Star Wars Rivals Preview: Underwhelming and Pay To Win

Star Wars: Rivals

The Basics

  • Name: Star Wars Rivals
  • Developer: Disney
  • Genre: Shooter
  • Price: Free with in app purchases

The Details

  • Installed size: 354 mb
  • Best played in short-medium sessions
  • Minor bugs experienced
  • Playable Offline: No

What is Star Wars Rivals?

Star Wars Rivals is a new cover based shooter set in the Star Wars universe. Rivals has players collect and power up a variety of Star Wars characters and then take them into battle. The game’s actual combat is made up of simple firefights between two sides.

In Star Wars Rivals players spawn on opposite sides of each other and have the goal of accumulating a certain number of points before the end of the match. Points are gained by either killing the opponent’s heroes or their support troops. As far as controls go, players can switch between cover, aim, shoot, and use their character’s ability. Rivals does not give players control over movement beyond moving between cover and ducking in and out of cover.

Star Wars Rivals gameplay


Star Wars Rivals is both underwhelming and simply not a compelling mobile gaming experience. Though the game does give players access to a wide range of characters from the Star Wars universe (even if there are multiple versions of a number of characters), it falls short once you look past the Star Wars branding.

Aside from the game’s head to head mode, there is nothing here for users, making one’s enjoyment of the game entirely dependent on the quality of that mode. Unfortunately, even the game’s lone mode is not very good. Even if you can overlook a large portion of matches that appear to be fought against bots instead of human opponents, the gun play feels wholly unsatisfying and experience lacks any sort of strategy. On the bright side, cover is destructible.

Of course it should also come as no surprise that this game utilizes loot crates to gather data tapes (essentially character shards) and power up the game’s heroes and villains. In the end that will go a long way towards determining how well your team does in battle. Pay to win elements are acceptable in mobile gaming when the overall experience is good enough. This is not the case here. Unfortunately, Star Wars Rivals is a pay to win title without any compelling gameplay to keep users interested.

Note: This preview reflects the author’s views on the game at the time it was played. The state of the game may have changed since that time. Please note that installed size includes optional downloads where applicable.