Thursday, November 16, 2017

Deanna Plays: Star Wars Battlefront is Not For Me

Deanna Plays is a monthly feature on this blog where every third Thursday of the month I talk about something related to video games. Sometimes these are reviews of the games themselves, sometimes it's a list of books to read if you play X, and anything in between!

You might be wondering, "Hey, Deanna. What happened to the October edition of Deanna Plays??" And I would just shrug and say, "oh...I just forgot to do it!" One of downsides of this blog not being a job I get paid for and rather a hobby on the side is that I can just let deadlines pass me by! No one can yell at me, except I do want to try to do this feature consistently, but let's see how this goes moving forward.

So since it's #RRSciFiMonth again, I wanted this edition of Deanna Plays to be about a science fiction game. I just started playing Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, but I don't think I've played it enough to form an opinion. The Turning Test was available for download last month...but I have yet to play it, so that wasn't an option either. So instead, since Star Wars Battlefront 2 is coming out, I want to talk about my thoughts about the first game that came out last year. Fair warning, if you love shooters, you are not going to like where this is heading. 

So, Star Wars Battlefront is just not a game for me. There I said it, I just don't like it. Now, I don't want to say if it's a bad game or not, because I just don't know if I can really judge that. I do know, that I'm just not into shooters and since that is the format of this game it's just not for me! Since I took a few years off from gaming, I just don't have the experience of playing shooters like everyone else in this game has. I just don't find it fun to play with a bunch of teenagers that have been playing forever and are crazy good at this game. I die immediately and it almost seems like these kids have a personal vendetta against me as they kill me over and over and over again. It's just not a fun game for me!

I think another reason it just doesn't work for me is that there isn't really a storytelling element in this game. As a book lover, and writer, I love stories and it's one of that things that draws me to a game. It's especially why I lean more towards RPGs. I want to be invested in characters, and with a shooter like Battlefront I don't really get that. I know that the second installment of the game is introducing a single-player story mode, but I just can't justify buying it just for that campaign. 

Granted, I will admit that it is fun to play when I am in a very bad mood and just want to kill imperials. When the dusty orange cheeto got elected as President of my country, I spent that night just trying to kill the empire as much as possible. So this game does have merit, but at the end of day if a game isn't fun to play, then what is even the point in playing? 

I wanted to like this game so bad, because it's Star Wars! I love Star Wars! So why can't I just get into this game? It was kinda of depressing to come to that realization, that just because it's Star Wars doesn't mean I have to like EVERYTHING that says it on the cover.

So, gamers, I want to know, do you like the Star Wars Battlefront games? What draws you to the game? 

Happy Reads Everyone!