Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Not only is it the best handheld adaptation of a major console title, it adds extensive PSP-exclusive features making this a must-own game, even if you already have the game for another system.
  2. Battlefront II marches onto PSP without losing its keep strategic edge or its blaster-happy action. [Christmas 2005, p.110]
  3. Would have benefitted from an Infrastructure mode but the force is still strong in this one. [Jan 2007, p.67]
  4. Fiddly control issues aside, Star Wars Battlefront II on PSP is a miniature miracle. [PSW]
  5. 80
    While the console ports are more recommended for their details and expansion, the PSP version is certainly no slouch.
  6. It’s controls might not be the best but with a nice number of maps, space battles, Jedis and PSP-only game modes, this is the game to own when you’re far from your console or PC.
  7. 78
    Mirrors its console brethren in terms of complexity and scope but can’t keep up in performance. So while every vehicle, unit and weapon is at your disposal, you’ll need to contend with an unstable framerate and lackluster visuals while you take over the galaxy.
  8. If you are looking for a great portable Star Wars experience that blends console gameplay with portable style and flare, and you can bare with some technical setbacks, you are in for a real treat with Star Wars Battlefront 2.
  9. It can be fun in its own right to those who are both Star Wars fans and who can be a little patient with the controls.
  10. There's just some unrealized potential here that keeps good from becoming great. [Holiday 2005, p.96]
  11. There is a certain charm to this game, but it's basically a big Jedi mind trick. [Jan 2006, p.157]
  12. As a more portable take on the Star Wars experience, it won't disappoint most gamers. However, the unappealing space battles and paltry multiplayer options keep it from being a feather in the PlayStation Portable's cap.
  13. 70
    Multiplayer has its attributes, but stumbles hard when it comes to framerate and resembles a Monet painting at some points. Overall, I'd recommend it for single-player, but for Wi-Fi, well, I've offered my caveat emptors.
  14. It's got some of the console and PC versions' concepts and mechanics, but the lack of both a story-based campaign and online multiplayer sucks a lot of the fun out of this PSP shooter.
  15. Savage and Pandemic should be applauded for cramming as much of the Battlefront experience into the PSP, but we can always play what-if, and the omission of even online play is a pretty serious shortcoming. It's good, but not must-have good.
  16. I would have given Battlefront II a strong recommendation if it had infrastructure mode (Internet) online multiplayer but unfortunately it doesn’t which is a show-stopper, especially when you consider the retail price of the game.
  17. 65
    If you are looking for a console shooter on the handheld, then this is your best bet. It's unfair to expect more from the PSP when the demands are so huge, but the PSP is easily online ready, and Star Wars Battlefront II just doesn't feel the same without going online.
  18. Sure, it's not challenging in the least, but hey, killing Ewoks was never about the challenge. [Jan 2006, p.127]
  19. You have this great game, which is so fun to play at home and online (especially over Xbox Live), and when you’re prepped to take it on the road with you all you are left with are white knuckles of frustration.
  20. The PSP version is a definite second stringer. Again, it seems aimed at players so obsessed with the game that they also need a portable fix, because it is not nearly the complete product its bigger brothers are.
  21. Terrible framerate during multiplayer. [Jan 2006, p.104]
  22. There's simply no way to get your fingers around it all. [Feb 2006, p.93]
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 101 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 42
  2. Negative: 5 out of 42
  1. Nov 19, 2013
    5
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  2. Nov 17, 2013
    10
    Star Wars Battlefront 2 is simply a fantastic game. You can fly through space taking down enemy ships, capture flags over multiple maps from the PS2 and PC version. You can choose from multiple classes in the Rebel Alliance, The Galactic Empire, The CIS, and the Republic. Though the controls yet are damaged by not having dual analog sticks, the game still feels smooth and exciting as you fight others. There are 3 modes in singleplayer, in a replacement for no campaign. I have to say that this is a great portable game and really shows what some game design companies can do. This game is sadly unnoticed to that many "Top PSP Games" videos, and it really should be for its amazing gameplay and map movement. 10/10 simply fantastic. Full Review »
  3. Jul 22, 2012
    6
    Welcome to Star Wars: Battlefront II. This isn't the same game as the PS2 version for sure, but, the PSP version has its own unique modes. Although those modes replace the campaign mode they still make interesting challenges. Putting you against a whole army as an assassin is a great idea. The game plays better in first person mode though as it allows for you to really embrace the full hectic masterclass that is instant action. You'll find that battles will kick off and let you watch as everything unfolds. Explosions plenty. Unfortunately the game isn't anywhere near as polished as it should be. Visuals in galactic conquest look shocking as to such, with pieces missing and animations jittery. Although the game at its core is as hectic as it should be. A fair deal. Full Review »