This last week Star Wars: The Last Jedi released in theaters. What could be better than watching Star Wars?
Being in Star Wars is definitely pretty high on that list.
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 released in November and, to coincide with the release of The Last Jedi, they released some DLC to bring you back into the game. The new content included two new ground heroes in Finn and Captian Phasma, and a new starship. Along with a new multiplayer map from The Last Jedi and three new campaign missions that expands Iden Versio’s story.
The campaign overall is a short one. And the DLC missions did not expand the length of the campaign by more than an hour but did offer an interesting take on what it was like to be in the Empire after the destruction of the second Death Star in Return of the Jedi. The campaign follows Iden through the time between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
Being the leader of an elite squad, Iden is a strong and determined female officer ready to avenge the destruction of both Death Stars. She follows an arc that forces her to see what the Empire truly is and how she chooses to handle that revelation.
Years ago I would sit for hours to play shooters like Halo 3 and Call of Duty. I don’t play as much as I used to and, as such, my skills have diminished. No longer can I go all out and rack up the kills.
There are two main classes that allow you to play this way – assault and heavy. They keep your head on a swivel in fast-paced classes that I can’t keep up with anymore. I find I now fit more with the support classes. The officer and specialist classes are more dependant on helping others instead of killing everyone on your own.
Each map recreates iconic battlefields from across the whole Star Wars Saga. These maps are highly detailed and beautiful to look at. A graphically beautiful game that you can tell was built with love from DICE.
This game does have its issues. The star card system allows for players who constantly play the game to dominate others. You gain special abilities and can enhance them, doing everything from giving you more health to improving your accuracy. When you are a new player going up against these players with hours and hours on this game you can feel like you won’t get anywhere.
While it was nice to see a co-op element within the game, I have two issues with it. The co-op arcade mode is a full carbon copy of the solo arcade mode. Both players cannot use their console logins, meaning only one player can work toward progression and achievements.
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is a beautifully designed game that was crafted with care, though the campaign falls a little short in length. At times the multiplayer can be fun but the reliance on play-time is a major downside.
After seeing the controversy that came at the launch of the game about loot crates and the slow progression system, I would only recommend this game to be played as a rental game. I don’t see this as a game to buy unless you have the time to put hundreds of hours into it.