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Personal bias aside, the idea of the Battlefront games might not sound like much sense. Yet they’re awesome.
Now I’m sure most of you are wondering which Battlefront era we’re going to be covering here. Whether you’re a fan of the original 2005 BF2 release, or have come to enjoy the more recent EA reboot, you’re in luck!
We’ve got mods for both titles.
So in this list I’m giving you ten of the best mods for each title – starting off with the 2005 version of the game.
Seeing as the older of the two games was released 15 years ago, you can’t really expect it to come close graphics-wise.
That doesn’t mean modders haven’t caught up though, as Harrisonfog has come up with a way to make the game look much better than it did back then.
While you still can’t expect 15 years’ worth of technological improvements in a single mod, Star Wars: Battlefront 2 – Remastered updates everything including maps, units, vehicles, and weapons to stunning HD.
Fighting through epic battles across the different places around the galaxy is a large part of what makes this game truly “Star Wars”.
Whether you’re battling in Jabba’s Palace on Tatooine or the Dust Plains of Geonosis, the environments go a long way in bringing the Star Wars universe to life.
Thanks again to Harrisonfog, we’re now even given rezzed and realistic versions of each map to choose from.
Rezzed maps are HD replacements for the original base game maps, while realistic ones have been edited with additional props and models to make the environments much more realistic.
While it’s great to have better options for the stock maps that already come with the game, there are mods that add completely new maps to play on as well.
TORfront is one of those mods, focusing specifically on the Old Republic era of Star Wars lore.
This pack gives you 5 new playable maps to enjoy. Specifically Alderaan: Treefall, Belsavis: Icebound, Makeb: Broken Paradise, Dromund Kaas: Labyrinth, and Coruscant: The Works.
Now the Sol Map Pack is probably the most interesting of the three map mods so far, as it actually provides us new battlefields based on our own solar system.
Instead of taking known locations from the Star Wars universe, The Sol Map Pack adds 5 new maps set on Earth, Luna, Mars, Titan, and Venus.
If you’re looking to fight off foes on the surface of one of Saturn’s moons, this is the way to do it.
It appears The Clone Wars has been a popular topic for mods, at least for the 2005 version of Battlefront II.
Having been covered by many other mods out there, Battlefront: The Clone Wars separates itself by focusing specifically on the version we saw in the popular 2008 animated series.
The series was very popular, running for almost 6 years. So if you’re a fan then you should check this one out for sure.
The mod adds 3 new factions with a total of 17 playable unit classes, 5 unique clone legions, a new custom HUD, and even sound effects and music taken directly from the TV series.
Battlefront is largely considered to be an online multiplayer experience.
But this is mostly because the campaigns for these games were never really anything to rave about.
While that may be the case, modder Maveritchell offers us a new and improved way to enjoy the single player aspects of BF2 with his “Dark Times” mod.
This mod focuses on the era just before and during the Galactic Civil War, adding over 20 new heroes relevant to the time period, along with new maps covering the Star Wars expanded universe.
The mod even improves lightsaber mechanics, adding a whole new depth to the game’s combat system.
Another hugely popular Star Wars era found outside of canon is Knights of the Old Republic.
Most consider 2003’s Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic to be the best Star Wars video game to date.
And thanks to modder Naielis, we can now experience KOTOR in Battlefront II.
The mod adds 3 new eras to the game covering The Jedi Civil War, the Dark Wars, and the Mandalorian Wars.
With that, heroes from those eras have been added as well. This includes Mandalore, Darth Sion, Darth Nihilus, and Canderous Ordo, among many others.
You know when something is so weird to the point that it actually makes it interesting?
That’s how I would best describe this next mod, as it completely removes the Star Wars from Star Wars: Battlefront II.
Why the heck would you want to do that?
TRON: The Grid transports us to the Tron universe, replacing jedis and lightsabers with light runners, programs, and sentries.
The mod includes 13 different game modes across maps of the most popular Tron locations including Tron City, Disc Arena, and Lightcycle Arena.
While it may be far from what you were expecting from a Star Wars game, it should still make for some good times – especially if you’re a Tron fan.
Now getting back to Star Wars here, Battlefront III Legacy is probably one of the biggest expansions you can get for more Star Wars content.
The mod adds two new eras – along with content from all eight Star Wars films, as well as from The Force Unleashed and the more recent Battlefront II by EA.
Among the 50+ playable heroes are classics like Luke and Vader, along with the newer generation including Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren.
What’s even better about this mod is that it was just updated last May (as of this writing). And with campaigns for each era in the pipeline, it’s probably a good idea to keep following for updates.
Finally, for the 2005 version of Battlefront II, we have the vastly popular Conversion Pack from Maveritchell.
This is a massive content mod adding 22 new maps, 50 new heroes, as well as multiple new clone legions. There’s a lot to dig into.
The mod covers everything from The Clone Wars to KOTOR, so you’re basically getting everything in one neat pack.
Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Holocron, and Classic Conquest are supported by the mod, so you’re sure to have loads of fun with this one.
