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Battlefront II, released in late 2005, is a first person shooter game by Lucasarts and is the sequel of Battlefront, but it has many improved items that makes the first title seem pale in comparison. There are plenty of new vehicles, characters to play, and new missions to complete. Star Wars Battlefront II has enough missions to keep a player playing for hours, and your main objective is to rid the universe of the Jedi.
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This game is narrative rather than plot driven and you get to live the life of an Imperial Dark Trooper. You will face new missions such as raid of the Jedi temple, destroy a droid army and become part of nasty 501st fleet also known as Vader's fleet. Players will fight under his command.
Although Star Wars Battlefront II plays like the first one, but you get new classes, new weapons, and vehicles to experience the game. You can change classes by taking over a command post and those troops that died there will re-spawn as part of the alliance, which commands that post. If you have several characters taking command in different locations around the universe you can effectively control the universe.
There are only four classes of characters within this game - solider, vanguard, sniper, and engineer, plus you have two different special classes, so in reality there are now twenty four types of characters you can play within Star Wars Battlefront II. This edition does include the ability to unlock the hero characters such as Jedi, Darth Vader, and Yoda, but the top player of either side is given the opportunity to play these characters at any given time.
With all the new missions and game play, those who wish to take on the many challenges within the game have many exciting missions to complete. The single player mode has less problems than the multiplayer mode, which will hesitate because of the different connection speeds.
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The graphics are awesome for its time and still good for now three years after its release. Of course, having a great graphics card and meeting the system requirements will help to make the game more enjoyable.
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New to Star Wars Battlefront 2 in multiplayer mode is the ability to do space combat, which makes the game more exciting. You can try to bring down the huge ships when you jump in the star fighters and battle in outer space. This is an exciting addition to the first game, but it is a short-lived excitement as the maps are limited. It is still exciting.
Players can choose the online experience or battle it out on a local area network, which can host up to 64 players at once. That makes for a very exciting game if you have a broadband connection.
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You need a computer that is 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible and Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP. The CPU needs to be a minimum Intel P3 1GHz or AMD Athlon 1 GHz. You will also need at least 256 MB ram but 512 makes the game smoother. You also need a 64 MB 3D Graphics Card with Hardware Transform & Lighting (T&L) Capability with a 100% DirectX 9 compatible sound card. You also need at least an 8X Speed CD-ROM drive, as this is a CD-based game.
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The game designers expanded on the first title Battlefront and brought in nice new features. It does not have that sequel feel, as this game is unique and challenging. The space battle plus ground battle will keep you entertained for hours. I recommend it for everyone and anyone who enjoys the Star Wars trilogy.