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"Watch those wrist rockets!"
"My first day as a member of the 501st... It was hot, it was sandy, chaotic. Nothing at all like the simulations on Kamino. Of course that's pretty much the way it was for all of us, wasn't it? All that breeding, all those years of training... it doesn't really prepare you for the all the screaming or the blood, does it? Frankly, I'm still amazed we ever made it through the first hour, never mind the first day."
Clone narrator
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Star Wars: Battlefront II is a 2005 first- and third-person shooter video game based on the Star Wars film franchise. Developed by Pandemic Studios and published by LucasArts it is a sequel to 2004's Star Wars: Battlefront and the second game in the Battlefront series. The game was released in PAL regions on October 31, 2005 on the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Microsoft Windows, and Xbox platforms, and in North America on November 1 of the same year. It was later updated to be backwards compatible for the Xbox 360. It was also released on the PlayStation Store on October 20, 2009 for download on the PSP.

The game features new vehicles, characters, game mechanics, maps, and missions compared to the original Battlefront. Unlike its predecessor, Battlefront II features a more narrative-based campaign, retelling portions of the Star Wars story from the point of view of a veteran Imperial stormtrooper, reminiscing about his tour of duty in service of both the Galactic Republic and as part of the Galactic Empire. Gameplay additions over Battlefront include the use of Jedi, additional game modes such as hero assault, and objective-based space battles.

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In spite of the game's status as the best-selling Star Wars game up until Star Wars: The Force Unleashed was made, a true successor to the sequel was never made by LucasArts and Pandemic. Instead, several spin-offs that comprise the Assault sub-series were created for portable devices. The first title, Star Wars Battlefront Renegade Squadron, introduced customizable soldiers and dealt with a black ops team led during the first stages of the game by Han Solo that conducted in behind-the-scenes means to allow the Rebel Alliance to win against the Empire up until the Battle Of Endor. Mobile Squadron was also made, existing as an excuse to release a Star Wars game on the mobile phone. Battlefront III eventually had leaked footage and was in the early stages of development, but with the collapse of Free Radical Designs (the company producing the game), Battlefront III was left unfinished without a developer. Content that was planned to be featured in Battlefront III was eventually restructured into Star Wars Battlefront Elite Squadron, which would feature the ability to go from land battles to space battles in the same mission. It would also tell the story of a force-sensitive clone trooper named X2 and his trials as a Jedi and a member of the Rebel Alliance.

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There was a game that LucasArts was planning to release to serve as a preview for what the next installment would be capable of called Star Wars: First Assault, although the game would play differently from previous titles in the series. This was subsequently cancelled when Disney bought the company and stopped LucasArts from producing content not related to the new films, giving the licence to EA. Electronic Arts would then go on to reboot the franchise in time for The Force Awakens.

For tropes on the 2017 game which has the same name, go here.


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  • 2-D Space:
    • Capital ships and frigates have absolutely no defenses on their undersides. This means fighters can bypass their Auto Turrets by simply diving underneath them.
    • What's more, they're always positioned so that "up" relative to one ship is in the same direction as all the others, though that's also usually the case in the franchise as a whole.
  • Action Politician: The Queen of Naboo - not that it does her any good against the 501st.
  • Achilles' Heel:
    • Capital ships in space battles can be crippled by targeting vital systems, both through internal sabotage and simply using bombs. This has no effect on gameplay, though, and merely serves to add a large amount of points to your tally.
    • Every land-based vehicle now has a weak point that can be hit with a rocket to deal extra damage. It's usually a fairly obvious or noticeable part of the vehicle. For instance, the Republic/Imperial TX-130 hovertank's weak point is the circle in the back.
  • Action Girl: Aayla Secura, who absolutely rips through enemies with two lightsabers. Princess Leia to a lesser degree as well. Not to mention a particularly effective Rebel sniper.
  • Adaptational Badass: For balance reasons, TIE Fighters in this game are armed with torpedoes and can take about the same amount of damage as an X-Wing, as opposed to elsewhere in the Expanded Universe, where they're portrayed as unshielded Cannon Fodder.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In most adaptations, Magnaguards are deadly close-range combatants capable of fighting Jedi on even ground. Here, they're made into squishy support units and lack their trademark staff weapons, making them less effective as a combatant. However, many Game Mods give them back their staff weapons.
  • Anachronism Stew:
    • In Jabba's Palace, Han Solo's carbonite slab will be there regardless of the era you are playing on.
    • The skies above Coruscant will be filled with Clone Wars-era transports and vulture droids even if you're playing during the Galactic Civil War.
