History Videogame / StarWarsBattlefront

6th Apr '16 12:39:38 PM BossKey
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* MacrossMissileMassacre: The Hailfire droid tanks.

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* MacrossMissileMassacre: The Hailfire droid tanks. Not so much in the first game (they could only fire five missiles before having to reload), but in the second, it can unload dozens of missiles at a time.


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* ArtificialBrilliance: Surprisingly enough, the AI is actually rather decent at tying up [=AT-ATs=] with the Snowspeeder. While their aim with the harpoon gun can be a bit spotty, a human player in a snowspeeder can rack up a decent number of walker kills by landing hits with the harpoon gun and letting the AI take care of the rest (and switching over to the pilot seat for strafing runs against ground troops). Unfortunately, the snowspeeder AI TookALevelInDumbass in the second game.
10th Feb '16 8:24:17 AM Phoenixion
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For tropes specific to 2015 reboot, see ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront2015''.

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For tropes specific to the sequel, see ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefrontII''. For the 2015 reboot, see ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront2015''.




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* AchillesHeel: Capital ships in space battles can be crippled by targeting vital systems, both through internal sabotage and simply using bombs. This has no effect on gameplay, though, and merely serves to add a large amount of points to your tally.
** ForMassiveDamage: Every land-based vehicle now has a weak point that can be hit with a rocket to deal extra damage. It's usually a fairly obvious or noticeable part of the vehicle. For instance, the Republic/Empire hovertank's weak point is the circle in the back.
* ActionGirl: Aayla Secura, who absolutely rips through enemies with [[DualWielding two lightsabers]]. Princess Leia to a lesser degree as well. Not to mention a particularly effective Rebel sniper.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: The [[PowerCrystal energy crystal]] the player must receive early in II's campaign, which turns out to be a key component of the Death Star's superlaser.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The award sniper rifle is short-ranged, while the chaingun is slow to start firing and is horribly inaccurate. But the sniper can ''skewer'' enemies, and the chaingun rips a droideka to shreds in seconds!
** The Marine in Space battles. While it carries the weapons of the Assault and Heavy classes, making him much better in a direct firefight than the Pilot, his rocket launch can't do as much damage to the ship's core systems as a pilot's time bombs, and he lacks the ability to repair a vehicle while inside it, ultimately meaning that there's almost no point in using one.
* BadassArmy: The 501st Legion, or "Vader's fist" as it's nicknamed.
* BadassNormal: Leia, Han, Chewbacca, Boba, and Jango. These heroes use various ranged weapons instead of lightsabers, playing differently than the Jedi and Sith heroes.
* [[BaseOnWheels Base In Space]]: Landing craft in space battles.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Averted. Going outside in Polis Massa will drain your health, unless you're in a tank or are a droid. Walking out of your capital ship in a space battle has the same effect as jumping into one of the numerous bottomless pits, although it is possible through a glitch to land a ship outside the hangar and walk around on the outside edge of the ship without dying of asphyxiation.
* BattleAura: Shows up whenever the player gets a CosmeticAward that doesn't have a new weapon as its reward.
* BeatingADeadPlayer: Some Rebel soldiers under A.I. control will run up to a dead enemy/player's body, draw their pistols, and [[DoubleTap repeatedly shoot it]] for good measure that they're dead.
---> '''Rebel Soldier:''' "Don't get up!" or "Rebel Scum ''This''!" or "STAY DEAD!!"
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: During space battles, when in a dogfight with an enemy dropship, if a capital ship is nearby, the AI will sometimes attempt a kamikaze course rather than give the enemy the points for destroying the dropship.
* BigBadassBattleSequence: In many ways, the entire point of the game. In the PC version, there's an "XL" gamemode, which is like Conquest except with even more people on the field at once. It's only available on maps based on the biggest battles of the series.
