Posted by 2 years ago. Recently, EA removed all microtransactions from the game, and while that seems like a change that would be for the better, many of the rewards and systems in place have not been altered to make up for the lack of paid options. I will start by reviewing the campaign, followed by the multiplayer aspects of the game, and finally my review of the game as a whole. The biggest problem with this system is that it's never clearly explained. It’s definitely not a campaign that takes any risks, but it inherits the chunky new blasters that I already learned to love in Battlefront’s multiplayer and uses them in unexpected scenarios. Star Wars Battlefront 2 Review. But it falls a bit short of making it a remarkable journey for its characters. The campaign in Battlefront 2 is unchanged since our original review, other than the addition of a new epilogue chapter, … All of the story and structure problems aside, the campaign can still be an enjoyable Star Wars spectacle, if extremely straightforward and simple in its design. There aren’t many games that have had the amount of controversy Battlefront 2 has garnered all the way up until launch; and for the most part those controversies are sound. I also really loved that these flying sequences weren’t sequestered into their own little corners of the campaign, with a few missions having you switch from ground to air multiple times. EA has promised to continue monitoring the game and adjusting the progression system based on player feedback, but when those changes will occur and what they will be remains to be seen. But the game overall is weighed down by an overbearing and convoluted progression system that doesn't value the average player's time, obscuring an otherwise solid Star Wars experience. GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers. That said, it can feel a bit punishing to turn a corner as a basic trooper only to come face to face with a Sith Lord you have no chance against. Whether it’s securing a secret cache of the Emperor’s, sabotaging a weapons facility, or gathering intel about the enemy, you usually just jump to the next mission afterward to see what thing from the movies you’ll encounter next. EA has removed all microtransactions and have started measures to overhaul the progression systems. But there are gems to be found in the story: a companion named Shriv has a sarcastic wit that made him one of my favorite new game characters in a long time. But as it stands, the biggest hurdle that Battlefront II will need to overcome--for its simultaneous attempts to balance progression with genuine feeling of accomplishments--is deciding on what type of game it wants to be. It’s also disappointing that the events we’re participating in don’t seem to have much impact on the story. If you buy something through this post, IGN may get a share of the sale. Unfortunately, the focus on chasing Star Cards--and the prominence of loot crates--reveals bigger issues related to the progression. There's nothing more exciting than piloting an A-Wing interceptor through a tight space and pulling off a killer shot in the nick of time. It’s about making you feel like you’re smack dab in the middle of a massive Star Wars battle, blaster bolts flying inches over your head, as you watch General Grievous cut Obi-Wan Kenobi into ribbons with a flurry of light saber strikes. We are moving forward with our final score now that we’ve had time to thoroughly test the stability of Battlefront II’s servers, but will retain the original review-in-progress text for future reference.Editor’s note (November 16, 2017 -- 5:47 PM PST):EA has removed all microtransactions and have started measures to overhaul the progression systems. They can amplify stats, add bonus attributes, and even give characters alternate loadouts--such as replacing a Heavy trooper's energy shield for a grenade launcher. Starfighter Assault provides dynamic battles with tight controls. Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is the latest in the series of Star Wars Battlefront video games from Electronic Arts. There is a right way to play Star Wars Battlefront 2's 40-player Galactic Assault mode. Not enough time is devoted to Iden and her relationships to give her pivotal decisions the context they need. Want us to remember this setting for all your devices? Unfortunately, they’re about as difficult as dodging a shot from a Stormtrooper, with AI enemies that were sometimes almost entirely unresponsive to my presence. These heroes are ridiculously strong, but still require a certain level of smart play to use effectively. This adds interesting decision making to the simple act of reloading your gun. [Spoilers] spoiler. Instead, several missions put you in direct control of some of the heroes available in multiplayer. Set during the twilight of the Galactic Empire after Return of the Jedi, the story sows