Developer: EA DICE
Platforms: PlayStation 4 (Reviewed), Xbox One, PC
Genres: First-person shooter, third-person shooter
Published by: EA
It’s slick and it looks like a well presented game and Star Wars Battlefront II ties in well to it’s licence. I mean these are the first things that stick out as I played game. When i played the single player mode, I was fairly sucked in, I felt like I was in a movie, I was immersed and it was enjoyable. It was fun, getting use Darth Maul and Yoda is always fun then you revert back to a normal storm trooper or resistance fighter. You realise how sucky it is to be a pawn / infantry in war, lots of death and annihilation but it’s all well spirited in this game. I digress.
When you have had your fill of playing the third person shooter role, you get to fly a tie fighter or the V-Wing. It breaks up the game and gives another dimension. Star Wars games have historically done the whole “space fighter” modes well and this is no exception. The vast of expanse of space lets you go wild in the air, I loved this.
The addition of an arcade mode is also a decent mode until you finish the sparse amount of levels, it does give a break from the level based action and condenses the game play into 3 – 5 minutes bursts of actions. It’s gripping but short. By short, I mean very short, I got through most the missions and it was decent but could have had more! I want more.
I found the controls, level design and general game play to fluid and smooth, there is nothing here that you haven’t seen in the first version of the game, it’s all just a bit better. It’s smoother, slicker and even more Star Wars packed. They have really utilized the licence extremely well, lots of characters.
Multiplayer is big and bold like previous version, even more maps and Star War characters. More characters is always a joyous occasion. It’s easy to pick up and get in the stride of things, again it’s immersive and the maps vary from small to huge. It can get a big crazy in the 40 player online games but that’s another fun element. Game play is smooth and the servers have been well behaved, no lag and responsive multiplayer action. The multiplayer has enough in it to make you come back and keep you warm during those cold cold winter nights. I think nowadays the barometer of longevity of a game is based purely on the multiplayer, I think this will keep you coming back for the next year or so. Thumbs up.
It all seems good and for the most it is, the thing is, that the game hasn’t really pushed on in 2 years, it’s very similar and not a lot has changed. There are few tweaks here and there, smoother maps, more maps and better interface to the game. If you want your fix of Star Wars gaming this Christmas, then this is the game.
I had a fair bit of fun playing the game but it’s not going to blow your mind it’s much of the same in the 3rd person shooter sense. It does well to tie in the licence well into most part of the games, it’s ad admirable use of the licence. It’s good, not great nor amazing. That’s what ultimately lets it down. I was expecting a lot more and it didn’t deliver on all fronts.