Star Wars: Battlefront II is introducing an OP Anakin Skywalker.
Well, Star Wars: Battlefront II players, you’d better get yourselves over to Mustafar and seize the high ground ASAP. Anakin Skywalker is on his way to the game, and he’s looking seven shades of beastly.
Now, if there’s one thing we gamers don’t like, it’s… well, we’re a persnickety bunch, and it’s tough to choose just one thing. Season passes, microtransactions (yes, that was aimed at you, Apex Legends), they’re all the spawn of Beelzebub himself. Something else that’s right at the top of the list, though, would have to be OP characters.
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When Mario Tennis Aces was first released, Bowser Jr. was just unstoppable. Were fans amused by this situation? No, they were not. Over in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the scaly scourge of online play, King K. Rool, has been dealt a modest nerf (yes, he’s fine because most of his moves take about seven centuries to come out, but casual players howled for a nerf). Who’s the next character we’re all going to hate? Anakin Skywalker.
If you’ve seen the prequel trilogy (which lots of us have, even if we don’t like to admit it), you’ll know that Anakin is a force to be reckoned with. Right from the start, it was clear that he was going to be one heck of an asset to whichever side he chose to join. In his time, he joined both; serving first as a hero of the Clone Wars before… well, we all know who Anakin became.
In Battlefront II, Anakin Skywalker is joining the goody-goody side, and the devs have promised that he’s going to be “one of the strongest light side heroes in Battlefront II.” He should be strong lore-wise, of course, but it sounds like he could be a great big problem in terms of gameplay.
The essence of the character is intact here. He’s an offensive powerhouse (140 base damage with lightsaber strikes, with an additional +40 from behind), boasting super-strong abilities like Passionate Strike (a heavy, unblockable slash dealing 180 damage to heroes and 250 to non-heroes) and Pull Dominance (which will carry foes towards him into range of his formidable melee moves). He also has a fourth ability (which many fellow heroes don’t): Retribution. This allows him to funnel the damage he’s dealt and taken, berserker-style, into a big AoE Force Choke that will do big damage to every foe in range.
He’s going to be a handful, that’s for sure. Like his movie counterpart, though, Battlefront II’s take on the Chosen One does have a weakness: his discipline. Defensively, he isn’t so great, as he is unable to hold his guard for as long as some of his fellows on the light side. Foes that are equally adept with a lightsaber will cause him problems as a result, if he can’t keep up his offensive momentum.
Anakin will arrive in the game very soon, on February 27. The cost? 35,000 credits. He sounds totally worth it, though.