E3 2017 – Battle of the Theme Park Franchises video game showdown – “Super Mario Odyssey” vs. “Star Wars Battlefront II”

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Up next: “Star Wars Battlefront II,” which I played in a group setting on the PlayStation 4 at E3.


While many fans felt let down by 2016’s “Star Wars Battlefront,” I have to say I got quite a bit of play time out of it. I’ve never been terribly into first-person shooters or online multiplayer games, so it was pretty much just the Star Wars license that drew me to “Battlefront” last year, and for that alone I found the experience satisfying. I understand gamers’ complaints about the lack of options or limited maps in the initial release, but once the price on the downloadable content dropped, I feel I got my money’s worth out of the complete game.

The upcoming “Star Wars Battlefront II,” however, seems to have adjusted to consumer criticisms by offering a wealth of new play modes, characters, and maps. Now fans can control factions and heroes (including Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett, Yoda, Darth Maul, Han Solo, Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn, and Captain Phasma) from across all three Star Wars trilogies– including the controversial Episodes I-III. During the demo at E3 I played as a Battle Droid, which was fun but admittedly gave me some unwanted and bitter prequel flashbacks.

Still, it’s always nice to have more play options, and obviously there are now adult fans who grew up on the prequels and will jump at the chance to take control of an army of Clone Troopers. And fortunately for those who lamented the absence of a single player mode last time around, “Star Wars Battlefront II” includes a story option that drops players into the Galactic Empire’s elite Inferno Squad for a series of white-knuckle missions, which were sadly not playable at E3.

Despite my prequel reservations, I had a lot of fun with the “Star Wars Battlefront II” demo, which set the Trade Federation against the Republic Army in the Naboo capital city of Theed. New weapons, actions, and scenery keep the experience fresh, and an authentic Star Wars soundtrack helps immerse the player in the universe of the game. I can’t wait to see what else it has to offer.

Both of these games are worth checking out for fans of either series, but I’m personally probably looking forward to “Super Mario Odyssey” a bit more. Mario titles like this are usually groundbreaking and tremendously fun in their own entirely accessible, family-friendly way, and this one seems like it won’t be an exception.

“Super Mario Odyssey” will be released on Friday, October 27th for the Nintendo Switch, and “Star Wars Battlefront II” is scheduled to hit retailers on November 17th for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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