January 27, 2021

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 is next week's Epic Store freebie

Epic Store’s weekly video game freebies keep on coming, and next up is DICE’s space...

Epic Store’s weekly video game freebies keep on coming, and next up is DICE’s space shooter Star Wars Battlefront 2, which will be free to download starting Thursday, 14th January.

Star Wars Battlefront 2’s highly anticipated launch in 2017 was, of course, forever tainted by the controversy surrounding its pay-to-win monetisation and loot box systems – both so roundly criticised that publisher EA and DICE ultimately reversed course, dramatically reworking the game’s progression system and shifting to cosmetic-only microtransactions instead.

With those changes complete, it was far easier to appreciate the strengths of DICE’s shooter, which, as Eurogamer’s Martin Robinson pointed out in his initial review, was always capable of some genuinely dazzling moments of action, despite its unnecessary fussiness. “When it clicks into place…there’s nothing quite like it,” he wrote, “and all the drama and dubious decisions made elsewhere shouldn’t eclipse DICE’s often incredible achievements”.

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