* BittersweetEnding: Noticeably averted in that the last mission in the single-player campaign is the Battle of Hoth, which the Empire wins triumphantly and with the narrator believing that the Rebellion had been completely crushed. The Battle of Endor, the end to the movie series, isn't mentioned at all. Presumably, the story of the game is either being told before Endor or the [=501st=] just wasn't at Endor (despite being almost literally everywhere else in the movies).
** Played straight thanks to some FridgeHorror: you never play the Endor mission because [[DoomedByCanon the narrator died before he could record an audio log about it.]]
** This requires some Expanded Universe knowledge. The 501st didn't participate in the Battle of Endor. They were rewarded with an indefinite leave of absence, but after the destruction of Death Star II, they volunteered for duty again. With the squabbling of several warlords and the like, the [=BF2=] 501st was dissolved and its units were sent to different battalions, but Grand Admiral Thrawn reconstituted the 501st when he gained control of the Empire of the Hand. The newly reformed 501st allowed non-humans and females to join in, and the new 501st survived until at least 138 ABY.
* BlackCloak: Most of the Imperial[=/=]CIS heroes.
* BoringButPractical:
** The Garrison bonus. All it does is add another 50% to your remaining units when your current stock gets too low. But since depleting the enemy's troops is ''how you win'' most of the time, the extra troops act as a faction-wide HeartContainer, often forcing your opponent to go through the much more arduous task to capturing every single command post... [[ZergRush which your extra troops will be pouring out of]] as spawn points become more limited.
** The Supply bonus is also helpful in space battles, as it not only increases the stock of secondary weapons on your ships, but it also means that saboteurs can cause more damage to the inside of the enemy's flagship before backing up to a gonk droid to restock. This can mean the difference between taking out ''just'' their shields, and taking out shields ''and'' life support or engines within minutes of each other.
* CosmeticAward: Medals in ''II'', up until you get four of any specific medal, which then grants you a bonus depending on what the medal is. Getting the medal 64 times on one profile gives you the bonus in question permanently for singleplayer games.
* CriticalEncumbranceFailure: Characters that can use the Force to increase their jumping or a jetpack to fly are unable to do so if they're carrying a flag or some other important object.
* CurbStompBattle: From a story perspective, the 501st utterly eviscerate the Rebels on Yavin and Hoth.
* DemotedToExtra: Count Dooku is ''the'' Separatist hero of the first game, able to appear in any battle as one of the four available heroes. In the second game, he only appears in one standard battlefield: Geonosis. This puts him on the same tier of representation as Ki-Adi-Mundi and Anakin Skywalker; or it would, except those two actually have appearances in the main campaign. Dooku's situation is yet more humiliating in light of the "dead" Separatist heroes appearing more: Jango Fett (three missions) and Darth Maul (seven or eight missions).
* DownerEnding: The Empires victory in Galactic Conquest. Han is still frozen, Vader Force Chokes Leia to death, all life on Endor is massacred, and Luke kneels before The Emperor.
** Also, the CIS ending. Sidious leads the assault on the Jedi Temple with an army of [[MechaMooks Battle Droids]], Darth Maul and Jango Fett (somehow back from the dead) massacring Clone Troopers, General Grievous hunts down the rest of the Jedi and Count Dooku kills Anakin on [[DeathWorld Mustafar]].
* DullSurprise: The movies are actually [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in this regard. Anakin Skywalker has a line "That was exhilarating," with absolutely no emotion whatsoever, a nod to Hayden Christenson's performance in the Prequels.
* EvilBrit: In true Star Wars tradition. In fact, one Imperial (the announcer) is labeled in the credits as "Smarmy British Palpatine Ally".
* GameBreakingBug:
