EA's history with the Star Wars license has birthed some incredible games, and with the right developers, have soared to new heights for the interactive medium. BioWare and Lucas Arts' Knights of the Old Republic is still listed among the best Star Wars video games of all time, with Respawn Entertainment's recent Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order also joining the ranks. One thing to note is the pedigree of the developers attached to these projects - usually coming from a background of already fantastic titles - so I was cautiously approaching Star Wars: Squadrons with relative newcomer Motive Studios helming the project. While it doesn't quite enter the hall of greats, Squadrons is an admirable attempt to take the galactic dogfights seriously, and it delivers those thrills in massive doses.
Star Wars: Squadrons takes place just after the beginning of A New Hope. Darth Vader has begun a crusade against the Jedi, but most importantly, has started locating the Rebels and eliminating some of their best fighter pilots. Through the eyes of both the Rebels defending their homes and tracking down weaknesses in Vader's armada, and the Imperials fighting for both the Empire and the true moral high ground, Squadrons successfully explores the devastating effects of working for and against the enemy. Other video games set in the Star Wars universe have also told similar stories, but we've never honed in on the pilots and their tribulations this deeply until now.
...[Squadrons] does an exceptional job at making you sympathize with the Imperials.
Space fights may not look as impressive as DICE's galactic combat in the Battlefront series, but they're still jam-packed with all the intensity...
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PC, PS4, Xbox One
2 October 2020
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