Unfortunately, however, 2015’s #StarWars Battlefront proved to be a massive disappointment to gamers with its lack of a single-player campaign mode as well as overall general lack of content.
Despite a few suggestions of the #game under performing in terms of sales when it was first released, according to some analysts, it still managed to sell about 12 million copies within its first month of release.
These numbers, however, weren’t enough to quell the terrible buzz surrounding the game questioning whether it was simply worth purchasing a shell created to capitalize on the fanaticism surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Still, to this day, there are many gamers who feel that #StarWarsBattlefront isn’t a game worth purchasing despite all of the extra content, some of it paid and some of it free, that has since been added.
Why Star Wars Battlefront Is Largely Disliked
Gamers were extremely excited after the announcement of the reboot of Star Wars Battlefront in 2015, but, slowly as launch date neared and more information about the game was released more and more #gamers became apathetic about the idea of actually buying the game.
As previously mentioned, a lot of gamers were annoyed about the perceived lack of content and felt that the game did not do its predecessors justice and, in turn, labelled the game a cash grab.
While I think that it is hard not to think of a Star Wars game being released at the same time as a new Star Wars movie as not being cash grab, honestly, I don’t feel that Star Wars Battlefront was a bad game.
Rather, I feel the game was hurt by a lot of nostalgia for the supposedly good original titles and then also the general #hype surrounding the prospect of a new game at the time.
I didn’t play any previous entries into the series, so I went into the game without being clouded somewhat by nostalgia.
It’s definitely not the best #FPS experience out there and I probably wouldn’t have bought the game had it not been on sale a month after it had been released (especially, it not including a single-player campaign), but I liked what I saw and enjoyed the three or so months in which I played it regularly.
The fact that I only played the game for about three months is rather telling with regards to the amount of content the game has, but as I didn’t pay full price for the game, I wasn’t really all that bothered about this fact.
By and large, I wasn’t the only person that felt people overreacted about Star Wars Battlefront and eventually even wrote a piece about how hype can raise our expectations to a level that can’t be reached using the title as a prime example.
However, suffice to say, the negative clout surrounding the title persisted.
Why Battlefront 2 Will Be Better
It seems though that this was a good thing as #EA has listened to its fan base and has tried to rectify all of its past transgressions with the first Battlefront game in Battlefront 2.
Firstly, Star Wars Battlefront 2 will make use of characters and situations from the three different film trilogies, and not just the original trilogy (it seems that Jar Jar Binks may actually save some Star Wars media.)
Secondly, rather surprisingly, EA will not be releasing a season pass for Battlefront 2 because they do not want to fragment the player base for the game.
Now, I’ve written about this idea before with regards to Call of Duty and how annual releases and DLC kind of destroys one’s ability to make the most of a game due to a divided player base.
Some players have the DLC and other don’t, and all of a sudden it becomes much harder to find a multiplayer match or steadily slide from match to match.
This action does, however, make me wonder how much the game will cost as EA is surely taking a financial hit by doing this, how ever slight, by not including the prospect of earning cash from a #seasonpass sale. That said the lack of a season pass may also increase base game sales itself.
Thirdly, (and I think this is the aspect that gamers are most excited for) the game will include a single-player campaign that will supposedly stretch across the narrative of the three different film trilogies.
Don't Let Hype Ruin The Game
From all of this information, it does seem like some of this excitement is warranted. The game does look to be an overall improvement upon the first title and will surely be one of the most anticipated releases of this year.
I do hope, however, that expectations aren’t raised too much by hype as with the first game, which did have problems but certainly wasn’t a No Man’s Sky situation.
Only time will tell whether the game will live up to all of the positive information that has so far been released about it, but I sincerely hope that it does as it is definitely one of the games that I’m looking most forward to.
Are you excited for Star Wars Battlefront 2? Do you think we should err on the side of caution when it comes to hype? Please share in the comments down below.
Watch the Star Wars Battlefront 2 trailer here: