Orrin Probst

Orrin Probst

Orrin Probst is a pediatrician by day, video-game enthusiast by night, and dad to two boys.

Casual Gamer Reviews: Star Wars Battlefront II

Star Wars Battlefront II Review: An Improved Galaxy, Far, Far Away

Before We Get Started…

I am a long-time gamer, but I have never played anything at a hardcore level. Other reviewers can detail specifics far better than I can (or care for). My goal is to provide reviews for casual gamers without spouting unnecessary information. For example, I don’t care if the game runs smoothly at 60 frames per second, just because a game may have better specs doesn’t make it any less shitty (Looking at you, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5).

Like Riding a Bike

For those of you who have played the last Battlefront game, you’ll be able to pick this right up as if you were never gone. It is very familiar, in a good way. But the game has definitely improved on it’s predecessor. They even removed those awful bright white menus, so no more burnt retinas for me.

A Long Overdue Campaign

The addition of a campaign is a very welcome improvement. Few games are able to be successful without one (kudos to you, Overwatch), and Battlefront I did okay without one, but it just felt a little empty. The EA Access preview opens three of the campaign missions, all focusing on an elite pilot for the Empire with the story starting at the Battle of Endor. The gameplay is paced appropriately, varying from open gunfights to stealthy encounters. Crushing the rebellion and punting Ewoks has never been so fun. (Okay, I made that part up.)

Stomping Stormtroopers, With Friends!

The game’s multiplayer is split into two modes: foot solider battles or spaceship dogfights. Do you want to mercilessly destroy clone troopers with 20 other people? (The largest matches are 20 vs 20.) Or do would you prefer to fly a tie fighter around a star destroyer like a badass gunning down x-wings? It doesn’t matter if you’re not a good shot or strategist, you will still have plenty of opportunities to experience classic Star Wars moments. I mean, check this gif below of myself, just stumbling upon an epic Star Wars scene.

Such epic, many lasers, very Star Wars

 

Doing my part for the rebel cause

Pro? Newb? Come One, Come All.
This game is pretty laid back. I’ve played other first-person shooter games, Battlefront II feels different and is more accepting of the casual player. Halo or Call Of Duty can be very aggravating as you get PWNed repeatedly by teenagers who are clearly better than you, but Battlefront II accepts all gamers. It’s fun and rewards those who are skilled, but is forgiving to those that sometimes suck. I am a terrible pilot. I mean, terrible. But even I can enjoy myself while dodging turret fire in these epic dogfights.

There was no-where to go, absolutely no way to dodge that ship…

 

Totally redeemed myself

A Disturbance In The Force: Microtransactions

I enjoyed my time playing Battlefront II, and am sad that my 10-hour trial is nearly at its end. I felt like the only downside to this game was the horrible microtransactions. There aren’t a lot people who purchased stuff but they were easy spot because they’re better than everyone else. But EA and Disney actually listened to the gamers’ complaints about this and have now disabled the in-game microtransactions. So here’s hoping that with the next update to the game, it will bring a much improved progression and microtransaction system.

The Verdict

8.5/10 Stormtrooper Helmets.

The game is great, and the annoying microtransactions are gone. (They will eventually be back, but they’ll be forced to do so in a way that won’t bring so much negative attention)

Yes, I WILL buy this game. It will be mine. It’s fun and relaxing. Plus, I mean, it’s Star Wars! What more could you want?

The 10 Most Cringeworthy Star Wars Moments

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Episode VIII is almost here and Star Wars nostalgia is in full swing. It’s fun to think back on all our favorite moments, but let’s be honest, there are plenty of less-than-amazing moments in the Star Wars saga. Downright cringeworthy moments. Let’s look back at some of the best/worst moments we love to hate.

1 Lame CGI additions to the original trilogy

The absurd moments Lucas added into the original trilogy are a sore spot for many Star Wars fans. A moment of silence for the extended CGI rendition of the Max Rebo Band performance at Jabba’s Palace, and how two minutes of our lives were stolen forever.

2 Dad-joke Vader choke in Rogue One

Entire theaters full of people rolled their eyes when Director Krennic was being force-choked and Vader delivered one of the worst space-dad jokes of all time.

Honestly, I don’t blame Vader. If I was a feared galactic super villain, it would be hard not to throw around corny jokes just to watch everyone squirm.

3 Qui-Gon: "There's always a bigger fish."

Even the light-side can’t help but spurt out lame-ass unnecessary jokes. Intended as comic relief, it’s more like comic pain. That’s some Jar Jar-level bullshit, Qui-Gon.

4 "Midi-Chlorians" are a thing? Apparently?

Midi-what? In Episode I, Qui-Gon tells Anakin about “intelligent microscopic life forms that live symbiotically inside the cells of all living things” that make up the Force.

