Metabombed: Star Wars Battlefront II Is ‘The Epitome Of Years Of Corporate Greed’

Like a Star Wars Holiday Special, Battlefront II has left us all confused and feeling exploited.

The backlash was so huge, EA had to temporarily retreat and take the microtransactions out of the game. A disastrous Reddit AMA, worried investors, prying regulators, and mainstream news headlines forced them to pull back and find a more palatable way to deploy its glorified gambling.

However, that wasn’t before it received one of the biggest Metabombings in history. Oh yes, let’s get stuck in!

EA defenders and loot box critics are engaged in a war of 0s and 10s on Metacritic’s user review system, with the PS4 version of the game reaching an all-time low average score of 0.8! As you can see, I snapshotted the image for posterity, and the picture plays such sweet music in my head when I gaze upon it.

You should know how this works. I’ve picked funniest, weirdest, stupidest, and most brutal user reviews that stood out to me. Given just how massive this backlash has been, it’s going to be far from comprehensive but I’ll do my best to pick out the gold. Let’s go!

First up, AndLap21 kicks off with a rather simple sentiment.

“Pay to pay to play.” (0/10)

ShinRyu’s sentiments are… well, I appreciate the sentiments of what’s being said… I think.

The first one look like a early access at launch but this one omg…
Seriously now when you buy a game full price, have to paid more to get items or character too…EA don t look to have enougth money yet from players with season pass i guess.
I don t want to see all game become like this, so i create a account to give my review.
This battlefront is a piece of **** compare to PS2 games. (0/10)

Here’s HmmMatt who seems a little bit annoyed with this game for some reason.

Excellent graphics paired with a bad, boring and nonsensical single-player mode slapped on to be forgotten and just to at least not have yet another outcry in that regard. But then the multiplayer. Oh boy, basically the definition of a middle-finger together with a big f you towards potential buyers and fans. A theoretically OK (for sure not great) multiplayer experience that is dead on arrival due to the most blatant pay to win ever sold as a “AAA full price game”. 2000+ USD to unlock all the content. No words for that. (0/10)

I can’t really argue with ElCheeto. Pretty much nailed it.

Game is mediocre at best and wouldn’t recommend to anyone? Grinded for that awesome star card? too bad, somebody paid for a better star card than yours. If this was F2P it would’ve been ok, but sadly it isn’t. I had pre-ordered it, but got my refund and will use my money on something else. This game is a joke and EA is out of touch with the fans of the game. (0/10)

Fuck, but Bllz sums it all up quite poignantly.

I can’t recommend this game to anyone in the current state. This game is the epitome of years of corporate greed, customer exploitation and worst of all, taking advantage of people’s love for things. (0/10)

For some reason, I can’t stop laughing at WalkingMoore’s comment and reading it in a “My dad works for Nintendo” voice.

Stop, enough to accompany the promotion of Donate in the game, do not buy this game. Guys, it’s bad, I played and I know what it’s like. (0/10)

TonyValentino ain’t about to hold back.

What could have been a great game ruined by micro-transactions and lootbox rubbish EA once again proving that they’re a bunch of dishonest greedy slugs. (0/10)

Speaking of not holding back, MIxed_ has things to say!

EA haven’t even finished eating the deserved pile of sh’t because of murdering Mass Effect franchise and now they are calling for some more with this disgusting P2W lootbox system. Even after open BETA reviews they do nothing to fix HUGE & CRITICAL problem in whats-could-be-game-of-the-year project. That’s how they treat community and how they influence the game industry: **** all over it with a greedy grin on the face. (0/10)

SaltyCucumber tells us a story.

I can see how Devson McDice was crafting this beautiful brew, when a door was suddenly slammed open with a kick – the local brewery owner by the name of Eedyat Asole entered, piss drunk as usual.
McDice knew what’s going to happen next, but wasn’t able to close the lead in time.
A high pressure spray of vomit went directly into the barrel, poisoning it with all the possible cheap crap that Eedyat enjoyed drinking with his friends in Mob Gaymars bar.
A potential brew of the year was no more. (0/10)

What does 888akimbo888 have against the bard’s iconic instrument of choice?

