The defection was ridiculous. I, like many others, expected an Empire-centric story that chronicled the rise of the First Order from the inside, and how the Empire dealt with the death of the Emperor and lack of a line of succession.
I don't know how I felt about Operation Cinder. Part of me feels like Palpatine would never do that, the other part of me was like yeah he'd totally be like If i can't have it no one can.
I just figured more people would be like well that's dumb. He's dead I'm not going to follow his orders. I also choose to not believe the Empire would torch Loyal imperial planets. Rebel planets? Sure. Not planets that are all about that Empire.
I feel like the premise has been wasted. I would have loved a story that told the aftermath of Endor up to Jakku from an Imperial point of view or even go farther and have Iden and Inferno Squad be a part of the First Order Conquest of the Galaxy. That way, when you watch TLJ and see "The First Order Reigns." You know what that means because you experienced it. It upset me that all we got was another "ehh Empire is bad mehhhhh," story. We KNOW (if you're disloyal scum who doesn't support the glorious Empire). We have 6 movies telling us the Empire is bad. I get it.
but to me, the best villains are ones that are misunderstood, not fully represented, or not evil for the sake of evil, and have a reason however skewed for what they do. We don't get that with the Empire or the First Order. This game should have showed that.
Instead of going to Vardos to see a people forsaken by their government, have a city in mourning because of how great Palpatine was. Have people who are proud to be imperials. Show that this isn't a stereotypical tyrannical government hated everywhere. The Core planets would definitely remain Imperial well beyond the death of Palpatine. This is why fringe planets were more susceptible to Rebellion. But instead, you have the Empire burn Core world and Outer Rim world equally. Why?
OR if you're gonna have Op. Cinder happen, at LEAST have Iden and Del remain loyal, if not a little shaken. These are people who were raised Imperial. For god's sake, Iden's FATHER is an ADMIRAL. And HE was all about Cinder. But to go from "I bleed Imperial blood" to "Well, these Stormtroopers are my enemy now" in a couple hours is a little bizarre.
It saddens me that the whole "Empire is all bad, all the time" train of thought will continue going forward, but oh well. maybe next Battlefront.