The story takes place in the 30 years between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens; a time period that remains a significant gap in the Star Wars timeline. The lead character is Iden Versio, Commander of an Imperial Special Forces Unit called the Inferno Squad. I enjoyed experiencing the story campaign from the Imperial perspective and for the most part, Motive Studios and Lucasfilm have crafted a compelling narrative. Creating a campaign that features perspectives from both sides of the conflict is no easy feat and I felt that the two teams were successfully able to incorporate most of the franchise’s iconic characters without it feeling forced. The campaign also does an excellent job of retaining the same control scheme of the multiplayer modes, which makes for a seamless transition between the two. Without spoiling the campaign, it’s safe to say that the 5-7 hour experience should satisfy even the most die-hard Star Wars fans.
While it was nice to finally get our hands on a legitimate Star Wars Battlefront single player campaign, the game’s primary focus is its multiplayer ecosystem. EA’s DICE Studio has a long history of building compelling multiplayer experiences with their decade-long run of Battlefield titles. With 2015’s Star Wars Battlefront, the team proved they could make a successful transition into the Star Wars universe; with Battlefront II, DICE has once again proven that they are among the industry’s best when it comes to crafting a complete multiplayer experience that is also a ton of fun.
There are five main multiplayer modes included in the package, along with an Arcade Mode that can be played offline against computer A.I. opponents. The arcade mode is an excellent way to get your feet wet with multiplayer and taking some time to complete a few of the missions will be beneficial once you enter the more competitive modes. Arcade mode is also a great way to be able to play as some of the series most iconic heroes without having to spend tens of hours with the game in hopes of unlocking them.