**** Lutboks, EA destroyed the game. Greed will destroy them, the gaming community will never forget this. Disable luteboxes!!! Disable luteboxes!!! Disable luteboxes!!! (0/10)

Yes, Valekcyc22, you were indeed play…

Micropayments are the death of industry. and this game is the indicator of this promotion, I hate EA.I hate this solution , but in singlplayer i was play (0/10)

Straanger92 is… well… bless ’em.

Okay EA! I hope Disney will take away from you Star Warc (c) and you dirty perverted hands will no longer stain a great series. Good Luck bastards!!!!!!!! (0/10)

No idea what Osmluky is saying, to be honest.

Thx EA for singleplayer pay to win game! Thx EA for singleplayer pay to win game! Thx EA for singleplayer pay to win game! Thx EA for singleplayer pay to win game! (0/10)

Antjayx, however, is rather eloquent in putting their hatred onto digital paper.

Hello electronic arts, it seems you have messed up your company with unadulterated greed. I sincerely hope you go into liquidation for forcing gambling onto young kids. Your companies behaviour is absolutely disgusting. Not content with charging 55 pounds or 60 dollars for the base game you then want everyone to pay hundreds more to actually get anywhere in the game. Simply disgusting, i hope need for speed and battlefront 2 both fail hugely and then maybe youll treat your customers with the respect they deserve instead of pandering to your own and your shareholders savage greed. (0/10)

And because we can’t have one of these without somebody trying their hardest to be edgy, we have this potentially offensive statement. Be warned.

Battlefront II is the reason why Al Queda attacked the twin towers on September 11, 2001. Stephan Paddock shot up Las Vegas because of this game’s microtransations. (0/10)

MitchMountain goes for the tried and tested Capslock Tactic.

Biggest cluster f—k of a game I’ve ever seen. And it’s barely been out. Used to love Dice, not so much anymore. This game is all about the almighty dollar… certainly not the fans, that’s for sure. DON’T SUPPORT THIS BS OF A GAME. STAY AWAY UNTIL WE SEE SOME CHANGE TOWARDS THE FANS. SAY NO TO THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR!!! (0/10)

SyxTwelve’s contribution was actually pretty funny.

You’re better off buying a WinRAR license than buying this game. If you buy this game, you’re only contributing to EA’s plan on destroying the gaming industry. (0/10)

SpaceBuddha knows where it’s at.

This is not a game. It’s a microtransaction storefront wrapped in pretty Star Wars graphics. Do not buy this $60 trash or support EA’s unethical exploitation. (0/10)

I do believe Drumr470 is being a tad sarcastic.

Microtransactions make this game amazing! I pay $60 for a full price game and then I have the pleasure of paying $100s more to play the whole game?! Incredible! (0/10)

Magur015 doesn’t feel the “sense of pride and accomplishment” in grinding to unlock Heroes, I guess.

Still has less content than the original battlefront 2 that came out in 2005. Campaign is short. Pay to win baby. They said that they wanted to make unlocking a hero an achievement but what they did was make it a grind. World of Warcraft killed Everquest because they took away grinding. Couldn’t play heroes vs villains because all of my unlocked heroes were taken….. (0/10)

Torres240 says pretty much what I’ve been intimating for a good long while.

After the Mass Effect disaster, this one takes the cake. Some people don’t have 40-60+ hours to unlock 1 or 2 things. This microtransactions stuff is not getting out of hand, it IS out of hand. Hopefully this game is the start of the downfall. (0/10)

On the flip side, we have some desperate 10/10 reviews trying to push back against the more than 2,000 negative ratings. Here’s a classist starter from McFalled.

The Game is excellent, if you love Star wars you will enjoy it, Ignore all the little kids and unemployed worried about the optional purchases (sorry kids but if you can’t afford it don’t buy it). (10/10)

ThomasJones has swallowed every last glistening drop of the game industry’s juicy propaganda.

