Gameplay 9.0
Graphics 9.0
Sound 9.0
Value 9.0
Distributor: Electronic Arts
Review Date:
November 2005
Andrew B


Star Wars Battlefront II

Star Wars Battlefront II takes console first person shooters to the next stage and this current incarnation for the PlayStation is a combination of Battlefield 1942 meets the Star Wars universe for some of the most exciting multiplayer and single player action the console has seen in months. Based on six Star Wars movies, the game allows players to select either one of four factions such as the Republic, Rebels or the Separatist Droid Army. As with the previous game, players can also select one of five different character classes that all perform a variety of different functions that are vital for winning. Droids, stormtroopers and Jedi, this title has it all!

The game also supports a plethora of gameplay modes that includes instant action, campaign mode which takes you through not only the Star Wars universe but also through the Star Wars timeline to include movies from Star Wars Revenge of the Sith to Star Wars Return of the Jedi. Battlefront also includes 16 different maps, spread out over 10 different planets that range from the dusty landscape of Geonosis to the forests of Endor to the rain-swept oceans of Kamino. With that said, Battlefront 2 is basically a squad based first person shooter that allows gamers to be thoroughly immersed into the Star Wars universe, with not only locales, weaponry and characters but also vehicles such as AT-AT and Tie Fighters. To make things even better, the Sony DualShock controller is perfect and actually suits the genre perfectly and should take average gamers a few minutes to pick up the control system.

Although the gameplay of Battlefront 2 has been improved, it still features a flexible and playable interface that allows gamers to switch between first-person and a third-person viewpoint. Apart from the plethora of weaponry available, Battlefront 2 allows gamers to commandeer a myriad of vehicles and unlike the last game, players can now have battles in space, be it X-Wing or Tie Fighter. The beauty of the PlayStation 2 version is that there are several multiplayer servers run by Lucasarts that allow for up to 16 players at  a time to take part in some of the greatest Star Wars battles, only seen in the movies themselves. The only downside to the PlayStation 2 version is you need a whopping 1.8 megabytes free on your memory card which is basically a patch for online play. 

Originally, Star Wars Battlefront set the benchmark for graphics in first person shooters that not only captured the true spirit of the Star Wars universe but also thoroughly immersed the player. Once again, Electronic Arts have upped the ante with Star Wars Battlefield 2 and is probably one of the most graphically impressive first person shooter games on the PlayStation 2.

All the Star Wars characters contain high resolution textures and whether you're looking at Darth Vader, Yoda or an Imperial Storm Trooper, it's almost as if they have walked straight out of the movies themselves. Apart from the extremely realistic characters, the developers have done a remarkable job at once again recreating the Star Wars universe with as much detail as possible that contain all the places and locales of the first three movies. Match that with a plethora of special effects such as reflective surfaces, shadows and particle effects and a walk in the Star Wars mythos has never been better

What would a Star Wars game be without the majestic soundtrack of John Williams
musical score of the franchise? Once again the Star Wars soundtrack returns for Battlefront 2 that has been slightly modified to match the gaming environment, so when the action heats up, so does the music itself. All the sound effects  have been directly lifted from all the Star Wars movies and when you first fire up your lightsabre, depending on how much of a die hard fan you are, the hairs on your neck stand up. Whether it's the growls of the Wookies or the hiss of Darth Vader, everything has been flawlessly implemented into this title.

In conclusion, Star Wars Battlefront 2 is a worthy successor to the original game that contains a plethora of gameplay modes, detailed graphics and a musical score that sooths the savage gamer, there is little wrong with this current Star Wars game and PlayStation 2 owners worldwide should be pleased. A must have to all Star Wars fans or for those that love a great first person shooter.



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