The Other Big Star Wars Game This Fall
It's finally Fall time! The colors of the leafs are changing, the weather is beautiful, and a TON of video games are coming out. If you're a student, as I am, you're probably getting to that point in the semester where you feel buried in papers and tests. Fortunately, there's always time for video games, or that's how I manage my time at least. With that all said, let's quickly gloss over the list of big Fall releases.
In no particular order:
- Metal Gear Solid V
- Super Mario Maker
- Disney Infinity 3.0
- Destiny: The Taken King
- Halo 5
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Uncharted Collection
- Fallout 4
- Star Wars Battl.. STOP
Speaking of Star Wars, EA recently just ended the Battlefront Beta last week. During the time of the beta, I did manage to get about four hours of play time in. To be completely honest, I was pretty disappointed with the beta. Don't get me wrong, the game is great in its own respect but ultimately I was less than thrilled with what I played. While the visuals and sound design are absolutely top notch, the gameplay just feels like a glorified Battlefield game. No offense to Battlefield, it is a superb FPS on its own but I couldn't help but feel the similarities between the two games causes Battlefront to lose some of its identity. To make a long story short, Battlefront looks like an extremely satisfying game that I am positive will perform well. EA has even mentioned that they expect to sell 13 million copies by the end of their fiscal year, March 31st. Most players that took part in the beta seemed to be happy with the game and I'm sure that I am just an outlier.
With that said, there is another Star Wars game this Fall that has managed to scratch my Star Wars itch. That's right, Disney Infinity 3.0 is a wonderful Star Wars game that has stripped away hours of my life these past few weeks. I know, I know, "it's a kids' game", and it's not a "real" Star Wars game. You cannot go into this game with the expectation that it's just a silly cartoon game for kids. It truly is a game full of fan service for tried and true Star Wars fans. That even goes for the other properties in the game including Marvel and Pixar. Both of the Star Wars themed playsets are fantastic. The first one, Twilight of the Republic, is a made up story themed around the events and characters of the prequel trilogy. There is now a second playset, Rise Against the Empire, which is essentially the same concept but in relation to the original trilogy. Both are extremely entertaining Star Wars games. They offer basic (but not boring) combat, fun playforming and even some racing. The gameplay is pretty varied throughout the playsets and surprisingly, everything works well!
Playsets only take about four hours to complete. If that's not enough content for you, there's always the Toy Box. I am the kind of gamer that would rather play than create. Sure, I've spent a few hours tinkering around in the Toy Box, creating new worlds to explore only to realize that I am incapable of creating anything worthy of uploading. The good news is, there is plenty of talent out there that can create interesting Toy Box missions, and they have! Just the other night, I was playing as Anakin Skywalker attempting to regain control of all the cookies that the Empire had held captive. It is pretty amazing what others have managed to create in Disney Inifinty. The deep creation tools that the game offers has allowed for creative (and dedicated) players to create some of the best experiences that the game has to offer. I've explored recreations of Hoth and Tatooine, battled Darth Vader as Luke, you name it. Any Star Wars adventure you could think of is either already there, or waiting to be created.
So in a few short weeks Battlefront will be out. Gamers will flock to go and play the beautiful game that Dice has created. They'll shoot a lot of people on the other team in big online multiplayer matches, just as we will be doing in Halo 5 and Black Ops 3. However, I will be cruising around Endor on a Speeder Bike, getting into mischief in Disney Infinity 3.0.