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Star Wars Battlefront or Yoda, Where’s my Content?

Posted in Gaming these days ..., Hands On with tags , , , , on October 11, 2015 by Rabidgames

So, finally, the Beta for Star Wars Battlefront has arrived from a galaxy far, far away … After the creative decision to not integrate any campaign or even the once awesome Galactic Conquest mode, many had the feeling the new Battlefront would be just in for the quick interstellar buck.

And judging from the Beta, they are right. What do we have? First, there are Survival Missions – 4 rather small co-op maps in total, one in the Beta – and these small maps feel just like a Beta version of Mass Effect 3’s amazing co-op multiplayer. Where Mass Effect 3 managed to sine with the innovative use of powers and races and actually made us want to unlock yet another race – or finally the Asari Adept – Battlefront is just plain boring wave after wave of the same enemies with minor variations attacking you. Walkers are extremely boring – after figuring out it is incredibly easy to do some damage do an AT-ST, fleeing around a corner, recovering health and then rinse & repeat, it’ll make you want to fall asleep.

Dropzone is a team-based capture-the-flag variation with up to 16 players. It plays like any other similar multiplayer – fast-paced, a bit reliant on luck where the pod lands, but all in all, pretty boring. We’ve seen it before. A billion times.

Last but finally worthy, the Walker Assault on Hoth – and this where Battlefront finally plays and feels like a Battlefront game! A massive, epic 20 vs 20 battle where you can control X-wings, TIE fighters, walkers, turrets or maybe Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader – here is where the fun is. True, it’s easier for the Empire to win here, but the reason may well be the tactical expertise and firepower of the Imperial forces over the rebel scum. In terms of fun, it’s hard to imagine most of us will enjoy this map more than a few times a day though – unless you love seeing Luke crushed to death cruelly:

Sure, stomping around Hoth in a massive AT-AT is truly fun, but with regards to the whole game … there is only a total of 7 (seven!!!) multiplayer maps, each with its own mode. That’s it. Clearly, what we see here is that the new Star Wars Battlefront offers exactly zero longevity. There is some customisation to be had, but judging from the demo, it is nothing to write home about.

Battlefront essentially feels like a Battlefield game with a few tacked-on Star Wars gimmicks (they are bombastic and cool admittedly though). While this alone could still be fun, the lack of different modes is the one thing that really hurts the game most though. And with the lack of a campaign or a galactic conquest mode to enhance the game, there isn’t much to do but these well-trodden multiplayer battles. Coincidentally though, we know there will be DLC reinforcements arriving when the The Force Awakens … honestly, had Palpatine that blunt with getting control of the galaxy, he would have failed.

Rabidgames uses the force: Surely, Yoda AND Palpatine disapprove. This incarnation of Battlefron is an empty husk, trying to cash in on the good name. There is no innovation, there is nothing but fine gameplay and shiny graphics … pretty much Destiny all over! Worth a tenner? Yes. Worth full price? For the Emperor’s sake, hell no!

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The Axis of Evil: Disney, EA and Poor Old Star Wars …

Posted in Gaming these days ..., News with tags , , , on May 8, 2013 by Rabidgames

So you thought it was a bad day when Lucas sold out his heritage to Disney? Oh boy, that story now feels like a good time back then!

Now we know that Electronic “Arts” has the license to bleed the last life out of the Star Wars franchise. Granted, The Force Unleashed 2 was awfully short … but EA? Seriously? E fuckin’ A?

But hey, maybe it’s not the end of the world. Let’s have a look what might happen in the future in a galaxy far away:

Star Wars: Battlefield of Hoth – DICE delivers a pure Battlefield experience including TIE fighters and AT/ATs. Actually, that one could be cool!

Star Wars in Dead Space – Of course, it’s going to be a co-op only horror experience set in the darkest corners of the universe … or probably just in your local Tatooine pub next door. Sadly, you’ll be able to use the force via micro-transaction only.

