E3 2017: ‘Star Wars Battlefront 2’ Is A Massive Disappointment

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 is a game that I really wish I enjoyed more. As a franchise, Star Wars is one of my favorites. Although I was never a huge fan of the series before The Force Awakens, Episode 7 reinvigorated my love, and appreciation, of the galaxy far, far away. However, this doesn’t affect my enjoyment of the game’s demo that I played at E3.

The expo’s demo build throws players in a droid combat scenario, where four different classes are available to play; these classes are the standard found in modern FPS games: assault, heavy, support, and sniper. Besides the Star Wars skin, there is virtually nothing original about these usable character models.

Now, onto the gameplay. Generic is the word of the day with this one. As a gamer, I’ve never been that into first person shooters; however, with that said, there are a few that have piqued my interest over the years. The first Star Wars Battlefront wasn’t one of those, and neither is Battlefront 2. The gameplay sees nothing special about it. Just think of your everyday shooter, say Call of Duty. Now, add Star Wars character designs, music, and art style. I’ve just summed up the disappointment that was my experience with the game’s demo.

Graphically, the game isn’t great either. Rather than realistic graphics, I look for originality when it comes to visuals. Battlefront 2 is a demanding game with high profile combat and cinematic scenes – the problem is, nothing about it stands out. Its character designs more closely resemble real people than say, Super Mario Odyssey, but who cares? Games are about escapism, and the market’s trend of, “let’s make our game look as realistic as possible” does not entice me in the slightest.

All this negativity comes with a caveat: if you liked the first Battlefront, you’ll like this one. In typical sequel fashion, it outdoes the first graphically, gameplay wise, and in creative selection.

With so many amazing titles out there, does Battlefront 2 really deserve the attention and hype it’s getting? From my experience, no, it doesn’t. Get your hands on something original like Ori and the Blind Forest, Splatoon , or Rocket League, rather than the EA’s upcoming shooter. 

Star Wars Battlefront 2 hits Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC on November 17.

Aric Sweeny
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14 COMMENTS

  1. “Graphically, the game isn’t great either.” Seriously? It looks just like a Star Wars movie and yet you’re still complaining that “nothing stands out”? I guess nothing in the movies stood out to you either. Your review’s as stupid as your website name.

  2. I have a feeling that this idiot would say the exact same things if this was the 2005 Battlefront II version.

  3. Like what even constitutes having ‘original’ graphics? Like would you have preferred the designers took a bunch of acid? You obviously aren’t even into the gameplay style of shooters so why even bother reviewing it? Let’s try to think wisely and use our heads before we publish laughably poorly written reviews on the internet. I could tell your opinions on games were on par with an 8 year old when I saw you wrote an article that the next Sonic game was going to be a return to form, maybe you should stick to playing trash and leave the ‘unoriginal’ games to us normal people. The fact you tried to compare this game to games like Splatoon or Rocket league made me cringe on a whole new level. If you want to stick to games clearly designed to be ‘original’ because of the VERY young target audience, then go ahead but please don’t waste server space on shit like this. This literally pissed me off more than anything else, all due to you reviewing a game you KNEW you wouldn’t like to begin with

  4. Like what even constitutes having ‘original’ graphics? Like would you have preferred the designers took a bunch of acid? You obviously aren’t even into the gameplay style of shooters so why even bother reviewing it? Let’s try to think wisely and use our heads before we publish laughably poorly written reviews on the internet. I could tell your opinions on games were on par with an 8 year old when I saw you wrote an article that the next Sonic game was going to be a return to form, maybe you should stick to playing trash and leave the ‘unoriginal’ games to us normal people. The fact you tried to compare this game to games like Splatoon or Rocket league made me cringe on a whole new level. If you want to stick to games clearly designed to be ‘original’ because of the VERY young target audience, then go ahead but please don’t waste server space on shit like this. This literally pissed me the fuck off more than anything else, all due to your fucking stupidity in reviewing a game you KNEW you wouldn’t like to begin with, go play your fucking trash Nintendo games.

  5. I typically never comment on things like this but the person who reviewed this is a fucking idiot. Game looks sick!

  6. I agree with every other comment posted before this. You are judging graphics based on originality, as if the only way to have an appealing game is to somehow be unique. That is a ridiculous method of judging graphics instead of looking at detail and realism. You fail to recognize the appeal of a Star Wars title and the vast improvement over its predecessor. That is why your review is far below par.

  7. Alright I literally made an account just to protest your attrocious review. You are clearly the wrong person to even consider reviewing any game above the age of 4, since fairys, monkeys, and pikmen seem to be your only passion. Star Wars is a universe that is loved by many, and if you actually did like the series, you would at least appreciate the looks. How can you say you like the series yet you didn’t like the originals to start with. Sorry cartoon anime isn’t in this and you would much rather live in blues clues than the real world, but face facts, you either have to except the new graphics or stop being a reviewer. Do not compare a shooter to f*#%*ing Kirby. There is no similarity to those games and never will be. If you don’t like men’s games, don’t talk about them. You literally just get people to click this link in order to wonder why this game may be bad.
    To all who really care, if you like Star Wars, this is going to be good.
    End of story.

  8. Sorry but the OP is an idiot

    Of course it’s not gonna appease you, your looking for something outside the box original. Nothing wrong with that, but it’s freaking Star Wars man and there’s not too much originality they could squeeze out of it except for customization and that too must stay within the SW realm. Of course the 1st lacked greatly and what the 2nd seems to be delivering is excactly what SW fans want like myself.

    What did you expect for there to be, a mixture of magic tossing shells with flying ewoks that cast spells within floating bubbles or better yet monkeys fighting storm troopers.

  9. Very terrible opinions. You nit picked the hell out of the game and made false observations. The game is very original and EA put alot into it. Also the prequels were better than 7 and the originals far better. Never have opinions ever again.

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