the seeds for the First Order in The Force Awakens. It gets its fundamentals right, in that weapons feel meaty and satisfying to fire, especially in comparison to its predecessor. You can acquire and upgrade Star Cards on your own by using crafting components (also found in loot crates), but this also leads into the problem of gating. If you continue reading this part of the article it will contain spoilers for the campaign. A very smart new active reload mechanic adds skill where before there was just endless firing. In effort to put forward the most impartial review possible, our review is written by Tom Marks, who joined IGN after Mitch left and, in fact, has never even met him.] This can steer you away from classes you'd prefer to use, and more annoying results in receiving cards for hero characters you have yet to unlock. The Campaign for Battlefront II is a bad joke. Simply focusing on the characters and classes you like to play isn't enough. Moreover, the fan-favorite Heroes vs Villains mode makes a return. © 2021 GAMESPOT, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. The campaign can still be an enjoyable Star Wars spectacle. Yeah, the single-player campaign is a bit meh, but that isn’t the focus of Battlefront 2. To upgrade a card, you have to ensure that your class level and overall multiplayer ranking meet certain standards--which in turn means having to rank up several levels in-game, and spending precious resources on loot crates for more resources and cards. The second Battlefront adds new landscapes from the Star Wars universe, and a comprehensive single-player campaign to complement the multiplayer modes. It’s also worth noting that I ran into some massive performance issues on PC during the campaign. Jumping from space rock to space rock means there’s never really time to establish Iden’s relationships with other characters, blunting the impact of any emotional moments they attempt to have together - and a romantic kiss toward the end of the campaign comes from so far out of left field that it was actually laughable. Star Wars Battlefront 2 is the sequel to 2015’s Star Wars Battlefront and promises to be bigger and better than its predecessor. Battlefront 2 sprints through all of the nuance of its relationships, which often makes its characters’ actions feel unfounded and confusing. 467. It’s also worth noting that on both PC and consoles (including the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X) I experienced frame skips and lag during campaign cutscenes. The starfighter missions thrive on their scale, usually set in elaborate battles full of busy skies and huge Star Destroyers. It's essentially digital Star Wars tourism. This is especially frustrating when you invest so much time in the game--coming across others online who've had better luck or purchased pre-orders copies to acquire epic cards for their characters--only to see your favorite classes fall by the wayside due to the overall systems working against your favor. Star Wars Battlefront 2 campaign review. As you acquire more Star Cards and increase their ranks for a particular class or hero, the overall level for that character increases. It’s essentially digital Star Wars tourism tied around the loose concept of Iden’s battles in the final days of the Galactic Civil War. Violence, Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB. Fun to play as, but not so much against. Have you played Star Wars Battlefront II? [Editor’s Note: As we frequently disclose, Battlefront 2’s single-player campaign story was co-written by former IGN editor Mitch Dyer. On occasion, the campaign will switch things up with levels that feature familiar faces in entirely different scenarios, adding some moments of levity to the story. It’s a shame Iden doesn’t get more time to develop as a character because Battlefront 2 does a decent job of introducing her (outside of some stilted dialogue in the opening scene) as a competent, sympathetic person. Unlike the first Battlefront, the sequel contains a narrative-driven single-player campaign. But after the destruction of the second Death Star, her loyalty to the Empire is put to the test when an increasingly desperate Imperial army takes drastic measures to ensure its future. The game offers fans of Star Wars a variety of game options, including a campaign, an online mode and also an arcade section. Yoda feels particularly imbalanced, acting as the Oddjob of Battlefront 2 - his small size makes him incredibly hard to hit, made worse by the fact that he does flips every time he swings his lightsaber. A Review about Star Wars Battlefront II and its co-op game features. Much like the first game (or the third, if you’re counting the original Battlefront games from Pandemic), Battlefront 2 faithfully captures the look and feel of the Star Wars universe, with beautifully detailed levels, vehicles, and characters