|Star Wars: Battlefront|
Star Wars: Battlefront is the first in the Battlefront series and is a third/first-person shooter (interchangeable) video game based around battles featured in the Star Wars movies. It was developed by Pandemic Studios and LucasArts, and released on September 20, 2004 for Xbox (playable on Xbox 360), PlayStation 2, and PC, the same day as the release of the Star Wars Trilogy (DVD) set. Players can either play Battlefront online, or offline with up to 4 players (on consoles).
The game features four main factions from both the prequel and the classic trilogies. They are: the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems (Separatists) of the prequel era, and the Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire of the classic trilogy. However, factions can only play their historical adversary; there can't be any Rebel vs. Separatist fights, for example. Within each unit, five different classes of characters become available. Four of the classes are fairly similar for each faction: a basic infantry soldier (a super battle droid for the Separatists), a heavy weapons trooper with a rocket launcher, a pilot, and a sniper. The fifth class is different for each faction. The Imperials have the dark trooper, with a jump pack which enables short but high jumps, plus a shotgun, a pistol and grenades. The Republic has the jet trooper, with a jetpack, which enables long but low jumps, an enhanced pistol, grenades and an EMP launcher. The Separatists have the Droideka, which is very powerful and fast and comes with a personal shield, but can't use vehicles. The Rebels have the Wookiee Smuggler, with extra health, time-bombs, a bowcaster, and a grenade launcher.
Jedi heroes are featured in the game: the Rebel Alliance gets Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader wields his lightsaber for the Empire, Mace Windu fights along with the Republic, and Count Dooku is with the Separatists. Jedi characters appear but are not playable; they may only be your allies in battle, under certain circumstances. The heroes will occasionally fight alongside you in the campaign battles, in which case the other team won't have a hero. You can turn heroes on in Instant Action mode, enabling both teams to have a Jedi hero. They are nearly invincible; they can take extremely heavy damage before dying. They can even deflect heavy fire such as a blast from an AT-AT. But landing ships on them, blasting them off edges with thermal detonators (such as off the platforms of Kamino or Bespin, or off the mountain on Rhen Var Citadel), and running them with over with speeder bikes will kill them, leaving you to stand on their defeated forms. The Jedi heroes can run slightly faster than infantry (except the droideka) and their lightsabers kill you in one hit. Once their teams reinforcment count drops below a certain number, the hero automatically dies.
There are also non-playable characters (NPCs): Tusken Raiders roam the Dune Sea of Tatooine and attack any sides viciously, Jawas patrol the streets of Mos Eisley, Ewoks inhabit the jungle of the forest moon of Endor, Gungans battle on the Naboo Plain, Royal guards patrol Theed, Wookiees defend Kashyyyk and Geonosians aid the Separatists on Geonosis.
There is a playable Xbox demo on the Star Wars Trilogy special editon bonus DVD. The demo gameplay is limited to a Battle of Endor level, and is slightly different to that of the actual game. A PS2 demo was also released with Sony's PlayStation magazine. It also only featured the Battle of Endor. A glitch in this demo was that the Rebel Wookiee Smuggler class commanded orders in Basic, rather than growls.
- Bespin: Platforms
- Bespin: Cloud City
- Endor: Bunker
- Geonosis: Spire
- Hoth: Echo Base
- Kamino: Tipoca City
- Kashyyyk: Docks
- Kashyyyk: Islands
- Naboo: Plains
- Naboo: Theed
- Rhen Var: Harbor
- Rhen Var Citadel
- Tatooine: Dune Sea
- Tatooine: Mos Eisley
- Yavin 4: Arena
- Yavin 4: Temple
In addition the map Tatooine: Jabba's Palace came with the 1.2 update.
Playable vehicles and shipsEdit
- Speeder Bike
- LAAT/i Gunship
- MAF Gunship
- Droid Starfighter
- Jedi Starfighter
- Geonosian Fighter
- TIE/LN starfighter
- TIE/sa bomber
- Desert Skiff
- Combat Speeder
- Hailfire Tank
- Spider Walker
- Storm IV Twin-Pod cloud car
These vehicles have many capabilities from the movies - a Republic Gunship can carry/hold up to five people, and Rebel Snowspeeders are able to launch a tow cable out of the rear of the vehicle to trip up AT-ATs. In addition to the above, blaster turrets and emplaced guns are available on various maps including unique turrets in maps such as Yavin temple and Hoth.
