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EA to Showcase New Battlefront 2 Shipyard Map at Gamescom

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Avid fans of Star Wars Battlefront will probably know that more information about the latest game, Star Wars Battlefront 2, will be unveiled at Gamescom, an upcoming game expo that will run from August 22-26. However, just recently EA announced some more of the game’s schedule for the event.

In addition to a new trailer, the coverage – which EA says will focus on starfighter gameplay – will also feature a demo that will be livestreamed on August 21st at 5.30PM BST (12.30PM EST). Participants in the livestream will be playing the upcoming multistage gamemode “Starfighter Assault” set in the original trilogy on the map “Fondor: Imperial Shipyard”, showcasing fighters, bombers and ships specific to heroes.

If any of the gameplay interests you then don’t worry: you’ll soon have the opportunity to play it. The demo for the game begins in October and the gamemode and map debuting in the livestream will be playable alongside the “Assault on Theed” map that’s already been shown. Both of these will feature starfighter combat, but the latter will also feature the boots on the ground combat that the series focuses on. EA is promising better starfighter combat than the game’s predecessor with superior controls, deeper customization and a new class based system to create role based team play. From what I played in the closed alpha this looks to be the case, at least before my V-Wing collided with the top of a tower because I wasn’t paying attention.

About Star Wars Battlefront 2:

Star Wars Battlefront focuses on the fast frenetic battles that you love in the star wars saga. Fight dozens of troopers alongside memorable heroes like Darth Vader each with unique skills and attributes. Chances are you’ve already played the first one and Battlefront 2 promises to deliver where it fell short. You want a story mode? You want clone troopers? You want deeper gameplay? The team at DICE seems to be trying to please the fans with this one (unless you wanted those fun 32v32 battles from the originals).

First seeing the original star wars film on dvd when he was only a few years old, his interest in the films all about a galaxy far, far away was rekindled with Disney’s acquisition of the franchise. Since then he's rewatched all of the films and alongside his anticipation for the next new installment in the saga, he has also developed a newfound hatred for Jar Jar Binks.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 Beta Pros and Cons

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Darth Maul on Theed

It is finally here! The granddaddy of all video games of 2017, Star Wars Battlefront II. Star Wars fans and general gamers have been waiting all year, and EA has given us a little appetizer in the form of the beta release, before the main course in November.

So what has EA learned from the release of the first game two years ago? Will it pack more of a punch, giving gamers more a of a complete game than the previous release? Let’s dive in and find out!

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Beta Pros and Cons

Pros

Graphics

Like its predecessor, Star Wars Battlefront 2 delivers a knockout blow in the graphics department. Characters and environments look absolutely stunning. Whether you are running through the streets of Theed or flying above Scariff, you will feel like you are right there in the worlds that Lucasfilm has created.

I have been playing the beta on a regular Playstation 4 console, so I am going to guess that the graphics will blow your socks off on a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X. Seriously, there is no complaining on a standard Playstation 4. The gameplay looks almost as good as the cinematic cut screens, and that is saying a lot!

Audio

If you love the sounds of Star Wars vehicles and just general sounds of blasters, lightsabers and droids, then this game is going to overpower your senses. EA has added true-to-life (is that even possible in a make believe world) TIE-Fighter flight sounds, X-Wing blasters, Clone trooper blasters, and even the great “Roger-Roger” from Battle Droids. It is a totally immersive experience. Add some John Williams inspired music, and you have a cherry on top of that ice cream sundae of a game!

Starfighter Battles

Starfighter battles in Star Wars Battlefront seemed a bit clunky and sort of thrown in as an afterthought. The team at EA has taken that experience, hidden it in a lock box, inside of a closet, in a house that has since been blown to smithereens. Battlefront 2 has totally redesigned the Starfighter gameplay in a great way! Yes there are some similarities to the original (and one thing that I wish they left in), but it feels totally different and more polished.

The steering controls are less tight than before, which takes a little getting used to. Familiar vehicles from the first game are given new abilities. Not only do other players pose a threat to you in space, but your environment does as well. Imperial battle stations will fire on Rebel ships, making it tougher on the Rebel Alliance players, but adding a sort of realism to the experience.

Heroes and Ships in Assaults

When EA first described the method for gaining access to a hero or special ship in combat, I questioned their thought process immediately. After playing the beta, my fears have subsided. To gain access to a hero character (Darth Maul, Rey, Han Solo, and Boba Fett are the only ones available in the beta) you have to achieve a certain score, then use those points to respawn as that character.

Every time you die in ground assaults, you can choose from one of four types of troops, or if you have enough points during that round, one of any number of ships, specialized troops, or heroes. It really makes you want to gain as many points so you can play as Darth Maul or Rey, which can be gained with 5000 points.

Space Battle

Star Wars Battlefront II Space Battle

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Beta Cons

Lootcrates

One thing I am not a fan of in games are lootcrates. These random drops purchased from a vendor as you make your way through the game seem almost unfair. I have felt inadequate in the game many times due to players who have spent hours upon hours racking up money to purchase lootcrates and gearing up their players.

