocky planet Sullust. The pods drop down at random locations, and the first team to secure its location then has to defend the pod for a set amount of time to earn points. The first team to capture five pods (or the majority within the time limit) wins.
Now this is what we came for, an epic 40-player battle set on Hoth where Rebels fight the Empire’s onslaught of AT-ATs by calling in Y-wing bombers. Featuring a huge open environment littered with different vehicle types and the ability to gain a Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader powerup and go on a Jedi rampage, Walker Assault was clearly the highlight of the beta.
So what did you think of the beta, and most importantly, did you get to play as Luke or Vader? Star Wars Battlefront launches Nov. 17.