No ‘Star Wars’ game has ever looked this real

In the last two Star Wars games, “Battlefront” and “Battlefront II,” you’re given a sandbox of Star Wars characters and worlds to play in.

These games are very pretty – some of the best-looking games on any system – but they don’t hold a candle to what one intrepid gamer turned the original “Battlefront” into.

Behold:

Star Wars Battlefront mod

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No, that isn’t a still from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” – that’s what happens when you apply a “mod” (modification) to “Star Wars Battlefront” on PC. And no, you can’t do this to the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 versions, sadly; modding games requires a level of access to the guts of a game that you simply can’t access on consoles.

All that aside: Whoa, right?


All of these images was captured by the mod’s creator, Martin Bergman.

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Bergman says that running the mod can be pretty intensive on your computer’s processor.

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It apparently drops the framerate pretty dramatically (in the 30-40 frames per second range).

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But it’s worth it for these gorgeous visuals, no?

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The amount of detail is incredible.

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Even the rocks look hyper-realistic:

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More than just pretty rocks, the lighting is also dramatically improved:

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And even the particle effects of something like a dust cloud are more impressive:

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But maybe you’re more into Stormtrooper outfits. This one is tremendously detailed:

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Bergman did more than just swap visuals. He dug into the game’s particle effects systems, the lighting, animation, and graphics. The whole enchilada, if you will.

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Just look at that dust cloud!
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There are various depths of “modding” — in this case, Bergman dug into much more than just one aspect.

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Between dynamic effects (like the dust cloud here), and far more realistic shadows, and the amount of detail in every object, it’s as if nothing’s been left untouched.

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The amount of detail on that Stormtrooper is genuinely mind-blowing. Games do not look this good on any platform.

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Sadly, even the prettied up version of “Battlefront” is littered with the (extremely detailed) corpses of clones.

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So, so many dead clones.

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As if the AT-STs in normal “Battlefront” aren’t intimidating enough, imagine rounding the corner on this guy:

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Watch out!

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Even stuff like backpacks are highly detailed.

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These darker images genuinely look ripped from a film:

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Okay, fair enough: these sunny ones look like they’re ripped from a film as well. Fine!

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Sadly, there are no images of spacecrafts (like TIE fighters) or hero characters (like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader). But there sure are loads of very pretty rock formations!

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And loads of close-ups of Stormtroopers getting ready to bust a cap:

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Bergman says he’ll release the mod publicly as soon as it’s stable. In the meantime, we’ll keep staring at these gorgeous screenshots.

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If you’re looking for more information, straight from the modder himself, <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/Martin-Bergmans-Toddyhancer-746074985504634/”>check out his Facebook page for the “Toddyhancer” mod right here</a>.
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But you want to see the game in action, right? Good news: Bergman put together a video and we’ve got it right here!