Do you remember when Star Wars: Battlefront 2 released? It was almost three years ago and the impact of the game’s initial design and implementation of loot boxes created huge waves throughout the gaming industry. Overnight, Battlefront 2 became the poster child for greedy publishers and monetization practices in video games, which irrevocably destroyed the game’s reputation. Yet, the dedicated team at DICE not only stayed with the game but brought it back from the brink of death. Thanks to a constant stream of updates that just ended, Battlefront 2 is not only in a much better place but has become one of the most enjoyable, casual multiplayer games currently available.
This has left many wondering if it’s too late to hop into Battlefront 2 now that all of the DLC support has completed. Unfortunately, that answer entirely depends on what you are hoping to get out of this title. While it boasts a ton of terrific features, there are some noticeable downsides that may keep certain users from enjoying it.
The Obstacles – Starting Out in Battlefront 2
Battlefront 2 is very much a multiplayer driven game. Even though there is a campaign, it’s nothing remarkable and offers no real replayability. While there is a DLC for the story that attempts to tie up any loose ends, it’s nowhere near as compelling as Respawn Entertainment’s Jedi: Fallen Order. If you are picking up Battlefront 2 solely for an offline experience than you may want to reconsider spending any money.
As for the multiplayer side of the game, if you want a hyper-competitive experience then this isn’t for you. Unlike games like Valorant, Overwatch, or even Call of Duty, Battlefront 2 prioritizes spectacle over true balance. DICE do step in if a specific hero is underperforming or proving to be too difficult to handle, but this isn’t a consistent stream of balance patches. The only real competitive mode that sees any interaction is Heroes vs Villains, which sees the dark and light side characters battle it out in smaller, more intimate games. It’s generally entertaining, even if some of the villains and heroes are vastly better than others.
Some modes also don’t have nearly as much of a dedicated following as others. A lot of the smaller game types either take a while to fill lobbies or simply don’t have enough people interested in them. If you’re the type that likes to grind for cosmetic unlocks, be wary of purchasing the Celebration Edition. This version of the game unlocks all available options, removing the need for in-game currency.
The Advantages – Starting Out in Battlefront 2
While the single-player component is nothing to shout about, the core multiplayer experience is absolutely stellar. This is thanks to DICE’s commitment to delivering a fun, hectic, and awe-inspiring experience that very few games can capture. Soaring over the snowy dunes of Hoth in a Rebel airspeeder or blasting your way through the caverns of Geonosis never gets old. It perfectly captures the experience of being on a battlefield in the Star Wars universe, especially once players start utilizing vehicles, heroes, and special reinforcement characters.
Along with the four base classes – all of which have cosmetic and gameplay customization options – players can also select specialized characters once they earn enough points. These can be anything from Death Troopers to Droidekas to a god damn Ewok. They’re all quite fun to play and help you strive towards something if you don’t managed to select a hero. The progression system has been reworked and now allows players to level up the classes they choose to play. So if you want to be a sniper, pick the Specialist and you will begin obtaining new guns, Star Cards (passive perks), and modifications. It’s a simple system that never punishes you for wanting to indulge in a specific playstyle.
The game has also finished updating, so you will have a lot of characters to rank up and gear to unlock. Progression isn’t especially tedious, thanks to a constant stream of double and triple XP events. You can also take the fight offline via the Co-op option which allows you and up to three others to battle against an A.I. army. All the experience you earn transfers over to the multiplayer side, so you can focus on improving the characters you enjoy.
However, the crown jewel in Battlefront 2’s battle-scarred crown is Supremacy. In this lengthy mode, two teams will battle on the ground for control points until one team wins. Whichever team wins then invades the enemy capital ship to try and sabotage key parts. If your team blows up the ship then you win, if the defenders keep you away the battle goes back to the ground. This continues until one of the two capital ships are destroyed. Available for all three eras, Supremacy is a fan favorite that is quite popular among players.
Is It Too Late to Get Into Battlefront 2?
No, absolutely not. Even though the core content flow has ended, Battlefront 2 still offers a great online experience. While it’s unclear how long the player base will stick with this title, there is still a dedicated following blasting away at one another. But if you are picking up Battlefront 2, keep in mind that only co-op and the bigger modes like Supremacy draw a lot of players. The others are largely ignored, so if you want smaller, more intimate fights than this might not before you.
The same goes for anyone looking at Battlefront 2 solely from a singleplayer perspective. Sure, you can play the multiplayer offline, but it’s pretty simple unless you really ratchet the difficulty up. Additionally, the single-player story is just okay, but there’s a much better game available for those who want a really good Star Wars campaign. That all being said, Battlefront 2 is an extremely solid game that you can easily sink dozens upon dozens of hours into. Its cinematic gameplay and design is a love letter to this iconic sci-fi franchise.