    • Taken Up to Eleven on the Death Star, which not only shouldn't exist during the Clone Wars but has racks full of TIE Fighters inside its hangars. It's implied that this is an Alternate History scenario, as it has Emperor Palpatine leading battle droids against Obi-Wan and an army of Jedi-aligned clones.
    • Averted on Dagobah, where Luke's crashed X-Wing can be found in the middle of the map. If you play this map in the Clone Wars era, it's replaced by a crashed LAAT Gunship.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: The kyber crystal the player must receive early in II's campaign, which turns out to be a key component of the Death Star's superlaser.
  • The Artifact:
    • The Jet Trooper's primary weapon is still called the "EMP launcher" even though it now shoots regular rockets.
    • Many of the loading screens include assets and locales not present in the final game: green-uniformed Rebels aboard the Death Star, a Star Destroyer with multiple side-mounted hangar bays, etc.
  • Artificial Brilliance: The AI is smart enough to follow the direction of damage or shots that pass near it without being always aware of your position. This means that it is more difficult to camp as a sniper or in a turret as the AI will see your missed (or even hit) shots and find out where you are but does allow you to get one or two free kills in.
  • Artificial Stupidity:
    • Let's just say that the enemy fighters in space battles have absolutely no concept of "collision avoidance". It's one thing for a fighter to accidentally crash while evading a pursuer, it's quite another for a fully-loaded and unengaged lander to drive straight into the side of its mothership with zero attempt to maneuver.
    • If you're unloading troops in a space battle from a Lander, make sure that all of them exit before you do. If someone's left in the transport, they'll take off again... and since you probably didn't align the ship with the exit when you landed, they will proceed to instantly crash, explode, and die, stranding you behind enemy lines with no respawn point, and a large number of very, very angry pilots and marines. The enemy AI, on the other hand, just straight up does not know how to land inside your own hanger and try to do the same.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • The award sniper rifle is short-ranged, while the chaingun is slow to start firing and is horribly inaccurate. But the sniper is a One-Hit Kill anywhere on the body (as opposed to headshots-only) and can skewer enemies, and the chaingun rips even a shielded droideka to shreds in seconds.
    • The Marine in Space battles. While he has both the Assault's blaster rifle and the Heavy Trooper's rocket launcher, making him much better in a direct firefight than the Pilot, his rocket launcher can't do as much damage to the ship's core systems as a pilot's time bombs, and he lacks the ability to repair a vehicle while inside it, ultimately meaning that, unless you plan to attack enemy pilots before they can get into their ships, there's almost no point in using one over the Pilot.
  • Badass Army: The 501st Legion, or "Vader's Fist" as it's nicknamed.
  • Badass Boast: Most of the heroes will do this if they're doing well in battle.
    Luke Skywalker: These guys are easy!
    Aayla Secura: The Force has made us strong!
    Darth Vader: Feel the power of the dark side!
    Palpatine: [insane cackling]
  • Badass Normal:
    • Leia, Han, Chewbacca, Boba, and Jango. These heroes use various ranged weapons instead of lightsabers, playing differently than the Jedi and Sith heroes.
    • Grievous to a lesser extent. While he has two to four lightsabers, he cannot use the Force, so jumping and mobility are no different to normal troopers, and he doesn't get saber throw, Force Choke, Lightning, Push, Pull, etc. He does, however, get Rage, which is an ability that buffs the damage in surrounding allied troops.
    • The "normal" troops fall into this when they stand their ground against a hero, often successfully.
      Rebel: It's Vader! Let's take him out!
  • Balance Buff: The Wookiee Warrior received significant buffs in this game. Their terribly slow time bombs were replaced by thermal detonators, which are much more practical in combat. The properties of their bowcasters' charge was reversed, so that they fire a seven-shot spread by default and are charged to shoot a single, powerful shot (instead of shooting a single weak shot when uncharged and gaining the Spread Shot by charging) and can also zoom twice, letting them pull sniper duty. Finally, the projectiles from their grenade launchers now explode on impact instead of bouncing across the ground, making them easier to aim.
  • Balance, Power, Skill, Gimmick: The four starship types. Multi-purpose fighters, bombers, interceptors, and Landers respectively.
  • Base In Space: Landing craft in space battles.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: It is possible, through a glitch, to land a ship outside the hangar and walk around on the outside edge of the ship without dying of asphyxiation.
  • Battle Aura: Shows up whenever the player gets one of the three Medals that doesn't involve a bonus weapon. They can boost stamina restoration and lower expense, make you take less damage, or increase your damage to enemies. Once you acquire 64 of these medals, you permanently have the effect.
