Star Wars Battlefront II: COED’s Review & Reaction Roundup

First revealed to the public at the annual Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, CA; Star Wars Battlefront II has finally arrived in stores for fans to salivate over! Featuring three different studios handling multiple aspects of the game, Battlefront II delivers a master class in Star Wars video games with it giant and dynamic battlegrounds and space battles.

Days before release the game has suffered from major backlash due to its use of in-game lootboxes that lock away heroes and strong arms players into spending real-world money to buy more lootboxes in order to unlock in-game items/heroes that should be unlocked at purchase. EA has been quick to adjust the amount of in-game credits (gained by playing matches or completing objectives) players will need to unlock characters like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader by 75%, so it seems they are keen on listening to the players’ concerns.

Check out our review for Star Wars Battlefront II and a roundup of some others below:

Star Wars Battlefront II COED Review:

Note: We were not provided a review copy of the game and have based this review on the Early Access of the game.

Star Wars Battlefront II may be a flawed game in the way it handles its in game “marketplace” but it never fails to make me feel like I’m truly in the Star Wars universe. Filled to the brim with easter eggs for the most intense Star Wars fans and an incredible single player campaign that feels like a real Star Wars movie, this iteration of the iconic video game franchise builds on what makes it such a fun concept to begin with.

Developed by three different teams within EA: EA Dice, Motive Studios and Criterion Games; Star Wars Battlefront II should feel like three separate experiences but magically it comes together as one cohesive game made for everyone! Whether you are a newcomer with barely any knowledge of the franchise or the biggest fan, Battlefront II is a smart, engaging and mind-blowing experience that will keep you playing for months at a time. Battles are gigantic, sprawling and massive as you fight against 39 other players in giant “Galactic Assaults” or keep it simple with the variety of other modes to play in the game.

Following the backlash over the lack of a single player campaign in 2015’s Star Wars Battlefront, EA has worked with Motive Studios to create a unique and original canonical story set in the Star Wars universe. Set after the Battle on Endor where the Death Star has been destroyed, the campaign follows the Imperial special forces group known as the Inferno Squad led by Commander Iden Versio (played impeccably by the incredible Janina Gavankar). Telling this story through the eyes of an Imperial soldier is one that has not been seen in a Star Wars story and it provides fans with a unique perspective on what is going on in the galaxy so far away.

While EA must continue to fix the greedy problems lying in their in-game marketplace, Star Wars Battlefront II is a must play title for any fan of the franchise but still stands on its own enough as a competent shooter to get non-fans in the mix. The high-energy and over-the-top nature of the game’s battles will have Gamers coming back for months on end as EA releases more free updates that include: heroes, maps, games modes and story missions! All in all, EA has crafted together a exciting and explosive blend to create one of the best Star Wars games in recent memory!

COED’s Score: 8.0/10

Star Wars Battlefront II Review Roundup:

via Eurogamer:

DICE goes big in a Call of Duty-baiting package that’s as maddening, uneven and spectacular as the Star Wars films themselves.

via GameSpot:

While its main narrative feels unresolved, and the general loop of the multiplayer carries a number of issues, Battlefront II still manages to evoke that same sense of joy and excitement found in the core of what the series is all about. But as it stands, the biggest hurdle that Battlefront II will need to overcome–for its simultaneous attempts to balance microtransactions with genuine feeling of accomplishments–is deciding on what type of game it wants to be.

via IGN:

I find my opinion of Battlefront 2 shifts depending on what I choose to expect from it. If I’m looking for a rich Star Wars story alongside a deep competitive shooter, this definitely isn’t it. But in terms of delivering on that Star Wars fantasy, jumping from corner to corner of the galaxy to see as much as it has to offer, Battlefront 2 succeeds in a very fun way. I’m just not sure there’s enough here to keep me interested for very long.

via Polygon:

After playing a limited selection of single- and multiplayer parts of Battlefront 2, I’m optimistic that this game will find favor with fans of the last game, as well as with Star Wars enthusiasts who are looking for a varied world that caters to different skill levels. [Pre-Review]

via Digital Trends:

There’s something special about the Battlefront games, and how they capture the excitement of the beloved films. Star Wars: Battlefront II excels on that front, like its predecessor did, and does it in a smarter, more interesting way. It also offers much more of that experience, with a single-player campaign and plenty of multiplayer modes rounding what feels like a fairly complete package…Still, Battlefront II is much less of a sequel than the Battlefront done correctly. It feels the same, and carries all the same problems, as its predecessor. With a fun but ultimately unremarkable single-player story, returning to Battlefront probably won’t blow many fans’ minds.

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