I don’t love Star Wars. That’s not a brag and I don’t consider it a character flaw, but it can make evaluating pop culture objects related to George Lucas’s storied franchise difficult. When the the trailer for Star Wars: Squadrons debuted earlier this year, however, I was intrigued. I hoped the simple premise of “get in a spaceship and blast other spaceships out of the sky,” would transcend my lack of fandom and reward me with the kind of game that makes high-end VR rigs worth the cost and hassle. That hope came true.
Squadrons puts players directly in the cockpit of one of four types of ship. You can play with a high-end VR headset that runs off of a gaming PC like the Valve Index, the HTC Vive, or the Oculus. But, it’s also available for play on a typical screen—you don’t need a headset at all if you don’t want.
But, can non-Star Wars gamers enjoy the action? As the sub-head of the piece suggests, the answer is, “Yes!”
“Overall, it’s absurdly fun,” wrote Horaczek. “After you’ve played the maps a bunch of times, you’ll start to burn them out for yourself. But, that happens with any map-based game eventually. I didn’t even bother trying to rank up in the ladder because I know my skills are lacking, but that is an option if you’re the competitive type.
“I was mostly glad to finally get the “pew pew” spaceship game I’ve wanted from VR,” added PopSci.com. “Even without even the most basic Star Wars knowledge I could sit in the cockpit and blast away at what I imagine are the bad guys.”
Hard Core Fans Will Love Star Wars: Squadrons, Too
Of course, the hardcore Star Wars fans could jump in and never look back.
Just check out this spoiler/easter egg breakdown from our friends at Star Wars Explained:
Star Wars: Squadrons is chock full of Star Wars easter eggs, connections to Legends material, and references to other Star Wars stories. Here is everything I found!
A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop, became the beat reporter for BostonBruins.com before the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smartphone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea, and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke, in central Massachusetts.