Clone Wars CampaignEdit
(32 BBY-19 BBY)
- Battle of Grassy Plains (32 BBY)
The Trade Federation has blockaded the peaceful planet of Naboo. The Trade Federation army of B1 battle droids marched to the Great Grass Plains to destroy the native Gungan Grand Army which opposed them on Naboo. The Trade Federation army arrived in Multi-Troop Transports with Armored Assault Tanks. The Gungan Grand Army was waiting with many Gungan soldiers with some riding kaadu. Their fambaas arrived with giant portable deflector shield generators which were activated to protect the Gungans. The massive Trade Federation army got through the shield and destroyed the portable shield generators and killed many of the Gungans.
- Rebellion on Theed (32 BBY)
The people and security forces of the capital city of Theed attacked the Trade Federation's army of B1 battle droids and P-series destroyer droids to allow the Queen to escape from Naboo. But the Trade Federation killed all Royal Guards trying to defend the city.
- Aggressive Negotiations (28 BBY)
The Wookiee Trade Guild taxed the Trade Federation which was now part of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. In retaliation the CIS sent Darth Sidious's new apprentice Count Dooku and an army of B1 battle droids, P-series droideka, and the new B2 super battle droids to end the conflict. The CIS army destroyed the Wookiee Trade Guild and its private army.
- The Battle of Geonosis (22 BBY)
The Galactic Republic has just acquired a new clone army in white from the Kaminoans on Kamino. The clone army arrived at the Separatist base on Geonosis with Mace Windu to destroy the Separatist army made up of B1 battle droids, B2 super battle droids, W-series droideka, and Geonosians. The clone army with their AT-TEs destroyed the Techno Union ships which the CIS was using to evacuate and the clone army killed most of the Geonosians there and destroyed the battle droid army.
- Assault on Kamino (22 BBY)
The CIS has discovered the cloning facilities on Kamino and has sent an army of B1 battle droids, B2 super battle droids, and W-series droideka to destroy them. The Republic clone army left to defend it destroyed all of the attacking droids.
- Mountaintop Defenses (22 BBY)
The Republic has discovered a long-range sensor station on Rhen Var created by Count Dooku. They sent an army of clone troopers with some AT-TEs and a few TX-130 Saber-class fighter tanks to Rhen Var to capture the station. The army of clones destroyed all of the W-series droideka, B1 battle droids, B2 super battle droids, and Armored Assault Tanks there. This battle was also shown in the 2002 Video Game Star Wars: The Clone wars.
- The Battle of Kashyyyk (19 BBY)
The CIS has launched a desperate attack on the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk. A clone army of the Republic was sent to Kashyyyk to destroy the army of B1 battle droids, B2 super battle droids, Q-series droideka, OG-9 homing spider droids, and Armored Assault Tanks. They destroyed the entire Separatist army there and saved the Wookiees, which then ended the Clone Wars.
Galactic Civil War CampaignEdit
(0 BBY-4 ABY)
- Desert Extermination (0 BBY)
The Galactic Empire sent down a legion of stormtroopers with some vehicles to the Dune Sea on Tatooine to eliminate enemy natives. The Stormtrooper legion slaughtered all Rebels and Tusken Raiders they found in the Dune Sea.
- Siege of Mos Eisley (0 BBY)
The stormtroopers of the Empire and Darth Vader have began searching the town of Mos Eisley for the droids which carried the plans to the Death Star. The droids escaped, so the stormtroopers and Darth Vader eliminated all locals that were suspected of helping the droids escape.
- Sabotage at Rhen Var (0 BBY)
The Rebellion has discovered an Imperial outpost on the planet Rhen Var so sends a legion of Rebels to capture the station. The stormtroopers left to defend the station killed all of the attacking Rebels.
- Assault on Yavin 4 (0 BBY)
The Empire sent down a legion of stormtroopers to secure a Rebel arena on Yavin 4 to establish a foothold there for the Battle Of Yavin 4. They killed all of the Rebels in the arena and took over.
