The Star Wars: Battlefront games are great fun on the "proper" consoles like the PS2 and Xbox, and despite a noble effort here, it just doesn't translate as well to the handheld PSP.
Indeed, once again, the PSP's poorly thought out control scheme is problematic here, but thankfully the commands have been made simplistic enough that they aren't too clunky. The Battlefront games are designed a lot like the Battefield games on the PC; you join a side - either good or bad - and then have to deplete the other team's "tokens", each of which represents a unit. Once you get them down to 0, you win, and similarly you have to prevent your own tokens being diminished by holding control points and stopping the other team from stealing them. One nice addition is the ability to - during space-based missions - fly outside in a small cruiser and try to blow up the enemy's ship. The multiplayer element has promise, but unfortunately it's limited to local play, and WiFi isn't an option.
Visually, the game looks great on the PSP; the only real gripe is that sometimes when you're using third person view, the camera can get awkward and make you open to gunfire when you shouldn't be. There's not a lot of pop-in or frame-rate drops even when the firefights get intense, which is a pleasant surprise. Aurally, the game borrows a lot of tracks from the film's brilliant scores, and the sound effects of the sabres and weapons are also taken from the films.
This isn't as fun as the proper console versions, because it doesn't have the excellent online play that they do, but it's a solid effort for a handheld, and totally holds up on a technical level. Star Wars fans will get a kick out of it.
Having owned the original game in this series on PS2 & being a keen fan of the Star Wars series of films, I was keen to get hold of this game so I had a Star Wars game fos PSP.
The game is a war game. Primarily played as a first person shooter, although in this game you also have the ability to board & take control of certain types of vehicles & take to the battlefield in that paticular vehicle.
There are lost of different levels to play & types of battle to take part in. Some of them are based on planets like levels based on the Battle Of Hoth (an ice world the the rebels defend a shield generator) or the Battle Of Endor (a forest moon where the emipre are defending a shield generator). Some of the levels are based in space & are essentially dogfights between Rebel Fighters & Empire Fighters. These are slightly more shallow than the land based levels as there is no clear objective for either side other than kill as many opponents as possible.
There are loads of different characters available. All with their own specific weapons, specialities & abilities. A scout with a sniper rifle or a trooper with a standard laser are two examples. Plus there are also brand new for this game Jedi Knights. They are good & carry a lightsaber, but as they have no armour, hit them once & they're dead.
In some ways it was very similar to the original. Some of the levels are exactly the same as the original but with the new improvements, like Hoth or Endor. There are also some new levels too such as the ones based in space. It is definitely better than the original.
It plays well. The controls are both simple to understand & use but also pretty functional too. There are single player modes which are fun but to be fair have no real goal. There are also Multiplayer Modes for people with two PSP's & two copies of the game playing together. I was dissapointed that there was no online player mode.
I would recommend the game to avid star wars fans. It is lots of fun to play with familiar characters, places & scenarios. For a dedicated First Person Shooter fan, it may seem a bit shallow & lack variety in the missions & a degree of progression in difficulty & opening up new levels.
Star wars battle front 2 is a war shooter set in the star wars universe.
The game is simply a load of differen't battles toghether in 1 game. There are 17 single player maps (2 of them are space maps) that you can play on the maps range from city based battles to jungles and swamps. On each map there are around 2 avalible missions (capture the flag and conquest). For each mission you can choose to play as a rebel or the empire.
The game has no story mode and the only 'missions' that you can do are things like 'bounty hunter' and 'Kill as many wookies as possible'.
The space battles are the best part of the game flying around in gunships, star destroyers or fighters shooting at the opponents ships vital parts like the bridge and engines.
This is a good game but doesnt have a story at all so it wont last long. I like the game though but lack of a story doesnt help it at all.
You would be better off buying the consol version
Star Wars Battlefront II for PSP is similar to its recently announced console counterpart with space combat, playable Jedi, and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith content, yet it still boasts several distinct features meant to embrace the on-the-go nature of a handheld system. The game includes several unique mini-campaigns as opposed to the much longer campaign seen on consoles. Players can join the Rebellion as a smuggler, work for themselves as a mercenary for hire, or use their Imperial sniping skills to rid the galaxy of pesky species like Jawas, Ewoks and Gungans. Wi-Fi compatibility permits up to four players to join in at once, either cooperatively or competitively, and they can also partake in classic Instant Action mode to fight their favorite Star Wars battles any way they want to.