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Letters from the Front

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The Rebels have taken Iden Versio captive and locked her up. Interrogation occurs, They’re holding her drone in another part of the facility and they’re planning to gut it for information.

Versio is glaring at the rebels, despising them as destroyers of all that is good, noble, and ordered. The way it should be. Versio fought in the First Battle of the Death Star and now she’s fighting in the Second. Attempts to carve open Versio’s robot end badly for a Rebel soldier, it’s this scene that begins the campaign for Battlefront II, something that was missed in 2015’s Battlefront. I played the first three chapters of the campaign which obviously prepared me for the multiplayer, it was okay, and each level is lavishly produced. You can tell that DICE did their best.

It’s here that I begin the campaign of Star Wars: Battlefront II, I take control of the robot as it makes it’s way to rescue Iden through the ship’s air ventilation, quietly stealthing past Rebel guards, it’s a nice to get to know the game’s movement mechanics. By accident, I get clumsy and the robot bangs against the wall alerting the guards but they don’t suspect anything.

Once I make my way to Versio, the droid reunites with her and she’s able to escape the cell and picking up a weapon and soon the ship is on high alert, she’s under siege from enemies, who come at you / her usually in three waves and they’re kinda stupid as well. Eventually, I make my way to the exit and I’m headed back to my friends who are on Endor.

Battle of Endor.

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The forest moon offers a vastly different spectacle than the usual spaceship. Not only the trees and ferns, but also the debris of a recent battle. Endor looks really really good, especially in 4K resolution where the environment comes alive and it dawns on me that DICE are absolute wizards.

Anyways, I regroup with my buddies and they seem okay at best, competent at least.  In an attempt to get to the defensive network of the death star, I work my way through the debris, taking out the A.I by flanking them and engaging head on.

I get to use a wide range of weaponry including Versio’s special gun, they’re usual blasters and rocket launchers to defeat captured AT-ST’s. The gunplay seems tight and smooth, very similar to the gunplay of Battlefield.

During the mission, I get to a cutscene where the Death Star above Endor explodes and Versio looks distraught and sad, she knows that this changes everything. I understand now why everyone is praising Janina Gavankar, her portrayal of Iden Versio is really good and don’t mention that the cutscene looks phenomenal.

After the cutscene ends, we’re urgently requested to get off the planet, and so my next objective is an airbase. Along the way, we come across fellow friends, who have the same idea but at the same time, we encounter large groups of Rebels. Also weapon caches can be unlocked, they work similar to the weapon caches from Battlefield 4 and they include all the weapons from the game and single shot rocket launchers.

The mission ends on a wide and broad airbase platform on the far end of Endor, after killing the rebel soldiers, I hop into a TIE fighter with my squad.

Space Combat

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This takes me to space and to a dogfight mission in which I navigate through the remains of the Death Star. I follow my squadmate’s vehicle in order to familiarize myself with the controls, but they’re still as bad if not worse than in the 2015 original Battlefront.

Like all things, the taking in of the scenery comes to an end when we’re attacked by rebel squadrons. Dogfighting takes place amongst the remains of the Death Star, and I was more often killed by crashing into the debris thanks to the garbage flight controls, after some gameplay I escape in a larger ship and regroup with the Admiral, Versio’s father.

The next cutscene happens in which the Admiral gravely informs Versio that the Emperor is dead. The good news is that he left instructions on how to proceed in the wake of his death.

Once the cutscene ends, what happens next will test her loyalty to the Empire as it becomes clear that the Empire depends on loyal soldiers like Versio and her next destination is her home planet, where force is required.

Judging by the first three chapters, the story and characters doesn’t seem well-written except for Iden Versio. So far, the campaign looks generic but I hope it isn’t the case. Stay tuned for my first impressions of Star Wars: Battlefront II.

 

 

 

 

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