For my first video game review, I’m looking at one of the most controversial games in recent memories, Battlefront 2. I don’t have any sort of standard format for a video game review, so I’ll try and do it by separating the game into a few different parts and reviewing each.
I actually really enjoyed the campaign mode. It’s an entertaining Star Wars story that takes place between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. It’s interesting and has some very good moments. Without spoiling much, one of the best takes place during the Battle of Jakku, alluded to in TFA. It’s cinematic, large scale, and beautiful. The characters are interesting, for the most part. However, some of them have complete shifts to their personality and goals that seem sudden and underdeveloped. One of the biggest complaints from others is the length. It is a short campaign, but I don’t have a ton of time to play, so it worked for me. The most frustrating part about it is that it ends randomly and suddenly, clearly to be finished in some sort of DLC. The main story should have been finished in the base game. It feels like a bit of a waste of time as it is. Other than that, I really enjoyed it.
I have a good time with the online play. There are several really good modes, including Galactic Assault and Starfighter Assault. Galactic Assault has you play as a ground soldier either defending or attacking several objectives. There usually ends up being several epic firefights during each games. Starfighter Assault is similar, but you play as a pilot during a space battle. I spend the most time playing those. I’ve played the other modes and they are fine for what they are as well. There a decent amount of maps, though I am excited for the potential of more in the future.
The biggest complaint from other fans with the online play was the ability to purchases items with real money to rank up faster. I don’t have a huge problem with this but the point is moot now as the developer got rid of this within about a day of the game being released.
This is an offline multiplayer mode where you take on computer controlled enemies by yourself, or with a friend in splitscreen. This would be my favorite mode if it went a little deeper. I love the ability to play splitscreen. But there are only about 5 maps and the only modes available are a team deathmatch and a hero (ie. Luke, Rey, Darth Vader, etc.) battle. This makes the mode get repetitive rather quickly. If they were to add the online game modes like Galactic and Starfighter Assault, as well as more maps, this mode would be much better. 3.5/5.
I really enjoy playing Star Wars Battlefront 2. However, the base game is lacking in several areas. I’m hoping this is corrected in DLC in the future, but I feel as if the base game has some wasted potential out of the box.
Overall rating: Worth buying on sale
Let me know your opinions on the game, as well as your opinion on my first video game review.
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