I preordered this game and dont regret a thing. Unlocking characters is easy and FREE!!!! If u dont want to pay money you dont have to. Honestly this game is so fun and it’s great to shoot and kill hundreds of people as that is what i like to do in games. If u think you are too smart for this game why dont u play some awful indie or puzzle game, losers (10/10)

I remain unconvinced by leateqofficial, mostly because I don’t know what the argument is.

I am really feel bad…because game is Super good
gameplay more good then in first Battlefront and bf 1
Its first game in last 2 years in which I played 7 hours on end !
and its super bad that EA games just broke the reputation of game………..
Gameplay is amazing ! good maps and good feeling of weapons (10/10)

Stan_Rock is upset that we’re not grateful enough to EA for its kindness.

So many people hate the lootboxes, but they don’t understand that it necessary.
And any way the game is great and will be much better through time.
DICE gave us much more better game with so much content and this is the gratitude (10/10)

Hey cesar042, four questions – is it? Does it? Are they? REALLY?

The game is awesome, it contains a Lot of game modes and all the game mods are very fun, for me is the best Shooter game of the year and I think that so much people hate because they only trust in the haters opinion and don’t trust in the real situation. (10/10)

AleMaster may not have mastered their ale fully before publishing this little piece.

The game is cool.The graphics, the sound just fly away. Hate the game and rate it low-end estimates for in-game microtransactions are just stupid. For we made free DLS and cool campaign and you want to make. But not enough for you all? Should be glad that is. And in the future everyone will be fine with new things and patches I hope. Especially after playing 17 hours and pumped Iodine, I have not noticed problems with the necessary donation. All you can open for yourself just by playing and getting credits. I don’t consider this game P2W so as to swing the required LVL, which is achieved by the game itself.The problem was that with the high cost of characters have already been fixed. I hope that there are intelligent people in this world. And to succumb to the herd instinct did not really play the game too silly. (10/10)

You tell ’em, Starkiller75000. I don’t know what you’re telling ’em, but you keep telling!

Players hold only one things in this game… micro transaction… and Just say thx to mobile games and f2p to bring this new **** system… to remember gamekult gave 5/10 to battlefront 2 2005, it was not good at this time, kotor was better at all point, so humans are dumb dat’s all, players are dumbs (10/10)

Back to the zeroes. Cdefazio storms on in.

Somewhere in here is a good game, but it is buried underneath one of the most predatory and awful micro-transaction systems that we have seen in gaming. As a community we really need to all speak out again this and make all the publishers aware that we will not tolerate these systems in our games. (0/10)

TheRealGame bites deep by simply quoting the BBC.

“Critics say that Battlefront promotes gambling as the contents of the boxes are revealed only after payment is received, and some are more useful than others.

EA has been contacted by the BBC for comment. ” (0/10)

Poor ROMPEBOLAS here believes in honor. A sweet sentiment.

Pay-to-win game, is a candy-crush wars, iugggggh 🙁 . EA has become a company that only thinks about money, without honor, without respect, simply something repulsive. (0/10)

I’m gonna leave it there, but could go on all day. We’ll end with ZaelART, because why not?

I don’t even consider this a game, this is a scam. You are nothing but a walking piggy bank to EA. Logging into this game is like entering an online casino – they’re out for your cash and will stop at nothing to get it. Certain ship upgrades literally give you an aim-bot. If you want to do as much damage as someone who has dropped $2000 in micro-transactions, then you might be able to catch up to them if you put in 2 hours a day for 6.2 years. If EA hasn’t closed the game down by then, then maybe you’ll be on a level playing field with the whales. (0/10)

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30 Comments on "Metabombed: Star Wars Battlefront II Is ‘The Epitome Of Years Of Corporate Greed’"

lunarchris1
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lunarchris1
I hate to be professor obvious, but I don’t own an Xbox One, nor a Switch, and barely own a PS4. This entire trend has talked me out of the Xbox One X, and I don’t even buy any new PS4 games anymore since they’re all mostly tainted (w/ greed) or not my cup o’ tea. Do these publishers realize how they’re scaring people away from console gaming completely? I mean, I wouldn’t buy a $500 game system just to be thrown into a Capitalist orgy of micro transactions, DLC, season passes and loot boxes. Is console gaming going to… Read more »
buttz
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buttz

winrar license. that’s fucking funny.

