#23: The Force Awakens!

Thanks for joining us in another weekend edition of DailyBits! It’s the best time to sit back and relax, and take your favourite video games for a spin. We love to hear what you’ve been playing over the weekend, so thanks to everyone that continues to share their experiences with us.

Today we’ve got a guide to help you get started in Star Wars Battlefront 2, and although it didn’t get off to a great start back in 2017, there’s been some recent content additions that have transformed it into a fantastic Star Wars game. We’ve also got a look at Devolver Digital’s shoot ’em up, My Friend Pedro.

Game Spotlight

My Friend Pedro

(DeadToast Entertainment/Devolver Digital, PC and Nintendo Switch)

My Friend Pedro takes shoot ‘em up action and slows it right down, making you feel like a masked, Matrix-esque parkour hero. Taking orders from a sentient banana, you’re tasked with taking out groups of bad guys across forty levels, dishing out slick attacks while trying to achieve an S rank for all your hard work. In addition, you’re encouraged to be creative with your choreography, and can incorporate everyday items into your arsenal of deadly weapons as you twist, skate and motorcycle your way through grimey back streets and sewers.

Armed with two pistols containing unlimited ammo and an extremely agile body, your job is to kill as many enemies as possible while looking stylish in the process. Line up headshots on enemies while avoiding incoming fire by twirling around bullets, jumping off walls and rolling around morph ball-style. Featuring a slowdown meter reminiscent of Max Payne, and the ability to fire at two different enemies on either side of the screen, My Friend Pedro does an amazing job of making the player feel virtually unstoppable.

Twirl like a ballerina, sting like a dude wielding two pistols

Each mission will only take roughly a minute or two to complete however, the real challenge lies in perfecting your run. You are equipped with all the tools needed to achieve the best possible run, though actually managing to accomplish this might be more challenging than it sounds. When you’re facing several enemies at once, each equipped with their own weapon pointed directly at you, it can be difficult to avoid bullets while maintaining your combo. You’ll have to practice seamless ‘Air-Splat’ kills and combos, evade enemy attacks and maintain your momentum to smash the time bonus. Attempting to beat your personal best on each level is where you’ll gain a greater understanding of the game’s mechanics, making this title easy to revisit across multiple sessions of play.

My Friend Pedro manages to create high octane action sequences that are rivalled only by high budget Bollywood movies. You can kick a basketball with enough force to kill a man, launch a frying pan into the air with your guns, then use that same frying pan as a bullet mirror to kill enemies who aren’t even in your line of sight. The crazy thing is that all of this mayhem takes place within the span of ten seconds. If you own an Nvidia graphics card, each one of your highlights is automatically saved so you can post your best moments in GIF form online.

One of the most astounding facts about My Friend Pedro is that it was developed almost entirely by one person, Victor Agren. Agren hasn’t let the fact that he is a lone developer stop him from releasing prompt patches. The most recent update to My Friend Pedro on Steam adds support for ultrawide aspect ratios, uncapped frame rates for high refresh rate displays and includes fixes for numerous smaller bugs. Ever wanted to see would happen if Hotline Miami, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and The Matrix had a baby? This is it right here.

Getting Started Guide

Star Wars Battlefront 2

It may have come out in 2017, but Star Wars Battlefront 2 is getting a new lease of life thanks to regular updates – with new modes, maps, classes, and more keeping the game feeling fresh. But jumping in now to try the cool Clone Wars content may seem scary, so we’re here to help you out. Let’s get started in Star Wars Battlefront 2 (the new one)!

There is no try (practice!)

Are you ready for the silliest statement ever? Apparently you can get good at things if you practice. Well, what’s true in literally everything is true in Star Wars Battlefront 2. And that’s what Arcade mode and Battle Scenarios are for! Arcade mode isn’t the only single-player stuff in the game (there’s a story campaign too), but it’s a lot of fun, and prepares you for multiplayer by giving you a chance to practice heroes and different classes. Battle scenarios are similar, but you can customise the experience. Go nuts, and when you’re ready… head online. Gulp.