across some of its most recognizable venues. Archived. While it isn't a particularly deep mode to dive into, with each mission offering increasing tiers of difficulty for better rewards, it can be fun to try out the different heroes against increasing numbers of enemies. With how progression is structured, simply spending time with the Heavy or Assault classes does not guarantee more loot for them, as advancing them is all tied to the luck of the draw. Now with more responsive and tighter controls for maneuvering your vessels, the aerial- and space-focused mode features Battlefront II's most intense missions. Of course, these games from EA DICE aren’t to … "The biggest problem with this system is that it's never clearly explained.". The campaign does a decent job of showing the internal strife within the Empire's ranks, even allowing you to explore an eerily sterile and oppressive Imperial civilization on Iden's homeworld of Vardos. Over the course of each match, you'll acquire Battle Points, which you can cash-in for mid-battle rewards--such as piloting special starfighters or taking control of select hero characters to dish out punishment. I’ll need to do more testing to see if it was an isolated case, but the campaign was nearly unplayable at times on that computer. One area where Battlefront 2 feels strange is that it only allows you to carry one weapon at a time, and you can’t pick up blasters dropped by dead enemies. The Arcade mode makes a return, featuring themed levels where you battle AI bots as classic Light and Dark side characters. That all said, the excellent voice acting and lifelike facial animations sell each character’s performance well. Privacy Policy, Now Playing: Star Wars Battlefront 2 Video Review. Star Wars Battlefront II's campaign will be even bigger, including promotions with major national partners, as well as unprecedented in-store support." Star Wars Battlefront 2’s campaign is a gorgeous shooting gallery that takes you to amazing planets, both old and new.But is it any more than that? While the game gives you options to purchase premium currency in the form of crystals--which you can buy in bundles costing up to $100--these can only be used to buy more loot crates. Due to the randomness, and the inherent dependence on the loot crates, progression is often dictated by what these results are. on November 20, 2017 at 7:02PM PST. That creates some situations where you’re stuck with a sniper rifle when the situation calls for something better in close quarters. Alessandro is an admirer of the Star Wars saga, and played way too much of the original Battlefront on Xbox back in the day. She normally works to undermine Rebel forces with wet-work missions and other forms of espionage. Star Wars Battlefront II: Celebration Edition gives every Star Wars fan the opportunity to live out their fantasies in a well constructed shooter throughout various game modes and locations. By relying on randomly yielded weapons, resources, cosmetic items, and Star Cards of varying grades, Battlefront II ties its progression to dice rolls. Sometimes there’s such a large time jump between them that any impact of what you just did is entirely glazed over. Editor’s note: (November 20, 2017 -- 6:54 PM PST): EA has applied a number of revisions and tweaks to Star Wars Battlefront II, and we at GameSpot have done our best to keep up with the changes that have been made to the game around its release. For more. In effort to put forward the most impartial review possible, our review is written by Tom Marks, who joined IGN after Mitch left and, in fact, has never even met him.] Visually stunning and incredible sound design, Impressive set-pieces in the single-player campaign. Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos. Even the ominous Operation Cinder, which is introduced after the second mission as the Empire’s next big bad weapon, is unceremoniously resolved before you even reach the campaign’s halfway point. Y ou can practice an untold story in a just new single-player campaign of Star Wars Battlefront. In effort to put forward the most impartial review possible, our review is written by Tom Marks, who joined IGN after Mitch left and, in fact, has never even met him. In Star Wars Battlefront II, you switch over to the dark side and play as Iden Versio, an Imperial Commander sometime between the … Compact Campaign. Summary: Star Wars Battlefront II allows players to experience the untold story of an Imperial elite special forces soldier in an all-new single player campaign. While the brisk 4-5 hour campaign features some strong writing and performances from its cast--with some standout levels that show off the visual luster and diversity of locations within the universe--the potential of its Imperial point-of-view soon becomes lost. Her defection was unnecessary and it made zero sense. Selecting from several infantry classes