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Star Wars: Battlefront Single Player (SP) and Cooperative (Co-op) Modes Detailed

Battlefront Single Player and Co-op Modes

Battlefront Single Player and Co-op ModesStar Wars Battlefront Single Player and Co-op Modes: What are the options?

Yesterday I searched and search and couldn't find one place that listed all the single player and co-op modes of the new Star Wars Battlefront game.

So with that in mind I put together the below list from excerpts of several EA articles.

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Training Missions: SP, Couch and Online 2 player Co-op

There are five different Training Missions, and also a tutorial called Probe Droids where you’ll learn about blasters, Star Cards, and blowing up Imperial hardware. In the Beggar’s Canyon Training Mission, you’ll soar through the Tatooine skies, bringing down TIE fighters with your X-wing. You’ll master yet another iconic vehicle in the Invasion Snowspeeder mission, set on the icy planet of Hoth.

http://starwars.ea.com/starwars/battlefront/news/training-missions-learn-the-ways-of-star-wars-battlefront

 

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Surrival: SP, Couch and Online 2 player Co-op

Hold off waves of Imperial forces including AT-STs, TIE Fighters, elite stormtroopers and more. Survival can be played on all the planets in Star Wars Battlefront including Endor, Hoth, Sullust and Tatooine, and the maps have been specially designed with this Mission type in mind.

http://starwars.ea.com/starwars/battlefront/news/survival-mission-e3-2015-deep-dive

 

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Battles and Hero Battles:  SP, Couch and Online 2 player Versus

Battles is classically Rebels versus Imperials, and can be played against a team of AI enemies or against another player.   When playing against another player, it can be 1 vs 1 only, or each player fighting alongside AI enemies against each other.  The choice is yours, and the goal is to collect points by picking up dropped tokens from your defeated enemies. Reach 100 points and the match is yours. Hero Battles follows the same rules, but with the key difference that you’re fighting as the iconic Heroes and Villains in Star Wars Battlefront.

http://starwars.ea.com/starwars/battlefront/news/battles-and-hero-battles-online-or-split-screen-1-vs-1-action

 

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All Battlefront Single Player and Co-op modes summarized:

http://starwars.ea.com/starwars/battlefront/features/missions

 

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You're invited to join in on our Battlefront discussion in the CAG forums HERE.

Peace out,

Grey

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Star Wars: Battlefront First Impressions

SWBF_1920bThere are lots of Reddit threads and major gaming sites are posting impressions and reviews. I spent 6 hours playing Battlefront over the past few days and wanted to share a few brief impressions.

I left the Battlefront beta this fall and cancelled my pre-order. I found the pvp not enjoyable and spent a lot of time running and dying. This negative impression of the beta is a helpful perspective when I say that I've enjoyed my time with the full game via EA Access. While I had fun playing, I was always able to put it down easily. Battlefront, like Star Wars movies, is a popcorn game. You can pick it up, play a few rounds as a snack, and move onto other things.

I've tried all the game modes and have played a number of rounds on couch co-op with my sons. As a game to play locally with family or friends, it's a blast. My family had fun passing the controller around after each match. The wave based Survival grew old quickly, but the human & AI vs. human & AI mode was fun both as heroes and soldiers. I played the training missions both solo and co-op. Wonderful environments, but as others online are saying, they hint at missed opportunities for additional modes. X-wing Fighter cannon/trench runs recall Rouge Squadron. Imperial v. Rebel speeder bike chases through the forests of Endor. These could have been much more than a one and down experience. Like popcorn, they are enjoyable but rarely filling.

The substance, as it is, in Battlefront is in multiplayer. I played a number of rounds of fighter squadron (ranked from lvl 2 to 5 this way) and initially thought this was were I would spend most of my time. But as I explored other modes, I found fun in Cargo (CTF), Droid Run (Domination/Control Point) and Hunt the Heroes. Hunt the Heroes plays out like Evolve where one hero takes on foot soldiers, except whoever kills the hero plays it in the next spawn. In my time, this rotated between players and no one dominated. Droid Run isn't all that unique in it's gameplay as it plays like other control point modes, but having to stick around and defend a wandering Gonk Droid is a nice SW tweak. Cargo (CTF) was enjoyable and people are still learning the maps. While it's possible to get skunked fast against an experienced team, my games were a good tug of war back and forth as players sought different routes. These modes are ones that could be easy to pop in and out of on a regular basis.

Some modes, like Blast (TDM) and Heroes v. Villains (TDM w/Characters) are what they are. I know some people will enjoy these modes, but they do little to distinguish themselves from other games. Those players who had fun with the modes from the beta (Drop Zone and Walker Assualt) will continue to enjoy them. I didn't enjoy them any more than before. They are fine, not always fun, as they can get one sided. The spawning on friend and lack of squads limit both modes. And like all modes could benefit from more maps. Like the overall game, each mode is fun in short bursts, but is often a shallow experience overall. Popcorn is tasty but is it a satisfying meal.

This post turned out longer than I thought, so if you are still reading… thanks. I think there is a lot of fun to be had in Battlefront, but there are a lot of frustrations too. I found myself coming back to it night after night during my trial, but after a few rounds I went back to Halo 5, Battlefield 4, and even Titanfall to fulfill my desire for sci-fi shooters and deeper MP experiences. By the end of the weekend I had tried all the modes and didn't feel the desire to play my remaining hours on the trial. I booted up other, older Star Wars games in my collection and found enjoyment in those Star Wars games.

