The highly anticipated massively multiplayer online shooter Star Wars Battlefront hit PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PCs on Tuesday, letting Star Wars fans immerse themselves in all-out warfare in a galaxy far, far away. One of those fans, CNET's Anthony Domanico, spent two days playing the Electronic Arts game on both PS4 and PC. He shares his impressions and favorite moments so far.
This splash screen shows up when you first launch the MMO and really gives a sense of the kind of chaos and destruction that greets you in the digital Star Wars universe.
In the game, death comes from above (in the form of X-wings, TIE Fighters, AT-ATs, AT-STs and more), and below (proximity mines, thermal detonators and more), and in front and behind as I try to survive the onslaught of Stormtroopers and Rebel fighters looking to win the war for their side.
Players on each side of the Galactic Civil War have a selection of Star Wars heroes available at their disposal. It's particularly fun to play as Han Solo, the scruffy-looking nerf herder who knows that ancient weapons and hokey religions are no match for a blaster at your side, kid.
One of the most deadly Sith Lords in the universe, Darth Vader is super powerful in Star Wars Battlefront, using a lightsaber and his deadly Force-choke ability to crush the Rebels left and right.
Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo are all lined up as they get ready to take on Vader, the Emperor, Boba Fett and the rest of the Galactic Empire.
The Rebels will definitely face a formidable challenge in the three Empire heroes, who look downright menacing in the opening scene for the heroes vs. villains game mode.
On the Rebel side, I really enjoy playing as Han Solo. Having a lightsaber is great and all, but Solo's trusty DL-44 blaster really packs a wallop from a distance. Frankly, when going up against Vader's lightsaber or the Emperor's deadly Force-lightning powers, having a blaster at your side puts you at a distinct advantage.
In this round of heroes vs. villains, I took the reigns as Princess Leia, and secured the victory for the Rebels by defeating Vader in a hangar. The Force is apparently strong with Vader's daughter.
In addition to the hero mode, there are several other game modes that are more traditional shooter games. These modes are jam-packed with power-ups that let players take control of in-air and on-ground vehicles and cause tons of destruction. Here, I took over as an AT-AT and caused some major chaos for the Rebel Alliance.
When fighting for the Empire on Hoth, players take on the role of a Snowtrooper. This picture was taken around the beginning of the game, showing my character ready to head into battle with one of the Empire's AT-ATs. In this game mode, the point is to stop the Rebels from defeating the AT-ATs so they can destroy one of the Rebels' key strongholds.
One of the more satisfying power-ups in the game is the AT-ST. There's nothing like walking around shooting up bad guys in one of those weird, funky chicken walkers. While there were several Rebel fighters and X-wings trying to take me down, at least there are no Ewoks on Hoth. Getting destroyed by trees would be pretty embarrassing.
There are Ewoks on Endor, of course, but they'd better watch out. In this image, I'm a Stormtrooper protecting the Emperor, who has come to Endor to help my team of Stormtroopers crush the Rebellion once and for all. Or at least until the next battle begins.
This is another image that shows how crazy the battlefield is in Star Wars Battlefront. Lasers are flying by as some Rebels and I try to push forward while an AT-AT and some Stormtroopers try to drive us back.
I was probably being pretty stupid trying to single-handedly go up against a TIE Interceptor with just a laser pistol. As you'd likely expect, I didn't live to tell about it.
In a subsequent match, I got to fly a TIE Fighter and managed to kill a few Rebels and take down an X-wing before another X-wing got to me.
The X-wing looks pretty stellar against the beautiful background of Tatooine. Here, I'm getting ready to hop in the X-wing and destroy some TIE Fighters and TIE Intercepters.
There isn't anything too exciting here, except a pretty impressive-looking Jawa Sandcrawler on Tatooine. Plus, you can see two planets (or maybe Tatooine's two suns?) in the background.
I must have been standing around too long, as the Stormtrooper I was controlling started to just look around aimlessly while I watched an AT-ST engaging the Rebels.
This downed TIE Fighter on the planet of Sullust is still burning. The planet of Sullest is covered with ash and molten lava, which definitely will burn you up if you stand in it too long. Just take my word on that. I died pretty epically while accidentally getting stuck in the lava.