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Battlefront: the Star Wars game you are looking for

It is now December 2015, which means it is officially the month of Star Wars. A brand, spanking new Star Wars movie will be in theaters in 13 days. I completely forgot that when new Star Wars movies come out, it’s merchandising effectively consumes our lives. Boba Fett’s Sweet Creamer from CoffeeMate found its way in to my coffee this morning, and it’s probably going to be that way for the next six years. I’m not complaining.

While Star Wars may rule everything around me, there is one piece of multimedia that has made itself a part of my everyday life. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a new Star Wars game released that has caused as much excitement as EA’s awakening (see what I did there?) of Star Wars Battlefront.

Released for Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4, Battlefront puts players in the shoes of both Rebel soldiers and Imperial Stormtroopers across a slew of planets. This reimagining of Star Wars Battlefront is handled by DICE, the same studio responsible for the incredible Battlefield games. The response to the announcement was mostly favorable, although some skeptics were afraid this would just turn in to a Battlefield game with a Star Wars skin.

After weeks of playing the new Battlefront, I can assure you that is not the case. This game reminds of everything I loved about that first Battlefront and more. While there can be a significant learning curve to this game for those familiar with other first person shooters such as Halo, Call of Duty, and even Battlefield, the game makes up for this in a number of ways. Continue reading Battlefront: the Star Wars game you are looking for

MH’s First Half Faves

In order of release, my Top 5 albums from the first half of 2015…

Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

PBMTGR was my first introduction to Panda Bear’s solo material, and just after a couple of listens, I realized that Noah Lennox brings just about everything that I love about Animal Collective to that group. The unsettling synths and oddball melodies get stuck in your head for reasons you can’t explain. I still struggle to understand this album, but there’s beauty in the struggle.

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