  • Beam Spam: The purpose of Auto-Turrets, mounted on capital ships and frigates, is to provide screening fire that will cut down any fighters or transports that come too close. A decent pilot can usually get through them, but it's generally best to take out the frigates from afar before bringing an interceptor into the fray. Furthermore, the Auto-Turrets are controlled by a mainframe inside the enemy ship that can be destroyed to disable them entirely.
  • Beating A Dead Player: Sometimes, Rebel soldiers under A.I. control will run up to a dead enemy/player's body, draw their pistols, and repeatedly shoot it just to ensure that they're dead. They sometimes do this in the middle of a firefight. To make things even worse (or better), it's fairly common to see several Rebels all do this at the same time, which inevitably results in them all shooting each other.
  • Berserk Button: Tanks really don't take kindly to players lobbing missiles at them. Better hope you have a nearby trench to dive into, because you're gonna have lasers and missiles chasing you all the way there.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: In many ways, the entire point of the game. In the PC version, there's an "XL" gamemode, which is like Conquest except with even more people on the field at once, and you can't capture command posts. It's only available on maps based on the biggest battles of the series, such as Geonosis, Hoth, and Kashyyyk.
  • Big "NO!": Rebels (and the occasional stormtrooper) do this mid-combat from time to time.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Noticeably subverted in that the last mission in the single-player campaign is the Battle of Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back, which the Empire wins triumphantly and with the narrator believing that the Rebellion had been completely crushed. The Battle of Endor, the end to the movie series, isn't mentioned at all. According to the old Expanded Universe, this is because the 501st didn't participate in the Battle of Endor. They were rewarded with an indefinite leave of absence, but after the destruction of Death Star II, they volunteered for duty again. With the squabbling of several warlords and the like, the BF2 501st was dissolved and its units were sent to different battalions, but Grand Admiral Thrawn reconstituted the 501st when he gained control of the Empire. The newly reformed 501st allowed non-humans and females to join in, and they survived until at least 138 ABY.
  • Black Cloak: Most of the Imperial/CIS heroes.
  • Border Patrol: In addition to the implementation from the first game, there's also instant-death for wandering too far away from space battles too. Activating the Invincibility cheat, however, means you can't die due to these and can lead to some... interesting effects if you wander too far away.
  • Boss Battle: The campaign has a few, though given the fast-paced nature of the missions, they act more like overpowered Elite Mooks.
    • Utapau has General Grievous himself. The 501st (or Obi-Wan) make surprisingly quick work of him.
    • Coruscant has the Jedi Masters, wielding dual, or double-bladed lightsabers.
    • Naboo has the new Queen, flanked by a bunch of Jedi.
    • Mustafar has Gizor Delso, a Geonosian Confederacy revivalist.
    • The Death Star has an unnamed Rebel leader, another Jedi.
    • The Tantive IV has Princess Leia herself.
    • Yavin 4 has the Rebel commanders, all of whom are Bothan spies.
  • Boring, but Practical:
    • The Garrison bonus. All it does is add another 50% to your remaining units when your current stock gets too low. But since depleting the enemy's troops is how you win most of the time, the extra troops act as a faction-wide Heart Container, often forcing your opponent to go through the much more arduous task to capturing every single command post... which all your extra troops will be pouring out of as spawn points become more limited.
    • The Supply bonus is also helpful in space battles, as it not only increases the stock of secondary weapons on your ships, but it also means that saboteurs can cause more damage to the inside of the enemy's flagship before backing up to a gonk droid to restock. This can mean the difference between taking out just their shields, and taking out shields and life support or engines within minutes of each other.
    • The basic trooper for each faction. Most of the fighting in the game involves shooting infantry, and all the basic troopers feature blaster rifles designed just for that, featuring high magazines and fast fire.
  • Call-Back:
  • Canned Orders over Loudspeaker: The interiors of capital ships are full of these, ordering pilots to the hangar bays and assuring them that This Is Not a Drill.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Enemy fighters in space battles can turn on a dime and seem to have a 180-degree firing arc for all of their weapons, including bombs and lock-on missiles, meaning they can hit you even if they're barely pointing in your direction. Of course, players usually fly chaotically enough that they'd be impossible to hit otherwise.
  • Cosmetic Award: Medals, at least the first three times you gain any specific one. After that it grants you a bonus depending on what the medal is. Getting the medal 64 times on one profile gives you the bonus in question permanently for singleplayer games.
  • Critical Encumbrance Failure: Characters that can use the Force to increase their jump height or a jetpack to fly are unable to do so if they're carrying a flag or some other important object.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: From a story perspective, the 501st utterly eviscerate the Rebels on Yavin 4note  and Hoth.