** CTF on Mos Eisley has one where Jawas are capable of picking up flags. Jawas are set to be allied for both sides in order to penalize collateral damage, meaning that if you play with friendly fire off and a Jawa picks up a flag, no one's getting it until the Jawa randomly runs into the flag capture point.
** The UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} version has a nasty, ''very'' common one that causes a crash to desktop when a map is being loaded. This bug is infamous mainly due to the fact that the only currently known way to prevent it is to ''play the game with a plugged in mic''.
** If you have the award pistol unlocked permanently and you play as Han then switch to his fusion cutter, you can't switch back to his special blaster. There's no workaround around it unless you steal a vehicle, kill yourself or let the timer run out.
** Sometimes, the Dagobah map will cut to black screen after the battle is over, but not crash. If this happens, the only choice is to reinstall the game or live with the Empire and Republic Galactic Conquest campaigns being {{Unwinnable}}.
* GameMod: Several, two of the most famous being the ''Battlefront Conversion Pack'', which adds content from the original game, as well as new maps and hero units from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' and ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', and ''Dark Times II: Rising Son'', which adds even more maps, ''tons'' of new units, and a standalone Galactic Conquest campaign starring Luke Skywalker.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: The first mission in the Single-Player campaign involves the 501st stealing a power source for the Death Star without alerting Ki-Adi-Mundi. The player can complete these objectives ''as'' Ki-Adi-Mundi. Of course, this could be explained away in that Ki-Adi didn't know that what he was stealing would be used for.
* GatlingGood: The Clone Commander carries a chaingun blaster, which has a [[BottomlessMagazines Bottomless Magazine]], but instead uses heat buildup to limit firing. It later makes a cameo in [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars the Clone Wars cartoon]].
* GrandTheftPrototype: Any time you raid an enemy hangar (useful for taking out the auto-turret defenses, shields, life support, and engines quickly) you will have to steal an enemy fighter. Yours tends to end up either destroyed or hijacked while you're wreaking havoc.
** Also useful on the ground maps against enemy tanks if you're playing as an engineer. Stealing a tank with your hydrospanner not only keeps it from firing on your troops, but also keeps it from respawning since you never "destroyed" it in the first place.
* HappyEnding: The Republic Campaign in Galactic Conquest mode in II shows Mace Windu killing Palpatine, Obi-Wan killing Grievous, and Anakin becoming a Jedi Master.
** The ending for the Rebel Campaign is basically the canon ending, unsurprisingly.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: [[{{Laserblade}} Lightsabers]].
* ItsUpToYou: Allies in the campaign can't accomplish objectives on their own (the player needs to be present for a control point to be captured despite the dozen friendlies swarming over it, only the player can carry the holocron, ect).
* MacGuffin: The Death Star plans.
* MoreDakka: The commando pistol is basically a regular blaster pistol with its max fire rate quintupled. Clone Commanders also get shoulder-mounted miniguns.
* NeverSayDie: Averted for normal soldiers, with the game downright saying "*killer's name* killed *victim's name*. Played straight for the Jedi/Sith, however. If they are downed by an enemy, the game will say "*killer's name* defeated *character's name*", with them slumping to the floor on one knee. Even if the Jedi/Sith gets into a scenario where the game would say "*victim's name* died", i.e falling down a pit, [[TooDumbToLive getting eaten by the Rancor]], the game will bluntly state "[[HesJustHiding *character's name* has fled]]" - which is technically justified, as the characters themselves respawn.
* NoCampaignForTheWicked: Inverted; this is the first ''Star Wars'' game since ''VideoGame/TIEFighter'' to offer ''only'' an Imperial campaign - and this time, you're not too busy dealing with traitors to actually fight the Rebellion.
* PreExplosionGlow: In space battles, certain parts of capital ships will begin glowing and making weird noises before finally [[StuffBlowingUp blowing up.]]
* PunchClockVillain: While whether or not the entirety of the 501 qualifies, the narrator at the very least does, as he clearly has misgivings about Order 66, but has no choice but to follow Sidious' orders.
* RockBeatsLaser: Oddly enough, in single-player Hunt mode, the primitive native side always seems to absolutely [[CurbStompBattle cream]] the army they're up against, be it Geonosians vs. Clone Snipers, Gungans vs Super Battle Droids, Ewoks vs Imperial Scouts, little Jawas vs the supposedly fierce Tusken Raiders, and Wampas vs ''the entire friggin' Rebel Army.''