- Fall of Yavin 4 (0 ABY)
The Death Star has been destroyed and the escape pods crashed down on Yavin 4. The surviving stormtroopers attacked the Rebel base but were all killed by the Rebels defending the base.
- The Battle of Hoth (3 ABY)
The Rebel base on Hoth has been discovered by the Empire, and stormtroopers and All Terrain Armored Transports were sent down to destroy the Rebel base and the Rebel shield generator. The Rebels with the help of Luke Skywalker destroyed the AT-ATs and killed all of the stormtroopers.
- Liberation of Cloud City (3 ABY)
The Rebellion sent a legion of Rebels to liberate Cloud City on Bespin. The Rebels killed all of the stormtroopers and captured the city.
- Battle in the Clouds (4 ABY)
The Rebellion killed all of the stormtroopers on the main mining platform on Bespin to fully liberate Bespin.
- The Battle of Endor (4 ABY)
The second Death Star was being constructed above the forest moon of Endor. The Rebellion sent a legion of Rebels which allied with the native Ewoks to destroy the shield bunker which made a shield protecting the Death Star II.
Galactic Conquest allows the player to choose a faction and use it to conquer the galaxy. As a result, it is considered to be non-canon.
- Rebels - Birth of the Rebellion
- Empire - Dark Side Rising
- Republic - Attack of the Clones
- CIS - Revenge of the Sith
- Rebels/Empire - The Galactic Civil War
- Rebels/Empire - A Galaxy Divided
- Republic/CIS - The Clone Wars
- Republic/CIS - Balance of the Force
Instant Action / Multiplayer MapsEdit
Players may play battles by themselves with NPC's or play an online multilayer VIA internet, LAN or direct connection. Multiplayer consists of up to 16 online players VS players on consoles or up to 40 on PC. The servers on PC are dedicated or standard and can be protected with a password.
In late 2004, LucasArts and Pandemic Studios released the Star Wars: Battlefront BFBuilder, an unsupported modding tool that allows players to create new battlefields for Star Wars: Battlefront. It shipped with many of the source files used to make Star Wars: Battlefront, such as maps, sides, sound configuration file;, however, it did not ship with some of the files needed to make specific modifications to the main game itself (i.e. menu configuration files or font files). Two demonstration maps were also included. Sound effects and music used to make the game were not included because of copyright issues, although it is possible to import original music and sound effects into the game.
Map editing in BFBuilder is handled by a program called ZeroEdit, which is used to mold the landscapes, place objects, command posts and vehicle spawn points. Additional scripting is done through LUA files for maps, and ODF (Object Definition Files) files for objects. User-created levels and mods then go through a process called munging, which compiles assets and maps into formats readable by the game, which are then compiled into container files for in-game use. Although BFBuilder is subtly different from the Battlefront II mod tools, assets can be imported from the first into the second, and vice versa.
Other mod tools have since been made by independent modders.
Star Wars: Battlefront II was released on November 1st, 2005 on the PS2, Xbox, PSP, and PC platforms. On the 10th of May 2007, LucasArts announced a PSP exclusive addition to the Star Wars Battlefront series, Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron, which was released October 9, 2007. A further game exclusive to moblie platforms, Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron was released in 2009.
Inconsistencies with Star Wars continuityEdit
There are many major canonical inconsistencies in the Star Wars: Battlefront series. However, many of the errors are simply game mechanics.
- In the Clone Wars campaign ARC troopers (the Republic's heavy-weapons unit) are playable on Geonosis, and Jet Troopers are the new units (instead of ARC troopers) in The Battle of Kamino. Previous sources indicated that ARC troopers did not participate in the Battle of Geonosis. Also, in the Battlefront II version of the Battle of Geonosis, both Jet Troopers and ARC Troopers are playable.
- In the Galactic Civil War campaign, Darth Vader is present during the siege of Mos Eisley, but in the movie he was on the Death Star while that was happening. As stated in Star Wars novels, Vader would never return to Tatooine for emotional reasons.
- On the Battle of Hoth in campaign mode, the Rebels win instead of the Empire.
- Wookiees, and Imperial Darktroopers fight on Endor even though Chewbacca was the only Wookiee on Endor,[source?] and the Darktrooper project was destroyed 3 years before.