Arella Jardin
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Arella Jardin

Congrats on being used as a source in a Washington Post article about this controversy. I know Sterling downplays “gaming journalism”, but seeing him be the one the mainstream media contacts on this, is still pretty cool.

Khym Chanur
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Khym Chanur

“Like a Star Wars Holiday Special, Battlefront II has left us all confused and feeling exploited.”

It’s so beautiful, I want to frame it and hang it up on my wall.

T slog
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T slog

Like I’ve been saying for years, gamers should not buy games based on Metacritic critics reviews – because they are the original influences, and should instead wait for user reviews.
Even with the absurd zeros or 10’s is generally given, it’ still averages out far more accurately.

Then my final delusion of developer bonuses being paid in user reviews will be realised

Chris
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That is an asinine idea. Tying developer pay to responses on an open forum rife with abuse and swarming with people who don’t buy the game but want to make a point would be disastrous. Sure, we all like this time, but what about when Nazis swarmed the Wolfenstein reviews to speed bile and rate as zero out of ten? Or when the reviews of the last Mass Effect game were more about homophobia than the actual issues with the game? Should those be used to determine how people who worked for years on a project pulling 16+ hour days… Read more »
Nitrium
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Nitrium

So you subscribe to the “Wisdom of Crowds”, I guess? Unfortunately that particular sociological theory has long been debunked as being pretty much less than useless.

Polishfury5000
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So apparently Metacritic has started deleting user reviews for SWBF2. The PC section for the game is down to about 100 from what was 600+. The average score still looks the same, but that’s not something they’ve done before, that I’m aware of at least.

So has Metacritic decided to take a stance against hyperbolic review bombing? Or is EA throwing a fit (or cash) at Metacritic?

Alex Brown
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I like how pissed off people are because EA treats the Star Wars franchise with the same level of respect that George Lucas has over the years.

carg0
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carg0

i think i lost a few brain cells trying to comprehend AleMaster’s… uh… “review”.
XD

Coughee
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Coughee

Comments like AleMaster’s make me wonder if EA and all are trying to create some “randomly generated commentor” algorithm to give them positive reviews.
I mean… I really refuse to believe that, even if people truly want to defend EA, that they can be THAT incoherent without being a buggy AI.

TaraMayBee
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TaraMayBee
I can’t help but wonder how much of EA’s decisions to fight some of these fires has been motivated not by public outcry, or even EA investor worries, but rather Disney voicing concerns. Since this is a Star Wars game, not some IP that EA owns themselves, there has to be at least some concern from Disney’s perspective on what a PR disaster this has been. Especially as we’re about to get into the holiday sale period and the release of The Last Jedi, I can imagine Disney being unhappy with how this might affect their holiday revenue. Not saying… Read more »
Uldihaa
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Disney is as protective of it’s IP and brand as Nintendo. I wonder how they’d react to being linked to potential underage gambling.

HelixShade
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HelixShade

If that is the case, I believe the phrase is “Fuck with the Mouse, he’ll burn down your House”. Or something like that.

Uldihaa
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There are now reports that the CEO of Disney Bob Iger called EA CEO Andrew Wilson just hours before EA announced that it was disabling microtransactions. So, I’d say the Mouse stepped VERY firmly on EA’s neck during that call. There is certainly a clause in the licensing contract that would allow Disney to cancel it without penalty if EA’s actions could be damaging to the brand. And a public perception for underage gambling would be devastating to Star Wars.

Uldihaa
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And now Hawaii is opening an investigation into lootboxes. Bob Iger is probably already talking to Andrew Wilson over this. This could be devastating to EA’s stock, and damage the Star Wars IP less than a month until the release of The Last Jedi.

This just might permanently end EA’s license with Disney for Star Wars. Congrats EA, you just might have finally killed yourself rather than a studio. IF they survive, they might want to fire every single person that recommended this monetization scheme, because they’ve demonstrated a failure to anticipate negative reactions.

