Just picked it up because EA got rid of the crapty in-game purchase thing.
I haven't played multiplayer yet but the campaign is really fun. The gameplay is not nearly as bad as some of the EA-detractors will have you believe. It's a lot better than the first and seems like a perfectly capable shooter.
As far as the story, I think it's starting out fun. Just got into the Endor mission and it's been a good time (save for a sort of annoying opening sequence in the first mission).
I have noticed some graphical glitches with soldiers walking through a wall for a second or something, so that hurts the experience a bit, but otherwise this game looks beautiful. They got the character models really well done and the locations look great.
I'll have more thoughts as I progress (without having to pay thankfully) so I'll add my thoughts at some point. Anyone else planning on playing this?
>> Just picked it up because EA got rid of the crapty in-game purchase thing.
> I keep reading they only removed it temporarily?
Yeah, they plan on bringing them back in some other form once they "make corrections to the game".
But they aren't bringing the necessity to pay to progress through the game. Now, the only way to unlock everything is by playing the game, as it should be. I'm not sure how they'll implement microtransactions once they do, but they won't be nearly as intrusive as they seemed at first.
> They aren't going to make any meaningful corrections. They're just waiting for the
> crapstorm to die down. Classic EA move.
I have to agree with you here. After all the crap they got, they was afraid they might lose sells. So they thought that saying this, they will get a bunch of extra buys before Christmas. I fully expect them to bring it back after the holidays. Remember, it has no season pass, so everybody will have access to the dlc. They will need to make that money somehow. They are just saving face for now, pretending to be doing something, and then make a small change here or there and call it a day. Easy money and suckers will still buy that crap
Not expecting the microtransactions to have a major impact. It'd be pointless. Any positive PR created through taking them out would be lost & their stocks would drop even more. There would be a muuuch bigger crapsstorm if they duped consumers into buying the game just to re-implement the biggest issue everyone had with it.
Though I will say, if you play in 3rd person, it sometimes feels like the original series. To be honest, it's technically a better game than those, with larger/more visually striking locations and more movies to work from. But nostalgia will always come through hard with the OG BF2.
Wasn't there a user on here named roboholo or something? I think I was just playing him in BF2 just now. Was killed by somebody with a similar name (could have been the same) and was wondering if it was him.
Although it's a little strange how quickly the protagonist's alliances change in the campaign, I'm really enjoying it overall so far. I'm at a part where you play as Han Solo looking for information on another character and, after a really cool scene of dialogue between a bearded Han and Maz Kanata, you just wander around that location from Force Awakens finding intel for a bit. It's real fun to be able to walk around these locations and explore a little. It's also fun learning what these characters were doing and where they were during this time period, in-canon. Han being at Maz's Castle was a nice touch, and the voice actor for Han has a really spot-on young Harrison Ford going.
I have a feeling the actual personal developers of this game really have a passion for Star Wars because every location seems like a lived-in part of the universe and really helps add to the lore. It's unfortunate all the EA bullcrap and their shady practices as far as sucking consumers dry goes had to overshadow what is turning out to be a pretty decent time.
The campaign I'm sure is good. I'll get to that this week but the online is a hot sweaty mess and dumpster fire. They said fight across all eras yet are missing a ton of prequel content. Some of it is quite basic. From the top of my head here's what's missing. We got most of this in the 2005 Battlefront II. Before the EAmpire here. I hope they give us Geonosis at least. That battle is pretty big.
@TalonJedi87 There are still things to unlock (which was made much less time-consuming than initially planned) and DLC to come, so some of those may be on there.
But missing locations/characters doesn't make the online a sweaty dumpster fire haha. It's really fun, actually, and the locations I have seen (while not a lot yet) have been really well re-created. I just wish there were a few more modes from the previous Battlefront game, or a few new ones. There are only like 5 online multiplayer modes at the moment. Again, I imagine more will debut in DLC packs to come, like the last game.
Technically, you do fight across all eras - just not every single location, or with every single character, from those eras. Though I do agree I'd like all the stuff you listed to show up eventually. (But would absolutely never be upset if they left out prequel stuff).
I still wish it were easier to progress and upgrade classes and unlock heroes. I hit 15k credits finally after 2 weeks and unlocked Vader. Now it'll take another 2 weeks to unlock Luke. Kinda dumb to me. I just don't understand why they couldn't make it like it once was. The 2005 Battlefront was awesome. The new one isnt that bad, I just wish it was less restrictive. Like how come it takes 8000 battle points to unlock a hero in an assault match? I'm not gonna lie I kinda am mediocre at this game online, so the most points I can rack up in a match of assault is probably 5k. They need to really tweak the unlocks and progression system. Then maybe I won't cringe when I go to play some of the online modes.
