Star Wars Battlefront 2
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is still a force to be reckoned with
With the sequel of the remake coming very soon, let’s take a look back at the older sequel. Of course, 2005’s “Star Wars: Battlefront 2” was a major improvement of its original premise that is essentially a giant sandbox of Star Wars memorabilia that is still fun today.
Fighting alone is still fun
Starting with its campaign, the game put players in control of Empire soldiers from the beginning. From the Clone Wars Saga all the way to the events leading to the New Hope, players really did see the perspectives of battle through the soldiers and leaders. Sound familiar now? Without giving it too much praise, the voice work during missions and intense gameplay that transferred into the multiplayer is still fun, albeit a bit short at times. There were even optional space missions that had players infiltrating inside ships to destroy from the inside, or take down the fleets before destroying the larger ships from the outside. Although the standard foot missions gave different tasks to keep the typical wave fighting less stale, they are really not that special. Put simply, they are glorified multiplayer battles with some crumbs of lore here or there. It may be fun for a session or two, but players can enjoy just as much fun playing alone in Galactic Conquest and Instant Action.
A galaxy of options
Looking back, the original 2004 Battlefront felt almost barren compared to how much is packed in the sequel. There are so many ways to play, and much of the gameplay is as fun as it was years ago. Players pick from several classes that are akin to those of early “Battlefield” games. Heavy classes carried launchers to dispatch vehicles, tech classes repaired droids and vehicles, and the standard infantry classes served as the grunt forces of battles. Some classes were locked from play until a player reached a certain score, such as the Bothan Spy, who used a cloak ability to flank enemy troops. The diverse set of classes were further increased as players now controlled infantry from the Empire, CIS, Rebels and Republic. New planets spanning from both the Clone Wars Saga and Galactic Civil War made for incredible battles in the air and land, especially with many housing their own unique vehicles to pilot. With more modes to choose from, the gameplay is fast paced and almost felt like an open world by the expansive maps and loads of combat options. Adding space battles into the mix really also added a different way to play and win. Not to mention several more Jedi, bounty hunters and Sith lords to play introduced that sweet power fantasy of mowing down troops as Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader. Even the little things like access to special modes where playing as the Ewoks against Stormtroopers in Endor, or creating a playlist of maps to play through the whole way are incredibly memorable. Whether you’re a Star Wars fanatic or just someone looking for a great local multiplayer experience, look no further than this front.
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Written by Jarek Martinez
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