  • Cut-and-Paste Environments: The interiors of capital ships are all exactly the same in layout and appearance except for the hangar bays, which have slight variations depending on the faction (the CIS hangar has two openings as seen in Revenge of the Sith, the Imperial hangar has glossy black floors like those of the Death Star, etc).
  • Demoted to Extra: Count Dooku is the Separatist hero of the first game, able to appear in any battle as one of the four available heroes. In the second game, he only appears in one standard battlefield: Geonosis. In normal battles, this puts him on the same tier of representation as Ki-Adi-Mundi and Anakin Skywalker; in campaign, the other two get another appearance or two, while Dooku doesn't. His situation is yet more humiliating in light of the "dead" Separatist heroes appearing more: Jango Fett (killed in Attack of the Clones, shows up in three missions) and Darth Maul (killed in The Phantom Menace, shows up in seven missions).
  • Dies Wide Open: All the Rebels, and the Imperial officer, do this when they're killed. Of course, they're also the only ones with visible faces.
  • Disintegrator Ray: The Bothan Spy's incinerator weapon has this effect on its victims.
  • Disney Villain Death: An all-too-common fate on the Death Star, which has bottomless pits all over the place and hardly any guardrails. Additionally, the battlefields on Mygeeto and Utapau are located atop a mountain and on the side of a sinkhole, respectively, and it's entirely possible to fall or drive off the platform to your demise.
  • Downer Ending:
    • The Empire's victory in Galactic Conquest. Han is still frozen, Vader Force Chokes Leia to death, all life on Endor is massacred, and Luke kneels before The Emperor.
    • The CIS ending. Sidious leads the assault on the Jedi Temple with an army of Battle Droids, Darth Maul and Jango Fett (somehow back from the dead) massacring Clone Troopers, General Grievous hunts down the rest of the Jedi and Count Dooku kills Anakin on Mustafar.
  • Dual Wielding: Aayla Secura fights with two lightsabers, one blue and one green, simultaneously.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: The clone narrator often complains about the Jedi taking credit for daring operations against the CIS while overlooking the clones who died in the thousands to make those victories happen.
  • Dull Surprise:
    • The movies are actually lampshaded in this regard. Anakin Skywalker has a line, "That was exhilarating," with absolutely no emotion whatsoever, a nod to Hayden Christensen's performance as the character in the prequels.
    • The clone announcer in space battles and during the campaign delivers both good and bad news to the player in the exact same monotone.
  • Evil Brit: In true Star Wars tradition. In fact, one Imperial is labeled in the credits as "Smarmy British Palpatine Ally".
  • Evil Knockoff: Subverted. One campaign mission pits you against your clone brothers, but in this case, you are the one fighting for an oppressive regime, and the clones you fight against are simply defending their homeworld from Imperial oppression.
  • Elite Mooks: Outside of reskinned troops, the campaign has some.
    • Geonosis has the Geonosians, who, aside from having decent weapons also possess the ability to fly about.
    • Felucia has the Acklay - that weird crab-insect thing from Attack of the Clones.
    • The Jedi Temple and Naboo both feature nameless Jedi Knights and dual blade-wielding Jedi Masters as enemies. They basically act as lightsaber wielding heroes with the health of a standard mook
    • Kamino has the anti-Empire Clone Troopers.
  • Explosive Instrumentation: If you're operating a turret aboard a capital ship and it gets destroyed by enemy fighters, your console will explode, killing you. The game notably says "<player> died" instead of "<enemy> killed <player>".
  • Extreme Omnivore: The rancor in Jabba's palace will happily eat any troops that wander too close to it, even the inorganic battle droids. Except Droidekas, probably because they're not humanoid.
  • Fantastic Racism: After the space battle over Kashyyyk, the campaign narrator recalls wondering why so many of his men had to die "for a bunch of walking carpets". To his cedit, he changes his mind pretty quickly once he sees the Wookiees in action against the Separatists. Stormtroopers still tend to refer to them as "furbags".
  • Friendly Sniper: The Rebel sniper, who will be either male or female depending on the map, has a very chipper attitude toward killing Stormtroopers.
    "Line `em up and knock `em down!"
    "I've lost count, how many does that make?"
    "Whoa! Did anyone else see that?"
  • Game-Breaking Bug:
    • CTF on Mos Eisley has one where Jawas are capable of picking up flags. Jawas are set to be allied for both sides in order to penalize collateral damage, meaning that if you play with friendly fire off and a Jawa picks up a flag, no one's getting it until the Jawa randomly runs into the flag capture point.
    • The Steam version has a nasty, very common one that causes a crash to desktop when a map is being loaded. This can be prevented by either playing the game with a plugged in mic, or by going into the control panel under Sound>Record and enabling the Stereo Mix, which defaults to disabled.
