So there's been a lot of talk about Star Wars: Battlefront 2 lately, what with the loot crates and pay to win and broke ass gameplay. So I've been watching Jim Sterling's coverage of Battlefront 2, and granted, I don't always agree with everything he says, I do use him as a source to keep myself grounded in an internet climate where the hype train is very real. For someone who doesn't spend a lot of time researching every tidbit of news about a game, I can appreciate someone who basically does that for me. You can watch one of those videos here.
Now, on to the point of this whole article. So, I'm pretty upset. Given the quality of the game that has been released, the notion that the loot boxes will most likely return in some format, the single-player portion of the game doesn't have an ending unless you pay for it, I came to a conclusion.
I'm not buying this game anymore.
Okay, so what? Plenty of people don't buy video games all the time. True, but first, I'm not buying a Star Wars game. I love Star Wars! I want to do things in the Star Wars universe! But what I don't want to do is reward a company TWICE for making a mediocre gaming experience and then slapping a Star Wars skin over it. I already did that once, it was the first game, and I learned my lesson. It just sucks a double-bladed lightsaber that we get THIS as a Star Wars game.
And it really bites my bowcaster that instead of rewarding a game company for making a good Star Wars game because it wasn't "going to make enough money", I have to settle for not participating because there's no good alternative aside from playing the old Star Wars games. Look, you can do whatever you want, but this is one of those times where I realized that I don't want to settle for whatever EA decides we get to enjoy. I value Star Wars and video games in general too much to just keep shoveling shit in my mouth and being told it's a gourmet meal.
Also give me back my damn Visceral Star Wars game!