Published on June 21st, 2017 | by Rob Kwong1
An indepth Look and analysis at Starwars Battlefront 2
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Starwars Battlefront 2 was announced and there was actually live multiplayer game play during the announcement at E3 but here’s a deeper look into what EA and DICE have to bring to the table and will break down some of the game play to tell you what they’ve added to the fray. Before we jump into the nitty gritty here’s a quick trailer to wet your appetite.
First off let’s talk about the class system. Compared to the previous Battlefront game, this one has multiple classes just like Battle Field has. It’s a good switch from the previous game since it adds a little more customization to how people play. Each side will have an Assault, Heavy, Officer, and Specialist class. Each class will have three different types of abilities, two of which are specific to each class. Their abilities are broken down into cards with four different levels of progression earned through play. The Assault will focus on short to medium engagements with different types of weapons and abilities such as a rapid shot blaster, or a medium ranged assault blaster. Abilities wise, the first slot gives a thermal detonator a type of high explosive grenade. The second ability is called a vanguard, which gives the assault class a small speed boost and equips a shotgun type blaster with no overheating penalty which of course can be either used for offensive pushes, or a way to run away and escape to regroup. The Heavy gets a heavier repeating blaster with the combat shield ability that covers the top portion of the character, the secondary ability is called Sentry, which gives the Heavy a gatling type blaster which has massive damage. The Officer class plays a support role that can definitely change the tide of battle. Armed with a hand blaster the Officer has the ability to deploy sentry guns and give his unit something called Battle Command Fortitude which boosts health of his squad. Lastly is the Specialist class, or the sniper class. Specialists are armed with a scoped blaster rifle for long ranged combat while their abilities include a trip mine for those flanking Assault classes, and the Infiltration ability which allows the Specialist to ping their enemies in a area while scrambling other enemy scanners. While Infiltration is active the Specialist’s pistol blaster gains a no overheat ability for those rapid close range kills. As far as classes go each side will also be able to purchase specialized characters or vehicles to use during combat. Players will accrue battle points by killing the enemy team, completing objectives, or assisting teammates during combat. Earn enough credits and you’ll be able to unlock a Hero character such as Han Solo, Darth Maul, Rey, or Boba Fett.
For the vehicles in the game, they’ve adjusted the cockpit viewing mode where it’s actually feasible to use it now, where previously it was a bit awkward to target in dog fights. Depending on which side you’re assigned to, clone troopers will be using the N-1 Starfighter, V-Wing, or AT-RT (a small version of a AT-AT that is half opened and fits one). As for the droid army, you’ll get to ride in a vulture droid, the troop transport, and the armored assault tank or better known as the AAT. Besides vehicles and heroes, each side will also get a specialized fighter. For the clone army, you’ll be able to play the clone jumptrooper, a jump pack wearing, rocket shooting bad ass. For the droid army you get the R2 super battle droid, a steroid version of the regular droid with a rocket mounted arm cannon.
Starwars Battlefront 2 apparently will now have a story mode, something the first game was lacking. Apparently in the story mode the main character will be Iden Versio an imperial special forces operative who is out to avenge Emperor Palpatine. As you have noticed, the heroes that are playable, Boba Fett, Darth Maul, and Rey don’t exactly all come from the same era so it leads us to believe the new game will cover multiple timelines. What or how everyone will come together is still a mystery but it’s something I’m looking forward to. Since the game is still in Alpha I’m sure there’ll be more room to expand on what there is to the Battlefront universe. Along with other hero characters like Yoda, Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker, who make a brief appearance in one of the trailer, who else knows who’s gonna make an appearance? One thing we are sure of though is when more information comes out for Battlefront 2 you can be sure that we’ll be covering it. Expect early access for pre-order of the Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition and Origin access on November 14th, and the worldwide release on November 17th.