Star Wars Battlefront
A reoccurring theme in both my writing and podcasting at present is how age changes one’s personal perspective. This is something that particularly manifests itself with regard to gaming. A decade ago I would have been extremely enthusiastic about a title such as Star Wars Battlefront. I would have pre-ordered the most lavish version available, then waxed lyrical about the beta test and thrown myself wholeheartedly in to the game upon its release. Despite the fact that I’m notoriously poor at the FPS genre, I would have sunk hours in to such a game and done my up most to convince myself and others that I’d had a good time.
Middle age has fortunately brought a keener insight in to the nature of marketing and as well as my own Pavlovian nature. Battlefront is simply another iteration of the Battlefield franchise from DICE with a veneer of Star wars added. It may well be very polished and a succinct distillation of everything that makes classic Star Wars enjoyable but once the initial euphoria has worn off, the player is left with a just another FPS game. Having read multiple reviews and watched numerous streams, it would seem that the game itself is actually lacking some of the usual progression mechanics found in this genre.
However for me the main issue that has kept me from considering purchasing Star Wars Battlefront is the egregious pricing model that EA has chosen to implement. Although I have come to terms with the concept of DLC and the ubiquitous season pass, I feel in this instance that EA have simply crossed a line with regard to an equitable division of the games content. Where a company such as DC Projekt Red seem to have found the right balance between launch content and future material, EA appear to have simply hobbled their base product at the expense of monetising the games long term life cycle. If I want access to all content in Star Wars Battlefront, both present and future, I have to spend £95.
I am a firm believer in the cost to fun ratio. I therefore if at a future date, I can secure Star Wars Battlefront at a discount price, I will overlook its alleged shortcomings and will more than likely have fun playing through the game. At present the price is prohibitive and frankly illogical. It is not a question of whether I can afford the cost, because I can. I simply do not believe the game justifies such a price tag. So for the present I will not be buying Star Wars Battlefront and because I no longer feel compelled to be an early adopter or be part of the “in crowd”, I am content to go without.