As I write this, I am actually waiting for my PlayStation 4, Star Wars Battlefront II Elite
Trooper Edition to arrive from Amazon. This is one of my most wanted games of the year and
I am really looking forward to it… even with all the controversy about the pay to win aspect of
the game and the fact that you will either need to spend real money or play for 40 hours to
unlock some characters. Now to be fair, as I write this EA have just announced that they
have changed how much VC is needed to unlock characters.
However, the stigma of loot boxes and the claim that the player who has the deeper pockets
or who is just willing to spend more money has an edge is not sitting well with players. I get
Loot Boxes. They are a way for a developer to make more money from their game and in
theory, a way for players to get some cool stuff too. I think that Overwatch handles loot
boxes very well. You just get cosmetic items from them and you unlock Loot Boxes at what I
consider to be a fair rate.
I hate when you play a game that takes an age to get a Loot Box. Overwatch should be the
gold standard and the way other companies try to do Loot Boxes going forward. It is not fair
to have things that give you an edge in a Loot Box if you ask me. But things like trophies,
new poses and most importantly costumes are fine. I think the way that Overwatch does it is
great. The game is already fun, but as the Loot Box system feels fair and you level up rather
quickly so you do not have to spend 20 hours just waiting to get one, it feels fair.
I am really looking forward to Star Wars Battlefront II and I am sure it is going to be a lot of
fun as I actually enjoyed the last Battlefront game. But I for one can tell you, after spending
£69.99 on the Elite Trooper Edition. It will be a hot day on Hoth before I spend a real penny
on a Loot Box!