The extremely successful beta for Star Wars Battlefront may be over, but it’s fair to say that the game is still at the forefront of many gamers’ minds. And why shouldn’t it be? Star Wars fans have been waiting a decade for the franchise to return; when you combine that with the immense anticipation for the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December, it’s safe to assume that this will easily be one of the best-selling games of the year. The response to the beta has been largely positive, as the game is not only breathtaking in terms of presentation but is also a completely competent shooter in its own right. With a little over a month to go until the full game releases, we’re now left with almost too much time to ponder the various ways in which the beta left us wanting, however. Make no mistake; there is a ton to like about the taste the beta gave us, but there were also a fair number of problems with it too. While it’s unlikely that most of the following issues will be fixed before the game comes out, if EA and developer DICE can make some key improvements to what they have already, they could very well have the best Star Wars game ever on their hands (and who knows, it could still be either way!). Here’s what we’d like to see improved upon or added to the finished version of Star Wars Battlefront.
8. A Variety of Spawn Points
The central draw of the beta was the 40 player Walker Assault mode set on Hoth because who doesn’t want to live out the most iconic Star Wars battle ever? This mode does a great job of showcasing how large battles work in the game. The problem is that, when you die (and you will…a lot), there is very little choice in terms of where you will respawn. You can either spawn in a pre-determined zone that depends on how far along the battle is or with a partner, which is a handy but often risky choice depending on what they’re up to at the time. We know this game is different from the Battlefield series (which DICE also makes), but considering that Walker Assault is structured similarly to that franchise’s Rush mode, DICE should consider adding additional spawn zones to give players more choices of where to return on their next life. After all, nobody likes dying five seconds after returning to battle.