Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. Nov 17, 2017
    65
    Battlefront 2 does a lot of things right, offering a Star Wars experience that’s stunning to look at and wonderfully faithful to the source material, but it stumbles hard on the delivery. The campaign is amusing but scatterbrained, and worse, in multiplayer the randomized progression systems are downright hostile toward its players. EA has already made two big adjustments to this system in the week leading up to launch alone, and we can only hope that more significant changes are on the way. But right now, the Star Cards system’s frustrating progression is actively driving me away from the multiplayer battles.
  2. Nov 20, 2017
    60
    Despite the removal of the microtransactions, player progression is still largely tied to the randomized loot boxes--mitigating player agency and choice in multiplayer.
  3. Nov 13, 2017
    88
    Battlefront II is an excellent shooter thanks to its gameplay and a great amount of content. Yes, the loot boxes system may feel unfair, but it is an outstanding game overall.
  4. Nov 20, 2017
    50
    As much as I loathe this implementation of loot boxes, I still keep playing Battlefront II and I will probably continue to do so on and off. I mean, I do like the game. I just wish it wasn't being squandered like this. You'd be well-advised to wait until overhauls arrive -- assuming they ever do.
  5. Dec 11, 2017
    65
    Beyond the somewhat short, very linear, and probably not replayable single player campaign, most people coming to Battlefront 2 are going to be interested in the multiplayer. This has proven to be very difficult to review, because there have been so many game updates to multiplayer since the release that I feel like I’m trying to review a moving target, though the core of multiplayer has not changed all that much through the updates. Long story short, the multiplayer gaming is staggeringly unbalanced because of the way the whole game is structured, and I doubt even another dozen updates is going to change that.
  6. Nov 17, 2017
    63
    A spectacular, occasionally very fun tour of Star Wars battles that disappoints with a boring story, crappy progression system, and endless grenade spam.
  7. CD-Action
    Feb 8, 2018
    65
    Apart from the great Starfighter Assault mode Battlefront II is a mess of conflicting ideas, uneven mechanics and of course questionable monetization practices. DICE is facing long months of salvaging the game and the studio’s good name. [01/2018, p.32]
  8. Nov 27, 2017
    70
    Star Wars Battlefront 2 could’ve been game of the year, but some key mistakes basically ruin the whole thing. The progression system being randomized in Loot Crates and players getting significant game-changing upgrades, many of which were paid for, are the main offenders. With every player stocked up with Star Cards that give them massive advantages new players face a long uphill struggle, and it makes Battlefront 2 a chore to play. Which is upsetting, because DICE have put in so much effort into all the maps, modes, and Classes, and really nail the Star Wars feeling. When it works it’s a gorgeous spectacle, an imaginative and epic shooter with some wonderful objective-based ideas. Then you get blown up by an Improved Thermal Detonator for the 23rd time while other players shrug off your rockets and the fun oozes out immediately. The single-player campaign is simple but entertaining, however it can’t save Battlefront 2. If you’re desperate for Star Wars you’ve got no other choice, but if you want until a sale the game will be even more unbearable to play. Get Wolfenstein 2 instead.
  9. Jan 21, 2018
    50
    Even the tinsel of the Star Wars world cannot hide the silly story and the boring singleplayer gameplay, or the necessity to accumulate the credits in the crate hunting in multiplayer. Battlefront II pleases as a genuine shooter in the beautiful scenery, but EA should deserve a slap into the face for their mad progression system.
  10. Nov 22, 2017
    71
    Behind the beautiful Star Wars façade lurk fundamental design flaws, making Battlefront 2 a shooter that just barely manages to be good.
  11. PC PowerPlay
    Jan 6, 2018
    50
    There's fun to be had, but for every step towards the Light Side, there's a foot stuck firmly in the Dark Side of bad design decisions. [Issue#269, p.52]
  12. Dec 23, 2017
    55
    A single-player campaign of Battlefront 2, however bad it is, is not a party pooper by itself. But when you add luck-based demoralizing character upgrades, paltry rewards, not-so-subtle hints at a “pay to win” system, and a bunch of annoying bugs, you will have to muster all your love of Star Wars just to endure this game.
  13. Nov 21, 2017
    60
    New Battlefront has an extremely mediocre single player campaign, which is as far from a viable reason to buy this game as it can be. The multiplayer mode provides lots of fun but at the same time it suffers from lootboxes which disrupt the balance on the battlefield. Star Wars: Battlefront II is a good game dragged down by bad business practices of the publisher.
  14. Dec 3, 2017
    68
    Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is a typical case of a remarkable game that took a shot in its foot, due to some wrong business decisions by the publisher. Even if the game includes some great features, it is preferable to be on standby mode until it is decided what will happen with the microtransactions and how they will affect the gameplay's balance.
  15. Nov 23, 2017
    80
    After all the ruckus and the controversies, Star Wars: Battlefront 2 finally reveals itself for what it is: a great Star Wars experience. The new Campaign is definitely well written and thrilling (with some memorable dogfights in the space), and the multiplayer improves everything we already loved in the first Battlefront. There are still some issues with a progression system that relies a little bit too much on randomness, but the game is definitely better off without microtransactions.
  16. Nov 28, 2017
    75
    Star Wars Battlefront 2 has the potential to be an amazing game, however, it is unlikely we’ll ever get to play the real game as it's hidden beneath microtransactions. In an ideal world, EA would remove the Star Card system completely and replace it with something that doesn’t interfere with the gameplay. If you are on the fence, maybe wait a few weeks to see how EA deal with the progression system beforehand. That being said, even with Battlefront 2’s flaws I’d still say it’s worth playing.
