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Video GameStar Wars: Squadrons Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Author: Ellen Robertson, @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Ben Kendall.

OverviewOverview

Star Wars: Squadrons is a shooting game where you master piloting spaceships. Squadrons offers a single player, narrative-based game, in which you play as two pilots (one in the Galactic Empire and one in the New Republic) where you'll fight in battles for either side. The game takes you through the mechanics of each type of ship and teaches you how to fly your own fighter whilst also interacting with other characters and improving your ship with 50 specialised components.

Squadrons also offers you the chance to fight alongside your friends, in a group of five on multiplayer mode. Here, you are again able to chose your side and what type of ship you want to use, taking into account the strategic benefits of each within your group.

Additionally, Star Wars: Squadrons gives you the opportunity to play using a Play Station VR headset, further immersing yourself into the Star Wars universe and enhancing the realistic flight simulator.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 02/10/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1 (10 online)

Genres: Action, Shooting (Adventure, Narrative and Simulation)

Accessibility: 35 features

Developer: Motive Montreal (@MotiveMontreal)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 8 hours and 12 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 10-player online game. There is a maximum of 5 v 5 in the online multiplayer mode. There's also a single player campaign.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for bad language. This game contains infrequent use of mild bad language ('*!@?*'). Space ships fire lasers at each other. When they are damaged, they smoke and spark. When they are defeated, they explode into large fireballs leaving behind debris. However, no injury is shown to the pilots inside.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Younger players need to be willing to learn the different controls and craft. Detailed aiming is required but controls are much more approachable than Elite Dangerous.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.

CostsCosts

Star Wars: Squadrons usually costs £34.99.
 

Star Wars: Squadrons

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Star Wars: Squadrons Accessibility Report documents 35 accessibility features:
There are options to change the difficulty, and help with aiming, but these only apply to the single-player campaign levels, not the multiplayer game, where you play competitively against other players online. On any difficulty and with any control scheme, you need to have very quick reactions as you move very quickly and often have to retain lots of different pieces of information at once.

You can disable cockpit shaking in certain scenarios, which can reduce motion sickness, especially when playing in virtual reality, but the fast-moving and swirling backgrounds, combined with bright flashes from lasers and screen-shake from other causes, means that it will always be a potential side-effect. As you play from a first-person perspective, some areas of the screen are taken up by your ship's cockpit and wings, which can obstruct action happening at the edge of the screen and could be distracting for some payers.

You can make ships hidden by objects have a bright, clearly visible outline, with a colour that differed depending on whether they're a target or an ally.

There are a number of settings specifically for when you play in virtual reality:
  • Snap Turn allows you to choose whether to turn smoothly or in larger increments (which can reduce motion sickness) when in the hangar or a briefing room. You can also separately adjust the angle by which you turn (30, 60, or 90 degrees).
  • FOV Filter allows you to darken the edges of the screen when turning in a hangar or briefing room, which again can reduce motion sickness. You can select the strength of this effect.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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