It would be different is was buying lootcrates for one character or vehicle, but in this game you need to beef up four different types of troops, Heroes, and four different types of ships. Each troop/hero/ship has various things to increase such as three abilities, emotes and weapons. This game introduces a crafting system for the weapons. Each weapon has three different abilities as well, which you will have get crafting money (through lootcrates) to upgrade them.

Starfighter Battles

Yes, I know I said this was a positive thing, but some changes made from the first game have me frustrated. The biggest is being able to lock on to ships and shoot them. This is probably just me, but I would rather be able to lock on. The A-Wing does have a special ability that allows this, but I haven’t seen it on other ships. Plus it is a special ability that only lasts a few seconds. While this may not bother some, it is a major disappointment for me.

The Interface

The game interface needs a little work as well. Everything has a warbly holographic look to it, making it almost impossible to read anything from a distance (like me sitting on my couch looking at a 46″ TV – hey, it could just be that I am 41 and losing it as well). I know they are shooting for a Star Wars ships system interface, but something really needs to be either redesigned or just take out the holographic look before the game launches in November. Concentrate on reading something to long, and you will have to put the controller down and reach for the Advil.

Enemy Locations

One of the final issues I have is with finding enemies in ground assault maps. When playing as a clone trooper, it is tough to see B1 Battle Droids against the background of the city of Theed. They blend in really well. It almost seems like a competitive advantage for the Separatists. I don’t know that this can be fixed without compromising the integrity of the look and feel of real Star Wars though. In a game this good, it is just a minor issue anyway.

Overall

Major improvements are found across the board in at least the beta. The games comes with a single player campaign mode, which is not available in the beta. The only thing you can do in the beta is participate in a ground assault (Theed), Starfighter Assault (Above Scariff), and arcade mode (which I haven’t played).

I get the feeling that the beta was released for load testing on the network, and for minor improvements. The game certainly feels polished, aside from the horrible user interface outside of gameplay. I only experienced issues once, and that was with the starfighter assault. It might have been my Internet connection, but everything kept stuttering, making it impossible to play.

I get the feeling that EA has a major hit on their hands with this one. If you haven’t played it yet, you have until October 9th to play the beta. Or you can just wait until the full release in November.

You can currently pre-order the game on Playstation 4, Xbox One, or PC from Amazon #ad!

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Full Star Wars Battlefront II Trailer Released

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Star Wars: Battlefront II Logo

EA and Lucasfilm have released a brand new Star Wars Battlefront II trailer. The new video features John Boyega giving us the details about the game. If you haven’t seen anything about the game to this point, this trailer breaks down everything you will see in the game from new maps, to improved gameplay mechanics and more!

Check out the video above and don’t forget to pre-order the game now from Amazon #ad, so that you can have access to it a few days earlier than those that wait on the street date!

About Star Wars Battlefront 2:

Star Wars Battlefront focuses on the fast frenetic battles that you love in the star wars saga. Fight dozens of troopers alongside memorable heroes like Darth Vader each with unique skills and attributes. Chances are you’ve already played the first one and Battlefront 2 promises to deliver where it fell short. You want a story mode? You want clone troopers? You want deeper gameplay? The team at DICE seems to be trying to please the fans with this one (unless you wanted those fun 32v32 battles from the originals).

  • Jump into the boots of an elite special forces soldier, equally lethal on the ground and space, in an emotionally gripping new Star Wars campaign that spans over 30 years and bridges events between the films’ Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • The Ultimate Star Wars Battleground! A Star Wars multiplayer universe unmatched in variety and breadth where up to 40 players fight as iconic heroes, authentic-to-era troopers and in a massive array of vehicles on land and in the air – as battle rages through the galaxy.

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Complete List of Star Wars Battlefront II Map Locations

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Star Wars Battlefront II (Naboo)

Electronic Arts has revealed Star Wars Battlefront II Map Locations! These are the areas that you will be playing in when Battlefront II hits your console! It looks as if we will be revisiting Jakku, Hoth and Endor for this installment. We will have more information for you when the game hits in November.

Check out the list below…

  • Naboo
  • Kamino
  • Kashyyyk
  • Endor
  • Death Star II
  • Hoth
  • Mos Eisley
  • Yavin IV
  • Jakku
  • Takodana
  • Starkiller Base

About Star Wars Battlefront 2:

Star Wars Battlefront focuses on the fast frenetic battles that you love in the star wars saga. Fight dozens of troopers alongside memorable heroes like Darth Vader each with unique skills and attributes. Chances are you’ve already played the first one and Battlefront 2 promises to deliver where it fell short. You want a story mode? You want clone troopers? You want deeper gameplay? The team at DICE seems to be trying to please the fans with this one (unless you wanted those fun 32v32 battles from the originals).

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