Leland Chee has stated that though technology, characters and locations in the game are C-canon, the story itself is S-canon, which means that only parts of it that appeared in other C-canon sources are canon. The story of the sequel however is C-canon.
- Basic Infantryman: Clone trooper, Super Battle Droid, B1 battle droid, Rebel Soldier, Stormtrooper.
- Sniper: Clone Sharpshooter, Assassin Droid, Rebel Marksman, Scout trooper
- Pilot: Clone Pilot, Droid Pilot, Rebel pilot, Imperial Pilot.
- Heavy: ARC Trooper, Assault Droid, Rebel vanguard, Shock trooper.
- Special: Jet Trooper, Droideka, Wookiee Smuggler, Dark Trooper.
Units, Weapons, and amount of ammoEdit
Republic Units (All wear Phase I clone trooper armor):
- Clone trooper (DC-15A Blaster Rifle 60/180, DC-15S blaster, 3 EMP Grenades, 2 Concussion Grenades)
- Clone Sharpshooter (red marking) (DC-15x sniper rifle 6/36, DC-15S Blaster, 3 Thermal Detonators, 1 Recon Droid)
- Clone trooper pilot (yellow marking) (DN bolt caster, DC-15S Blaster, Fusion Cutter, 5 Supply Dispenser)s
- ARC Trooper (blue marking) (PLX-1 portable missile launcher 2/6, DC-15S Blaster, 3 Thermal Detonators, 4 Mines)
- Jet Trooper (green marking) (EMP Launcher 2/6, DC-15S commando pistol, 6 Thermal Detonators)
- B1 battle droid (No color variation; campaign only) (E-5 blaster rifle 50/200, SE-14 blaster pistol, 3 Thermal Detonators, 2 Concussion Grenades)
- Super Battle Droid (replaces the B1 battle droid) (Wrist blaster 55/220, TriShot, 3 Wrist rockets)
- Assassin Droid (red markings) (E-5s sniper rifle 5/45, SE-14 Blaster, 3 Thermal Detonators, 1 Recon Droid)
- Pilot Droid (canonically w/blue markings; no color variation in-game) RD-1 Radiation Launcher 5/10, SE-14 Blaster, Fusion Cutter, 5 Supply Dispensers)
- Assault Droid (blue markings) (E-60R missile launcher 7, SE-14 Blaster, 3 Thermal Detonators, 4 Mines)
- Droideka (Repeating blasters, "Curl-up in to a wheel", Shield Emitter)
- Rebel Soldier (DH-17 blaster rifle 50/250, DL-44 heavy blaster pistol, 3 Thermal Detonators, 3 Concussion Grenades)
- Rebel Marksman (E-17d sniper rifle 5/45, DL-44 Blaster, 3 Thermal Detonators, 1 Recon Droid)
- Rebel pilot (CR-1 blaster cannon 30/90, DL-44 Blaster, Fusion Cutter, 5 Supply Dispensers)
- Rebel vanguard (HH-15 projectile launcher 2/6, DL-44 Blaster, 3 Thermal Detonators, 4 Mines)
- Wookiee Smuggler (Bowcaster 35/175, HH-4 grenade launcher 5/10, 3 TB-47 time bombs)
- Stormtrooper (E-11 blaster rifle 55/220, SE-14r light repeating blaster, 4 Thermal Detonators, 2 Concussion Grenades)
- Scout trooper(E-11s sniper rifle 6/36, SE-14r Blaster, 3 Thermal Detonators, 1 Recon Droid)
- Imperial Pilot (V-6d mortar launcher 5/10, SE-14r Blaster, Fusion Cutter, 5 Supply Dispenser)
- Shock Trooper (MiniMag PTL missile launcher 7, SE-14r Blaster, 3 Thermal Detonators, 4 Mines)
- Phase Zero dark trooper (E-11 Modified Blast cannon 30/120, SE-14r Commando Pistol, 4 Thermal Detonator)
- Snowtrooper, (not actually another unit but a variation on units for Hoth and Rhen Var)
- AT-ST Pilot (replaces TIE fighter pilot) (Imperial Pilot Weapons)
- AT-AT Pilot (replaces TIE fighter pilot) (Imperial Pilot Weapons)
There is cut vehicle content that has been left in the game. This includes:
- Imperial officer and Bothan Spy
- Flash Speeder (Appears as in Clone Wars Campaign and Trailer)
- Sentinel-class landing craft
- Multi-Troop Transport
- N-1 starfighter
- Along with more models from Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- There was also going to be a unit called a tactical droid. The model was that of "IG-88". The model was released within the Mod Tools for Star Wars Battlefront
- A Clone Commander unit was cut from the game. It would've been armed with a grenade launcher, a pistol, and health/ammo packs.
