Battlefront II is just over a week away, and with the promise of a slew of new content, alongside a bunch of new modes, weapons, and characters, the game is shaping up to be something special for fans. Having spent quite a bit of time with it at a review event in San Francisco over the last couple of days, here are five big takeaways from what I’ve experienced in Battlefront II’s multiplayer so far.
Starfighter Assault’s Iconic Locations
A mode requested by most fans following on from 2015’s first outing, Starfighter Assault is a fantastic addition to Battlefront II. Set around multi-tiered objective-based space warfare, Starfighter Assault has players battle it out across a handful of memorable, well-designed settings above some of Star Wars’ most iconic locations. Taking place above places like Kamino and Ryloth, Starfighter Assault places a strong emphasis on vehicular warfare that is an absolute delight to play. The sheer scale is impressive in itself, and battling it out against a horde of AI-controlled ships alongside other players paves the way for some of the best multiplayer action Battlefront II manages to conjure up. The way the game’s soundtrack blends seamlessly between important objective sequences and finding yourself on the tail of another player’s ship is excellent, and culminates in some of the most fun I’ve had in a multiplayer game in quite some time.
Galactic Assault’s Scale
Refined and reworked for Battlefront II, Galactic Assault is the premiere 40-player, 20 v 20 mode for this year’s Star Wars entry. The sheer amount of scale and scope that’s seen in Galactic Assault is breathtaking, and remains apparent as you make your way across some of Star Wars’ most recognisable landscapes and battlegrounds, battling it out for supremacy.
Though I’d spent a bit of time with the first Battlefront game and couldn’t quite get into it, Battlefront II had me enamoured with its maps and locales from the beginning. Throughout each Galactic Assault match we played I felt immediately immersed, participating in some of Star Wars’ biggest blockbuster moments. The small snippets of dialogue delivered throughout, which let you know about the next objective and your team’s progress during the match, are delivered well and makes for an experience that truly feels like Star Wars. It’s the most engaged I’ve ever felt in a Star Wars game for quite some time, and the sheer scope of it all — watching AT-AT’s walk over you and Sith ships swoop by — is something rarely seen in the medium. DICE have really nailed the look, the feel, and the sound of the Star Wars universe, and that’s showcased perfectly in Galactic Assault.