STAR WARS: SQUADRONS IS A STRONG ATTACK RUN  
Lock those S-foils.         


REVIEW

By JAY TEE
13/10/20
Reviewed on Xbox One X.

Only cool people use their peripheral vision to look at the camera.

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Star Wars: Squadrons goes to great lengths to ensure it nails the elevator pitch; a bang tidy dogfighter that evokes pleasant memories of its N64 era spiritual predecessors. It’s an audacious move from a publisher with a spotty licensed track record, but ultimately the risk pays off and the end product remains a strong effort by EA Motive. If Respawn’s Jedi Fallen Order was the opening salvo, this is a pleasing second wave.

There’s rampant smart decisions at play here, from the slightly discounted asking price, to the clear choice of entrenching players firmly in the cockpit view. Yes there will be boring die hards who take offence at the inclusion of vessel modification and tweakable interiors, but, you know, they’re wrong. Embracing customisation and making you feel unique is something to be applauded, especially in a game where you spend so much time in the hot seat.

Managing your power reserves by shunting energy to critical systems (depending on the situation) is an appreciated, dare I say it ‘Star Trek’ touch, and makes the moment to moment balancing act all the more satisfying. Prepare yourselves for a steep learning curve though; you’ll want to dig into the weeds of the various upgrades on offer, with several potentially game changing counter measures worth the investment.

The single player remains a high budget but functional affair, with an over reliance on ‘hitting the waypoint’ progression that gives the story a somewhat wonky pace. Production value wise, it looks stunning, and although we didn’t get a chance to dive into the VR support, there’s a wonderful sense of momentum and authenticity permeating the entire game.

Multiplayer is definitely strong with the force. One could argue it’s a tad slight in the game mode department, but map design is balanced and thoughtful. Most play spaces include chunks of space debris, or space stations with ample escape routes, encouraging quick withdrawals and tactical retreats. You’re never too far from the action, and things can turn against you on a dime.

Star Wars: Squadrons is a polished, challenging, and faithful take on the franchise, and well worth a look.  




WORTH IT?

AND

YEAH!
Star Wars: Squadrons delivers the goods in a taut, action packed space combat shooter.        

It’s still exciting to fly an X-Wing in a video game. The magic remains!   

TARPS?

BETTER THAN*:

WORSE THAN*:

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