Star Wars: Battlefront II was one of 2017’s greatest tragedies. The game was a mess, for reasons people would not expect. While it fixed issues with the original by adding a single player component, more content, and free DLC, it caused some of the biggest revolts over loot boxes and microtransactions in recent history. It also was a lesson in PR and dealing with customers, since a comment from the community team became Reddit’s most downvoted comment ever. But now that 2018 is here and the dust has settled, it seems like the game is in a better place. Maybe now it is time to give it a chance?
Let’s start with the obvious reason to go ahead and give Star Wars: Battlefront II a try. Before we even wade into the whole loot box issue being repaired, we need to go over the pricing. This was a $59.99 game at launch. While lots of places still label it as such, you will have no problem finding a console copy for less than that. It is not uncommon to even see it appear around $30, maybe even less, on sale. When I checked on Amazon on April 30, 2018, a PlayStation 4 new copy was going for $22.50. At that price, it becomes possible to forgive minor issues.
The free DLC issue is another reason to reconsider the game. DICE and EA have committed to seasons that bring additional multiplayer content, like characters, equipment, maps, and modes, to everyone. In December 2017, the first season was released. It covered Star Wars: The Last Jedi, adding Finn, Captain Phasma, Crait, and D’Qar. In April 2018, a The Night on Endor update brought in an Ewok Hunt mode with playable Ewoks, 50 skins, the ability to craft 40 Parts to get Skill Points, and general balancing. Season two will start in May 2018, the same time Solo: A Star Wars Story launches, which could mean more DLC from it. That means people who jump in will have more to do in the game.
People who pick up Star Wars: Battlefront II now and give it a try have the added benefit of missing all the drama. The 2017 microtransaction and loot box drama ate up so much time and energy last year. Rightfully so, since people could pretty much pay-to-win when they were there. In 2018, everything has been remedied. The only real-cash items are cosmetic. Star Cards are earned through gameplay. Microtransactions can be used for Crystals to buy Appearances, which change the look of a character. Though, Credits can also be earned as you play to acquire Appearances too. The thing people were mad about is not present anymore.
Time has also offered the benefit of a more stable gameplay experience. While Star Wars: Battlefront II does have a good solo campaign, the focus is on multiplayer. There are always hiccups with such games at launch, where servers may be busy, exploits may make things unfair, and bugs tarnish the overall experience. That is not a problem with the game in 2018. Everything works. You may not have as many people to play with online as there were when the game was shiny and new, but the general experience is better and stronger.
Star Wars: Battlefront II had a rocky start. DICE, EA, players and Star Wars fans had so much to deal with. As of 2018, things are far better. We have more content to enjoy, thanks to free DLC. The game itself is stronger, thanks to patches and updates. The loot box and microtransaction drama has been resolved. Best of all, you can pick it up for a lower price. Now is definitely time to let the force be with you.