Video Game Preview: Star Wars Battlefront II (2017)
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Starring: Based on characters created by Lucasfilm, LTD.
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: November 17
The coming year has many highly-anticipated video games scheduled for release. Among the multitude of games in the competitive shooter genre, one in particular will have multiple levels of hype surrounding it: this year’s version of “Star Wars Battlefront II.”
The game is a sequel to the game released in 2015, which in turn is a remake of sorts of the original “Battlefront” from 2004. Even though many fans of shooting games and the “Star Wars”
Saga were divided on the 2015 game, Electronic Arts and DICE look to expand on the success of their previous game as well as provide an experience that will do its source material justice.
In addition to refining the graphics and gameplay of the previous installment, the game will also contain a host of new material from the entirety of the “Star Wars” saga. Notably, the game will make up for one of the previous installment’s well-known shortcomings: a lack of a story mode. Through a new campaign mode, you will play out the story of how the First Order rose from the ashes of the Empire in the 30 years between the events of “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens.” Additionally, there will be stages, weapons, missions, and characters from every film from “The Phantom Menace” to this Christmas’ eagerly-anticipated “The Last Jedi.” The game will even have downloadable content that hints at redesigned costumes for Rey and Kylo Ren.
While the market and genre may contain a host of competing games, EA and DICE should easily be able to expand on what worked about the previous game as well as refine what did not work as well. If all goes well, this game should easily be the best “Star Wars” game yet and the best “Battlefront” since the sequel to the original game from 2005.
With the game being part of a massive marketing campaign for “The Last Jedi” and the 40th anniversary of the “Star Wars” saga, be sure to keep an eye out for “Star Wars Battlefront II” when it launches for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC on Nov.17.
Preview by Steven Pryor