Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Star Wars Battlefront II - Initial Thoughts

About The Game (From the Steam Store Page)

With brand new space combat, playable Jedi characters, and over 16 all new battlefronts, Star Wars Battlefront II gives you more ways than ever before to play the classic Star Wars battles any way you want.

Enhanced Single-Player Experience - Join the rise of Darth Vader’s elite 501st Legion of Stormtroopers as you fight through an all new story-based saga where every action you take impacts the battlefront and, ultimately, the fate of the Star Wars galaxy.

All New Classic Trilogy Locations - Fight inside the corridors of the second Death Star, in the marshy swamps of Dagobah, and even aboard the Tantive IV, Princess Leia’s Blockade Runner, as seen at the beginning of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

More Classes and Vehicles - Now choose from six distinct soldier classes, plus bonus hero characters for each of the four factions: Rebels, Imperials, CIS and the Republic. Then jump into more than 30 diverse ground and space vehicles, including the clone BARC speeder, AT-RT and new Jedi Starfighter and ARC 170.

PLUS Improved Online Features - Engage in massive online battles with multiplayer action for up to 64 players. Play five different online game modes including Conquest, Assault, one-and two-flag Capture the Flag, and Hunt.

Now for the first time, Star Wars Battlefront II lets you…

Fight as a Jedi - Earn the ability to wield a lightsaber and use Force powers like Yoda, Darth Vader and many other heroes and villains.

Battle in Space - Dogfight in X-wings, TIE fighters, Jedi starfighters and other classic starcraft, or land your ship on a star destroyer and fight it out on foot aboard enemy ships.

Play 16 New Locations - Battle across Star Wars: Episode III environments such as Utapau, Mustafar and the epic space battle above Coruscant.

Previous Playtime

0 hours

What Was I Thinking When I Bought This

This game was part of the huge Star Wars bundle that I bought last year. The bundle I got because 21 dollars for 14 games was unbelievable deal, but Star Wars Battlefront II was definitely one of the selling points for me. I'd played it on Xbox, but didn't own it until now.

Expectations And Prior Experience

I remember this as being a fun and kind of brainless action game, easy to jump into, but not terribly consequential. I also remember it as having admirable diversity in its gameplay mechanics, and I look forward to moving from ship to foot and back again.

My expectation is that this is going to be a fun bit of Star-Wars themed brawling, perhaps fairly repetitive once I get my feet in, but engaging enough that this won't matter. I understand that it still has a fairly lively online community, and given my memories of how the single-player went down years ago, it doesn't surprise me.

My biggest worry is that the game will not have aged well and that the controls will be clunkier than I remember them. That isn't necessarily a deal-breaker or anything, it's just something that will make me regret not going with a different game instead.


  1. It always amazes me that you remember the circumstances of each purchase (okay, most purchases) so well. I have many games in my Steam catalog, and I doubt I could tell you whether any one of them came from a bundle, sale, or anything else.


    1. Well, you can go into your transaction history if you need a bit of a refresher, though in this particular case it was easy because all of my Star Wars games, except LEGO Star Wars, came in the same bundle.

    2. There's a transaction history?!??!?