The single-player story mode campaign in Star Wars Battlefront II takes place in the Star Wars galaxy, beginning around the time of Return of the Jedi, but largely between it and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Emperor Palpatine plots to lure an unsuspecting Rebel Alliance fleet into a trap using himself and the second Death Star, being constructed above the Forest Moon of Endor, as bait, seeking to crush the Rebellion against his Galactic Empire once and for all. The Imperial Special Forces commando unit Inferno Squad, led by Commander Iden Versio, daughter of Admiral Garrick Versio, and made up of Agents Gideon Hask and Del Meeko, is crucial to the success of this planned Battle of Endor, but the Empire underestimates the strength of the Rebellion as its fleet gathers at Sullust.
Iden Versio is being interrogated for the codes to unlock an Imperial transmission aboard a Rebel Mon Calamari Star Cruiser. She activates her droid, which sneaks to her cell and frees her. Iden had allowed herself to be captured in order to erase the Imperial transmission, which would reveal the Emperor’s plan at Endor. She successfully erases it, then escapes the ship by launching herself into space where she is intercepted by the Corvus, the flagship of Inferno Squad. Iden confirms the mission’s success to Gideon Hask and Del Meeko, other members of her squad.
Later on Endor, Iden, Hask, and Meeko secure the perimeter around the ruined shield generator, and watch with shock and horror as the second Death Star explodes. Vice Admiral Sloane orders a full retreat, and Inferno Squad recovers TIE fighters to escape the planet, which is being overrun by Rebel forces. The Corvus is attacked during their escape, but Inferno fends off Rebel bombers. Iden meets with her father, Admiral Garrick Versio, on his Star Destroyer Eviscerator.
Admiral Versio confirms to Iden that the Emperor has died. A messenger droid displays a hologram of the late Emperor issuing his last command: to begin Operation: Cinder. Admiral Versio sends Iden to an Imperial shipyard to protect Moff Raythe and his Star Destroyer Dauntless, which hosts experimental satellites vital to the success of Operation: Cinder. The Dauntless comes under attack from a Rebel Star Cruiser, but Iden is able to board it with Hask and disable its ion cannons. Afterwards, they are ordered to attack the Imperial shipyard in order to free the Star Destroyer from the locked clamps. Afterwards, the Dauntless opens fire on the Rebel cruiser, destroying it.
Meeko is sent to Pillio and ordered to destroy one of the Emperor’s hidden bases. He encounters Luke Skywalker, who helps him disarm the base’s defenses and fend off the local wildlife. They discover that the base contains the Emperor’s spoils of conquest. Meeko and Luke part amicably, and Meeko begins to question the Empire’s goals and motives.
Following this, Iden and Inferno Squad are sent to the Imperial-controlled world of Vardos, in order to retrieve Protectorate Gleb. As the satellites for Operation Cinder begin destroying the planet with terrible storms, Iden and Meeko try to evacuate the civilians in addition to Gleb, causing Agent Hask to betray them. Disillusioned by the Empire’s attack on Vardos, Iden and Meeko escape off world, now traitors to the Empire.
They seek out the Rebel Alliance and are taken to General Lando Calrissian, who gives them the choice to help stop Operation: Cinder, or to escape and make new lives for themselves. Choosing to help, they aid Leia Organa in protecting Naboo, destroying the satellites for Operation: Cinder and reactivating the Planet’s defenses. After the planet is liberated, Inferno Squad joins the New Republic.
Iden and Inferno Squad are then sent to Tadokana to find Han Solo, who was extracting an Imperial defector carrying critical data in hopes of liberating Kashyyyk and freeing the Wookiees. The data also reveals that Admiral Versio is commanding Imperial operations on Bespin and Sullust. Iden and Del infiltrate Bespin with the intent of capturing Admiral Versio, but he and Hask manage to escape. Meanwhile, Lando investigates the hidden Imperial weapons cache on Sullust, only to find a weapons factory which he destroys. These operations cripple the Imperial fleet, which makes a last stand at Jakku. During the battle, Iden shoots down Hask and boards the Eviscerator, intending to rescue her father. Admiral Versio decides to go down with his ship, and urges Iden to escape and live a new life. Iden takes an escape pod and reunites with Del at the end of the battle. The two embrace and kiss.