As a lifelong Star Wars fan, I found a lot to like, but as a modern game player I was left wanting more. With a fun group of friends, there is a lot of fun to be had in a pick up and play Battlefront experience. But I did not find a deep gameplay experience. DICE built a great engine for the future, but the game is limited at launch. Does that make it worth $60? Not to me, but I had enough fun that I'll be looking for sales typical on EA games shortly after launch. Battlefront, like popcorn, is a fun snack on a regular basis but it is never a satisfying main dish.

Dbqhams


 

You can join the conversation on this topic here:

http://gamingworldforums.com/discuss/index.php?/topic/22175-swbattlefront-ea-access-impressions/#comment-299855

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Phil Spencer for President

phil spencer at the geekwire summit 2015

I am still trying to figure out why this guy is not running in the presidential race. Maybe in 2020. Until then, he continues to say the things that it would seem most gamers would want to hear. In a recent interview, Spencer, head of all things XBox for Microsoft, candidly discussed how much he had learned in his 18 month tenure. He openly talked about the significant lead that Sony's PlayStation 4 has on his XBox One in install base. His new focus in the face of a withering opposition? To focus inwardly. Spencer says that he will be talking less about what Sony is doing and more about his own products and teams. Taking the high road so to speak. And if the tables turn and he is back on top one day? Spencer says that he'll hold the same line. He'll continue focusing his discussions on his products and his teams.  At a minimum, this line is likely to maintain or increase the loyalty of his own employees. Having a leader that stands behind you and gives you the opportunity to innovate and do what gamers want you to do; it's tough to find any fault with that formula.

Thoughts on Streaming, Twitch, and the XBox One

Twitch + XBox One

I’ve struggled a bit with the whole streaming thing. I was into it big time when I was writing for a site, doing game reviews. Streaming was a necessity and I had a schtick pattern to go along with the way I wrote reviews. But since moving on from there, I’ve barely logged into my Twitch account. Recently, however, I've re-engaged, and I've done so for one main reason: posterity.

Product Experience Review – Upgrading the PS4’s Hard Drive

ps4 overview

This is a bit of a lessons learned. I’ll be honest and open and also say that this post will express a bit of dissatisfaction with a few things, too. At the end of the day, I have successfully upgraded my PS4’s hard drive to a 1TB Samsung Spinpoint SATA 5400 RPM drive, and I’m happy. It is just that the road getting there could use a couple of roadcrews to patch up some potholes.

Now it is likely that the most dedicated PlayStation fans have already hit these speedbumps and may think they are small cruft. And overall they are. But it’s worth a warning to those who have not upgraded yet. Some of this will express some areas where Sony could improve; but it’s not like I am saying I am leaving the PlayStation and never coming back and telling people not to buy one. It’s just a “Watch Out!” kind of thing.

Coming Soon: Six PS4 Games That Might Not Be On Your Radar

Logo-Playstation-Store

Here's some quick blurbs on some of the major games releasing soon on the PS4. Not every one. And you might have known it was somewhere soon, but not the exact date.

This list is not meant to be  exhaustive, so if there is something missing that you have your eye on, add it in the comments below!!!

nba 2k16NBA 2K16 (Releases September 25th) – NBA 2K is back with the most true-to-life NBA experience to date with NBA 2K16. Featuring an all-new MyCAREER experience written, directed & produced by acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee.  Guide your MyPLAYER through the complete NBA journey, take control of an NBA franchise, or hone your skills online competing against gamers around the world.

We’re Back!

Were-Back

Were-BackAfter three intense days, I'm proud to announce our CAG Forms are back!

Not only are the CAG forums back, they are now hosted on a dedicated server!

And, even better, you can now find all EIGHT YEARS of CAG's Forums and posts in this new home.

A new home which runs on IP.Board, the same software we've been using for the last few months and which I really like 🙂

And finally, you can get here using our short domain name too, www.TheCAG.ws.

Just one thing… like after any move things tend to be a little messy for awhile!

So please bear with us over the course of the coming weeks as we unpack and get the place cleaned up!

Sincerely,

Grey

 

Flashback Friday: Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter! (Rated M)

CAG in GRAW

In today's Flashback Friday we're highlighting a game play video of CAG in Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, aka GRAW.

While it didn't have the great controls of Rainbow Six Veags, it was still fun to plan co-op with a several friends!

Please feel free to post your own “flashbacks” in our new forums, or comment on this Flashback below,

Until next time, Game on!

Grey

Flashback Friday: Battlefield 1943! (Rated M)

In today's Flashback Friday we're highlighting a gameplay video of CAG's first (and only?) Battlefield 1943 private match from our CAG YouTube Channel.

If you recall, to hold a private match in the original release of Battlefiled 1943 you needed to have 16 players all join the lobby at the same time – that's not very easy to do!!!

Thanks to everyone who joined the above match and Please feel free to post your own “flashbacks” in the comments below.

Until next time, Game on!

Grey

Flashback Friday: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Versus! (Rated M)

Rainbow Six Vegas 2

In today's Flashback Friday we're highlighting a video of CAG Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Versus matches from our CAG YouTube Channel!

Please feel free to post your own “flashbacks” in our new forums, or comment on this Flashback below,

Until next time, Game on!

Grey