1. Star Wars Squadrons
Released in October by Motive, who delivered the campaign for Battlefront II, Star Wars Squadrons is a very different kind of Star Wars game. With a much smaller development team and scope and price tag of just $40 that quickly dropped to $20, Squadrons was a bite-sized game published largely so EA could keep one on the shelves. In that sense, it was successful.
Delivering an entertaining yet short single-player campaign and very solid gameplay across its two multiplayer modes, Squadrons is a welcomed addition to the gaming library that filled the gap in the flying genre and evoked the memories of Rogue Squadron for some. And the virtual reality mode seems to be the best way to experience it.
Yet, I am writing all this as someone who has not yet bought the game myself, which should tell you all you need to know. Squadrons seems to be a fun game but just not a worthy investment with the lack of post-launch commitment. Yes, new content from The Mandalorian and the much-requested B-Wing and TIE Defender were recently added, but it just isn’t enough to convince me, likely not the casual fan either.
I’m interested to see where the sales numbers sit for this one, and it may have the potential to resonate with committed pilots for the years to come. Though, it certainly leaves us wanting something more, which we can only hope will come in 2021.