Story - 92%
Graphics - 95%
Audio - 87%
Gameplay - 90%
Replayability - 77%
Use the Force!
We head back to the universe that George Lucas created, Star Wars has found a new life in recent years and is all the craze, especially with Episode 8 being released in less than a month.
Battlefront II is obviously the sequel of one which was a remake of the old series that was released in 2004 and 2005. Battlefront did a lot of cool things but there were some missing elements in which EA thought that they would address in 2 but little did they know that Battlefront II will come under a lot of fire a week before release.
Microtransactions has become more popular in games but a recent trend gamers saw is where you can pay for significant advantages in-game with real money. This defeats the competitive element of games and also distract from you spending good time with the game to become great at it. The loot crates in Battlefront II did this and people were outraged. A reply from EA’s community team on Reddit on the topic became the most downvoted comment in the Reddit’s history, and in response EA ultimately temporarily removed micro-transactions from the game until a later date.
So, although the problem is not fixed, gamers did achieve a minor victory to show the world that we are tired of spending money buying a game and then still need to pay more money in-game. I will not spend this article arguing my view on this as that can take up another 1 000 words, instead I will talk about the game itself.
The campaign is brilliant, even though it is only 4 hours short, it still delivers and shows a different side of the Star Wars universe. The main aim of the game is the arcade and multiplayer modes. In arcade is where the local or single-player fun is. You can play split-screen with a friend or take it on yourself. There are scenarios for you to play where certain objectives need to be met in a time limit and each scenario has 3 ranks to complete. Every scenario has different heroes that you can play with as well which gives it a little flair as well, but it is cool to practise with your normal classes to up your skills. The other mode you can play in Arcade is custom, here you can set the options you want to have in the game that you want.
Next is Multiplayer where the fun really starts, as with the first game there are tons of modes and they all work a bit differently.
- Strike: Objective based scenarios that you need to complete in 2 teams of 8 players facing off against each other.
- Blast: This is a fast paced close-quarter mode that works like deathmatch.
- Starfighter Assault: Here is where you finally get to fly that X-Wing, Y-Wing or whichever ship you prefer, tons of fun and also objective based missions to achieve.
- Heroes VS. Villains: a four on four battle, the ultimate light VS. dark. Choose your favourite hero or villain to fight and see who the ultimate victor will be.
- Galactic Assault: One of my favourite modes to play, here you are part of a team of 20 to take on missions and destroy the other side. Here you can have Heroes/Villains and vehicles that partake in the map.
Now to get on to the look and feel. The game looks amazing and in 4K HDR it looks very close to the real thing. They have really captured every detail of the Star Wars universe and it will make you giddy with joy seeing some of the new stages. The sound and audio are also top quality where the only problem is the voice acting of Luke and Darth Vader sounding a little off.
I’m very happy with Star Wars: Battlefront II and I’m enjoying it thoroughly, the only wish/hope I have is that they bring in more content form the different eras. I would like to play as young Kenobi or Young Skywalker.
Reviewed on: PS4
Available on: PS4, PC, Xbox One
Genre: FPS, Third Person
Age Rating: Teen+
Publisher/Developer: EA Games / EA DICE
Estimated RRP: R899
Release Date: 17 November 2017
- Captured the universe
- Game looks amazing
- Want more different Heroes