Gaming

Star Wars: Battlefront II (PS2)

Star Wars Battlefront II is by far one of the best and funniest Star Wars games I’ve played in a long time. Star Wars Battlefront II improves upon the original game’s single-player mode which is now open-ended, mission-based objective inspired from all six Star Wars films. The compelling storyline spans more than 12 new locations, many from Episode III, including volcanic Mustafar and the space battle above Coruscant. All-new classic movie moments complete the Star Wars Battlefront II experience, as players battle within the interior of the Death Star and visit Princess Leia’s blockade runner, the Tantive IV, as seen at the beginning of Episode IV A New Hope.

At certain key moments within the battles, players can feel the Force as a Jedi, following some of the many key battles in Star Wars Episode III. For the first time ever, Star Wars Battlefront II players can engage in space combat and, during the same battle, board enemy ships to attack from within. Starting on foot inside a capital ship, players can enter the spacecraft of their choice and travel into space to dogfight with the rival faction. From there, they can dock within the enemy’s capital ship, overtake the ship’s command posts, man its turrets to disable its shields and destroy it from within. Another cool feature of the space battles is you can even stay inside your own capital ship and defend it from attacks and enemy fire.

You can play the came in single player mode where you first start off in Training which takes place at the start of the Clone Wars, where you learn how to battle in combat, using your Clone Troopers and other key elements to help you through out the game. After you have finish the Training Mode, you move on to Rise of the Empire which follows the end of the clones wars and into take over of the Galaxy. There you follow the 501st Legion of Clone Troopers and later they become StormTroopers, Darth Vader’s elite force.

Another great feature of this game is you can play in either first person mode or 3rd person mode. Perfect for those who love playing in first person or those who would rather play in 3rd person. There are many more modes to this game such as Galactic Conquest, in this mode the player uses strategy to take control of planets and dominate the Galaxy. Base on the many conflicts from both eras of the Star Wars History. To win, you must over take the enemy’s bases and defeat their fleets. The game mode is played in turns, with the player starting first.

If that’s not going to fill your need, you can jump right in and play in Instant Action, which allows you to jump right into the battle of your choice. Before you start you can customized the game options before playing. These different options are Conquest, 1-Flag CTF, 2-Flag CTF, Hunt and Assault. Star Wars Battlefront II main mode is Conquest.

In Conquest mode, you achieve victory by capturing all Command Posts on the battlefield or by defeating all opposing reinforcements. The other great modes are the two flag modes which players score points by taking their flag to the enemy base, the other flag mode allows you to capture the enemy flag and return it to your case. The Hunt mode is where the hunting team attempts to eliminate the entire hunted team within the time limited. Assault mode, you gain victory by scoring points, by destroying enemy units and objects.

Now as fan as playing single player can be, there are two ways to play multi player, the first and simple mode is the Split Screen allows you and a buddy to play threw the Rise of the Empire, I have to say that it’s just crazy playing in Split Screen Mode and I have loads of fun doing it. Another way to play is Multi player, which is online. To play you need Broadband Internet connection, as dial-up is not available. Players can locate their buddies and track their stats as they battle alongside more players than ever (up to 24 players on PS2, 32 players on Xbox Live, 64 players on PC).

In the end I have to say that Star Wars Battlefront II is far better than the first one. There are many new features and better game play than ever before. If there was ever a shooter that was better than Halo 2, that would be Star Wars Battlefront II, along side from the great game play, the number of playable players, characters and vehicles. The great story, and voices acting is ripped right from the films and the music bring everything together. I have to say that this is a buy, however $60 bucks may be lots of money for some people, if you’re not sure if you’ll like it rent it. However I would recommend this to become apart of your gaming library. May the force be with us all.

Richard Arellano is the founder and webmaster of the NeckarUnrivaled.com, HunterMastery.com and Majin-Planet.net. Currently studying HTML/CSS and enjoys playing MMORPGs, Magic the Gathering writing and Roleplaying.