You rebel scum (classes!)

One of the toughest parts of any multiplayer game like Battlefront 2 is choosing a class, and getting used to it. There are four main classes in the game, let’s go through them:

  • Assault: the default soldier class. Comes with a basic blaster rifle, but has an ability that temporarily swaps it for a shotgun-type weapon. The pinger that detects enemy movement in an area is useful too.
  • Heavy: armed with a more powerful gun, which you can temporary swap to a chaingun-type that takes a second to power up. The shield is very useful.
  • Specialist: the sniper class. All you need to know really. If you’re good at sniping in online games you’ll want to choose this and be the bane of the entire match.
  • Officer: the support class, but can be the most useful. Only packs a pistol but can do a lot of damage. Make sure to use the main Buff ability on as many teammates as possible (there’s a number on it that tells you how many it’ll affect) and close to the battle. The easiest class to earn battle points! Speaking of which…

Control, control, you must learn control (points!)

Battle points are earned as you play through a match, and they don’t carry on to other matches. You earn them through killing enemies, sticking together with a squad (yellow icon teammates), doing the objectives, or buffing teammates as an officer. You can use these points on the class selection screen to play as vehicles (including starfighters), special classes, or hero characters. These can make all the difference to a match, so choose wisely – and make sure you’ve practiced them in Battle Scenarios first!

Reach out with your feelings (abilities!)

Every class – no matter basic, special, vehicle, or hero – has three main special Abilities they can use at any time, and they all have a cooldown. The difference between victory and defeat is using each ability effectively – whether it’s choosing to buff the right people, set a sentry at the right point, blast the right opponent with the Force, or just chuck the right thermal detonator at the right person’s feet at the right time. Practice those abilities, learn them before you start a match or select a special, and use them well!

This time we take him together (modes!)

There are multiple online game modes to choose from in Battlefront 2 of course. Here’s a run-down so you can go for the one you like:

  • Capital Supremacy: The newest game mode, and with potentially the longest matches. Clone Wars-only at the moment, with objectives based on capturing control points and then destroying the enemy’s capital ship, or defending your own.
  • Galactic Assault: The other ‘epic’ game type, with multiple objectives that progress as the match moves on. Usually involves a walker or tank assault of some sort in the first phase. Large areas and the most Star Wars-y feel.
  • Starfighter Assault: The only space battle mode. We suggest practicing with the various fighters first. It’s also objective based, with one side attacking a large ship and the other side defending.
  • Strike: A simpler mode – two teams of eight players in a smaller, objective-based map.
  • Blast: The team deathmatch mode. Just kill everyone on the opposing side.
  • Heroes vs Villains: If you just want to mess around with the special characters but don’t want to rack up points for them in Assault, go to this mode – it’s just all about the heroes. Good guys vs bad guys. Just make sure you know their abilities first.
  • Ewok Hunt: A more bizarre game mode – Ewoks vs stormtroopers. Stormtroopers must survive and get extracted, Ewoks have to eliminate them. Killed troopers respawn as Ewoks. It’s nuts.

I will not be the last Jedi (heroes and villains!)

By far the coolest part about Star Wars Battlefront 2, and the thing that separates it from other online shooters, is the involvement of various classic heroes and villains from the Star Wars saga – 10 on each side. These include Force users like Luke, Rey, Darth Vader or Maul, and quick-shooters like Han, Finn, Captain Phasma or Boba Fett. You’ll need to practice as them in Arcade to get used to their powers, but not only can they make a difference in a match – it’s frickin’ cool (or terrifying) to see Darth Vader walking in your direction!

Think you’re ready to take on the First Order or crush that rebel scum? Give Battlefront 2 a try! It’s not all about loot boxes anymore. Those are basically gone now, phew.

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