    • If you have the award pistol unlocked permanently and you play as Han then switch to his fusion cutter, you can't switch back to his special blaster. There's no workaround around it unless you steal a vehicle, kill yourself or let the timer run out.
    • Sometimes, the Dagobah map will cut to black screen after the battle is over, but not crash. If this happens, the only choice is to reinstall the game or live with the Empire and Republic Galactic Conquest campaigns being Unwinnable.
    • The actual campaign in turn can be rendered unwinnable by running the game on Windows 7, which for some reason will cause Princess Leia to fail to spawn properly in the Tantive IV mission. FIXED by the unofficial r129 patch.
  • Game Mod: Several, two of the most famous being the Battlefront Conversion Pack, which adds content from the original game, as well as new maps and hero units from Knights of the Old Republic and The Force Unleashed, and Dark Times II: Rising Son, which adds even more maps, tons of new units, and a standalone Galactic Conquest campaign starring Luke Skywalker.
    • All of the mods require The Unofficial Patch, which also fixes the bug in the campaign version of Tantive IV where Princess Leia didn't appear.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • The first mission in the Single-Player campaign involves the 501st stealing a power source for the Death Star without alerting Ki-Adi-Mundi. The player can complete these objectives as Ki-Adi-Mundi. Of course, this could be explained away in that Ki-Adi didn't know what he was stealing would be used for.
    • The player is obviously supposed to be the one unnamed Veteran character narrating the journal, but dying mid-battle and respawning, even as a completely different class, in different armor is still possible, with absolutely zero mention or effect on the general plot.
    • Due to the unlimited reinforcements for the AI, situations arise where a particularly good player finds themselves outnumbered by the Rebel army in the tiny Tantive IV despite having an entire Star Destroyer's worth of troops for boarding, as seen in A New Hope. Or killing twice the number of Jedi in the Knightfall mission than they have clones.
      • Becomes particularly Egregious in the Death Star mission where a prison breakout of Rebel prisoners can completely overwhelm the 501st Legion garrisoning the station.
  • Gatling Good: The Clone Commander carries a chaingun blaster, which has a Bottomless Magazine, but instead uses heat buildup to limit firing. It later makes a cameo in the Clone Wars cartoon.
  • Glass Cannon:
    • Interceptor-class starfighters have very powerful weaponry adept at easily taking out other starfighters. However, they also have the most fragile armor of all starfighter classes and are easily destroyed.
    • Snowspeeders on Hoth are fast and maneuverable, capable of blasting groups of Imperial troops and even tangling up the formidable AT-ATs; however, they're also incredibly fragile and even a single hit from a Shock Trooper or an AT-AT will typically shoot them down.
    • Magnaguards have two particularly devastating weapons that can tear up infantry and vehicles alike, but suffer from low ammo, slow reload times, and being very fragile.
  • Grand Theft Prototype:
    • Any time you raid an enemy hangar (useful for taking out the auto-turret defenses, shields, life support, and engines quickly) you will have to steal an enemy fighter. Yours tends to end up either destroyed or hijacked while you're wreaking havoc.
    • You can steal enemy vehicles on ground using your Engineer's Fusion Cutter. Not only does it turn on the enemy instead of your own troops, but also keeps it from respawning since you never "destroyed" it in the first place.
  • Happy Ending:
    • The Republic campaign in Galactic Conquest shows Mace Windu killing Palpatine, Obi-Wan killing Grievous, and Anakin becoming a Jedi Master.
    • The ending for the Rebel Campaign is basically the canon ending, unsurprisingly.
  • High-Speed Missile Dodge: A necessary survival skill in space battles, where anything smaller than a bomber is capable of sending target-tracking rockets or torpedoes your way. Snowspeeders on Hoth will also have to contend with Shock Troopers lobbing missiles after them, which are surprisingly hard to dodge.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Lightsabers.
  • Increasingly Lethal Enemy: The AI has endless reinforcements in campaign mode, and as your reinforcements get depleted, you have fewer and fewer allies to take on these unlimited droves.
  • "Instant Death" Radius: Lightsaber-wielding heroes, for obvious reasons. The Magnaguard also has one, as it can deploy a Neuro Poison that afflicts nearby enemies with damage over time that lasts more than long enough to kill them. It can be survived by camping a healing droid, but you have to be really fast.
  • It's Up to You: Allies in the campaign can't accomplish objectives on their own (the player needs to be present for a control point to be captured despite the dozen friendlies swarming over it, only the player can carry the holocron, etc).
  • I Work Alone: Enforced with hero units, which can't order AI units to follow them. Which is overall a good thing, as you don't want allies anywhere near your lightsaber.
