Star Wars Battlefront 2 is here! Hooray! Yay! Eh... yes, we know it's been less than well received. EA's greed combined with their desire to make "upgrading" a thing for what should be a balanced multiplayer game has kind of, well, ruined Battlefront 2.
But what of the people who really want to play the game? At it's heart Battlefront 2 is still an excellent game, one of the best Star Wars experiences ever in fact, it's just a couple of things involving money that make it less palatable. Well, for the Star Wars fans who want to get ahead in Battlefront 2, you'll need Credits - to get Loot Crates, to get Star Card upgrades, to unlock Heroes, the works. And we've put together the best ways to get Credits, as quickly as possible, in Star Wars Battlefront 2 - leaving you to enjoy the game. Aren't we nice?
1. Play The Campaign
The Star Wars Battlefront 2 campaign is relatively short, at around 4-6 hours, and the rewards for playing it are high. Oh yes, the story's fun, there's some nice shoot-outs, you get to play Luke Skywalker and swing a lightsaber around, yadda yadda yadda. We're talking real rewards here. There's a 5000 Credit reward for finishing the campaign, which EA clearly expects you to use to buy the campaign's main character Iden Versio as a playable Dark Side Hero (or "Villain"). Which you can do if you wish, or you can put it towards the 15,000 needed for Vader or Luke.
Additionally completing most missions get you bonuses too, and while some are Star Cards or Emotes usually you'll get 200-300 Credits instead. There's probably around 7000 Credits tied to the campaign then, so it's the easiest way to get a big chunk of Battlefront 2 money.
2. Arcade Mode
The offline Arcade Mode is an easy way to get 500 Credits per day, without all the stress of playing the game online - and unlike the Campaign you can continuously play the same mission in Arcade over and over again and get the same rewards. Every mission in Arcade nets you 100 Credits, regardless of difficulty, so just replay the 1 Star "Rookie" missions and get some easy money.
The big catch, unfortunately, is that EA thought this was too much like having fun and so have capped the maximum you can earn from Arcade per day at 500 Credits. Still, it's an easy paycheque, and it's good to actually play a Hero for once.
3. Daily Login Crate
If you do nothing else, simply turning on Star Wars Battlefront 2 once a day nets you a free Loot Box. These can have useful Star Cards or emotes, but they always always have at least Crafting Parts and Credits. Even if you never play the game, you can turn it on to get a few hundred Credits from this free box. If you're really pressed for time and don't want to mess about with actually playing Battlefront 2 this is your best option. It might take a while to get anything, though.
4. Play The Challenges
Pay attention to the 'Career' page and all the Challenges on offer there. Most will have cash bonuses upon completion, or Loot Boxes which will probably contain Credits too. So when you head into either a multiplayer match or, better, the Arcade Mode which has plenty of its own Challenges, have a list of ones you'd like to complete and aim for them. Maybe it's just kill enemies as a certain class, or maybe it's playing the objective. Have a look at Career and decide for yourself.
5. Starfighter Assault
Eventually, I'm sorry to have to tell you this, you might have to consider actually playing Star Wars Battlefront 2 online. It is probably the simplest way to earn Credits, especially as nothing you do in a match really matters it's just how long you spent in it.
We've picked Starfighter Assault however as the best mode to play online just for earning Credits. Yes, currently you can rubber-band a controller and "play" Heroes Vs Villains, but even EA have noticed that and they'll patch it out soon. Starfighter Assault matches on the other hand aren't too long (unlike Galactic Assault), don't have several rounds (unlike Strike), and aren't boring (unlike Blast). Just fly about, shoot some ships, and you'll get Credits. Easy money, and you might get some entertainment value too!
6. Build A Droid
A gamer named Lowberg had a wonderful idea to get as many Credits as possible in Star Wars Battlefront 2: build a droid to play the game for you! Yes, it's not really playing, and yes, it's no better than the people putting rubber bands on their pads to make Heroes Vs Villains such a terrible game mode, but Lowberg's droid is different - it can push buttons too. In Heroes Vs Villains there is auto-spawn - that's not in Galactic Assault, you have to push buttons to carry on playing.
Plus with such small teams having someone run around in circles is far more conspicuous in Heroes Vs Villains, and a droid might not get patched out since it's pushing a button to look like it's doing something. Earn Credits by doing nothing and don't completely screw up the game for other people! What could be better?
7. Pay A Small Orphan To Play For You
Then again, maybe the droid will get patched out? It's not like it's doing much. But if you don't want to grind for Credits yourself and you certainly don't want to pay EA any more money, what's the alternative? Pay a small orphan to play the game for you of course! Simply grab a child off the street, offer them some biscuits and maybe a chance to warm themselves by the fire, and then show them how to play Battlefront 2 for their dinner.
Any variety of urchin will do, remember they don't have to play well they just have to seem human for a few rounds. While strictly speaking they don't have to be an orphan, the higher-class brand of child might require actual money or object to getting chained to an Xbox pad.
8. Don't Buy Star Wars Battlefront 2 At All
Seriously, just forget the whole thing. Grinding to make fake money to buy boxes to get more fake money? Ruining the balance of a multiplayer game through randomized upgrades so some players have a massive gameplay advantage? What a stupid goddamn idea. Go play the GOG version of the original Star Wars Battlefront II instead. Or go outside and play. Just forget the whole thing. There'll be other Star Wars games eventually.