>> I still wish it were easier to progress and upgrade classes and unlock heroes.
>> hit 15k credits finally after 2 weeks and unlocked Vader. Now it'll take another
>> 2 weeks to unlock Luke. Kinda dumb to me. I just don't understand why they couldn't
>> make it like it once was. The 2005 Battlefront was awesome. The new one isnt that
>> bad, I just wish it was less restrictive. Like how come it takes 8000 battle points
>> to unlock a hero in an assault match? I'm not gonna lie I kinda am mediocre at
>> game online, so the most points I can rack up in a match of assault is probably
>> They need to really tweak the unlocks and progression system. Then maybe I won't
>> cringe when I go to play some of the online modes.
> Oof how many gameplay hours all together? I know DICE dropped the amount of time
> it takes to unlock heroes by 75% like, the day before release haha
I don't play for long when I play, so maybe that's why. I play for like an hour a night, maybe 3x a week. I guess I'm just a grumpy old man now, who wants to play as his childhood heroes and villains when he wants to play as them, without filling out a bunch of crappy paperwork and going thru red tape to do so lol
Playing the "Under Covered Skies" mission in campaign and boy is it giving me some trouble. It's the only time I've died more than 5 times playing the campaign. That's fine though, I'm really happy I'm finding a few parts difficult, it just extends the gameplay.
This game is really fun. I wish EA didn't try some shady crap before Disney intervened. I wish this series would get the acclaim it deserves apart from the EA garbage.
That's badass. Moron EA literally got courts to attempt to pass legislation because they're so shady. Hopefully it goes through and I can enjoy this game with a clean conscience knowing loot boxes aren't going to run rampant anymore.
Anyhow, still stuck on the "Under Covered Skies" mission and at this point, I'm starting to get a little PO'd. The game is easily still fun enough to keep playing, but I just can't get the fudge away from these Stormtroopers.
I love just about everything in the game! Story was awesome! The flying is the best Ive played in a game since Warhawk! Online battles are fun!
I only have a few complaints:
-the amount to which you earn for each match to how much each loot box is. -I miss some of the first BF maps. I feel Hoth was done better on the first one. -Heroes should stick to their own era. Create some super soldier instead.
Yah the story is fun gameplay-wise but it was obviously just "we have these multiplayer maps, how do we make it linear?"
It doesn't really work, all the scenes seem disconnected for probably that very reason. I was a little tiffed at the super quick face turn too. Worst part of the story was when you control Luke, though.
Still really fun just not the most narratively strong story.
Also signed. I doubt it'll do any good, but old school SW gaming seemed a lot more memorable than current day.
I'm not a fan of Jontron as a human being but he makes some pretty funny videos, check out his Starrcade series that highlights lots of the old SW games. In classic Jontron fashion, production issues were high and the series didn't go as long as intended, but it was still cool for what it was.
I traded Destiny 2 for Battlefront 2 last week I played one online match, my 2nd job has me busy and all I have time for is Peggle 2 lol.. but I hope to play a little tonight and Saturday. Backlog is huge I still need to finish COD WW2 along with the mountain of games in my digital library...
I know lol, if they were able to release the game on a used toilet paper roll I would buy it to play it... been playing peggle for years on any system I can find it on lol! got my girlfriend into it also
Anyone but EA or Activision I think would be better at this point. Bethesda would take long to make games but at least they wouldn't try to solicit people's wallets well after the game is released. Or give the rights to Sony like they did with Spider-Man. They have a plethora of companies to make Star Wars games. Honestly though if I were Disney I would invest in some devs to resurrect Lucasarts. Sure it'll cost a lot of money but they'd make it back in no time. Especially if they made quality games.
I'm not saying I want a Bethesda-style open world Star Wars game unless they make the combat more action-oriented. I just want any responsible developer to actually make one work. Hell, there's a section in Battlefront II where you play as Han Solo at Maz Kanata's castle and for a brief moment it feels like you are playing in this fully fleshed Star Wars universe. EA could do it in the same vein but that'd take spending more than a year of development and they aren't about that.
The Old Republic MMO on PC is meh. It's one of those "free to play" MMO's that ensure the engine runs poorly and comes off super generic, the servers run slowly and the microtransactions are a-plenty.
I log into it every once in a while hoping for an immersive Star Wars galaxy experience but am always disappointed.