    Republic commander: Hold formation, men. The hero works alone.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: The multi-purpose fighters (the regular TIE Fighter, ARC-170, Vulture Droid, and X-Wing) don't specialize in any one role, instead serving as a midpoint between the two other fighter types (excluding the lander, obviously). They can take more punishment and have heavier weapons than an interceptor, but aren't as fast and maneuverable. And they're faster and more maneuverable than bombers, but sacrifice firepower and health. In short, they're a fighter you can pick when you aren't feeling very specific on your mission- it can be used to attack capital ships, or it can be used to dogfight. It just can't do as well as the ships specifically designed for those roles.
  • Just Following Orders: How the clones initially justify their participation in Operation: Knightfall. This was before Star Wars: The Clone Wars retconned Order 66 into mind-control chips.
    Clone narrator: What I remember about the rise of the Empire is... is how quiet it was. During the waning hours of the Clone Wars, the 501st Legion was discreetly transferred back to Coruscant. It was a silent trip. We all knew what was about to happen, what we were about to do. Did we have any doubts? Any private traitorous thoughts? Perhaps, but no one said a word. Not on the flight to Coruscant, not when Order 66 came down, and not when we marched into the Jedi Temple. Not a word.
  • MacGuffin: The Death Star plans. A minor version in the first mission concerning the CIS power source.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The usual reaction among troops when an enemy hero joins the fray.
    Stormtrooper: Skywalker? Nobody said anything about fighting Skywalker! I'm out of here!
  • Mighty Glacier:
    • The Lander-type ships for all factions have the most raw firepower of any space battle ship, as well as the most armor. They are also the slowest-moving ships of the lot.
    • AT-ATs on Hoth. They're heavily armored, work as a spawn point for troops, and can one-shot almost anything in their path; parking one in front of the Echo Base hanger will often secure an Imperial victory. However, they're very slow and vulnerable to snowspeeders, which can tangle them up and move too quickly to be reliably shot down. They also have a weak point in their necks, which can exploited by Rebel vanguards standing underneath them (where their guns can't reach).
  • Mook Horror Show: A lightsaber-wielding Hero versus a group of normal soldiers is almost inevitably this.
  • More Dakka: The commando pistol is basically a regular blaster pistol with its max fire rate quintupled. Clone Commanders also get shoulder-mounted miniguns.
  • My Rules Are Not Your Rules:
  • Never Say "Die": Averted for normal soldiers, with the game downright saying "*killer's name* killed *victim's name*. Played straight for the Jedi/Sith, however. If they are downed by an enemy, the game will say "*killer's name* defeated *character's name*", with them slumping to the floor on one knee, stating something to the effect that they'll be back. Even if the Jedi/Sith gets into a scenario where the game would say "*victim's name* died", i.e falling down a pit, getting eaten by the Rancor, the game will bluntly state "*character's name* has fled" - which is technically justified, as the characters themselves respawn.
  • No Campaign for the Wicked: Inverted; this is the first Star Wars game since TIE Fighter, first released 11 years beforehand, to offer only an Imperial campaign - and this time, you're not too busy dealing with traitors to actually fight the Rebellion.
  • Off-Model: The various frigates and capital ships aren't entirely accurate to their canon counterparts.
    • The CIS frigates (Munificent-class) are much smaller than the ones seen in Revenge of the Sith, lack its twin Fixed Forward Facing Weapons, and overall have a far more rounded design. The ships are labeled "Banking Clan Comms Ship", so perhaps they're meant to be a less combat-oriented subclass.
    • The CIS Providence-class dreadnought lacks the spire on its belly, has two main engines instead of three, and omits the forward bridge featured on the Invisible Hand in favor of a "Targeting Control Bridge" located on the midsection.
    • The Mon Calamari Star Cruisers have a somewhat squished appearance compared to the ships seen in Return of the Jedi. They're clearly not meant to be the same class as Home One, but neither do they really resemble the Liberty-type MC80 cruisers (which had swept wings along their sterns). This is arguably justified by the fact that in both Legends and canon, every Mon Calamari cruiser is unique in design.
    • In general, capital ships all have hanger bays along their port or starboard sides (to make it easier for players and AI to launch from and land inside), and critical systems distributed along their hulls that often weren't present in the films (to give bombers an easier time finding something to hit).
  • Old Soldier: Due to some fridge logic, the clone narrator of the campaign that was born 32 years before the battle of Yavin would be physically well over 64 by the battle of Hoth due to his accelerated aging. Either he and his ilk in the 501st are REALLY that good at kicking Rebel ass in their old age or the clones have been relegated to more command support roles.
