Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron Impressions

Battlefront is set to make a return to the PSP this year, featuring multiple-level battlefields and an all-new Story mode.

The Star Wars Battlefront series has found a natural home on the PSP, with two games having been released on the system and a third one set for release in November. We managed to grab a look at the latest game, subtitled Elite Squadron, at this year's GamesCom convention.

The headline feature of the new game is battles that occur on multiple levels. On the Hoth level we were shown, you can do battle both on the planet surface and the space above it. It's an interesting concept because you can jump in an X-Wing on the ground and then fly up into space to go dogfighting or even dock with a space cruiser. There are also weapons on the ground that you can use to take out the huge battleships orbiting overhead, such as the antiorbital ion cannon on the Hoth surface.

All 12 of the maps in Elite Squadron have ground and space levels like this, with battles on both the ground and in space happening simultaneously. Like its predecessor, you can play with up to 15 other people online and up to five other people over a local wireless connection. Playing through the game will unlock new character customisations and vehicle decals, meaning if you get into an AT-AT, it will be emblazoned with your own personal logo.

Elite Squadron also has an original story--something that was always missing from this predominantly multiplayer series. The narrative will span the entire Star Wars film saga and a little bit beyond, as you control X2, an Imperial trooper cloned from a Jedi master who defects to the Rebellion.

Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron is shaping up well, and it's good to see that this series has flourished on a handheld console. Speaking of which, it's also coming to the DS this year, and you can expect both games to arrive before the end of the year.

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robCROW75
robCROW75

i've been playing the demo for awhile and I think it's awesome. The lock on/default controls work a bit more smoothly than Renegade Squadron and the ability to melee when you or an enemy closes in should help to counter some of those lock on tangoes that always seem to happen when you play a multiplayer game with auto aim. Still, I think Resistance Retribution nailed the aim assist concept.- Rebellion should have adopted that scheme but whatever, this game is definitely a must buy for me. Just hope the hacks don't ruin this one like they did everything else that you can take your psp online with.

VXLbeast
VXLbeast

Hmm, we will see what happens with the DS version turns out.

ryandavidbarker
ryandavidbarker

iv got the demo and i think this game is ace! i just get a bit confused coz there are only 8 units per team, and all of them stay on the same front as you are (like in space, or on the ground) and like, if im in space and iv got 8 xwings on me, ( meaning all the AI are in space with me) they are still catching command posts...but the gameplay is a lot better than renegade squadron, it has more realistic sprinting, better jedi controls, you can actually shoot in vehicles (in renegade a lot of vehicles shot for themselves), there are more customisation options, and hand to hand combat weapons! i took on darth maul with a force pike lol, and i dont know if this was a glitch or not, but i fought a battle droid which was wielding a dual blade red saber!!!! the ion cannon is fun, but i havnt managed to hit anything with the orbital cannon :( the loss of the droideka is a bad point, and the lack of bombers, but the extended interior of the capital ships are impressive for a psp system and escape pods are useful, in the end i would give this game (from looking at the demo) a 9/10

Brippen15
Brippen15

free radical had an even better demo for battlefront iii. the ability to go seamlessly between ground, space, then land in a destroyer, then run through the halls was the best idea ever.

wonder_lump
wonder_lump

The demo is awesome. The ability to go almost seamlessly from space to ground is the best idea yet.

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Megasus_
Megasus_

This looks promising. For the PSP, I mean. After all, if we remember the commercial success of the past Star Wars games for the DS, such as The Force Unleashed. So, if you ask me, they should allover skip the DS part and go right towards the goods: the PlayStation Portable. I can't WAIT for this game to come out, and the only upcoming game I'd rather get is Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier for the PS2.

montruo
montruo

i played the demo and its awesome but the controls are the same as renegade squadron......and something that i dont like: droideka is not here and why the super battle droid have to load a gun if he has one in his right hand?

kid23455
kid23455

it will be really sad. I mean come on, 12 maps? That is nothing, and i don't care if it has so called "all new modes", as they are most certainly not all new. They just recycle renegade with a new twist, and add an extreme shortage of maps. Elite squadron cannot possibly succeed with only 12 maps, as that is unacceptable. They probably spent too much money on the ds version, and unless they create some free downloadable content, dont get this as it will get old in a day.

Bog101
Bog101

I can't wait! I loved the first 2!

