Australian Council on Children and the Media

Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Companion - Electronic Arts

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This app is designed to accompany Star Wars Battlefront 1 on PlayStation and Xbox. Good strategy required for the Base Command game. This app is designed to accompany Star Wars Battlefront 1 on PlayStation and Xbox. Good strategy required for the Base Command game. Not recommended for children under 13 due to mild violence and social media connectivity.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Companion was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 11 December 2017.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Companion
Developed by: Electronic Arts
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: none
ACCM suggested age: Not recommended for children under 13 due to mild violence and social media connectivity.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Companion contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

The game was played in full over several days.

App description

Star Wars Battlefront Companion is exactly that – the app is designed to bolster the playability of Star Wars Battlefront on PlayStation and Xbox. In “Career” players can view things such as their stats and progression (e.g., how many kills they’ve accomplished, missions achieved, how many matches they’ve played). It also gives you the opportunity to customise your play by allowing you to choose firearms and star cards (which give you extra abilities such as Jet Pack, Homing Shot and Impact Grenade). The app also gives you up to date news and notifies you when friends are currently playing the game.  There’s also a separate game within this app called; “Base Command”. This is a card style game of strategy, where players must combine and use dealt cards to protect their home base from Imperial attack. This game requires a bit of strategy but most children shouldn’t have trouble learning and playing this game. To have any practical use as a companion app, players will need an EA Games account which requires a Log in and password.

Reviewers comments

This app may have been a bit of a promotional tool as it was released before the actual game on consoles. Most of the features, besides “Base Command” can also be performed through the console game itself. Therefore, having the app isn’t really necessary in order to play the console game. The only real benefits are in the “News” section and “Friends” – which automatically connects to your existing console friends and notifies you when they are online and which game they are playing. Players can also access the EA Games store from the app – which not only allows players to purchase items, but also has links to Facebook and Twitter. Hence, this game is not recommended for children under 13 years.

In App purchasing

None within the app. However, pressing the “Store” link will take you to the EA Games store which allows purchases.

Online information

  • Log ins
  • Connectivity with social media

Gambling

At the time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

None.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None of concern.

Coarse language

None.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Violence and Scary Material

As the app includes scenes from all of the Star Wars movies as well as new fighting and scary scenes, there are several opportunities for players to be exposed to violence and scary material.

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