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September 9 2007
Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron - PSP Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
10/10/2007ActivisionLucasArtsRebellion1-16$59.95
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Check out Yoda about to go off!
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Battles should be pretty frantic.

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Levels look pretty impressive.
Whether or not you love the Star Wars movies (and we love them here) there is no denying that the Star Wars Battlefront titles are tremendous fun. This latest title is interesting as LucasArts confirmed that it was being developed by Rebellion exclusively for the Playstation Portable. With over 10 million copies of the first two titles sold since 2004 to say that this game is anticipated would be an understatement - it may be the single best reason for those that don't own a PSP to pick one up.

Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron is the previously untold story of a ragtag ensemble of battle-hardened rogues and scoundrels assembled by Han Solo. Gathered to execute some of the most secretive operations in the Rebel Allianceís war against the Galactic Empire, the Renegade Squadron participates in battles spanning the galaxy. From the Valley of the Sith on Korriban to a dogfight in space through the remains of Alderaan, Solo directs the team on missions of sabotage, rescue and retrieval.

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Taking on the droid army.
The single player game includes three main game modes. The 'Instant Action' mode allows you to pick a planet, a mode and then an era to jump straight into the action. Next up is a campaign mode however it's the third mode, the 'Galactic Conquest', that offers up the meat of the game as you pick a side and attempt to win the war for good or evil. During the game you will even be able to earn credits to upgrade and customize soldiersí attributes (health, speed, agility), equipment (weapons, items) and appearance (species, body, insignia, uniform colours).

So what else is new in this PSP title? Well new maps include Ord Mantell, Boz Pity, Korriban, Sullust and Saleucami, plus new space battles at Kessel, Hoth, Bespin, and the remnants of Alderaan. Renegade Squadron also adds a second Hoth map, plus a new interpretation of Endor. Even more exciting is the news that for the first time, fly as heroes in space aboard the Millennium Falcon, Darth Vaderís TIE Advanced, Jango and Boba Fettís Slave I, and Obi-Wan Kenobiís Jedi starfighter. Renegade Squadron debuts B-wings and TIE defenders in space, plus A5-R Juggernauts, T4-B heavy tanks and mountable carrion spats on land. For the first time on the PSP system, players can also enter capital ships as they did in the console versions of Star Wars Battlefront II.

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Taking to the skies in the X-Wing.
Impressively we believe this will also be one of the first games on the PSP to use the unlocked 333Mhz CPU speed. The only exception to that is the multi-player modes which will see a reduced CPU speed due to the extra battery drain that the Wi-Fi would cause. Up to 16 players will be able to compete against each other over the Internet and eight via the PSP systemís ad-hoc wireless connection. This is double the number of players that could compete over Wi-Fi in the previous Star Wars Battlefront II. The multi-player modes includ Conquest and Capture the Flag modes while the Infrastructure mode includes leaderboards and profile pages.

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Character modelling is impressive.
In Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron, robust customization options replace the class system seen in previous Star Wars Battlefront titles, allowing for millions of possible unique combatants. With weapons, equipment and abilities that players select themselves, no two allies will likely ever look or perform exactly the same.

You can't deny that Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron is a big game for the Sony PSP. As one of the best action series to appear on consoles in recent years the ability for this game to shift consoles is there. Expect this game to be released in mid-October with a pricepoint of only $AU59.95.