Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Review of Dice’s game
EA have done a lot of damage to Star Wars: Battlefront 2 with their greedy microtransactions. Battlefront 2 is not a bad game. Developer Dice have created a fantastic Star Wars game that has had its name dirtied by EA’s greed. This review will attempt to focus on the game, not the economy of Star Wars: Battlefront 2.
Battlefront 2’s single player campaign
Star Wars Battlefront 2 includes a single player campaign! It may not be incredibly long (I think it took me around 5 hours) but it is certainly worth playing.
The campaign follows Iden Versio, a special forces agent for the Empire. The campaign picks up after The Return of the Jedi’s conclusion. The second Death Star has just been destroyed and the Emperor is dead.
This is an interesting point to begin Iden’s story. The Empire is scrambling for control and the Rebellion is seeking to destroy any last elements of Imperial control. Iden is a good character, she has some complexity and goes through an interesting journey.
Throughout the campaign you run into several important Star Wars characters and some levels are put in control of the likes of Kylo Ren, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. The campaign also includes several levels where you must pilot ships in epic space battles. There is a lot of variety in the campaign’s gameplay. Personally I’m happier with a 5 hour campaign that mixes it up and moves the story along than a 12 hour campaign that drags its heels at times. I really, really enjoyed Battlefront 2’s campaign.
Arcade mode is also included and provides an interesting distraction. Arcade includes a list of both light and dark side themed levels. In many of these you control a Hero character and are tasked with taking out a set number of enemies in a short space of time.
Battlefront 2’s multiplayer
The original Star Wars Battlefront game only included multiplayer. This was disappointing but it was admittedly brilliant.
Battlefront 2’s multiplayer has a disappointing set of options. Players can select from large scale ground based Galactic Conquest, Space battles, Heroes Vs Villains and then smaller scale ground based modes. You can at no point select which maps you would like to play on and have no control over the number of people in each match. Fingers crossed features such as these will come later.
The actual gameplay is fantastic. Battles are huge, troop types play differently and tactics make a significant difference to the outcome of matches. The maps look absolutely breathtaking and many make use of a variety of vehicles both on the land and in the sky. Matches are busy, tense affairs that provide context to each objective to help inspire players to keep fighting.
As you play you earn Battle Points. Battle Points can only be spent during matches and are collected from collecting kills, assisting teammates and playing the objective. When you have enough Battle Points players can respawn as special classes, vehicles or Hero characters.
The Verdict on Star Wars Battlefront 2
Star Wars Battlefront 2 is brilliant. The single player campaign, arcade mode and multiplayer gameplay is all fantastic. The graphics are incredible and the sound design is top notch.
Unfortunately though the experience is definitely marred by the sluggish progression system designed to push you towards spending more on loot boxes. It is still a great game but unlocking all the hero characters and upgrading characters takes way too long.