EA Star Wars is pulling out all the stops to bring us a spectacle like no other…
How awesome was Star Wars Battlefront?
From the games, earliest incarnations on the PlayStation 2 console, the fans were thrust into the very heart of the greatest battles ever fought in the Star Wars universe. From the landing platforms of Bespin, to the ice fields of Hoth, we were taken to the front lines, handed an E-11 blaster rifle and ordered to take control of the enemies heavily guarded command posts. Whether Rebel or Imperial, the goal remained the same, defeat the enemy at all costs.
With its extraordinary success came the unquenchable demand for more content. The fans had been given a taste of what the war between the Rebellion and the Empire was really like, and pretty soon Star Wars: Battlefront 2 was unleashed upon the world. Improving upon its predecessor by boasting an enhanced style of gameplay and utilising the expanded worlds revealed in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, the fans were treated to a spectacle far superior than its predecessor. Not only had the playable worlds been expanded upon in Battlefront 2, but we were spoiled with the inclusion of many of the Star Wars universe’s greatest heroes, all playable and boasting their awesome skillsets.
From Boba and Jango Fett to General Grievous and Luke Skywalker, all the saga’s greatest heroes were represented and all playable at the touch of a button. And, if that wasn’t enough we were rewarded with a glorious space campaign that required us to jump into a Starfighter and take the fight to the enemy. It was a glorious game. One that resonated with millions of the devoted Star Wars fans around the world.
For years, rumours hinting at a reboot of the game refused to fade away…but the fans never gave up hope…because Rebellion’s are built on hope!!
The Force was with us, and in the aftermath of the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, the long-awaited reboot was confirmed and the arduous wait for its release began. Waiting for the release date felt like an eternity. The trailer arrived to tease us further with beautiful images of Imperial AT-AT Walkers lumbering across the white peaks of the Hoth snow fields in glorious fashion. Rebel Snow Speeders, whizzed past their armoured frames and disappeared into the thick white cloud cover as green turbo laser fire illuminated the skyline around them.
It was glorious.
The wait was painful, but well worth it…because soon, balance was returned to the Force when the game arrived on the store shelves. The game had promised to be the ultimate Star Wars game, a vastly improved version of the game we all knew and loved, and we weren’t disappointed. It was incredible. Being thrust into the turmoil of the Galactic civil war was heavenly, and the inclusion of online playability only heightened the experience when playing alongside your friends. The flight simulation levels proved to be an incredible addition, which were only accentuated further by the high-definition capabilities of the PlayStation 4 console.
Many of our favourite planets were brought back with a contemporary facelift including Tatooine, Bespin, Hoth and Endor with additional planets promised amongst the plethora of downloadable content and we were not short changed there either. The Outer Rim, Death Star and Rogue One’s Scarif all followed and built upon the foundations of the entry level content. The realistic ambience gave the game a genuine legitimacy, and took us to very heart of the planets we were fighting upon.
However, as fantastic as the game was, it was not without its flaws. The omission of a single player campaign mode infuriated many of the fans, all of whom had expected more from such a long-anticipated release. And, this was compounded further by the complete and utter exclusion of all prequel trilogy content and characters. Even the inclusion of The Force Awakens and Rogue One planets weren’t enough to make up for their removal, and calls for an improved sequel to address these issues refused to abate.
And then, without the necessity of a Jedi mind trick…EA Star Wars announced their intention to bring us Star Wars Battlefront II!
And, we didn’t have to wait long for the trailer either…so hold onto your butt’s boys and girls and check it out here:
Wow. Breathtakingly spectacular!
Not only have the awesome team at EA Star Wars corrected their failings with the remarkable prequel trilogy content, but we have been promised an impressive solo campaign mode for us to immerse ourselves in. It follows the all new story arc of Imperial soldier Iden Versio (voiced by Janina Gavankar). Commanding the Inferno Squadron, she leads her troops on a mission of vengeance against the instigators of the Emperor’s demise and the destruction of the second dreaded Death Star, namely Luke Skywalker.
With this new storyline, we are set for an incredible rollercoaster ride of Star Wars entertainment. It promises to take us from the streets of the Theed to the forested Wookiee home-world of Kashyyyk and on to the snow-covered cliffs of Starkiller Base. The Clone Wars era, is back in full throttle with Battle Droids aplenty, all voiced by Star Wars legend Matthew Wood, who provided vocals for both General Grievous and the Battle Droids in Revenge of the Sith. Dee Bradley Baker, is back to lend his voice to the Clone Troopers just like he did in The Clone Wars animated series, and Sam Witwer returns as the voice of the iconic and sinister Sith Darth Maul.
Even better, is the news that all pre-ordered copies of Star Wars Battlefront II will be rewarded with the character outfits from the upcoming eighth instalment in the franchise, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Both Rey and Kylo Ren, are outfitted in their all new costumes which look incredible and will undoubtedly excite every fan from all corners of the Outer Rim territories. And, if that wasn’t enough to send us into a delirium, we will be rewarded with early access to The Last Jedi incarnation of our beloved Millennium Falcon to fly into battle with.
With so much effort being put into Star Wars: Battlefront II, it is difficult to see the title failing to become even more successful than its predecessor. With all three eras of the Star Wars universe fully explored and available for us to play in, we are set for the ultimate immersive Star Wars experience. With so many new worlds to explore, what could go wrong.
Whether your tastes lean towards the Galactic Empire, the Rebellion, the Separatist Alliance, the Grand Army of the Republic, the Resistance or even the sinister First Order…every stable is represented in stunning detail.
All we need to do to reach the promised land of Star Wars glory is…wait until November!!
The wait sounds horrendous…but all good things come to those who wait…and let’s face it, we waited thirty-two years for a sequel to Return of the Jedi…I think we can endure five months!
Failing that, the original Battlefront is just a button push away!
Until then…I’ll see you on the front line!