and hero characters--including Luke Skywalker, Rey, Han Solo, and the story campaign's Iden Versio--Multiplayer battles are usually intense affairs, especially at the full capacity of 40 players. This is all made worse by the cumbersome menu system, which prompts you to exit out of multiplayer games to collect your paltry rewards from milestones and challenges while also obscuring vital info such as player rank and class data. The campaign in Battlefront 2 is unchanged since our original review, other than the addition of a new epilogue chapter, … Star Wars Battlefront 2 is the official successor to the lackluster Battlefront 1 from 2015.That game, whilst very pretty lacked a campaign story and suffered from repetitive multi-player. Battlefront II's main attraction is its expansive multiplayer content. You can “reload” to cool any gun down manually, but if you let it overheat you get an opportunity for a faster reload, or even a short bonus window where your shots cause no heat at all. The only quick review I can give Battlefront 2 is that it is close, but not quite close enough to what players have been asking for from DICE/EA’s reboot of the franchise. Outside of the campaign and massive multiplayer battles, there are side-modes that offer some interesting diversions. [Spoilers] spoiler. In this way, Battlefront II plants itself in the same territory as free-to-play games, with much of its content and characters tucked away behind progression walls and randomized loot crates. Cutting out unnecessary filler, players can choose their unlocked characters--such as the rocket wielding Boba Fett, to the unstable Kylo Ren--and compete in 4v4 battles in over-the-top and ridiculous fashion. After each battle, you'll collect experience for your overall multiplayer rank and credits to purchase loot crates in the in-game store. The campaign in Battlefront 2 is unchanged since our original review, other than the addition of a new epilogue chapter, titled Resurrection. Story mode is Lobot. While Galactic Assault will likely be the most popular mode for fans to see much of the game's systems in action, the upgraded Starfighter Assault deserves recognition. Unfortunately, this doesn’t add much more than an extra two hours to bridge the gap between the main campaign and the sequel trilogy of films. EA provided a complimentary codes for the purpose of this review. Finishing the new Battlefront II's campaign in 4-5 hours, he was also able to spend quite a bit of time checking out the intense online multiplayer. This review was written prior to the game's November 17 launch, and will be updated over the next few days as we spend more time with the game's modified systems. Mechanically, The Battlefront II campaign is a fairly standard first-person shooting affair. Despite the removal of the microtransactions, player progression is still largely tied to the randomized loot boxes--mitigating player agency and choice in multiplayer. We encourage you to read our updated PRIVACY POLICY and COOKIE POLICY. Along with some stellar visual and sound-design, the large-scale battles have the same exciting flow as Star Wars' most iconic fights, where one heroic action can turn the tide of a conflict. You take on the role of Iden Versio, commander of Imperial special-forces outfit Inferno Squad. Star Wars Battlefront 2 Campaign **SPOILERS** This is your warning. Each of the four basic classes (Assault, Heavy, Officer, and Specialist) in the ground-based multiplayer modes has a unique weapon and complementary set of abilities that makes them stand out from each other without any one of them feeling more or less vital. This is made worse by an abrupt ending that teases future updates to the campaign, instead of delivering a strong conclusion for its hero's journey. But that feeling of being in a space dogfight amid the distinctive sights and sounds of the Star Wars universe is still a powerful one. Iden’s own character arc essentially stops around the same time, and a time jump entirely skips any sort of character development that would explain the very different version of her you take control of on the other side. December 2, 2017 August 30, 2018 by Josh. Battlefront 2’s campaign caters to that fandom as well, but ends up being a bit of a mess because of it. Every blaster, TIE Fighter, and Battle Droid looks and sounds like it’s straight out of the movies, with the only notable exception being a couple of less than stellar voice impersonators used for heroes like Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and Kylo Ren. The war that is taking place in the 30 years through the first order rise and between the Death Star II destruction. Not only is this entire system confusing, it's also problematic that most of your unlocks and earnings come from opening loot crates. Star Wars Battlefront 2 Review. 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