In the Allis household, few things are sacred.
We believe that the designated hitter is a bad idea, that Batman is clearly the best superhero and that “Rocky V” never happened. Of all the things we hold dear, few are as sacred as “Star Wars.”
I saw the original “Star Wars” on the opening day in 1977 with my Aunt Connie, and my life was changed. My son Tyler discovered the franchise during a showing on TNT at the age of 3. When Darth Vader and the stormtroopers board the rebel ship in the opening scene, he pressed his nose to the television and at the conclusion of the firefight he turned to me, eyes wide and simply said, “What dis?”
He was hooked. I had been hooked for nearly 40 years. Needless to say, when “Star Wars Battlefront” was released in 2015, we quickly grabbed a copy and were blown away by the graphics and sound.
For me, as a 40-something gamer who does not particularly care for online multiplayer games, the shine wore off quickly with the lack of a single-player story.
That was not the case for my son, who continues to play the game frequently, and only Minecraft even comes close.
Earlier this month at the E3 2017 conference, Battlefront publisher EA announced the sequel and released another trailer.
Much like his original exposure to the franchise, Tyler was in awe of the new game’s trailer. He watched in stunned silence, on my phone, then turned to me and said, “We have to get this.”
The biggest change, and the one I am most excited about, is the new single player campaign. The game puts the player in the shoes of elite Imperial special forces officer Iden Versio and it takes place over the course of several decades from the end of “Return of the Jedi” to the recently released “The Force Awakens.”
As good as the original game looked, the new game looks even better. The trailer shows more of Naboo’s urban locations, and the street and palace scenes are stunning.
The other big change is that the game has aspects of all three eras within the game. The first game was rooted in the original trilogy, but the new one features the prologues and the new J.J. Abrams film.
While I am no fan of the prologues, the chance to fight as a clone trooper or a battle droid looks fun, and the characters look great on screen. Supposedly, the multi-player has been revamped, there are new character classes and customizability that was lacking from the original.
It remains to be seen just how much the new game improves upon the original, but the addition of the single-player campaign and the upgrade to the graphics are enough to get me to buy the game. The only real question is whether it will instill the kind of awe and loyalty in my son as the movies and the first edition.