Star Wars: Battlefront is a first-person shooter/third-person shooter (interchangeable) video game based around battles featured in the Star Wars films. It was developed by Pandemic Studios and LucasArts, and released on September 21, 2004 for PlayStation 2, and Microsoft Windows, the same day as the release of the Star Wars Trilogy DVD set. Aspyr released a Mac port in July 2005. People can either play Battlefront online with up to 50 players on PC (contrary to the stated 32 player limit), Mac or Xbox, and 16 players on the PlayStation 2, or offline with up to 2 players. The Xbox version is compatible with the Xbox 360.
Star Wars Battlefront allows players, in single player and multi player modes, to play some of the most famous battles in Star Wars. From the icy world of Hoth, to the deserts of Mos Eisley, to the forests of Endor, to the city of Theed.
A sequel, Star Wars: Battlefront II, was released on November 1, 2005, for Microsoft Windows, Xbox, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable. In late 2004, LucasArts released the Star Wars Battlefront BFBuilder, an unsupported mod that allowed fans to create new battlefields for Battlefront.
- Cloud City
- Endor (Rebels vs. Empire only)
- Hoth (Rebels vs. Empire only)
- Echo Base
- Geonosis (CIS vs. Republic only)
- Kamino (CIS vs. Republic only)
- Tipoca City
- Rhen Vhar
- Dune Sea
- Mos Eisley
The objective is to hold various command posts around the map while killing the units of the opposing team. Each team has a reinforcement meter at the top.
Battlefront encompasses battles between four main factions from both the "original" and "new" trilogies. They are the following: the Galactic Republic/CIS of the prequel era (Clone Wars), and the Rebel Alliance/Galatic Empire of the classic trilogy (Galactic Civil War). 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, demolitions soldier, pilot, and a sniper. Each faction also has a special fifth unit with unique abilities and weapons, such as the jet pack for the Dark Trooper.
Jedi heroes are featured in the game: Luke Skywalker for the Rebellion, Darth Vader for the Empire, Mace Windu for the Republic, and Count Dooku for the CIS. Jedi characters appear but are not playable; they may only be allies in battle, under certain circumstances. Jedi cannot be killed with direct fire, but can be knocked off of ledges or crushed by vehicles. When the reinforcement meter reaches 10% of its original number the Jedi hero dies and does not return.
There are also non-player characters (NPCs): Tusken Raiders in the Dune Sea of Tatooine, Jawas on the streets of Mos Eisley. Ewoks aid the Rebellion on the forest moon of Endor, Gungans aid the Republic/Rebels on the Naboo Plains, Geonosians help the CIS in battle at Geonosis, and Wookiees aid the Rebellion and Republic on Kashyyyk and the Royal Guards on Theed (Clone Wars Galactic Conquest only).
Classic vehicles such as the AT-AT and Hailfire Tank are also at the player's disposal.