  • Overrated and Underleveled:
    • The frigates and corvettes in space battles. You would expect them to function as extra spawn points, or perhaps to carry different ships in them, but their only armament is an array of turrets that are meant to defend themselves and their capital ships from enemy bombers, and they don't even do that very well.
    • For that matter, the capital ships themselves have very little firepower. Their main weapons are a small complement of auto-turrets, which pose no threat to the enemy capital ship and can be easily disabled by landing inside and destroying the mainframe.
  • Palette Swap:
    • Both the Republic and the Empire use the TX-130 hovertank, with the Imperial variant being blue-grey instead of red and white.
    • The Rebels' transport in space battles is very obviously a Republic-era LAAT with a red starbird painted on the side. Presumably this is the result of Vehicular Turnabout in-universe.
  • Pre-Explosion Glow: In space battles, certain parts of capital ships will begin glowing and making weird noises before finally blowing up.
  • Promoted to Playable: The four Jedi Heroes from each faction in the original game, most notably (though Count Dooku is only able to be played on two total missions, and one is the Hero Team Battle). The Tusken Raiders, Jawas, Gungans, Geonosians, Wookiees, and Ewoks are all playable in Hunt Mode as well.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: While whether or not the entirety of the 501st qualifies, the narrator at the very least does, as he clearly has misgivings about Order 66, but has no choice but to follow Sidious' orders. On the other hand, he (and the rest of the 501st according to his narration) fully believes that the Empire is the best for the galaxy and hunts down the Rebellion with a vengeance.
  • Revenge Myopia: The clone narrator is shocked and furious after the rebels destroy the Death Star, ignoring the fact that the battle station was mere seconds away from vaporizing Yavin IV at the time. Not to mention what it did to Alderaan days earlier.
    Narrator: For months we'd treated the Rebellion like a disobedient child, only to be repaid for our tolerance with treachery on an unimaginable scale.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: The battle droids, as always.
    (handing the player ammunition) "Some ammo for you!"
    (watching the player kill clones) "How are you doing that?" or "You are a killing machine!"
    (a Hero enters the battlefield) "Uh-oh."
  • Rock Beats Laser: Oddly enough, in single-player Hunt mode, the primitive native side often seems to absolutely cream the army they're up against, be it Geonosians vs. Clone Snipers, Ewoks vs Imperial Scouts, little Jawas vs the supposedly fierce Tusken Raiders, and Wampas vs the entire friggin' Rebel Army. The sole exception seems to be Gungans vs Super Battle Droids, presumably for catharsis regarding Jar-Jar. In multiplayer, though, with the AI turned off or kept to a minimum; the more well-equipped, military side almost always beats the natives.
  • Rubber Band A.I.: In space battles, enemy fighters are more likely to spawn close to the player to ensure they don't get spread out too thin across the map. This means, paradoxically, that hanging back and defending your capital ship and frigates actually makes them more likely to get damaged since that's where the fighters will be concentrated.
  • Selective Gravity: In space battles, bombs fall "down" relative to the rest of the stage. This would be expected when the battle is over a planet, but otherwise Relativity would dictate that the bombs fall "down" relative to the ship launching them. This can be frustrating when you're trying to destroy a target on the underside of a capital ship, as you can't hit it on a regular bombing run without getting dangerously close. Fortunately, the life support system is the only such target, and it can be much more easily destroyed by a TIE fighter or X-wing's torpedoes, or even by landing in the enemy ship and sticking a couple of time bombs on it.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: The narrator for campaign mode. Every mission is told in a gritty, Vietnam-flashback-esque way with the narrator always claiming that both sides suffered major casualties (which would be how most of your battles turn out unless you are godly at playing the game).
  • Shout-Out:
    • The CIS announcer, a Battle Droid, occasionally will refer to the enemy as "meatbags".
    • The tutorial for space combat tells you to "use bombers wisely"
    • When playing as Darth Maul, your opponents may sometimes say "Darth Maul? What's he gonna do, bleed all over us?"
  • The Smurfette Principle: Heroes aside, there is exactly one female soldier in the game: the Rebel sniper. And she's not even present on all maps; some, such as the Death Star or Tantive IV, replace her with another male.
  • Sniper Pistol: The Precision Pistol (earned by getting 6 pistol kills in one life) is this.
  • Sniping the Cockpit: Many turrets and vehicles have the operator partially or completely exposed, allowing a skilled shooter to kill them.
  • Status Buff: Several different area-of-effect buffs are available, usually deployed by the officer units of each faction. They only come with one charge, but can be restocked.
    • The Clone Commander and Han Solo have Rally, which reduces incoming damage.
    • The Imperial Commander and Chewbacca have Rage, which increases damage dealt. General Grievous has a unique version that has unlimited uses, but drains his stamina bar when used.