Sapphire Crook
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“Pay to pay to play.”
Really all you need to know. Brevity is the soul of wit, which is why I’m adding all this needless explanation to this comment.

Benj
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Benj

I wish people would stop saying “It’d be ok if it was free to play”. It wouldn’t be!

Pay to win structures are ALWAYS bad and exploitative even for free games!

Coughee
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Coughee

Yeah, people forget that just before microtransactions became available in paid games, just a year ago f2p games have finally grasped the concept of balanced purchases or cosmetics only.

Nitrium
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Nitrium

EA temporarily dropping microtransactions from Battlefront II is purely a PR stunt to buy EA some time from the backlash. No one should mistake it as EA having some sort of “coming to Jesus” moment. Need for Speed Payback (also EA), which has a very similar lootbox business model, has it’s microtransactions still very much intact.

mcronline
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mcronline

I cannot in all consciousness think for one moment what EA were thinking beyond “the shareholders”. Surely a company ensures its own profitability and long term growth by keeping us gamers happy. Maybe they should bring back Trip Hawkins…I know, I know… but EA needs to go back to its roots.

Aotrs Commander
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Aotrs Commander

Well, let’s take our small victories where we can, shall we ladies and gentlemen?

Dunfracow
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Dunfracow

AleMaster’s “pumped idoine” comment gets to me on a deeply personal level.

Dunfracow
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Dunfracow

Iodine, fuck me for misspelling that.

Terry-Osaurusus Hex XI
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To be fair to mr edgy-poos, we never did find out the motive behind Paddock’s attack… Annnnyway, AAA publishers’ philosophy of ‘how can we make more money out of essentially selling the same product?’ ‘sell it twice!’ ‘sell it in pieces!’ ‘sell pieces inside of it!’ ‘put some MUTHAFUCKIN GAMBLING IN IT!!’ ‘LOOK AT ALL THIS MONEEEYYYHHHH!!!’ …Is perhaps something people are realising they don’t actually like in their entertainment now. I think reading too many of these user reviews has kinda broken my brain enough to make sense of the more indecipherable ones. Sort of like hanging around aging… Read more »
Anton
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Anton

I’m really, really hoping that some part of this scandal sticks and EA is punished for a long time.

The reddit blowback and public outrage are great for bringing attention to the issue, but EA has only lost about 70K preorders, which is a drop in the bucket when you consider the 3-5M range or AAA sales. If people stop being vigilant, then EA will bury this story, get all the launch season sales they need, and then they will bring back the MT’s in a couple of months.

Don Quixote
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Don Quixote
Doing the math, 70,000 preorders times a minimum 60 dollar price tag means they lose at least 4.2 million dollars just by losing those. Combine that with what they might have been able to get them to pay for dlc and knock on effects from people who planned on buying it when it came out avoiding it, and they could lose more than enough money to hurt them bad, especially since they still have to cover the development costs and the ravanous shareholders dividends. Even making less money on this game than they expected could hurt their stock and make… Read more »
malcom young
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malcom young
It’s true and people will blindly buying the game because EA pulled back loot boxes (for some times before they bring them back). But i think EA is shitting in their pants now, in a single day they lost 3.7% on their stock prices (which mean millions and waaay more than preorders) and it continue to fall (the stock rallied following the announcement of the full withdrawal of lootboxes but it began to fall again when vids on youtube began to appear warning against their return) . Today is a bad day for EA , it’s a bad day when… Read more »
Galactix100
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Galactix100

It’s the stock price that may lead to change. All the shareholders care about is keeping share prices high and getting maximum payouts. If the stock price continues to fall then shareholders might start pressuring publishers to dump microtransactions to try and get the value back up.

HelixShade
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HelixShade
Well, let’s count the ways – – Belgium has said they’re going to investigate Loot Crates now, targeting Battlefront II and Overwatch. From what I’m told about Belgian Gambling Law, there’s a high chance both games may be banned and their respective companies fined. – The whole story went national in other ways, with the BBC at least doing a story on it. – Allegedly, the House of Mouse is not happy about what EA has done, though time will tell if this is more than just a rumor. Honestly, I hope the Game Industry will feel the sting of… Read more »