Anyone who has paid any attention to Star Wars: Battlefront II surely knows that the game has been plagued with issues, especially before it even launched.
There were controversies over loot boxes and upgrades, and while EA and DICE made some much-needed changes, the game struggled to overcome that reputation. Amongst those who gave it a chance, the sentiment seemed to be that the game was great for what it was, but people still were disappointed by what it wasn’t – a return to the glory of the first Star Wars Battlefront 2 game.
It may not be there yet, but the most recent update is nonetheless a brilliant and beautiful addition to the game that moves closer to the feel of what many came to love about Battlefront in the first place. Let me be clear: the Geonosis update is absolutely tremendous.
It released yesterday, November 28, and included multiple facets. Most notably, it included the release of the brand new Geonosis map and Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Both have been requested since the start of the game (actually, since the release of the first Battlefront game a few years ago), and though it took a while for the game to release, it was worth the wait.
Geonosis is the largest Galactic Assault map yet, and like every other map in the game it is visually stunning. It truly feels like you’re on Geonosis fighting in the movie, not a game. The first phase of Galactic Assault on Geonosis requires Clones to take over locations to be able to call in reinforcements. If successful, play moves on to the second phase, where the Republic forces take control of the AT-TE walkers and march forward on an open battlefield, trying to take out the droid fuel supplies while protecting the walkers in their advance. The third phase continues on the open battlefield, but the crashed ships send dust flying, making it hard to see anything other than blasterfire ringing all around. The Clone forces in this phase try to capture a landing point, which if successful wins the battle.
The map is incredibly well-designed, looks awesome, and is a ton of fun to play. There’s enough variety between the phases, the AT-TEs provide a new and exciting element, and there are plenty of places for all trooper classes to contribute (especially snipers). There are STAP and BARC speeders flying around too, making things even more chaotic. It truly is a massive battlefield, straight out of a movie, and it’s thrilling to play.
Additionally, Obi-Wan Kenobi was released, coming with defensive abilities that help him protect himself and stay true to his character while being a very potent attacker as well. His generic appearance is in his Jedi outfit, but another appearance was released with him that features his Jedi robes. In December, we’ll be getting a third appearance for him, the General Kenobi look that he rocked in The Clone Wars.
The 212th Attack Battalion was also released with Kenobi, with new skins for the clone troopers that can be unlocked to give them the look they have in Kenobi’s battalion. A new skin for General Grievous, who was released last month, is also coming: a brand-new, never before seen shattered appearance.
All in all, the Battle of Geonosis on Battlefront II is exactly the type of thing that gets you excited for the game, is a blast to play, and is a sliver of hope for the future. If future updates can be like this, then perhaps we’ll see this game just keep getting better and better. But for now, I’ll leave it at this: if you gave up on Battlefront II or never tried it after its mess of a launch, consider giving it a try now. Geonosis is awesome, and it’s a massive victory for the crew at EA and DICE.