Many decades later, Del is captured on Pillio by Protectorate Gleb, who hands him over to Kylo Ren and the First Order. Ren uses his Force powers to interrogate Del, in order to find the location of the map leading to Luke Skywalker. Once Ren succeeds, he leaves Del in the custody of Hask, who survived getting shot down at Jakku. Hask expresses disgust at Del choosing to father a daughter with Iden instead of becoming a soldier and kills him. Hask then warns Gleb that the Republic cannot find out about “Project Resurrection” and orders her to leave the Corvus on Pillio as bait to lure Iden out of hiding.
Fan Review : 42% Poor
Excellent: 20% | Good: 25% | Average: 13%
The crew is back after a week off for WORK Related reasons, and we discuss what work had us busy with. IAAPA 2017! We also talk at length about Microtransactions and how EA has destroyed Star Wars Battlefront 2!
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Pt. 10 “The Finale”
What better game would we look at on one of the franchises biggest weekends? With the release of the “The Force Awakens” we finally get our full grips on Battlefront, the shooter from DICE that looks to take us back to the originals. This game does feature the big battles that we have always wanted to play, and characters we have always wanted to play as. Luke, Vader, Han, Bubba Fet, with a few more.
Dice’s approach to Star Wars was to keep the Star Wars fans happy by giving us massive battles (with a Battlefield feel) with a Star Wars twist to it and I believe they widely succeeded in that. The game looks amazing and is very engaging. However this is a very VERY thin offering on the single player front. There is no Story Mode, which would have been a nice addition. Battlefront is more of a game that you have to play in increments. Playing more than 20 plus hours will leave you wishing for more, but for those initial 19 hours you are in awe and can wear the game thin pretty quickly.
To go along with the fantastic graphics, DICE did deliver some excellent sound effects that trap us in the world of Star Wars. Imagine the fighting of Vader and Luke and feeling the awesome effects of a light saber duel. The sounds of the storm trooper blasters blasting by your head, and the fighters as you battle on Hoth.
The game is fun and may lack some single player appeal, however there is an abundance of multiplayer game modes, and if you are an online gamer (such as myself) you will be very happy. I am not going to name them all, but a couple of the stand outs are Heroes Vs. Villains, which is just as it sounds. Each player will pick one of three heroes or villains and will go head to head. Each player will get a handful of CPU controlled NPC’s but the object here is to kill the other player and get their coin drops. First player to reach 100 wins.
Survival was also fun, and me and my son had a nice opportunity to sit back and play together for a number of hours. You are to hold off wave of storm troopers, and as the waves increase so do the enemies. New enemies will spawn along with some vehicles.
Battlefront seems to me as more of a tribute to the original trilogy than a fleshed out game. In some instances it felt more of a battlefield clone, with a Star Wars skin. Don’t get me wrong. The game is fun, and does have its moments, however there is a lack of substance and uniqueness. We also wish there was more of an incentive to the level progression system. Some will say, “Hey its Battlefront, what else you expecting”. From DICE a bit more, and how about a game that had a unique feel and doesn’t feel like a game that I have played for the past couple of years. There has to be a bit more to keep me engaged and not so repetitive.
Upon getting our hands on the Star Wars Battlefront beta, and being a huge Star Wars fan, I was very HIGH on this games release, and for good reason. Not to mention DICE being the team developing this title. The beta (at the time of writing this) is available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, the same platforms that the game will release. It is open to the public, just go to your platform of preference store and just download the beta. Easy Peasy. You will have the option to try out the POD Capture multiplayer game mode, the vehicular warfare game mode, and single player survival mode which you can play with a buddy online.
The game has a very Battlefield feel to it, as the controls and some load outs are very reminiscent of Battlefield 4. You can upgrade your weapons when you have earned enough money to do so, as well as your load out items, such as grenades and side weapons. The game is very fluid, and graphically looks AMAZING! I did like seeing the fact that you can play the survival mode split screen as well, which will make many happy!
There is a lot to look forward to with this game, and if you are a Star Wars Fans this is a must have! I will definitely be getting my copy on day one!