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atari breakout
Written by  :  Kayburt (19086)
Written on  :  Jan 16, 2023
Platform  :  Windows
Rating  :  4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars

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Use the front, Clones

The Good

The narrative storyline of the game is very enticing. This is the story of a contingent of clone troopers who fight and live through multiple wars and conflicts. This is one of those games where you are technically playing as both protagonist and antagonist regardless of what personal opinions you may hold, after all “Good soldiers follow orders”.

The core of the gameplay is present and faithful to what was in store in the first game. The new unit types are fun to utilize and you can easily switch for another type at the nearest command post. Even better, you get to play as notable hero type characters including Mace Windu, Master Yoda, Boba Fett and ultimately Darth Vader. Might have been nice to have additional characters such as Obi Wan Kenobi, but why make the game too easy? You also get to drive awesome vehicles ranging from speed bikes to the mammoth AT-AT walker.

New elements in the game do have merit. There are missions which have space flight, where you can pilot a fighter, bomber, scout or transport ship. This simulates what you see in the Star Wars movies perfectly and gives you a feel of Star Wars essence. Those space flight missions do take some practice to get through, but thankfully you can skip them if they become too frustrating. If you get tired of the Campaign, you have the Conquest mode for hours of intensive fun to take control of the galaxy.

The Bad

Some issues from the first Battlefront game have been resolved, such as respawning from an undesired location, but the tutorial doesn’t teach you how to use it, so you find out blindly about it. A new issue with the game is that your companion soldiers have a horrible habit of getting into your line of fire, so you end up killing them by no fault of your own. A lot of the time you're putting more effort into the combat than any of your comrades, it’s a pain to work with them. And in the campaign missions, enemies are absolutely infinite until you win, so there’s not too much breathing space.

Even being a new game, a few of the maps are pretty much reused from the previous game, such as the capital of Naboo and the Endor. They might have made those locations a bit more interesting. And then there’s the most force-saken mission in the campaign mode, which is Order 66 in the Jedi Temple. Why? you ask. Because the objective to protect the holobooks is notoriously difficult with Jedi cutting down those bookshelves in seconds. You’re going to be repeating this mission for quite a bit. My advice, use the Clone Engineer for effective Jedi pest control.

Finally, some of the presentation we got from the previous game was disappointingly cut out, such as the increasing scan views of planets as well as a plain looking menu screen without any of the animated battle scenes. Most importantly, you can only play as clone or stormtroopers and rebel fighters, so forget about playing the role of an OOM droid, let alone Count Dooku.

The Bottom Line

The second game of the series is a vast improvement. If the series keeps on going and getting better each time, I strongly encourage it. There are multiple ways you can play this game, and you’re bound to come up with newer and better strategies in each play through. One of the best Star Wars titles that ever came out and a warming to the hearts of every Star Wars fan, even if gaming isn’t their thing. A great game to the end.

Atari 50