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THE INEXCUSABLE MISSTEPS OF BATTLEFRONT 2

EDITORIAL
By JAY TEE
04/05/18

For a lot of folks, Star Wars Battlefront 2 was a woeful example of bad PR, miscommunication, poorly implemented microtransactions, and a seemingly endless swell of negativity. This sophomore effort from DICE isn’t necessarily a bad game, but so much of its core design remains at odds with fan expectation, earning scorn from gamers and critics alike.

For starters, the limited player count was an inexcusable oversight from the house that gave us 64 player rounds of Battlefield. Most maps were either too broad, or funnelled everyone into insta death choke points. The movie arm of this franchise prides itself on scale and visual prowess; two things that this iteration of Battlefront is sorely lacking.

Then of course you have the hero characters. The idea of being able to spawn them in after accruing a certain amount of points seemed pretty good in theory. The reality is unfortunately very different. Most of them are horribly unbalanced, with easily spammable attacks and an endless supply of health. You’ll often find yourself ready to splash the cash and call in your favourite, only to find they’ve already been used by someone else. The round ends, and your points are reset.

The worst offender, of course, was the blatant ‘pay to win’ star card microtransactions that soured the experience at launch. If you pumped money into the game, you were more likely to get better versions of weapons or abilities that would give you a tangible advantage online. This, for me, is hugely disappointing. Cosmetic items that don’t affect gameplay are always OK, because they’re included for anyone who wants to invest in that sort of thing. But fundamentally breaking the progression system and giving those with deep pockets an edge in a competitive multiplayer experience is a huge mistake, and for many like myself, the straw that broke the camels back.

We discuss this further with our four man panel in the latest episode of ‘The JTGA Podcast’. We’ve embedded the video below.

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