  17. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Dec 30, 2017
    67
    From the first announcement we’ve been asking ourselves: do they have guts to roll with the “hardcore Imperial operative” theme to the end, without the usual twist of having her defect to rebels? Of course not, but what’s worse is that her desertion feels incredibly forced. [Issue#225, p.72]
  18. Star Wars: Battlefront II, is a great game but overshadowed by the in-game purchases. Let’s hope after the changes, game will get its deserved attention.
  19. Nov 23, 2017
    60
    Oh, and my sweet Lord, this game does wonders in the space battles department. You’ll fly around Star Destroyers and through Death Star debris, zipping between laser blasts and missiles. Eventually, just as in Galactic Assault, in Starfighter Assault games, you’ll spawn in hero ships like the Millenium Falcon and Slave I. Or that one green ship that looks like a bathtub turned upside down. Is it Bossk’s ship? Regardless, you can fly in it, if the cool ships are taken.
  20. Nov 14, 2017
    85
    At the end of the day, you’re going to have to decide for yourself if EA’s business practices with Star Wars: Battlefront II are something you can live with. If you can, you’ll likely find that Star Wars: Battlefront II is every bit the Star Wars game you’ve been looking for.
  21. Nov 14, 2017
    77
    Star Wars Battlefront II offers a much bigger package than its predecessor, and delivers massively on that typical Star Wars atmosphere and spectacle, with versatile modes and gameplay. But the multiplayer progression is a complete misfire and the disappointing microtransaction strategy costs them a point.
  22. Nov 27, 2017
    67
    Although an improved sequel, there is both good and bad in Star Wars Battlefront II. Class-based troopers and a smart reinforcement system are hindered by horrid progression. The large modes succeed, when there are no bottlenecks or balance issues. And if the single player cared about its main character, then it would have complimented the game’s astounding presentation.
  23. Nov 13, 2017
    60
    Star Wars Battlefront II houses a decent single-player campaign and good multiplayer, but, like the otherwise slick design of its multiplayer maps, that accomplishment is often obscured by distractions. Normally, my brain blocks out in-game monetisation, letting me enjoy the game for what it is. Battlefront II changes that because spenders get a real advantage here. You cannot help but notice it encroaching on everything, plastered all over the game’s convoluted, drawn-out progression system.
  24. Nov 21, 2017
    50
    Put very simply, the Star Card system ruins what’s otherwise an actual improvement from the first of DICE’s galactic efforts. There are indeed more ways to play, albeit those ways come in the form of a largely forgettable campaign and an arcade mode that’s ultimately just not rewarding. Multiplayer is a little better, but the entire progression system is flawed at its very core, and they run through the entire experience at large. It would take a massive overhaul that’s likely impossible in order to clean up this mess.
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  1. Nov 15, 2017
    I wouldn't feel good about Battlefront II's progression system even if there were no way to buy loot boxes with real money. It'd still be a drag. And the fact that we're talking about a full-priced, big-publisher, triple-A game here makes the whole situation even less forgivable.
  2. Nov 15, 2017
    While the single player barely tells a coherent story, the action manages to delight and where the multiplayer takes acclimation it eventually delivers further excitement. But it’s also a testament to some of the most insidious and predatory design decisions of recent years, crushing the excitement under a mountain of poor decisions. Battlefront II had the easiest job in the world: deliver a multiplayer Star Wars game and improve upon a hyped predecessor that under-delivered. Unfortunately, the game delivered at launch—perpetually couched with the fact that EA could change its economy and patch its systems and fix so many of these problems—manages to f.ck that up.
  3. For those first few hours, Battlefront 2 struck me with gorgeous moment after gorgeous moment that’s made me reevaluate what’s possible with 2017’s technology. It’s a shame that the fighting frequently gets bogged down by chokepoints, and any long-term appeal is undermined by a progression system that can’t shake the pay to win shadow which continues to loom over the game. [Multiplayer review]
  4. Nov 22, 2017
    Once you’re done with the five-hour campaign, the horrid state of the multiplayer will take centre stage. After a while, DICE’s attention to detail and stunning graphics will grow old, and you’ll be left doubting every encounter, every death. DICE’s biggest crime with Star Wars: Battlefront 2 isn’t that it added microtransactions, it’s that it forgot to make a game worth playing in the process.
User Score
1.0

Overwhelming dislike- based on 2544 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Nov 17, 2017
    0
    Play as the role as Loot Skywalker in Credit Card Wars : Gamble Front 2. The only thing that works properly in this game is the mini gamePlay as the role as Loot Skywalker in Credit Card Wars : Gamble Front 2. The only thing that works properly in this game is the mini game where you insert your credit card details. The Android and Apple store would be proud of your achievements. Full Review »
  2. Nov 17, 2017
    0
    The game that broke the camel's back. Greed and nothing more. Using the star wars name to 'force' in MT free to play at full price andThe game that broke the camel's back. Greed and nothing more. Using the star wars name to 'force' in MT free to play at full price and multiple editions. Pay to Win is not ok! Free to play in a Paid game is not ok!
    If we really must go down this awful road, look at overwatch....
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  3. Nov 17, 2017
    1
    WARNING: The press have been given an altered version of the game with everything unlocked.

    Pleb version will take thousands of hours or
    WARNING: The press have been given an altered version of the game with everything unlocked.

    Pleb version will take thousands of hours or thousands of dollars to unlock full version of the game.

    DO NOT BUY
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