Bog101
Bog101

I own both of the other psp battlefronts and got a lot of enjoyment out of them so this should be very good! I can't wait!

misterbutt
misterbutt

i actually didnt like renegade squadron cuz of the controls but now im thinking maybe i didnt give it a chance. ill buy this but keep the (same thing i did with renegade and i returned it like the next day)

Megasus_
Megasus_

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Megasus_
Megasus_

This looks great for the PSP, a certain improvement to Renegade Squadron. As long as it has online support, I'm in. That was the major setback of battlefront II for the psp. Hope this turns out well, like The Lost Frontier will :P

Hoplite32
Hoplite32

I loved BF2. It's a shame this isn't on any other platforms; i have neither of those two.

calebcop
calebcop

This game should be good because I own renegade squadron. And I liked it.

barleybosh
barleybosh

Battlefront 1 for XBox was friggin awesome. I want something more like that!

kk120
kk120

all right! another star wars game on the PSP it sounds like a major improvement over renegade squadron I was looking at the screens and it looks like they brought back the classic good vs evil mode, Assault that's what its called they took it out of renegade so I cant wait for it

calebcop
calebcop

Sounds pretty cool, but not enough info here to determine if I'll buy it or not. And I think it will be better for PSP than DS, because DSs stink.

david1233
david1233

I loved Renegade Squadron and i can't wiat for this. this'll keep me busy before the old republic comes out =]

DonatelloToAll
DonatelloToAll

This games gonna be awesome,I'm stoked to see how it does!

PC-GAMER-CARTER
PC-GAMER-CARTER

I'm not so shear the game on the DS was the best choose A: its graphics ain't to good. But it can still be o good game. i just wish they would make it on the PC.

gh0st_sp1rit
gh0st_sp1rit

DS has some pretty crappy games, but the system is good. i plan to buy this game.

Scorch419
Scorch419

That sucks that their are not makin it for the xbox360 and the computer!!!!! DS sucks and the psp is pretty good but still!!! LETS GO ON A RIOT!!!!!! LOL but comon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DS SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bjamesw
bjamesw

Why the DS?? Maybe as a DSi game, but the normal DS is gay I had one, the graphics on ALL the games sucks, and SWBFES would be way to hard to play on it, the PSP already has enough troubles as it is with only one Analog, and the DS doesn't have ANY. But as for the consoles being hit with one, I agree that it needs to happen.

chinchilla177
chinchilla177

MAKE A NEW ONE FOR THE 360 AND PS3 PLEASE I BEG YOU i know so many people who would buy it. everyone has battlefront 2!!!

gamer2723
gamer2723

who thinks psp go is not as good as psp 1 2 and 3

Neku_rules
Neku_rules

To the DS is cool, but if it comes for the Wii is going to be awsome!! ^o^

tjbux
tjbux

PSP ONE TOTALLY SICK as ds sucks REAL BAD

Draco98
Draco98

psp one probably better

iginlawasup
iginlawasup

I hope it has good Jedi/hero play. Like SWBRS didnt have very good Jedi fights, they didnt kill the enemy enough.

GondorMage
GondorMage

i think now its time we move this series to all major consoles again this game would be amazing on the 360 and ps3 not ds. making this for the ds is a waste of time! still stick wit psp just move it up a bit u know cause the results of this hitting major consoles would be amazing!

arkz09
arkz09

almost every game the make for psp and ds the one for psp is better i wish this is not an exeption

kyram_3
kyram_3

yes even better to costomize a clone and battlefront 3 for the consels soon good year look on my page about bf3

randomnugget
randomnugget

hmm, lets hope its good. for the ds that is.

KJsmashdude
KJsmashdude

This game is bound to be a top seller

freeofkings
freeofkings

yah this game is gunna rock. i just hope that some day. they will make a battlefield 3 for the consoles.

Arrancar6
Arrancar6

Since the trooper you control is a clone of a jedi master, i wonder if he will be able to use force powers or even a lightsaber?

SuperGamer911
SuperGamer911

Umm... sounds like what battlefront 3 was supposed to be.

GondorMage
GondorMage

this game is not worth the buy for us ds users the graphics are horrible and its going to end up being a little blip blasting things just like lord of the rings conquest =.=

aggelos6
aggelos6

And i was wondering when Gamespot would mention this game...This preview doesn't say much. IGN has posted two quite detailed previews...Anyway , i will definitely buy this game...looks great...

linkman3
linkman3

cool putting to my collection on the shelf

Malhound
Malhound

The second Portable appearance since Renegade Squadron.

Daanyaal
Daanyaal

hell yeah man.... i love sw battlefront

Dezeylucid
Dezeylucid

Its like Battlefront is getting better and better.