FIFA Star Wars – Imagine an epic final between the Empire and Droids in the Death Star. Or what about Jedi vs Ewoks in a tree stadium? And the, you can finally build your Ultimate Dream Team: Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Yoda and Chewbacca all in one hell of a team!

Mass Effect vs Star Wars – A previously unknown mass portal opens a door to another galaxy far, far away. Including Shepard’s 495th clone and the infamous day 1 DLC “From the Cinder of the Old Republic“. Plus, the ending depends on the colour of your light saber!

Star Wars: Burnout – How many X-Wings can you crash in one go? And let’s play bowling with asteroid fields! Another fine Premium to Play experience delivered by EA.

Command & Conquer Coruscant – Control the armies of the brave Jedi forces or the ominous armies of Darth Kane! No one knows if it’s going to be F2P and MP only though … who needs a fucking campaign these days anyway?

Mercenaries: The Fett Dynasty – A galaxy-stretching open world experience where your loyalty belongs to currency. Your goal? Blow shit up, of course! Rumours are we might be able to control the Death Star!

Rabidgames pukes: No, this news is bad news. EA might be successful, but the price is too high for us few old school gamers: gleichschaltung of all games, forced MP, online passes and micro transactions, no more innovation – say hello to a new generation of stale Star Wars themed shooters. Needless to say, Rabidgames would be an incredibly happy Sith Lord if proven wrong …

Imagine famous movies with a Mass Effect 3 ending

Posted in Gaming these days ... with tags , , , on April 29, 2012 by Rabidgames

We all enjoyed Mass Effect 3’s vague and inexplicable ending, didn’t we?
Now, let’s think what would have happened if the following famous movies ended with unforeseeable twists and ludicrous turns …

Let’s embark on an unimaginable journey:

 

Star Wars

Alright, when Luke is fighting the Emperor aboard the Death Star, time freezes and an unknown deity appears from out of nowhere. It gives Luke two choices: Either he sacrifices the lives of all people(s) in the entire system, yet the Republic wins, or Luke becomes the new Emperor in secrecy. Of course, there’s a catch: Whatever Luke does, the force will vanish. Why? It’s the way it is, says the deity.
Oh yeah, Han Solo panics and leaves the battle. Yet, the Millennium Falcon gets damaged by space magic and crash-lands on an unknown planet.

Also, neither Han Solo nor Greedo shot first – the famous first shot was a reflected laser shot from a cloaked C3PO who happens to be an assassin robot in one hell of a disguise, working for Yoda’s evil twin.

 

Blade Runner

So, Harrison Ford finds out he is a replicant himself. In reality, replicants are the natives of earth while they just bred organic beings for their own comfort. He has the choice to make everyone aware of this reverse life, or he kills himself, slaying the truth but preserving artistic integrity. Whatever happens, oxygen will become sparse.

 

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Of course, Adolf Hitler is there when the Nazis open the Ark of the Covenant. Instead of killing them, the Ark merges all Nazis into a giant super robot with Hitler as its moustache. Indy can beat them off by following Moses’ ghost into a surreal world which happens to be god’s insane mind. Nazibot’s Achilles heel turns out to be an arrow to the knee. Wounded, the Nazis flee to the moon – only to return in Iron Sky! Due to those miraculous events, the universe stops expanding.

 

Alien

The Alien queen tells Ripley telepathically she is the last one of an intergalactic guardian race which is to prevent aggressive races such as humanity to colonise space. Ripley can then decide to synthesize with the Alien queen to create a new, powerful hybrid for the greater good, or she destroys the queen and dooms the universe. Whatever happens, human piss turns from yellow to blue.

 

Matrix

Alright when Neo finds out … well, who is Rabidgames kidding? The end of the Matrix trilogy (aka everything but the original flick) is way worse than the one of Mass Effect 3 … plus, the first movie is missing a green pill!

 

Rabidgames broods: What does define a game or a movie? Special effects, the plot, the end? All of it? What is it people will remember? Would the above movies still be considered classics by their fans if the endings would not have made any sense whatsoever?