The original Star Wars Battlefront was one of those edge cases where it attracted a mixed critical response but was actually reasonably well-liked by fans. With the sequel, publisher EA and developer DICE will have been hoping to improve upon the original’s Metacritic rating of 73 – but it’s going to have its work cut out if early reviews are anything to go by.
We would urge you to be cautious before putting too much stock in these verdicts, but it’s not like the game’s receiving universal acclaim. Still, we’ll be waiting until launch day before starting our review; we want to make sure we’re playing the exact same code as you will be.
IGN - 7/10 (In Progress)
I find my opinion of Battlefront 2 shifts depending on what I choose to expect from it. 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.
US Gamer - 3.5/5
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.
GameSpot - 6/10 (In Progress)
While its main narrative feels unresolved, and the general loop of the multiplayer carries a number of issues, Battlefront II still manages to evoke that same sense of joy and excitement found in the core of what the series is all about. But as it stands, the biggest hurdle that Battlefront II will need to overcome -- for its simultaneous attempts to balance microtransactions with genuine feeling of accomplishments - -is deciding on what type of game it wants to be.
Shack News - 6/10
Star Wars: Battlefront II is a pretty good game and you’re going to get it if you’re a fan of Star Wars, no matter what anyone says. I’m just thankful that the game is an improvement over the first attempt and is incredibly fun solo, or with friends online. The loot crates diminish its value greatly, and it’s a shame EA forces them down your throat as part of the core gameplay, but the game looks gorgeous and is enjoyable to play.
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