Yup, I’m going to bat for this game!
The loot box controversy has understandably dominated the narrative surrounding the release of Battlefront II, feeding into the wider issue in the gaming industry as a whole which has been building up for some time now. The unfortunate consequence is that discussion about the story and campaign has been… largely sidelined, which is a real shame because I feel there is a lot to love here.
I’m always somewhat intimidated when it comes to writing about Star Wars because I often wonder what exactly I have to add to the conversation that hasn’t already been said by countless others. However, this is a unique occasion where I do have a lot to say about this story – the epic tragedy of Inferno Squad – that has gone unsaid.
Having read Christie Golden’s Inferno Squad novel, providing a more complete contextual picture of these characters, I wanted to write a narrative appraisal encompassing both works (as the novel really is an essential component of the game).
So this will be the first of three articles exploring and analysing the campaign of Battlefront II, which will go as follows:
Part 1 – Context (Inferno Squad and Operation: Cinder)
Part 2 – The Tragedy of Inferno Squad (main campaign)
Part 3 – Resurrection (story DLC)
Oh, and deflector shields for spoilers are down! Continue reading