    • The Bothan Spy can grant a Regeneration buff that heals allies over time. Princess Leia has a variant that regenerates less health, but grants invulnerability while active.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: "Officially, there never was a clone rebellion on Kamino."
  • Tempting Fate: The Imperial announcer at the end of one level announcing that he's sure Darth Vader will be pleased with the mission's results. That level is the one where the Death Star plans get stolen.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Rebel soldiers often scream "DIE! DIE! DIE!" mid-combat, and have a tendency to Double Tap stormtroopers after killing them.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Almost everyone with a lightsaber (except Count Dooku, the Emperor, Yoda, and General Grievous) have the Saber Throw ability, letting them attack from afar.
  • Trap Door: The trap door in front of Jabba the Hutt's throne is faithfully reproduced in the "Jabba's Lair" map and stepping on it it will dump you into the Rancor pit. Which, if you're careful enough, also contains a handy short cut to the lower levels. It's worth noting though, that the rancor doesn't actually move, and won't kill you unless you walk up to it like a moron. It's perfectly possible to leave just by walking around the darned thing.
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny:
    • On the Mos Eisley map, there is a team deathmatch between the heroes and villains, who are the only unit for each army during other battles. It's taken Up to Eleven in the mods.
    • A lesser example in the single-player campaign is two missions where the 501st as Imperial Stormtroopers take on CIS battle droids on Mustafar and then clone troopers on Kamino.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Darth Maul and Jango Fett in the CIS ending.
  • Unfriendly Fire: It's not uncommon for troops to accidentally kill their own teammates, particularly if Grenade Spam is being used. There also appears to be a bug in space battles: fighters will frequently attack capital ship turrets even if one of their own teammates is the one operating it, and even if it's a turret on their own capital ship.
  • Unique Enemy: Gamorrean Guards, who only appear in Jabba's Palace, are unplayable, and are spawned in by Jabba to add to the mayhem for his own entertainment.
  • Unwinnable by Mistake: There's a bug in the Tantive IV mission on Windows 7 where Princess Leia doesn't spawn, making the mission and by extension the campaign impossible. FIXED by the unofficial patch.
  • Urban Warfare: Naboo, Mos Eisley, and Coruscant. The former two are fought in city streets, while the latter is inside the vast Jedi Temple. Between the buildings themselves and tons of debris strewn about, there are a lot of places for snipers to hide.
  • Vehicular Turnabout:
    • Engineers can use their fusion cutters to slice into enemy vehicles, ejecting their pilots and allowing them to hop in and start wreaking havoc. This doesn't work on command vehicles like the AT-AT or AT-TE.
    • From a plot perspective, the rebels make use of Republic-era LAATs as their transport during space battles.
  • Villain Protagonist: Story mode, at least after the Utapau mission, a little over two-fifths into the campaign. The Veteran does appear somewhat sympathetic in his journal entries, but he's still a participant in war crimes, the murders of civilians and officials, and a number of other atrocities.
  • The Voiceless: Ki-Adi-Mundi doesn't have a single line of dialogue in the game. Even Darth Maul, who had precisely one line in the movies, is chattier. He does have voice lines in the game files, but a glitch renders them unused.
    • However, this can be fixed by downloading a mod that enables him to speak.
  • War Is Hell: The Journal doesn't gloss over the bloodshed and atrocities like the movies do, and the narrator makes sure to detail every trauma and atrocity he's been witness to.
    • This point is especially hammered home in some of the later missions, where the things you kill aren't just mindless droids, or even soldiers, but innocent people, who in defending themselves are slaughtered for resisting the Empire.
  • The Walls Are Closing In: On the Death Star map, you can naturally jump into a trash compactor from the cell block. It also serves as a shortcut to the firing control room if you can get out before it squishes you.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Subverted with the campaign. The destruction of the Death Star is described in the campaign. The people who replaced the 501st are described as "poor souls" and the premise of the last three or four missions is to wipe out every single Rebel who had the slightest bit of involvement in it. When you win the battle on Yavin 4 and destroy the Rebel leaders, when the officer commanding you says "Well done. The spirits of our fallen brothers will sleep soundly tonight."
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The 501st legion. Even though they're the Emperor's elite troops, somehow, you can't help feeling sorry for the narrator (who's quite obviously a Shell-Shocked Veteran), even when you're gunning down Rebels on Yavin 4.

"Did we have any doubts? Any private, traitorous thoughts? Perhaps... but no one said a word. Not on the flight to Coruscant, not when Order 66 came down, and not when we marched into the Jedi Temple. Not a word."

Alternative Title(s): Star Wars Battlefront 2

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