It’s been a while since I’ve felt compelled to write one of these columns where I’ve felt the need to defend something in the realm of geek or pop culture that has gotten ragged on by fans. Well, I suppose by definition my last post on Star Wars: The Last Jedi falls under that category, but that’s not relevant right now. No, though what I’m here to talk about today is a recent Star Wars property that I don’t feel is as bad as people have made it out to be.
To be fair, I will preface this column by saying that yes, their business model for this game is straight up crap, microtransactions being such an essential part of the gameplay that they feel more like microaggressions from EA. And also I really lucked out when I got this game used at Gamestop last month, just so happening to be the Elite edition that normally costs $80, and it had all the DLC included in the game, so that saved me more money than switching to Geico. But in all honesty, I’ve played the online multiplayer stuff like maybe three or four times since I’ve purchased the game.
What brought me into wanting to purchase the game was the campaign mode, and as I got more into looking at that time period between the end of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and just absolutely loving reading about this period of new canon history I knew that I had to play this game to see some of these battles that I’ve read in the comics and books. And that is what really helps if you’re going to play this game.
If you’re as big a Star Wars nerd as I am, then being able to play through some of the aftermath of the Battle of Endor and going into some of the background on the events in those “Journey to The Force Awakens” books is honestly worth the price of admission. The additional campaign DLC, which takes place during The Force Awakens leading up to The Last Jedi tacks on even more fun and feels in this universe.
The game play is very smooth as well, controls are pretty much the same as the old games did on the original X-Box back in the day, nothing is too wonky, and you’re never left complaining about the controls being an issue in the game.
I’ve played through most, but not all of the modes the game has to offer, and I haven’t had any complaints about the game play from my own experience. The multiplayer is a pain in the gundarks, but I will say that I really enjoy the multiplayer maps that are space battles, those felt very much like classic Battlefront online play, and I love those.
The arcade mode is also a fun experience that gives you some single player challenges to work on your gaming skills before heading into the actual multiplayer world as well.
In the end, microtransactions aside, it’s a fun game that’s worth playing if you’re a hardcore Star Wars fan. What did you guys think of the game though? Am I right in saying that it’s actually mostly fun, or did EA just pull the wool over my eyes as well?
Star Wars Battlefront II: Graphics A+