As a long-time Star Wars fan, I was really looking forward to Battlefront II from EA and DICE. While the original Battlefront II game is still dear to my heart, I was hoping for something more from the latest installment in the franchise. While I understand that this is just a beta and does not include any of the campaign, the Star Wars Battlefront II bet disappoints immensely. With the release day only being a month away (November 11), there’s not too much time to make any changes. This is a glorified demo. I hope that I’m proven wrong, but EA is destroying what was once the best Star Wars game series.

There are three multiplayer modes that you can choose from in the Battlefront II beta: Galactic Assault, which is very similar to its Battlefront I counterpart, Starfighter Assault, where you are placed into a space dogfight, and a smaller game, Strike, which is where one team attacks and one team defends an objective. There’s really not a lot of variety. Galactic Assault on Theed was really cool and I love that they are finally incorporating the prequel locales as well as clone troopers and battle droids, but this should have been done in the first game. Galactic Assault is pretty straightforward: you act as an attacker or a defender and destroy the objective. It houses up to 40 players and is fun, but at the same time, it doesn’t feel any different than Star Wars Battlefront. It’s also still horribly unbalanced, with the attacking team usually coming out on top as the victor. That is not fun.

I actually had a good amount of fun with Starfighter Assault. Star Wars has the best space battles of any franchise and to be able to re-enact those dogfights is a pure delight. I was thrown in as an Imperial fighter and was tasked with protecting the Empire’s defenses against the rebels. This again showed the game’s lack of balance, as the Empire won almost every time. The controls could be confusing at times though, even frustrating. It was actually one of the highlights of the beta and improved on the original game, and I hope they do space battles in VR like they did for the Rogue One expansion of BattlefrontThat was a lot of fun and controlled very well.

Strike was my favorite mode (and coincidently only 16 players, compared to 24 and 40 for the other modes). It was also the most balanced mode. The map I played on was Maz’s castle from The Force Awakens, and it was really cool to see all of her flags hanging, as many of them are easter eggs from previous Star Wars films. In Strike each side both and attacks to defend an objective. It’s nothing groundbreaking, which is really how I feel about the entire Battlefront II beta, but it is fun and the map is well designed. There’s nothing distinguishing about it though. It feels completely generic as a game mode. In fact, this could be said about all of the modes.

I understand this is just a beta, but by that same token, the game is released in a month. This is a glorified demo. Aside from the Strike playlist, there are severe balancing issues in both Galactic Assault (as there was in the first Battlefront) and in Starfighter Assault.

There’s always the off chance that the campaign is great, but the Star Wars Battlefront II beta disappoints immensely. When it comes down to it it’s not even really that fun. What was a day one purchase for me now has me second guessing whether or not I should get it. If the campaign is good, maybe, but this “beta” is just a glorified demo (which is all too common sadly) and actually hurts the game’s cause rather than promotes it. What was once a great series has now been run into the ground by EA.

I hope the campaign can save it, but to be quite honest I’m not holding my breath.

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  • Lucas Heck

    This did nothing to explain why you were disappointed. Go into detail! This review left me asking these questions:
    -What imbalances have you seen?
    -What do you find not that fun?
    -Why do you like so many aspects of the game but pick an unclear reason to base your entire review off of?

    • Morgan

      it feels the same as the first game but better maps. galactic conquest was imbalanced the entire time in the original. i didn’t like so many aspects and said as much, it was just so repetitive with little to no innovation.

      • Brad Candice

        The maps in beta are really bad. Dont see how u can say the maps are better so far.

  • Mart Lassale

    Ive had more fun in this beta then the previous battlefront by far. Ive recently downloaded the classic battlefront 2 on steam, now that it resupports online multi, this should be fun.

    • Morgan

      I liked Strike and will give that more time but the other modes have the same balancing issues the first game had. Having a beta a month before release is not the best idea; Gears did it right with 4 and had their beta like 6 months ahead of time and fixed so much that it was near perfect on release day. BTW I’m like a huge Star Wars fan and was really looking forward to this.

      • Mart Lassale

        I was MAJORLY looking forward to battlefront in 2015.. it was suppose to be THE game of my life.. man was i destroyed.. so yes, you are right, battlefront 2 has major issues.. but i still enjoyed it more then battlefront 2015. Its still a bummer for vehicles, but a bit better none the less.

  • Brad Candice

    Its ok. The maps in the beta kinda suck though.

  • John Ballensky

    Found it fun and much better then part 1 only thing I hate is the damn timer I want to play longer the short rounds get boring. I want more

  • DK

    This review is terrible. Written by someone who wishes they could be personally involved in the Star Wars world, only to realize it’s a fantasy. You didn’t reinforce anything about the beta with regards to why it disappoints you. Sad and biased, all rolled up in a stinky ball of trollfusion. The Battlefront 2 beta is amazing – period. The Starfighter assault mode – flying starships in combat – is worth the price of entry alone. Hero and Villian starships!! Game on! Not so crazy about the regular ground infantry/droid fighting part as it is not much different from the existing Battlefront 1 game out now.