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Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Review – Spoiler Free

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is the latest in the series of Star Wars Battlefront video games from Electronic Arts. The game offers fans of Star Wars a variety of game options, including a campaign, an online mode and also an arcade section. The main attraction of the game, is the ability to play as all of your favourite Star Wars heroes in a variety of battles and scenarios. Gameplay is made up of both ground combat and air combat.

Initially I was quite interested in playing through Star Wars: Battlefront 2. I had seen the trailer for the single player campaign and to be honest with you all, it looked great! Having bought and played through the first Star Wars Battlefront game last year, I was a little disappointed that it didn’t have a campaign and that it was basically just an online game with a few arcade modes. This time around though, it seemed there was something there that I wanted.

The campaign though is only okay though. One issue is that it’s only about 4-6 hours long depending on the difficulty setting you choose.

The tone of the storytelling I found was a little light and it felt to me like a kids game. The narrative is structured in a simplistic way and is quite linear, there’s very little to analyse in it and character development points were all obvious. It seemed to me that this product was more for teens or young teens to enjoy, adults I think might get a bit bored with the campaign, unless they’re just in it for their Star Wars fandom. If you know someone who is 12-16, they’ll likely get a lot of out this and the game might even be a great gift for those of that age group.

In the campaign you will play as Iden Versio, a passionate member of The Empire. You will watch her struggle with the ethics of what she’s doing for The Empire (because it’s evil) and her development as she slowly starts to empathise with the rebel alliance. This all does sound like a great story and actually I was very interested in Iden. At some points it can be a little predictable, but, it was enough.

Where I think the campaign has an issue is when it shifts the story away from Iden so that you can have a chance to play as one of the more iconic characters like Luke, Princess Leia, Han Solo or a few others. This change of characters, while fun I do admit, does take the focus away from the core story they were trying to tell with Iden. I want to know Iden, I want to experience her unique journey, but just couldn’t because of the character shift and with a campaign only 4-6 hours long, it meant the experience was a little jarring.

Iden Versio Star Wars Battlefront 2 - Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Review

Iden Versio Star Wars Battlefront 2 – Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Review

On the other side of it though, the campaign does provide players with a fairly good gameplay experience. Between the land combat levels and the flight levels, there’s a decent variety in there for players to enjoy. The variety of gameplay modes as well as the mix of various characters to play as helps to keep things from being repetitive. I was a big fan of all the flight missions which to me seemed particularly well done. There’s enemy ships for you to shoot down and larger battle cruiser vessels for you to disable.

Another area where the game shines is in the graphics department. I did play the game on a PC on Ultra settings, but was blown away by how good everything looked in all the levels. The lighting, reflections and shadow effects look as good as ever and were far beyond anything I expected to have in a Star Wars game. There’s no doubting that this is the best looking Star Wars game ever made. Both land and flight missions looked beautiful and there was a lot of attention to detail to the variety of characters in the game.

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 also contains an arcade mode. These were basically a group of missions where things were land based scenes. You would get to play as a variety of characters in the arcade such as Darth Maul, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Iden Versio and even Yoda. Characters in there were of a much larger variety than you got to play as in the campaign. The Darth Maul level and the Han Solo challenges were my favourites, you can even do one with Chewbacca. I found all of these missions to be a lot of fun, each character was great and I enjoyed every moment of it. Would of been nice to have some variation to the goals instead of just kill everyone every time, but still, blowing stuff up with Chewbacca was rather enjoyable.

Game modes in the arcade have difficulty settings, either easy, medium or hard. But you do have to finish them on the lower setting before you can have a chance at the harder ones. The arcade has two sections in there, either the side of the Rebels or The Empire. I found it took me about 40 minutes for each side to get through all of it on easy, but actually found them to be really difficulty on the hard settings. It seems with missions like the Darth Maul one, they remove your character’s special abilities and this made things really very hard as you only have your light saber, but I found it to be a little frustrating on the hard setting.

The mulitplayer part is a major focus for the game. There’s modes that are team based ground assaults which take place in a variety of nice looking maps. There’s also some space battles with the various flying ships. I again found the flight levels to be a little more fun than the ground assault ones. There’s no competitive mode for online in this game (it’s not Overwatch) and while it’s nice to be in an online team. I found in all my games that people were mostly just going for kills and not really following the objectives much at all. The online section is fun and I guess does stretch out the lifetime value of the game for those who want more Star Wars fun, but for me, I found the campaign and the arcade mode to be satisfying enough.

There’s much hype online about the issues surrounding the micro transactions in the game. I unfortunately or maybe luckily didn’t get exposed to that as they were removed before I had finished playing through the campaign and had a chance to take a look (not that I would buy them anyway). If I had to comment on it though, I hate micro transactions. What’s currently in place with the unlock system in this game though is a little poor. It would just be easier to unlock things as you finish the campaign or do well in the arcade or multiplayer. The loot box unlock system is okay and you get a surprise each time with it, but it’s not necessary in this game and makes it difficult to get the things I want.

The sound effects for the flight scenes were exceptional and were also very good for the ground combat scenes. The game also brings with it a large variety of Star Wars theme music which is used heavily all throughout the game. The sounds were definitely one of the most fun parts of the Star Wars: Battlefront 2 experience.

Overall this is the best looking Star Wars game ever made. The graphics are exceptionally good and the attention to detail on the levels, including textures, shading and lighting effects were some of the best I’ve seen. The music and sound effects help to provide the right atmosphere you would want for a Star Wars game. There’s a variety of iconic characters you can play as in both the arcade mode and the campaign, which I guess provide a great experience for fans. I however would have liked to have a stronger campaign story for Iden Versio who was an interesting character, but had a predictable storyline and got sidelined in the campaign multiple times so we could play as a more iconic character. The arcade mode is a lot of fun though and I had a great time with that, especially playing as Darth Maul and cutting up a bunch of enemies during his level. Multiplayer is okay, depending on if your team follows the objectives or not, but the flight levels are a lot of fun. Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is a mixed experience, with a lot of great points in its favour, but a few negatives which keep it from being a truly great game to play. It’s a big improvement on the first title, but still could be much more. I’d be curious to see if they could do better with the third one in the series, should they release one, one day.

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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Sea Of Solitude Review

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Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.

This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.

The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.

Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.

In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.

The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.

Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.

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Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.

Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.

The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.

I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!

In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?

In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.

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The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019: Updated Chart

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Biggest Album Debuts of 2019

The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019 – Billboard has been publishing a list of the most popular albums in America every week since March 1956. They include the “equivalent album units” for the albums in the top ten. What’s not included is a way to view the biggest debuts for each year.

For anyone else who is curious, here is a chart that ranks the biggest album debuts of 2019.

NOTE:

  • This only covers first-week album sales in America that debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart
  • EPs are included in this list
  • “Equivalent album units” factor in traditional album sales, concert ticket/merch bundles and streaming numbers

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ArtistAlbumFirst Week “Units”
Jonas BrothersHappiness Begins414,000
Ariana GrandeThank U, Next360,000
Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep313,000
Backstreet BoysDNA234,000
BTSMap of the Soul: Persona230,000
KhalidFree Spirit202,000
Juice WRLD

Tyler, the Creator

Death Race for Love

Igor

165,000 (1) (2)
Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride138,000
DJ KhaledFather of Asahd137,000

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