Starfighter Assault is the game mode of Star Wars: Battlefront 2, where everything revolves around the spaceships. At the Gamescom in Cologne, we had the opportunity to slip into the cockpit for the first time.
On the played space map Fondor (no, not Endor), the rebels attack a damaged star destroyer and repair station – the empire wants to prevent this, of course.
Description of the game
The fight is carried out between 24 players in several stages with their own mission targets. Y-Wings must first attack the shield destroyers of the Star Destroyer and release the braces to the shipyard to get to the sensitive nuclear reactors, while TIE pilots are attempting to intercept Corvett ships of the Resistance or defend important points of the Space Station.
Story of game
Overall, the clear space combat mission, compared to the Fighter Squadron mode of the predecessor, feels somewhat more varied and dynamic. Dice learns from the experiences with the DLCs of Battlefront 1: The extensions Deathstar and Scarif brought these multi-stage space battles for the first time into the race.
Battlefront 2 attacks and gives the player more control: Gone are the days when you could just hit the opponent and then just need to press down. Now you have to actually aim and hold with the blaster cannons manually – even if a white circle pretends the point you should actually shoot to hit. Nevertheless, it no longer feels like “rough direction, right-click, left-click, next”. This is of course not true for proton torpedoes and other steering floors. Nevertheless, this was different in Part 1.
The automatic maneuvers such as reels or looping are also deleted. Now you are completely autonomous. Whoever is captured by a torpedo has to shake it off himself. This not only increases the claim, but also the sense of happiness when you succeed after a perfect angle pull a shot.
At the same time, ship classes are now much more distinct. The TIE bomber is, for example, rather manageable, but has several torpedoes and is properly armored. The speedy TIE interceptor, on the other hand, uses speed and can fly tight curves and maneuver opponents.