During the 2000s, Star Wars was a worrying period of time for Star Wars fans with the disappointing and highly negative prequel trilogy. However, in terms of video games, Star Wars was at its highest peak with Star Wars: Battlefront 2, arguably one of the best first-person shooters (FPS) of the mid-2000s.
In Battlefront 2, you play as one of four factions set between two different Star Wars eras; the Clone Wars, which consisted of the Galactic Republic battling the Trade Federation, and the Galactic Civil War, which consisted of battles between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire. Across multiple planets from the iconic planet, Hoth to the capital, Coruscant.
Battlefront 2 introduces players to six different classes each with their own abilities. Four classes appear in all factions; infantry, heavy weapon, sniper and engineer. However, each faction has two unique classes that are unlocked by accumulating a certain number of points. For example, for the Rebel Alliance, the Wookie can be unlocked and for the Trade Federation, the Droideka can be unlocked. Battlefront 2 features heroes in addition to these classes which allows the player to play as the legendary heroes and villains from the film series including Darth Vader and Yoda.
There are three game modes in Battlefront 2; Campaign, Galactic Conquest and Instant Action. The campaign consists of 22 missions and follows a narrated story following the 501st Legion, from the attack on Mygeeto during Order 66 until the final assault on Hoth, shown in The Empire Strikes Back. Galactic conquest is similar to a game of Risk, players choose one faction and attempt to take control of each planet using that faction by attacking and defending enemy controlled planets. Instant action is the multiplayer mode of Battlefront 2 and consists of team deathmatch, capture the flag and hero assault.
The biggest part of my enjoyment from this game is the space battles. Space battles consist of destroying your enemy’s fleet by boarding the ships or by destroying the ships from the outside.
Despite the weakness of the game being really repetitive at times, this lost gaming gem is one of my biggest childhood memories and is necessary for any video game and/or Star Wars fans.
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