Star Wars Battlefront II
Most Disappointing Games of Q4 2017
Before its release, Star Wars Battlefront II looked like one of the most promising titles of Q4 2017. Its predecessor had given Star Wars fans a solid, albeit flawed shooter, and Battlefront II was going to right its wrongs. Single-player campaign? Check. Free DLC? Check. Even more content in the base game? Check. It was seemingly shaping up to deliver on just about every front to ensure that Star Wars fans had a shooter they could play for years on end as part of a single, large player base.
Alas, that all fell apart before the game even released. Its greedy microtransactions were in the spotlight for a good few weeks, which resulted in them being completely removed from the game. Despite this, Battlefront II has been a commercial failure thus far, selling 60% fewer physical copies in the UK than its predecessor. The latest NPD figures don’t make for better reading, either.
Microtransactions aside, the single-player campaign was kinda mediocre too. It wasn’t massively long, but that wouldn’t have been a problem if there were memorable moments. Instead, the campaign felt more like a mishmash of characters and missions that didn’t seem to follow just Iden Versio’s story. These iconic cameos were clearly there as some sort of fan-service, but it took away from the overall experience.
Get some friends together and forget about the microtransactions and there’s still fun to be had here, but it’s far from the epic Star Wars game fans have been clamoring for for years now.