Not that it's the game's fault, but when I play a Star Wars MMO, I want to feel like I'm playing in the universe as it exists in the OT-through-The Last Jedi. Having the MMO set during the time of The Old Republic is neat but just a completely different experience than if it resembled the original movies. As it stands, it just feels like a sci-fi MMO with Star Wars wrappers for weapons. That era worked better when it was presented with a linear story and strong characters. It's just not the MMO experience I'm looking for.
I'd love a Skyrim or Fallout-esque Star Wars. Could you imagine building up your lightsaber, force, or shooting skills? You could be a bounty hunter, Sith, Jedi, droid, etc. I think that'd be awesome and Bethesda would do an Amazing job. Honestly, I'd give it to Ubisoft though. Bethesda likes to do their own thing, and Disney would want to much control and money. Ubisoft showed with Mario + Rabbids that they can handle someone else's IP and do a great job with it in a different setting.
I'd like all those Bethesda-isms too, but I'd want more crisp combat. As it is in Fallout/Elder Scrolls is real RPG-oriented and can come off clunky sometimes. I love it personally, especially the battles in TESO, but for Star Wars I'd like for something a bit more. More sword-on-sword lightsaber battles as opposed to the "pick a movie and watch them hack". And space battles/large-scale laser-based battles on the ground would be necessary and I don't know how Bethesda would do on that front.
Ubisoft is a solid pick though, and one that I could actually see happening if it ever went down. They have to know how much money it'd rake in if they were to do something like that.
>> Anyone but EA or Activision I think would be better at this point. Bethesda would
>> take long to make games but at least they wouldn't try to solicit people's wallets
>> well after the game is released.
> paid mods for skyrim and fallout, also six years later they added survival mode
> for $15 lol
But at least the single player for those games was damn near perfect. Screw paying for those mods lol and $15 Is arguably nothing compared to the hundreds of thousands EA wanted you to unload to pay to win in Battlefront II.
I agree with whitefire and say that my dream has always been a Bethesda-style Star Wars game. Hell, I don't care if it's main characters or not. Give me some side planet from a novel or whatever, just put cool Star Wars crap in it and I'm good to go! When Gamestop did that 4 for $20 sale a few weeks ago on used games, I picked up the original KOTOR on Xbox because I never had an old school Xbox and people keep telling me it's the closest thing to that.
I played KOTOR 1 or 2 on PC and the other on Xbox.. been so long lol... but they were great. The one game I actually really liked was the Star Wars Galaxies, now that it's free to play I am seriously thinking about hitting it up. I really like the feel of it. We really need a new non FPS Starwars game though.
I've played mainly multiplayer (haven't played much campaign yet) since I got it, and it's okay. I play with a friend and if he didn't play it, I probably wouldn't either - these type of shooters not usually my cup of tea. Prefer a more tactical approach than running and dying over and over, like Rainbow Six Siege or even Splinter Cell.
@tonymack21 Just beat the main game, and I believe we've both seen the movie now, but I'll put this in spoilers. Regarding any sort of Rey parent reveal:
They're not. The actual ending of the game hints at them having a daughter without revealing her, and leaves on a cliffhanger for the DLC. So one could have theorized that Iden and Del were Rey's parents because, while a stretch, it would have been within the realm of possibility. But the DLC is about Iden working alongside her daughter Zay... so nope, rumor debunked haha
I think it's a pretty good game overall. It takes too long to earn crafting parts because of the former pay to win model. Starfighter Assault is pretty great IMO. I have my bomber leveled with two purple and 1 blue card at the moment.
Hooooooly crap, there's a moment in the DLC for this game where we get a solid shot of a space cruiser as the game is loading, during which we get some of the most absolute piped-in dialogue I've ever heard in a video game. There's a convo between Iden and her daughter and OH MY GOD. It sounds like they recorded it through a telephone. On top of that, the dialogue just plays over one solid shot of a cruiser, no cut scene or anything, before it trails into what comes next.
I really like this game... like, a lot. I acknowledge the backlash was over loot boxes without many folks giving the actual story/gameplay a shot... but boy, oh, boy, this DLC is fudging rough. The gameplay is fine, but that little dialogue exchanged over an unmoving photo seemed like the epitome of "phoning it in" when it comes to a developer publishing DLC.
"Oh, no, they don't need an actual scene. Record some dialogue via a telephone and just pipe it in over the shot of the space ship. Perfect." -EA.
It's definitely not bad. There are some real bad parts but for the most part it's really fun. I'd give it a go.
Aside from that one issue with the DLC, it's actually been really good. That problem was close to the beginning, and boy was it bad, but there hasn't been anything like that since. It'll always feel like they skimped the DLC at least one cut scene, but no sweat there haha