- Rumor has it among SWBF modding forums that originally the Clone Commander, Tactical Droid, Imperial Officer, and Bothan Spy were going to be 6th units, like in Battlefront 2. For some Reason, these sixth units were cut from the game and partially released in the mod tools.
- The Geonosis Map originally had a different layout.
- Jedi heroes were originally going to be equipped with things like force powers and jumps
Some reasons behind this may be issues of balance. Most likely, LucasArts did not want Episode III content revealed so early (one example is the Kashyyyk: Docks map (Kachirho) which, at the time, could not be identified).
The Imperial Officer and Bothan Spy would later become playable in Star Wars: Battlefront II.
In the Trailer for Star Wars Battlefront it was shown that players could fly Droid Starfighters and Jedi Starfighters on Kamino. This was most likely cut because gameplay was too similar to Bespin: Platforms.
The following are troops that change their stormtrooper or rebel skin on certain maps:
- Scout trooper-Hoth, Rhen Var - Snowtrooper
- Stormtrooper-Hoth, Rhen Var - Snowtrooper
- Shock trooper-Hoth, Rhen Var - Snowtrooper
- Imperial Pilot-Hoth, Rhen Var - AT-AT Pilot
- Imperial Pilot-Naboo, Endor, Tatooine, Yavin - AT-ST Pilot
- Imperial Pilot-Tatooine, Bespin, Kashyyyk -Tie Fighter Pilot
- Rebel Soldier - Hoth, Rhen Var - Hoth uniform
- Rebel Soldier - Endor, Yavin IV,Naboo - Forest Uniform
- Rebel Soldier - Bespin - Gray Uniform
- Rebel Vanguard - Hoth, Rhen Var - Hoth uniform
- Rebel Marksmen - Hoth, Rhen Var - Hoth uniform
- Rebel Pilot - Hoth, Rhen Var - Hoth uniform
- Wookiee - Hoth, Rhen Var - Snow covered fur
- All Troops on Random Maps (unless you are using the Main Play Mod, which will change these troops in the Galactic Marine on snow maps, the 41st Elite on Kashyyyk, the 212th on Tatooine but the standard clones on Jabba, the 501st at one of their custom maps (bespin: Order 66), and the shock trooper legion on bespin)
- All Droids on Random Maps (unless you are using the Main Play Mod, which will change these troops into Geonosis camo droids on Geonosis, snow camo droids on Rhen Var, and Republic Commando style droids on the RAS Prosecutor: Hangars 1.0 map)
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Behind the scenesEdit
In the game, Imperial dark troopers are not droids, but soldiers with power armor, they give orders and cry out when they are hit as stormtroopers do. Also, dark troopers are seen in a battle prior to their development, the Battle of Yavin Base. These inconsistencies were retconned by The Force Unleashed Campaign Guide which retconned them to be the Phase Zero dark troopers, part Clone trooper, part cyborg.
System Requirements for Mac/PCEdit
Computer: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible computer
RAM: 256MB RAM
Processor: Intel P3 1.0GHz or AMD Athlon 1000MHz
Hard Drive Space: 2.7 GB of Hard Disk Space available
OS: Windows 2000, XP, MCE, Vista, 7. Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
Graphics Card: 64MB 3D Graphics card w/Hardware Transform & Lighting (T&L) Capability
Keyboard and Mouse
Recommended System SpecificationsEdit
Intel P4 2.0GHz or AMD AthlonXP 2400+
HD Space: at least 3-5 extra GB for downloadable maps, mods, and modding tools.
OS: Windows XP, Vista/7 w/DirectX 9.0c or later. Mac OS X 10.4.11 or better
Graphics Card: 128MB 3D Graphics card w/Hardware Vertex & Pixel Shader (VS/PS) Capability
Keyboard and Mouse
Notes and referencesEdit