I don’t think anyone would argue that EA’s Battlefront II isn’t the better-looking game ever made, seeing it was released quite a few years back now.
As with any game, the community has found ways to make it look even better.
Sly’s Cinematic Lighting Overhaul is the best place to start on that task.
Through post-processing, bloom, lighting, and shaders, SCLO improves lighting and effects of each and every playable map in the game – with the aim of making everything look much more realistic and much closer to what you see in the films as well as other Star Wars source material.
The highlight of anything Star Wars has always been the lightsabers.
The glowing laser swords have become iconic and easily identifiable with the franchise. And these are one of the first things fans look towards in any Star Wars-related content.
Well with Dulana57’s BetterSabers X mod, Battlefront II’s lightsabers are getting visual upgrades as well.
The mod brings consistency and visual improvements to all lightsabers in the game to make everything appear more like they do in the films.
Visuals aren’t the only factor that affect immersion, as sounds play a huge role as well.
With most of these mods aiming to make everything look more like the films, why not get a sound pack to make the game sound like the films as well?
TheSpartanCV’s Sountrack Replacement Suite does exactly that.
It replaces all continuous soundtracks, alternating hero themes, space battles, and frontend themes with original music from all films. Even including Solo and Rogue One, as well as the recent TV series The Mandalorian.
While Battlefront’s multiplayer modes are meant to be enjoyed online with other people, sometimes it’s still fun to just try things out. Or practice with some bots beforehand.
Starfighter Assault in Arcade brings one of the game’s most exciting modes to offline Arcade, allowing you to enjoy epic ship battles with AI.
Now you’ve got plenty to practice before diving into real competitive BF2 gameplay.
If you’re looking for a more challenging experience with the arcade AI, then this next mod is exactly what you need.
AI Arcade Overhaul by KrazyIvan777 implements several changes to make arcade modes feel much closer to online multiplayer.
AI improvements include allowing bots to sprint and maximize their loadouts, making them more difficult to beat.
The mod also enables 25vs25 mode to make for bigger, more epic battles.
There’s tons of fun to be had in Battlefront II with some custom cosmetic skins.
While many game-altering mods should be used carefully to avoid getting banned, generally they’re fine if you use them for single-player only.
This gives players the ability to freely apply skins and personalize characters, possibly for online use, but do be careful with that one.
Many players can get away with cosmetic-only mods for online play, but there is still some risk (the more cosmetic/basic, the less risky).
With that said, go ahead and grab this cool Battle Damaged Darth Vader skin. It even comes in 3 variants – helmetless, cracked helmet, and full helmet.
If you prefer the classic Vader look, why not give him an 8K upgrade?
Moose’s 8K Darth Vader is a complete head-to-toe retexture of Lord Vader, based on the official 501st Garrison’s guidelines for Return of the Jedi’s screen-accurate Vader costume.
Vader can’t really look any better than this.
Up next, we have another popular Star Wars costume that I’m sure fans are going to go crazy for.
The iconic “Slave Leia” outfit (now officially named Huttslayer) has been made available in Battlefront II thanks to modder nanobuds.
The skin will replace Princess Leia’s Boushh outfit, and once installed you’ll be ready to fight some clones in the famous two-piece suit.
While EA’s Battlefront II includes some of the newer canon heroes and villains like Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren, some of the older characters were removed to make way for them.
Unfortunately, this meant that one of our favorite jedi masters had to be cut from the final roster.
Mace Windu was an integral character during Clone Wars, and the game just doesn’t feel complete without him.
Well thanks to modder s0rox, we can replace BF2’s Obi-Wan with a skin of Master Windu instead. Rejoice!
Lastly, we have a relatively new Star Wars character. But one that we’ll never forget.
This was the most recent to take the Internet by storm, as you’ve probably seen the memes regardless of whether you follow The Mandalorian at all.
That’s right, Baby Yoda is joining the fray and is now included in Battlefront II, again thanks to nanobuds.
He replaces BB-8 (who let’s face it, is old news by now) and comes complete with a custom UI and sound effects to match!
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If you are yet to get your hands on the 2017 Star Wars Battlefront II but you still have access to the classic 2005 Star Wars: Battlefront II, then perhaps it is time to try the mods and enjoy your classic better as you wait to try your hands on the latest version of the game. This mod loader tutorial only works on the steam version of the game.
To set up your game for mod installation, you will first need the mod loader and you will have to be sure that your PC can handle the requirements. Lucky enough, since this is a 2005 game we are dealing with, the requirements aren’t more than a standard computer can handle. You will need:
After you have downloaded the mod loader .exe from here
To install the actual mods once you have the Star Wars Battlefront 2 Mod loader up and running
Alternatively, you can skip downloading the mod installer and just handle the installation manually.
To install mods, just extract the mod and place it in the addon folder you just created above.
Remember that your game will crash from the 500 mission limit if you have too many mods in place. You can either delete some of the mods or just move them into a addon_inactive folder and move them back when you need them.
Some of the mods you can look out for include: