Star Wars Battlefront has been out for some time now and the final DLC pack was released in December in line with the release of Rogue One. I bought the season pass for Battlefront way back when the game was first released and I have put a decent amount of hours in to each of the four DLC packs. Here are my thoughts:
Outer Rim – 8/10
The Outer Rim DLC pack includes maps from two different locations, Jabba’s palace on Tatooine and a factory on Sullust. Both of these maps are highly detailed and offer a nice variety from the standard maps on the game. Jabba’s palace is my particular favourite of the two – exploring Jabba’s palace as Luke Skywalker and entering the rancor pit sends nostalgia levels through the roof! The two Hero / Villain additions, Nien Numb and Greedo, are a good change as well offering something different from the standard characters.
Bespin – 5/10
The second instalment of DLC takes place in the Cloud City of Bespin. In my opinion, this is the worst of the 4 DLC packs. Whilst in the Outer Rim DLC there are two planets where the action can take place, the Bespin DLC only contains the Cloud City map. To make matters worse the maps are bare and fairly uncreative. The two hero / villain additions, Lando Calrissian and the bounty hunter Dengar, are unexciting and to be honest the worst characters to play as on the game. The silver lining for the Bespin DLC is how Star Wars’y it feels. The incorporation of the twin-pod Cloud Car adds some variety to flying and helps give you the authentic Bespin feel.
Death Star – 8/10
As usual, EA went about their money grabbing ways by not incorporating any space battles into the main game of Battlefront, but then deciding to add them in to the game as DLC. The Death Star DLC covers battles taking place inside the Death Star and space battles outside of it. Whilst I’m not particularly good at Fighter Squadron, I have thoroughly enjoyed piloting an X-wing in to battle, avoiding asteroids whilst hunting down helpless Tie Fighters. The Death Star run is also a magnificent mode and trying your best to do the ‘trench run’ whilst not being shot down by enemy fighters is every Star Wars fan’s dream! Whilst the space battles are illustrious and immersive, the maps on board the Death Star itself are a little disappointing. A lot of the rooms are too similar and the maps are fairly small. I would have liked a larger exploration of the Death Star to be possible, for example exploring the trash compactor would be sweet. The hero for the Death Star is everyone’s favourite wookie, Chewbacca, and the villain is the bounty hunter Bossk. Chewbacca is nothing special, offering very little compared to any of the other heroes, whereas Bossk is one of my favourite playable characters on the game – his grenade firing launcher creates untold havoc!
Rogue One: Scarif – 6/10
The final DLC ties in with the latest Star Wars film to grace our screens, featuring only the one map, the tropical planet of Scarif. The map itself is stunning, the lush forestry and the crystal clear waters make Scarif look more like a dream holiday destination rather than a war zone. As good as it looks however, the map feels bare and is filled with glitches. There have been numerous occasions where I have used my jet pack and ended up stuck on the environment. The hero for the Scarif DLC is Jyn Erso of the rebellion and the villain is Director Orson Krennic. Jyn is nothing special in comparison to some of the other playable characters on the game, but Krennic is a force to be reckoned with, his astromech droid being particularly fun to toy with enemies with.
Overall the Star Wars Battlefront DLC has its ups and downs, but as a whole it is very enjoyable and I’m sure it will keep any Star Wars fan occupied for hours.