Why is this the first time we’ve heard about a literal blood test for determining potential Jedi? And it’s never discussed again. Is this supposed to be common knowledge in the Star Wars universe? Too bad the blood test doesn’t also screen for space serial killers too…

(Star Wars Report)

5 Anakin doesn't like sand.

The most awkward scene ever, where beautiful Natalie Portman wistfully tells a guy about her memories of spending time on the beach and he responds with this:

(Buzzfeed)

Uhhh….Okay? Way to win her heart, Anakin.

6 "I have the high ground."

Obi-Wan announces this to Anakin at the end of their lightsaber battle, but he knows that’s not a real thing, right? He’s really not that much higher anyway.

Revenge Of The Sith Episode 3 GIF by Star Wars - Find & Share on GIPHY

Apparently this principle doesn’t apply to Vader in Return of the Jedi though, because he just chucks his lightsaber from the low ground.

7 Anything Jar-Jar

Jar. Jar. Binks. Need we say more?

8 LUMPY!

Here’s one you may not have heard of. In 1978 there was a Christmas musical (yep!) film called The Star Wars Holiday Special, and in it was the first ever appearance of Chewbacca’s son. His name: Lumpawaroo. But just as his dad went by “Chewy,” this kid went by “Lumpy.” And yes, this is official Star Wars canon.

9 "Are you an angel?"

Anakin is like, maybe 8 years old, tops, and he hits on a much older Padme, asking her if she’s an angel. (Because “angels are the most beautiful things in the universe.”) The only thing that makes a bad pick-up line worse is when it’s delivered by a small child.

(The Star Wars Tribute Blog)

10 The Luke/Leia kiss

Listen. None of us wanted to see this. Han Solo’s displeased face in this is all of us. Just, yuck. I still can’t watch this without wanting to wash my eyes out with soap.

(CNET)

Check Out The Most Hated Reddit Comment Of All Time

Most downvoted Reddit comment of all time
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In an attempt to clear the air about their upcoming game, Star Wars Battlefront 2, EA took to Reddit to discuss some of the more controversial parts of the game. It backfired on them big time when their comment became the most downvoted comment in Reddit history.

It began with gamers complaining about the excessive use of loot boxes and microtransactions on the game. (In non-gamer speak, these are the parts of the game where you are asked to buy extras, with real money or by unlocking them through achievements on the game.)

Loot boxes and microtransactions are not new to video games anymore. In fact, it is rare to find games without them. For the most part, these loot boxes do not provide in-game boosts. Rather they give you a cosmetic change to a character, weapon, or vehicle. Are you tired of looking like all the other characters? Do you wish your gun had more bacon? Why is there no three-wolf moon on my pistol? Thanks to microtransactions and loot boxes, these problems are solved (at a price, of course).

Bacon!
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So it wasn’t a surprise to anyone when loot boxes were included in Star Wars Battlefront 2. The poor implementation, however, was given away during the Beta earlier this month. It became clear that the only way to power up your character quickly and earn the best gear, weapons, characters, etc. was through purchasing loot boxes alone.

Supposedly EA heard the internet’s complaints. They listened to the people, and promised that the final product would be far improved and the playing field would be fair to everyone, loot box purchasers and sticklers alike. The internet put these improvements to the test. Several sources have shown that purchasing loot boxes still gives an unfair advantage to players. IGN pointed out that to obtain the best star cards from the loot boxes, it would take roughly six straight months (without sleep) of playing or $2100 to obtain all the best cards. (Read about their data and conclusions here.) This was after EA has made changes to the loot system. Seems fair.

Why do we pay $50 or more for a game, just to drop the same amount or more in order to be competitive? If I wanted that I’d jump back into Farmville, thank you very much! (It’s embarrassing how much I’ve spent on that.)

EA took to Reddit to defend their system, specifically answering why unlocking certain game characters was ridiculously expensive, requiring either an extensive amount of play time or purchasing a large amount of loot boxes or in game currency from microtransactions. This was their response:

The community loved it! They loved it so much that it became the most downvoted comment in Reddit history. Last I checked it was about to break -680,000 votes, and it’s nowhere near stopping. I mean, what could go wrong? Posting a controversial, condescending statement about a game based on one of the most popular movie franchises in history? No one ever gets roasted on Reddit? Right?

I feel much better now, reminded that I will feel overwhelming pride and accomplishment when I’ve finally unlocked Darth Vader. I may lose my job, family and will to live in the process, but it’s all worth it in the name of pride. Thanks for the laugh EA! Can’t wait to see you can come up with next.

Also, thanks for killing Dead Space. You’re the best, EA.

EA is now saying that some of the pricey characters have dropped in price by 75%. SOME of them. We’ll wait to hear more.