The Best Games of November 2017
Honorable Mention: Battlefront II
Associate Editor Hayes Madsen: With The Last Jedi releasing in December, there was a lot of excitement for a brand new Star Wars game with Star Wars Battlefront II. Battlefront II improves upon many aspects of the first game, opting for a class-based system instead of a build your own character type of thing. At the same time, the game now encompasses all three Star Wars eras and not just the original trilogy. New, more focused multiplayer modes like Galactic Assault and Starfighter Assault are the big focuses in Battlefront II, and they do a great job at evoking that feeling of a massive Star Wars battle. At the same time single player fans have more to look forward to as well, with a short but enjoyable campaign about Iden Versio, an elite Imperial squad leader.
Sadly, for everything Battlefront II does well much of the conversation has been around EA’s intrusive use of loot boxes in the game. The progression system implemented in Battlefront II is a bit of a mess, and one that takes a lot of time to really unlock everything, even with the use of real world money.
While these elements don’t ruin the experience of Battlefront II, they certainly do detract, that much is obvious from the fan backlash on the game. EA definitely has work to do on the game’s progression system and loot elements, which they’re adjusting as we speak. Hopefully, those elements can be nailed down further in the future to strengthen the engaging core gameplay present in Battlefront II.