** In multiplayer, though, with the AI turned off or kept to a minimum; the more well-equipped, military side almost always beats the natives.
* ShellShockedVeteran: The narrator for campaign mode.
* ShoutOut: The CIS announcer, a Battle Droid, occasionally will refer to the enemy as [[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic "meatbags"]].
** The tutorial for space combat tells you to "[[VideoGame/StarFox use bombers wisely]]"
** While playing as Han Solo on a map other than Mos Eisley Assault, your Imperial opponents will occasionally exclaim "It's Han Solo! [[TheDogShotFirst And he's shooting first]]! That's not fair!"
** When playing as Darth Maul, your opponents may sometimes say "Darth Maul? What's he gonna do, [[MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail bleed all over us]]?"
** When playing as Jango Fett, the clones may say, "It's Jango Fett! [[AttackOfTheClones And he's brought his head!]]
* SniperPistol: The Precision Pistol (earned by getting 6 pistol kills in one life) is this.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: "Officially, there never was a clone rebellion on Kamino."
* TemptingFate: The Imperial announcer at the end of one level announcing that he's sure Darth Vader will be pleased with the mission's results.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: In Dagobah, Luke's crashed X-Wing can be found in the middle of the map. Yet if you play this map in the Clone Wars era, it's replaced by a crashed Republic Gunship. On the other hand, a Republic Gunship that crashed in the single-player campaign on the Felucia mission can be found. It's there regardless of the era you play.
* TrapDoor: The trap door in front of Jabba the Hutt's throne is faithfully reproduced in the "Jabba's Lair" map and [[TooDumbToLive stepping on it]] it will dump you into the Rancor pit. Which, if you're careful enough, also contains a handy short cut to the lower levels.
** It's worth noting though, that the rancor doesn't actually move, and won't kill you unless you walk up to it like a moron. It's perfectly possible to leave just by walking around the darned thing.
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: On the Mos Eisley map, there is a team deathmatch between the heroes and villains, who are the only unit for each army during other battles. It's taken UpToEleven in the mods.
** A lesser example in the Single-Player campaign is two missions where the 501st as Imperial Stormtroopers take on CIS Battledroids on Mustafar and Clonetroopers on Kamino.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Darth Maul and Jango Fett in the CIS ending.
** [[spoiler: Subverted for Maul if one looks at the plot of WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars. Jango... Not so much. It's best to just assume that Mace never killed him.]]
* UnwinnableByMistake: There's a bug in the Tantive IV mission on Windows 7, where Princess Leia doesn't spawn, making the mission and by extension the campaign impossible.
* VillainProtagonist: Story mode, at least after the Utapau mission, a little over two-fifths into the campaign.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Subverted with the campaign. The destruction of the [[KillSat Death Star]] is described in the campaign. The people who replaced the 501st are described as [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife "poor souls"]] and the premise of the last three or four missions is to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge wipe out]] ''every single Rebel who had the slightest bit of involvement in it''. There's even something approaching a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming when you win the battle on Yavin 4 and [[spoiler:destroy the Rebel leaders]] when the officer commanding you says, "Well done. The spirits of our fallen brothers will sleep soundly tonight."
** There's another CrowningMomentOfAwesome when the narrator describes the victory on Hoth.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The 501st legion. Even though they're the Emperor's elite troops, somehow, you can't help feeling sorry for the narrator (who's quite obviously a ShellShockedVeteran), even when you're gunning down Rebels on Yavin 4.
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10th Feb '16 8:17:25 AM Phoenixion
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21st Jan '16 5:18:23 PM nombretomado
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** The {{Steam}} version has a nasty, ''very'' common one that causes a crash to desktop when a map is being loaded. This bug is infamous mainly due to the fact that the only currently known way to prevent it is to ''play the game with a plugged in mic''.

