Written by Tina Tyler/www.tinaontech.com
My Star Wars geek antenna are hyper-extended! Although the next installment of the film franchise, “Star Wars The Last Jedi“, doesn’t premier in the U.S. until December 15, 2017, the multi-player, epic battle fantasy, Star Wars™ Battlefront™ II, was released this week and will awaken even the most reluctant Jedi!
Electronic Arts and Lucasfilm have managed to catapult an already extremely high story line and immersive technology benchmark with this new release. Battlefront II allows users to fully embody their favorite Star Wars hero or villain including my fav Rey, Darth Maul, Yoda, and joining this December, Finn , and Captain Phasma. Of the six different player modes: Starfighter Assault, Galactic Assault, Strike, Blast, Heroes vs. Villains, and Arcade, Galactic Assault is by far my fav. This super detailed, visually stunning mode allows up to 40 players to get their space combat on as one of four distinct battle classes. And it wouldn’t be a true Star Wars good versus evil space scuttle without starfighters and other ships including Darth Maul’s Scimitar and Poe Dameron’s T-70 X-wing! Customizable weapons and a huge array of vehicles make new in-game locations like Kamino’s cloning facilities, Yavin 4’s jungle canopies, and Kashyyyk’s Wookiee occupied forests an awesome fantasy battle backdrop.
True to the Star Wars brand, the visual technology, though jaw-dropping, is second to the story. Steeped in Jedi history and Imperial eras long gone, Battlefront II is a skillfully woven and authentic Star Wars story developed by Motive Studios in partnership with Lucasfilm. There’s just something universal and true about the varying themes of Star Wars that transcends time and technology. Battlefront II tells the story of what happened after Star Wars: Return of the Jedi from the perspective of a new gnarly hero, Iden Versio, leader of Inferno Squad. Yes, I am strong in the force here! Players can also continue their journey as Iden Versio in Star Wars Battlefront II Resurrection, a new chapter in the single-player campaign. According to Steve Blank, Creative Executive, Luscafilm Story Group, “We’ve worked diligently to craft a compelling story of what it’s like to view a familiar conflict from a very different perspective by allowing players to experience the Battle of Endor and destruction of the second Death Star as an Imperial.” And, in addition to iconic Star Wars locations, players will also be able to explore new environments that were not developed in Star Wars films. What? Battlefront II does what? Enough said and now I drop the lightsaber!
About the author
Tina Tyler is a veteran broadcast news anchor/reporter and host of “Tina On Tech”, a half-hour TV show and syndicated radio program. She is a Editor-in-Chief of www.tinaontech.com. Tyler is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She is the only African American female TV host, writer, producer, and owner of technology themed content.