How to game Star Wars Battlefront II’s Battle Points system
The unheroic way to ensure you can fast-track your way to playing as a hero, villain, or wrecking fools in one of the heroic starfighters.
Star Wars Battlefront II is out in the wild, and it’s had a mixed reception among critics and EA Access/Deluxe Edition players (who got to take it for a spin early). If you’re undeterred by that, though, and keen to get into multiplayer, you’ll first want to know about the Battle Points system.
Basically, this new-to-Battlefront-II system lets you unlock special units, vehicles, and powerful heroes or villains on relevant maps and modes. For the most part, this applies to Starfighter Assault (heroic and villainous starfighter variants) and Galactic Conquest (special units, vehicles, starfighters, and heroes/villains), though there’s a smattering of it in the smaller Blast and Strike modes (special units only).
It’s an in-round economy that grants points to every player based on actions. The better you do, the more Battle Points you get. Then, you can spend those Points early to unlock a special unit or vehicle, or hoard them to unlock a much more expensive hero or villain (depending on your team). The longer you save, though, the more you run the risk of other players beating you to your preferred hero or villain (or any choice, for that matter).
For those hoping to save the thousands of Battle Points required to score a hero or villain, the good news is there are some shortcuts I’ve discovered that you can benefit from. In theory, these game modes are encouraging you to play the objective, and stick close to the ad hoc squad that forms alongside you every time you respawn. In terms of the latter point, Battlefront II’s lack of VOIP means it’s near-impossible to coordinate movements with random players in your ad hoc squad, so these Battle Points are harder to score.
It’s worth noting that, despite the developer's lack of voice support for ad hoc squads, the longer you and your squad stays alive, the more points you earn. Stay alive for long enough, and you can start to net double Battle Points, which is well worth surviving. In terms of playing the objective, well, read on.
Bear in mind, you’ll want to capitalise on these tips quickly, though, as DICE and Criterion are already making changes to the game based on the loud and frosty reception. Disclaimers aside, let’s start with gaming the Battle Points system in Starfighter Assault.
In this mode, you’ll be tasked with either attacking or defending. For attackers, this usually means focusing on specific objectives, but for defenders, this tends to descend into destroying as many attacking starfighters as possible. It’s more fun to defend than attack because of this.
The 24-player mode is complemented with a number of AI-controlled starfighters per team. They randomly spawn in, and though the temptation is there to chase after a player-controlled starfighter, you should resist the urge. Hell, you should even resist the temptation to play the objective, at least initially, if you’re on the attacking team. The fastest way to rack up coveted Battle Points is to take out starfighters.
Absolutely do this because this is one of the fastest ways to rack up Battle Points
And the fastest way to perform killstreaks (which net additional Battle Points) against starfighters is to take out the AI-controlled ones. If a starfighter is controlled by a player, it’ll have the player’s name above it. Dogfighting against human-controlled starfighters is a tonne of fun, but it also chews up precious time that could be better spent on destroying the stupid AI pilots. Regardless of the mode, your Battle Points are tracked at the bottom of the screen, so when you’ve scored enough to get what you want, die as quickly as possible to snatch a hero or villain ship.
These range in Battle Points expenditure, but don’t be fooled by the cheaper ones: Yoda’s Jedi starfighter, for instance, is a fantastic hero ship, and well worth grabbing. The bigger, and more expensive ships like the Falcon and Slave I do pack more of a punch and take more damage, but they’re also easier to hit, and provide bigger targets for enemy players eager to score extra Battle Points for taking down an iconic ship. Yoda’s ship, on the other hand, blends in a bit more because it looks like a regular starfighter (until you get close enough to tell it’s not).
You have a few more options for spending Battle Points in Galactic Assault. You can spend as little as a few hundred Battle Points early on, which is very easy to earn, to spawn in a vehicle. Absolutely do this because it’s one of the fastest ways to rack up Battle Points. Save a little more, and you can get a tank or starfighter. For instance, I had a run in a Separatist AAT, which only cost me a 1,500 Battle Points, that went on to become a 67-player killstreak. Assists do count towards your streak, so don’t worry about other players ‘stealing’ your frags.
After that particular streak ended, I had so many Battle Points I was able to respawn as whichever villain I wanted. Multiple times. That’s one of the tricks. There’s an even easier one on the right Galactic Assault maps that let you spawn into starfighters because these maps also tend to have AI-controlled starfighters patrolling above.
These AI ships don’t present a threat to players on the ground, and they’re also not terribly threatening to players in the skies, either. Focus on taking them down as soon as they respawn, to string together some sweet combos to net fantastic Battle Points returns. Once again, keep an eye on the accrued Battle Points number at the bottom of your screen, and perform your best nerdy Arvel Crynyd screaming impersonation as you ram into something.
Then you can respawn as something more powerful and, more important for those who love playing the objective, something that’s better suited to support your team. While you may sacrifice playing the objective early on to exploit the Battle Points system, your ability to spawn in as a more powerful unit that can genuinely change the tide of battle will more than makeup for it. Plus, playing as pretty much any of the heroes or villains is some of the most fun you can find in Star Wars Battlefront II.
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