Multiplayer Tips for Beginners
Star Wars Battlefront II has received a lot of backlash because of the micro-transactions associated with its gameplay. Players were outraged because it cost a lot of money for loot crates in multiplayer. Fortunately, because consumers were so enraged, EA decreased the price of micro-transactions and eventually removed them entirely. The change was also probably implemented to save face and ensure that more people will buy the game. Some gamers had no intention of purchasing a copy of the game due to the micro-transactions.
"We hear you loud and clear, so we’re turning off all in-game purchases," DICE general manager Oskar Gabrielson said. "We will now spend more time listening, adjusting, balancing, and tuning. This means that the option to purchase crystals in the game is now offline, and all progression will be earned through gameplay. The ability to purchase crystals in-game will become available at a later date only after we’ve made changes to the game. We’ll share more details as we work through this."
It should be a more rewarding experience to play Star Wars Battlefront II multiplayer now, as players with extra cash won't be able to buy better items to get an unfair advantage over those who don't spend money. Many players called the game "pay-to-win." The game should be more balanced now. Of course, no video game is perfect. Only time will tell whether or not the expensive micro-transactions make a return. If they do, will they be fairly priced for the consumer?
Because Star Wars Battlefront II has multiple game modes, massive maps, and a ton of players in a single match, the game can be overwhelming for newcomers. It may even be overwhelming to veteran multiplayer gamers who are not used to large-scale maps with dozens of people.
Tips & Tricks
Before going into more detail, here's an overview of some basic tips that you can follow to potentially improve your multiplayer experience in Star Wars Battlefront II:
- Finish the campaign & complete challenges to get points so you can unlock characters like Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader.
- Play the objective to get extra points.
- Play with the players in your squad to get more battle points.
- Use the bounty hunter boost card to unlock heroes faster.
- Use third-person perspective when moving through the levels.
- Switch shoulder views to get a better angle and view of your opponents.
- Use the rooftops and high-ground positions for an advantage.
- Burst fire weapons more often.
- Flank the enemies by taking the scenic route or by going around cover.
- Use personal shield ability.
- Get your daily login crate.
- Go solo when all or the majority of your teammates go a certain direction on a level.
Before playing online, you might want to finish the campaign first because you'll get points that you can utilize to unlock stuff in multiplayer. Not all the characters are unlocked right off the bat. For example, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader cost 15,000 points. You'll need to unlock them before you can play as them in Heroes Vs. Villains or in other game modes like Galactic Assault. The campaign is only about five hours, depending on how you play and what difficulty setting you enable.
Play With Squad To Unlock Double Battle Points
You'll be assigned a squad in Galactic Assault. Stick to the members of your squad if you want to maximize the amount of battle points you acquire when getting a kill or playing an objective.
There's a special card called bounty hunter. It increases the amount of battle points you receive when completing any action in Star Wars Battlefront II. Upgrading it to epic will allow you to get 20% more battle points.
Battle points are indispensable because you can spend them in a match like Galactic Assault to unlock a hero like Rey, Darth Maul, or Luke Skywalker. Heroes are much stronger than normal rebels or stormtroopers. A lightsaber will tear through enemy opponents in no time! Focus on getting battle points early in a match so you have a chance to get enough to purchase a hero (or villain if on the opposite team).
Switching Between Third-Person and 1st-Person Perspective
You'll have the option to play in third-person or first-person in Star Wars Battlefront II. Press the D-pad to switch perspectives.
Playing in third-person will give you a greater view of the maps. You'll be able to see around corners and won't have as much of a "blind spot." When traversing the maps, you should play in third-person mode the majority of the time because it gives you a better angle of enemy positions. Third-person is ideal when you're behind cover, a wall, or other obstruction.
Make sure to switch the shoulder view when you're behind cover to get a better view and angle of the enemies. Only use first-person when you want to aim down the scope to see enemies better. First-person might help you get headshots easier than the third-person perspective.
Burst Fire Weapons Instead of Using Full Auto
In many action games like Call of Duty or Battlefield, you have a limited supply of ammo. In Star Wars Battlefront II, weapons don't run out of ammo. However, they will overheat if you shoot too much and fail to cool them down. Make sure to cool your weapons down before they overheat.
Many of the weapons are fully automatic, but you'll have better accuracy shooting a weapon in bursts. Guns are generally more accurate at medium-to-long-range when you burst fire them, as the recoil is not as bad.
At close range, shooting fully auto is better, though. Save burst fire for longer-range targets.
Flank the Enemy and Use Rooftops & High Positions
Flanking the enemies, whether they are rebel forces or stormtroopers, will give you a superior advantage, particularly when you're playing Galactic Assault. In general, you'll be able to eliminate enemy players easier when you're on their left flank, right flank, or completely behind them.
The best way to flank enemies is by being inconspicuous and keeping a low profile, hiding behind cover until enemies pass you. It might require a lot of patience, but it can potentially pay off. Personally, I've seen massive success hiding behind cover, then waiting for half a dozen enemies to pass me by. I then seize the opportunity and throw a grenade at them and shoot them afterward. Many enemy players will be unaware and oblivious that you're flanking them in Galactic Assault because the game is so chaotic with up to 40 players!
Additionally, using the rooftops and the high-ground positions in multiplayer can be advantageous. Rooftops and higher areas give you a vantage point. You'll have a better view and perspective of enemy rebels or stormtroopers. The negative aspect is that you are easy prey for enemy snipers. Recon the areas thoroughly before taking up a high position.
Playing as a Hero or Villain
The heroes and the villain characters are far stronger than the average stormtrooper or rebel in Galactic Assault mode. They have special abilities, more health, and can sustain more damage. However, they are not invincible, and you can be killed easily if you don't play your cards right.
For example, Luke Skywalker wields a lightsaber and can use a few force abilities. Avoid wide open areas with lots of enemies because the stormtroopers can take him out fast if they all focus fire on him. Go to indoor areas where you can take the enemy by surprise with your character's lightsaber. Or alternatively, go to areas outside with more cover so you can avoid being outnumbered and seen by stormtroopers.
Luke Skywalker, Yoda, and Rey have the ability to block incoming fire. Press the left trigger to block and deflect bullets back at the stormtroopers! Make sure your reticle is actually aimed at the enemy players to damage them.
A hero like Han Solo or a villain like the bounty hunter is better suited for long-range fighting in open areas. The bounty hunter can use the jetpack and fly into the air, taking enemy rebels by surprise. He can shoot from a distance and fire rockets from above when he's flying with the jetpack.
Basically, characters with light sabers and force abilities are better for close-range fighting (preferably not in the complete open). Characters with guns are better for long-range fighting in open areas with a good vantage point. Han Solo can dispatch stormtroopers with his gun relatively fast from a distance.
Time to Join the Star Wars Battlefront
Some areas of the maps don't have as much cover. Use the personal shield ability to block some of the enemy team's bullets. You won't be invincible or as strong as a hero, but it can be useful at times. The shield has a cooldown time. You'll have to wait before using it again. Use it wisely.
Battle points are essential to winning game modes in multiplayer. While it's not necessary to use them to unlock a hero like Luke Skywalker in Galactic Assault or the Millenium Falcon in Starfighter Assault, they can turn the tide of battle. Also, it's kind of cool to play as the iconic characters or vehicles from the Star Wars universe!
The tips provided above were primarily for beginners and those unfamiliar with the game. There are more advanced strategies in the game that were not discussed in this article. Good luck! And may the force be with you!
magaton on September 03, 2020: