Experience what it’s like to be a space fighter pilot on both the dark and light side of EA’s extremely well-made Star Wars universe.
Star Wars has been an interest I have had almost my whole life. I remember when I saw Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope for the first time when I was 6 years old; remember that day as if it were yesterday and it is still almost 40 years ago. Since then, I have always loved Star Wars and even though in recent years there have been some pole shots (looking at you: Solo) and also the new trilogy that is of very varying quality, there is still hope, where The Mandalorian at Disney + is a bright spot and Rogue One another.
On the gaming front, there have been mixed candy bags as well and I have been pretty disconnected from Star Warsplay for a while. So when Star Wars: Squadrons appeared in the review pile, I took it curiously.
Star Wars: Squadrons takes place in the middle of a burning war between the Rebels and the Empire. When playing the single player adventure, you alternate between flying TIE Fighters for The Empire and X-Wing for the rebels. You start by creating two characters: These characters are then perfectly integrated with voices and everything in the middle sequences. Then you get on your spaceship and the adventure begins.
I’m normally not so fond of air games, but then the world and the story are as good as they are Star Wars: Squadrons so I still wanted to give it a try. And sure enough, the game is slowly but surely converting me into an aviation fan. It’s really exciting to hunt, be hunted and shoot down the enemy. The controls are simple and smooth and there is really good flow. The graphics are superb and you have the opportunity to play Star Wars: Squadrons on an Xbox One X i 4K and Dolby Atmos then you really have a gaming experience beyond the ordinary in front of you!
You can play alone, in a large single player campaign or play online against other players. The story is well written and extremely well told, so it’s a bit like experiencing an interactive Star Wars-Film. Multiplayer mode is fun, but be prepared to be shot constantly when you ‘re not used to it at first.
In summary, I would have liked to give the grade a must, but it falls on a single point and that is that you should be aviation-saved, or – as in my case – Star Wars– fantastic to Star Wars: Squadrons should be a must. So the grade instead becomes a super strong eight and thus a red hot recommendation. Good job, EA!