Even after I had the chance to play Star Wars Battlefront 2 with 39 other players in a huge event space, it’s the time I spent alone with the game in a small meeting room that left the biggest impression.

Battlefront 2 finally brings a proper single-player story mode to the series, telling a key new slice of Star Wars narrative from the Empire’s point of view. If my short time with the game is any indication, solo-minded Star Wars fans have a lot to be excited about.

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My demo began by introducing main character Iden Versio, an Imperial special forces officer tasked with fighting back against the Rebel Alliance in the wake of the Empire’s defeat on Endor.I was immediately struck by how lifelike the cinematics were — motion-captured actors like Janina Gavankar and Paul Blackthorne looked like real people thanks to some impressively nuanced facial animation. 


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