Star Wars: Battlefront II

Star Wars: Battlefront II is amazing. Its production is unmatched, with a campaign full of massive set-pieces that feel like an earned spot in Star Wars canon. Even multiplayer maps feel like scenes out of a movie, with intense depth to environmental design and narrative staging. Battles feel brutal and important, like competitive games seek but often fall short of.

This is a beautiful, fun game with huge ambitions for being an important part of the Star Wars universe as it is today. It introduces a fascinating new character and injects her right into the main storyline. But it does so in such a disappointingly banal way, it’s hard to care after the story is over. Meanwhile, the fun continues for a bit in the multiplayer until you’re crushed under the boots of either “enormous grind” or “emptying wallet.” It’s frustrating; I’m sure I’ll find myself coming back for more, especially after more content drops. Check it out on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC!