Star Wars Battlefront 2 Is a Must-Play for Star Wars Fans


Alex Liu, Copy Editor

The idea of games set in the Star Wars Universe has always been popular. Star Wars Battlefront 2 delivers on that idea with large scale battles between the Jedi and the Sith. While there are some issues, it delivers a solid Star Wars experience.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 is a shooter that can switch between first and third person. It boasts a multiplayer, co-op, and campaign experience. In co-op and multiplayer, you play on the side of either the Light side or the Dark side. Although you are on these general sides, you will mostly be playing as one of the four basic classes. The assault, heavy, officer, and specialist classes are your starter classes, and as the game goes on, you will be able to pick special classes. These classes are split into two groups: enforcers and aerial. Enforcers are meant to be tough fighters on the battlefield while aerial classes are very mobile and can fly for a limited amount of time. There are even hero classes which are the famous heroes and villains from the movies. Playing as Kylo Ren or Yoda on the battlefield was always a fun experience, but some of the lightsaber heroes felt clunky.

However, it was only fun when it happened. These experiences were few and far between because of the economy system. Defeating opponents, getting assists, and playing the objective will help you gain battle points which can be used to select a special class or a hero class, based on how much you have saved. These hero classes all require a moderate amount of points, and there is a limit to how many can be on the field at a time. To get the hero you want, you might have to wait a few minutes at the spawn screen or hope to get some lucky timing. Another gripe I have with the game is its inability for you to pick your side in multiplayer. While this is an option in co-op, you can only choose the era you want to play in. This is most likely to speed up matchmaking, but it is annoying to get Rebels when you wanted to play as Darth Vader.

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A big problem that plagued this game at launch was the loot box system. Players could spend money to buy loot boxes for upgrades to their character. This was completely pay-to-win and was turned into a cosmetic only loot box system. In 2021, loot boxes have almost been taken out of the game, as the Celebration Edition is the only purchasable edition left. It includes all the DLC of the game, and all of the cosmetics, bar few related to milestones.

The campaign of Battlefront 2 was quite short, but enjoyable. It followed the path of Iden Version, a member of Inferno Squad. Inferno Squad was a special ops team used by the Empire during the events of the Return of the Jedi. It goes all the way through to the Battle of Jakku, where the Empire falls. Its final mission takes place around the events of The Force Awakens, and the Resurrection DLC continues this story arc. The story tried to fill in gaps between the movies and gave an interesting perspective to the entire situation during the first half of the campaign.

Being immersed in the Star Wars Universe is an extremely fun time whenever a new Star Wars game is created. The music and sound design are incredible. Listening to the main theme of Star Wars play and recognizing the themes of characters when they appear are fantastic nuances. The different maps in multiplayer and the planets you visit in the campaign are beautiful. Shooting a blaster feels good, and the reloading/cooling down mechanic is interesting. The dogfights in the air are also really fun in both the campaign and in multiplayer. Flying the Millennium Falcon while Han Solo and Chewie banter is the dream of every Star Wars fan. In multiplayer, vehicles can be bought with the same battle points used to buy the special units. Large scale battles in Supremacy and Galactic Assault with 40 players and 24 bots are awesome adventures each time. Its smaller modes such as Heroes vs. Villains and the co-op missions were also engaging experiences.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 delivers a magnificent Star Wars experience, but a lackluster game. After a rough release, 3 years later, it has finally reached where it should be as a game. Although this Star Wars escapade was an enjoyable experience, it would not have gotten anywhere without the popularity of the Star Wars franchise. Nevertheless, it has finally gotten to its destination with the Celebration Edition. This edition is $40, but it includes everything. This game, though an older title, is a must-play for Star Wars fans. I grant it a 7/10 for its expansive look into the Star Wars Universe, and its interesting story campaign.