The embargo for Star Wars Battlefront 2 has ended and critics who were able to experience the campaign and dive into the multiplayer have already given final scores while some are giving thoughts about it as their review is still in progress.
The overall verdict so far? Bigger in content but the progression system sounds like a problem. Thanks to its controversial loot box system that could make the game feel like a Pay to Win experience, what we feared when we played the game during the beta might hurt the game's player base in the long term.
Here's the roundup:
Gamespot: "The biggest problem with this system is that it's never clearly explained. While you'll eventually come to understand how credits, crystals, and crafting components are used, you'll still have to reconcile the fact that the time you invest in the game won't always be rewarded with progress, or at least in the way you want." - 6/10 (Review still in progress)
GamesRadar: " Exceptionally polished and entertaining multiplayer, with an unfulfilling campaign tacked on" - 4/5
Telegraph: "Fabulous fan-service marred by commercial concerns" -3/5
Eurogamer: "DICE goes big in a Call of Duty-baiting package that's as maddening, uneven and spectacular as the Star Wars films themselves."
IGN: "If I’m looking for a rich Star Wars story alongside a deep competitive shooter, this definitely isn’t it. But in terms of delivering on that Star Wars fantasy, jumping from corner to corner of the galaxy to see as much as it has to offer, Battlefront 2 succeeds in a very fun way. I’m just not sure there’s enough here to keep me interested for very long. " - no score yet (review in progress)
USGamer: "Battlefront 2's good qualities have been obscured by the neverending loot box saga, but they shouldn't be forgotten. It's just a pity that they aren't front and center where they should be." - 3.5/5
PCgamer: "A fun campaign, over-complicated progression, and a strange multiplayer flagship" - No score yet (review in progress)
Polygon: "Our full review will be coming soon. But in the meantime, after playing a limited selection of single- and multiplayer parts of Battlefront 2, I'm optimistic that this game will find favor with fans of the last game, as well as with Star Wars enthusiasts who are looking for a varied world that caters to different skill levels. "
Gaming Trend: "The campaign, while disappointing, is a small part of the complete package. There is enough content to keep you busy for dozens of hours, but the progression system may need an overhaul if EA wants to keep a strong multiplayer audience engaged." - 80/100
VentureBeat: "Star Wars: Battlefront II tries to straddle the hardcore and casual audiences. It succeeds some of the time, and it also fails some of the time. So far, the cut scenes in the single-player campaign are excellent, but I’m waiting to get into some really fun gameplay." - No score yet (review in progress)
I jumped in to buy the first game on day one and that's something I will never see myself doing again, especially with a title that's more multiplayer-focused. For the sequel, it might be worth just looking out from afar to see how it turns out in the end.
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 will be out on November 17, 2017 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
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