It certainly took me long enough. I’ve owned the modern Star Wars Battlefront II since 2019 and had never played through and finished the campaign because I was too busy focusing on the game’s other single-player modes with a hint of online co-op mixed in. That in itself made Battlefront II an amazing game from my point of view. But when I finally decided to play the campaign a month ago, that was the icing that topped what was an already well-made cake.
The story centers around a character named Iden Versio, who is the commander of the Empire’s Inferno Squad when we first meet her. But along the way, she begins to question the decisions of her superiors that are far less than humane. As a result, she eventually switches her allegiance to the Rebellion and we take the journey with her. Between the cutscenes are action sequences on the ground and in space. I thought the game did a good job of keeping things moving and I didn’t feel the campaign overstayed its welcome. Sure, there are those gamers that wanted a longer and more drawn-out story. But I was more than fine with the campaign’s length, considering what else Battlefront II has to offer.
Knowing how well-received Star War: Jedi Fallen Order has been, it may come as a surprise that I liked the short campaign of Battlefront II versus the longer single-player experience of Jedi Fallen Order. You can check out my thoughts on Jedi Fallen Order, where I go in depth as to why I view the game as slightly better than mediocre. In my opinion, Jedi Fallen Order’s more open world led to a more empty experience because a good deal of time was spent platforming and fighting creatures that added little to the story. Cal Kestis was also a very bland character that seemed to have the potential for more substance. But that potential was never realized in the game. At the very least, Jedi Fallen Order may ultimately be a step in the right direction for more Star Wars single-player experiences in the future, but there is definitely much room for improvement.
On the contrary, while Iden Versio’s story was very cliche, it was told with more heart and emotion than the tale of Kestis. Was it a perfect campaign? No. Was the story of a Shakespearean level? Not even close. But Versio’s story had me much more invested to the point of enjoyment in contrast to Kestis’ adventure leaving me bored and frustrated many times through. If anything, I look at it as EA DICE simply taking this story and pasting it within its Battlefield storytelling format. That’s not a problem for me as I have always enjoyed playing through Battlefield’s campaigns.
The unsung hero of Battlefront II’s campaign was none other than Shriv, a Rebel officer who is good friends with Lando Calrissian and has a hilariously dry sense of humor. He had me laughing every time he appeared. The back-and-forth between him and Lando was outstanding and some of his lines just catch you off guard in a good way. Shriv was definitely a very memorable character for me and I wanted to make sure to mention him.
I have much more of an appreciation for the Versio character after playing through both parts of the campaign. Props to actress Janina Gavankar for her portrayal of the character. I enjoyed the campaign and it just further solidified why Battlefront II will continue to be a game I keep coming back to.