It doesn’t get any higher. That’s all you really want to find out about this week’s Star Wars: Battlefront II mini-expansion. Timed to land alongside The Final Jedi’s theater launch, it’s the primary little bit of post-launch content material for Battlefront II and provides stuff that’s theoretically tied to the film—that means Finn and Captain Phasma as heroes, plus a brand new floor map set on the planet Crait (which given the loot crate controversy is a reasonably ironic title) and new house battle map set round D’Qar.

However most necessary for my part is the Star Wars: Battlefront II – Resurrection mini-campaign a.okay.a. the precise ending of Battlefront II’s singleplayer story. For those who haven’t performed Battlefront II ($60 on Amazon) but, all I’ll say is: The marketing campaign ended final month on a serious cliffhanger and DICE held again the precise “ending” till now. I’d hoped the right ending might considerably redeem Battlefront II’s completely mediocre story, however it doesn’t. If something, it will get worse.

A (barely shorter) time in the past, in a galaxy far, distant

Okay, SPOILERS forward for Battlefront II’s major story, so take into account your self warned…

Let’s minimize to the chase: There’s no purpose Resurrection wanted to be held again for The Final Jedi’s launch. I wish to put that up entrance as a result of it was one thing I questioned about—did they maintain it for spoilers? And the quick reply isn’t any, Resurrection has completely zero bearing on The Final Jedi’s story. This was purely a advertising transfer so far as I can inform.

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And that bothers me. It bothers me that should you purchased this sport in November, EA/Disney chopped off the ending of the marketing campaign for no purpose besides promoting for one of many greatest movie franchises on the planet. Holding again multiplayer maps just like the earlier Battlefront? Certain, no matter. Story missions although? Utterly inane.

Regardless, Resurrection picks up proper the place we final left off, which is to say 30 years sooner or later. There’s a fast recap of the bottom sport’s last mission, the place Kylo Ren finds Iden’s husband Del. Del is after all then executed by he and Iden’s former Imperial squadmate Hask—the aforementioned cliffhanger ending.

Again with Iden, her story thus turns into one in all revenge. It’s an fascinating setup, with far more plausible stakes than the unique story’s Forrest Gump-esque jaunt via the Insurgent Alliance. There’s a built-in emotional hook, compounded by Iden preventing alongside her daughter Zay. It’s promising!

Star Wars: Battlefront II - Resurrection IDG / Hayden Dingman

After which it’s not. Pacing drags proper out the gate, with an interminable house battle occupying everything of the primary mission. The second mission takes us again to a planet we visited earlier within the marketing campaign, which might’ve been fascinating however as an alternative looks like a slog via same-y fight arenas. The third is one other Star Destroyer corridor-shooter.

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