Star Wars is one of those universes that, in my mind, is hard to screw up. But when it comes to Rian Johnson and EA, it seems like it’s impossible to get it right.
In this article, I’m specifically talking about Battlefront 2 from EA. I played an entire campaign as a character that no one cares about. Sure, there was one level where you got to play as Luke or Leia or Lando, but that didn’t make up for it.
The entire campaign I kept thinking, “when is this going to get good?” and it never did. You got to kill bugs as Luke Skywalker. So cool. EA has chosen to not care about what fans want. They just want to make a quick buck. Actually taking the time to think about what would make a good game is too much for them.
MAKE A GAME WITH A GOOD STORY, ONE THAT HAS JEDI OR SITH AS THE CHARACTER.
Let’s face it. Star Wars owes quite a bit of its intrigue to lightsabers. So whenever a game or movie is light on lightsabers, it’s just lame. Sure, Rogue One was a nice story-telling movie, it wasn’t as cool as the real, earlier Star Wars films. So maybe just stop forgetting about lightsabers.
Having one level where you’re a jedi is an outrage. I didn’t buy a game just so I could be a glorified stormtrooper running around.
There’s plenty of material EA could work with. The Old Republic stories are one that has the potential to make a lot of fans happy. So why don’t they do something like that? I think it comes down to being 1. lazy and 2. scared. They’re scared to do something different and they don’t want to put in the time and money.
The way Star Wars is being treated this days is frankly, sad.