Considering the size of the Star Wars universe, it's surprising that Battlefront keeps itself limited to four major locations - Tatooine, Hoth, Endor and Sullus. On one hand, this has allowed DICE to fill each one with incredible detail. On the other, it means things can get old quite quickly.
The best thing that can be said about Battlefront is that it looks phenomenal. These worlds are vastly and faithfully detailed, down the rustling of leaves as you walk through the forest of Endor, or the crunching footprints in Hoth's snowy surface. DICE's Frostbite engine is a thing to behold, particularly when it comes to lighting and shadows. That's on PS4 and Xbox One - it's even better on PC. We tried running it in 4K on Ultra High mode, and, well, the results speak for themselves [click to enlarge]:
The layout of each world will shift depending on which mode you're playing, but when you consider Battlefront II had more than 10 planets to explore - as well as space battles - the new instalment seems extremely frugal.
Also, while Sullust is a new location not featured in the original movies, it doesn't offer the same thrills of Hoth or Endor. There will be some free DLC launching in early December which ties into the upcoming movie, letting players battle it out on the planet of Jakku. EA has also promised some more free maps in the future, but without the $50 Season Pass you'll be missing out on a fair chunk of content.
So as a value proposition, Battlefront is a tricky one to assess right now. Give it a few months and we'll know exactly what those without Season Passes will and won't be missing out on.
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