Is Battlefront II the Sequel Star Wars Needed?

Is Battlefront II the Sequel Star Wars Needed? | Green Card Back

If you have even a passing interest in Star Wars, gaming or pop culture, you may have heard one or two rumblings about EA’s new Star Wars Battlefront II game this last week…

The sequel to 2015’s Battlefront (which was in turn a sequel to 2005’s Battlefront II, itself a sequel to 2005’s Battlefront oh my god it rhymes) launched on November 17th amid a storm of controversy concerning micro-transactions and EU gambling laws, leading to EA’s (temporary) u-turn on in-game spending. You can find out more about the situation here and here.

As fascinating as this stuff is, it’s not what we’re here to talk about today. We’re looking at Battlefront II‘s campaign mode – or more specifically, the story within – and how it relates to the Star Wars we know.

Needless to say there are spoilers for the game ahead, so consider yourself warned!

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The Last Jedi: The Poster & Final Trailer Have Arrived!

The Last Jedi Poster & Final Trailer Have Arrived | Green Card Back

Now that the Blade Runner 2049 hype circus has left town (and note to Lucasfilm – that is how you follow up a classic film after 30+ years), it’s time for desperate YouTubers across the land to start laying on the overwrought excitement for December’s Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.

That’s right: the final trailer is here.

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Uncharted Evolution for the Jedi Robe

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As the trailer and leaked studio shots have shown, in Episode VIII Luke Skywalker looks like the kind of Jedi we’ve waited a long time to see – a utilitarian Force user whose outfit echoes the past without being beholden to it. It’s a departure from the classic Jedi robes that shows yet another evolution of Luke’s character.

Before the Prequel Trilogy cemented the look of the Jedi there was a world of possibility about how different Jedi across the galaxy could look. A great deal of our visual ideas of the ‘guardians of peace and justice’ were informed by the now abandoned EU, and the work of Dark Horse Comics in particular.

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Reassurance of The Last Jedi Spoilers

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As long-time readers will know, I have many problems with The Force Awakens.

Whilst there are a few issues that will never go away (the absolute destruction of Han Solo’s character since Return of the Jedi being a major one), I’ve still held out a faint hope that The Last Jedi could redeem some of TFA’s missteps and get the new trilogy on track. I admit that this hope has been tested, particularly as the woes of the ill-conceived Han Solo film roll on, but in recent weeks there has been one thing to make me feel more optimistic about the film than ever before – and that, ladies and gents, has been the spoilers.

I’ll be discussing some of these revelations in detail after the jump, so don’t click through if you want to stay unspoiled!

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