Like the Force itself, the most Star Wars: Squadrons single-player effort is a equilibrium. The equilibrium between enjoying as both the New Republic and Empire, between arcade and simulation-style controls, and involving fun and flashy action and dull exposition dumps. It’s filled with references for fans and magical (if ill-used) new personalities equally, all crammed into a set of cockpits which are available to jump in and bunny without dogfights feeling dumb.
Squadrons has found a sweet spot between the point-and-shoot ease of this classic Rogue Squadron show along with the insanely thorough simulation of Elite: Dangerous. You , for the most part, just get a controller and start chasing down enemy boats — but there is also a nuance to adjusting your controller for superior rotation, adjusting electricity between motors, weapons, and protects in the type of the expansive older X-Wing matches , also countering missile locks. Things like this make flight more engaging and provide good pilots a chance to shine without requiring one to literally learn to fly a spaceship so as to playwith.
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How it weaves the stories of 2 rival squadrons together sets up clever scenarios, sometimes letting you spring ambushes in your other half only to have another mission swap perspectives so it’s possible to take care of the aftermath of your own actions.
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Part of this comes down to the cast of intriguing characters, chiefly made up of your squads on each side of this battle. Whether it’s the war-torn Imperial Shen using a battle-scarred helmet he never takes off or the somewhat Force-sensitive prior racer Keo on the Rebel side, each one is different and well-designed enough to stand out in their own way — so much so that I could see any one of them as a Knights of the Old Republic or Mass Effect companion without them feeling out of place whatsoever.
Actually, I hope that they do look within an RPG some day, because they aren’t used well here. Learning about these and their backstories is almost entirely confined to optional talks on your hangar involving missions, which often feels ham-fisted for a getting-to-know-you exposition-filled information ditch. These stories are nicely written and acted, but they’re just sort of inconsequential in the course of Squadrons’ events. I enjoyed listening to these, but it is unfortunate you could bypass every single one and it would not affect your experience of the primary story in any way.
That story is an entertaining one though, based across the New Republic’s creation of a new sort of warship and the Empire’s hunt to prevent that weapon from joining the struggle. It is undoubtedly amusing the entire way through, however, it doesn’t strike me as particularly memorable. Neither side really makes much of a point about the increased battle, you are not requested to make any choices or even really question anything they do, and both rival squads never directly combat like I so hoped that they would — that would have been fascinating. It only seems like a missed opportunity to not do something much more interesting with this special campaign structure, in which we have perspectives from either side of the battle.
Having said that, it does provide more than sufficient reason to jump into the cockpit and fly a few very fun missions. Most goals do boil down to"you’re in distance and you will need to shoot X thing," (that is the whole premise) but the story’s set up for each one which makes them feel more diverse than this — particularly when you’re leaping between good guy and bad guy every stage or 2. The dogfighting itself is so good that it never got dull, even if I did sometimes want there was a little more objective assortment here — for example, it would have been cool to see more scenarios based around piloting through tight spaces or perhaps set closer to the surface of a planet (or moon-sized space station, although the galaxy is short on people in this time period).
Thankfully, the areas you do move consistently show off how incredibly magnificent Squadrons is. Even if objectives begin to feel similar, weaving through muddy nebulas or around shattered moons differentiates them into stunning fashion. Missions are action-packed, but many smartly start slow and give you an opportunity to take in some of the most bizarre sights they have to offer prior to the turbolasers start flying. That spectacle is present in cutscenes as well, which often upstage those discretionary hangar conversations and allow them to feel like an afterthought in contrast.
Star Wars: Squadrons’ single-player campaign missions are a feast for Star Wars lovers’ ears and eyes, particularly in VR. Its participating space battle is a wonderful balance of arcade controller with the added nuance of both simulation-like platforms, which combine with astonishingly detailed ships and cockpits for the most authentic-feeling ride because LucasArts’ mythical X-Wing and TIE Fighter games back into the’90s. Star Wars: Squadrons doesn’t wind up doing something too memorable with its magical characters or interesting rival squadron installment, yet this effort still informs an entertaining Star Wars story I loved no matter which cockpit I used in.