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** The {{Steam}} UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} version has a nasty, ''very'' common one that causes a crash to desktop when a map is being loaded. This bug is infamous mainly due to the fact that the only currently known way to prevent it is to ''play the game with a plugged in mic''.
15th Jan '16 1:30:26 PM Sammettik
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There was a game that [=LucasArts=] ''was'' planning to release to serve as a preview for what the next installment would be capable of called ''Star Wars: First Assault'', although the game would play differently from previous titles in the series. [[YankTheDogsChain This was subsequently cancelled when Disney bought the company and stopped LucasArts from producing content not related to the new films, giving the licence to EA]]. When EA was given the exclusive rights to publish Star Wars games after a deal with Disney, many fans began hoping that EA would use their sub-company DICE (the creators of the original ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' games which this franchise is based upon) to finally make another game in the series a reality.

Finally, a teaser trailer for another game in the series [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx4JQf8qR-k has been released]], with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwWLns7-xN8 a second trailer]] unveiled at ''Star Wars'' Celebration Anaheim. The game is simply titled ''Battlefront'', and is slated to be released on November 17th. Though details are currently rather scarce, the creative team has confirmed that it will include at least one new location from ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', including a "Battle of Jakku" that will serve as a prelude to the film.

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There was a game that [=LucasArts=] ''was'' planning to release to serve as a preview for what the next installment would be capable of called ''Star Wars: First Assault'', although the game would play differently from previous titles in the series. [[YankTheDogsChain This was subsequently cancelled when Disney bought the company and stopped LucasArts from producing content not related to the new films, giving the licence to EA]]. When EA was given the exclusive rights to publish Star Wars games after a deal with Disney, many fans began hoping that EA would use their sub-company DICE (the creators of the original ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' games which this franchise is based upon) to finally make another game in the series a reality.

Finally, a teaser trailer for another game in the series [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx4JQf8qR-k has been released]], with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwWLns7-xN8 a second trailer]] unveiled at ''Star Wars'' Celebration Anaheim. The game is simply titled ''Battlefront'', and is slated to be released on November 17th. Though details are currently rather scarce, the creative team has confirmed that it will include at least one new location from ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', including a "Battle of Jakku" that will serve as a prelude to the film.
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14th Dec '15 9:54:44 AM Morgenthaler
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''[[BeenThereShapedHistory You could actually live them?]]''

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''[[BeenThereShapedHistory You ''You could actually live them?]]''them?''
1st Dec '15 6:43:12 PM NocturneTheFox
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In spite of the sequel's status as the best-selling ''Star Wars'' game up until ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheForceUnleashed'' was made, a true successor to the sequel was never made by [=LucasArts=]. Instead, several spin-offs that compromise the ''Assault'' sub-series were created for portable devices. The first title, ''Renegade Squadron'', introduced customizable soldiers and dealt with a black ops team led during the first stages of the game by Han Solo that conducted in behind-the-scenes means to allow the Rebel Alliance to win against the Empire up until the Battle Of Endor. ''Mobile Squadron'' was also made, existing as an excuse to release a ''Star Wars'' game on the mobile phone. ''Battlefront III'' eventually had leaked footage and was in the early stages of development, but with the collapse of Free Radical Designs (the company producing the game), ''Battlefront III'' was [[DevelopmentHell left unfinished without a developer]]. Content that was planned to be featured in ''Battlefront III'' was eventually restructured into ''Battlefront: Elite Squadron'', which would feature the ability to go from land battles to space battles in the same mission. It would also tell the story of a force-sensitive clone trooper named X2 and his trials as a Jedi and a member of the Rebel Alliance.

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In spite of the sequel's status as the best-selling ''Star Wars'' game up until ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheForceUnleashed'' was made, a true successor to the sequel was never made by [=LucasArts=]. Instead, several spin-offs that compromise comprise the ''Assault'' sub-series were created for portable devices. The first title, ''Renegade Squadron'', introduced customizable soldiers and dealt with a black ops team led during the first stages of the game by Han Solo that conducted in behind-the-scenes means to allow the Rebel Alliance to win against the Empire up until the Battle Of Endor. ''Mobile Squadron'' was also made, existing as an excuse to release a ''Star Wars'' game on the mobile phone. ''Battlefront III'' eventually had leaked footage and was in the early stages of development, but with the collapse of Free Radical Designs (the company producing the game), ''Battlefront III'' was [[DevelopmentHell left unfinished without a developer]]. Content that was planned to be featured in ''Battlefront III'' was eventually restructured into ''Battlefront: Elite Squadron'', which would feature the ability to go from land battles to space battles in the same mission. It would also tell the story of a force-sensitive clone trooper named X2 and his trials as a Jedi and a member of the Rebel Alliance.
19th Nov '15 4:33:42 PM Rytex
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* DullSurprise: The movies are actually [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in this regard. Anakin Skywalker has a line "That was exhilarating," with absolutely no emotion whatsoever, a nod to Hayden Christenson's performance in the Prequels.
15th Nov '15 6:15:30 PM BNSF1995
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** The ending for the Rebel Campaign is basically the canon ending, unsurprisingly.
20th Oct '15 10:43:13 AM HighCrate
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** MightyGlacier: Once they get into position with their shields up though, they turn into movable machine gun nests nigh impossible to approach from the front.



* MightyGlacier: The CIS Droideka is extremely slow when deployed, but has a shield that can take a load of punishment. The Rebel Wookiee is this to a lesser extent.
** When it comes to vehicles, the AT-TE and AT-AT are this.

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* MightyGlacier: The CIS Droideka is extremely slow when deployed, but has a shield that can take a load of punishment. The Rebel Wookiee is this bring its twin blaster cannons to a lesser extent.
** When it comes to vehicles, the AT-TE and AT-AT are this.
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