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Star Wars Battlefront: Rogue Squadron is the follow up to the solid but flawed Battlefront 2 for the PSP. While this is still a good game, it's unfortunately still plagued with a lot of the same control and camera issues that made the previous game such a frustrating experience despite being quite fun otherwise.
Gameplay-wise, much hasn't changed; you're still tasked with taking down massive hordes of enemies, using a ticketing system similar to that of the Battlefield games, and the games end once you reduce all of the enemy team's tickets to zero by holding control points and killing the enemy units. The space battle feature introduced in the last game has been retained after being so well-recieved, and is one of the most entertaining features of the game.
Visually, the game looks pretty good; it is noticeably toned down from the console versions, but it still looks great for a PSP game. The textures and vast environments are impressively rendered, and it encapsulates the Star Wars environment very well. Aurally, it's pretty good too; a few tracks from the films are on here, but there could be more of the signature ones. However, the sounds from your favourite weapons and vehicles have been included, making it seem all the more immersive and authentic.
So, what doesn't work? Well, there are noticeably more visual glitches this time around, chiefly a lot of pop-in, and characters venturing off the map (particularly in space), meaning they cannot be shot. Also, there's nothing to really suggest an evolution of the previous game other than different units and different maps, but it's still fairly entertaining.
Star wars battlefront : Renegade Squadron is the latest in the battlefront line. I have owned it now for a month but I still have a good experience of it as I have become addicted to it. I am sure that many readers of this review are considering buying the game as they have played previous versions, but can it meet expectations?
The controls are different here due to the fact that the psp does not own as many buttons as a normal ps2 or 3 controller. The main difference is that instead of aiming like you would do if you had a right analog stick, players simply hold R to lock on. Other than that there are not any other changes, these controls take some time to getting used to, but once you have they are great and easy to use.
The graphics are average for a psp game, which is not bad. They seem to be around the level of the original star wars battlefront for the ps2. They are quite sharp and the colours all seem to be fine.
There are a few different game modes in regenade squadron. These are galactic conquest, story mode, single battle and online play. Galactic conquest is pretty simple, all you have to do is capture different planets in a risk board game like format, but instead of rolling dice to see who wins a planet actually fighting a battle for it. Story mode has now been changed now to have objectives that must be completed, this is all down controlling the rebels. Single battle speaks for itself. And finally online mode is great fun, you can either play friends locally or over the internet if you are within range of a wifi network, it's great to play, but very hard. Oddly in single battle you can fight in the clone wars as battle droids, but strangely there is no option for this in galactic conquest which is a shame.
There is now an option to buy your weapons in this game. At the start of each battle, your soldier is given 100 credits. They can then choose their own mix of weapons. This is a great new feature meaning options are no longer restricted. In previous battlefront games I enjoyed having a jetpack to take bases quickly, but if an opponent came I struggled to do anything as I had a rocket launcher, with this new system I can own both a jetpack and a machine gun, which is great.
The only disadvantage I can think of is the questionable longevity of the game. Once you have done the story mode and galactic conquest mode there is not much else to be done. To make the game last longer you can change the difficulty to make it more challenging. But other than that there is not much else to be done.
Overall I think that this is a must have game for the psp. It's great fun and ticks all the right boxes in the battlefront saga, it makes a great addition to the collection.
Enhanced space combat features a refined control scheme. For the first time on the PSP system, players can also enter capital ships as they did in the console versions of Star Wars Battlefront II