Cancel your weekend plans and head to a store not so far, far away because the new Star Wars Battlefront video game is out.

Coming just a month before the release of hotly-anticipated The Force Awakens movie, though not directly linked to it, the game is expected to be a massive seller ahead of Christmas.

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Retailers such as Game at Bluewater opened from midnight so players could get their hands on it, and maybe get a few sneaky hours in before work or school today.

Coming from Battlefield developer Dice and published by EA, Battlefront on PS4, Xbox One and PC takes the form of a mostly multiplayer mostly online shooter that pitches players into huge battles taking place at several authentic looking iconic locations from the Star Wars world.

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Legendary characters such as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader pop up and are playable during the game.

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Early reviews have praised the visuals and sound effects. The fun has also been highlighted but there has been criticism too, particularly for a perceived lack of variety and depth.

I’ve been playing the game too since yesterday and will have a review online soon. Spoiler alert, I’ve been very impressed so far and it’s looking like being one of my favourite games of the year – and this comes from someone who usually hates multiplayer shooters with a passion. I’d be playing it again right now if I didn’t think the bosses would take a dim viewn of me counting it as 'work'!

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