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GAME REVIEW - June 14, 2006

by Devon Varesko

Star Wars: Battlefront II (PC)

My Rating: 8 out of 10

Battlefront 2

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is a futuristic science fiction FPS (First Person Shooter) based on the Star Wars universe. In the game, you will have the ability to play many of the most popular characters from the popular Star Wars movies.

Basic units include Stormtroopers, Rebel Marines, Clonetroopers, and Super Battle Droids. There are also sniper variants of each of these (but with the SBD's replaced by an assassin battle droid.) Don't forget the anti-vehicular units with rocket launchers and mines. Each team also has specialized units such as Wookiees, Drodeika, Dark Troopers (with jet packs) and Jet Troopers (who also have jet packs... naturally).

In some singleplayer missions - and in multiplayer, if the server is set up to allow Heros -you may also have the ability to play a variety of Star Wars characters such as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, the Emperor, Chewbacca, General Grievous, Boba Fett, and even Jango Fett.

As with the first Battlefront, BF2 offers exceptional multiplayer gameplay, with NPC's filling in the empty spaces. The addition of these computer-controlled characters gives you the impression you are fighting a small army instead of simply one small team versus another.

The singleplayer campaign takes you, a cloned soldier in the 501st, and pits you against various threats to the newly created Empire one at a time. You can fight at various Star Wars locations like Tatooine, Endor, Yavin, Hoth, Coruscant, Mustafar, and Dagobah. Each mission has an introduction story narrated by the man who played Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode 2 - Temuera Morrison.

There are other modes of gameplay that allow you to fight wars with the computer that may take some time. This is a bit more of a free mode than the regular singleplayer game, and allow you to have your own sort of galactic campaign battle, albeit on a smaller scale and more poorly done than Star Wars: Empire at War. You can move your fleet to different locations to attack or defend planets, but be careful where you move it, or you may not have it when you need it. Each actual battle still takes place on the ground, as the rest of the game, but this is still a nice feature.

Battlefront 2 also has better graphics than the original, with more detailed locations and characters. The music is often pulled straight from the movies, or remixes of the soundtracks, which help it feel more like the movies. The addition of new units and maps makes it a worthwhile buy for any Battlefront fan.

In summary, Battlefront 2 has almost everything you could want from a Star Wars shooter game. The only real problem with it is that gameplay is generally the same in singleplayer as it is in multiplayer. It would probably be better if each mode was focused on a bit more to create a better experience for each. (For a great singleplayer game, check out Star Wars: Republic Commando.)

Related Links:

Battlefront 2 Official Website

Related Reviews:

Star Wars: Republic Commando