Star Wars Battlefront 2 – Mission 0: The Cleaner

As I have recently gotten back into gaming after getting a new XBox One S this past week I’ve gone and gotten back into Battlefront 2 in a big bad way.

There will be spoilers for the game so be warned if you haven’t played it yet.

The result of this is I will now do some writing about each of the levels as I make my way through the game again, starting with Mission 0 – The Cleaner.

The premise – Commander Iden Versio, leader of Inferno Squadron has been captured by Rebels and brought on board one of the Mon Calamari capital ships.

She is interrogated but gives nothing away. She remotely activates her droid sidekick which frees her and she goes to a control room to delete an Imperial transmission which would alert the Rebel fleet to the whereabouts of the Imperial Fleet hiding at Endor prior to the Rebel attack on the second Death Star.

Once she erases the message she fights her way off of the ship and to freedom… via the airlock.

Once back on the Corvus, Inferno Squadron’s ship, her father, Admiral Versio orders them to meet the fleet at Endor.

Gameplay – As far as introductory missions go on a game this one is a good one. It lets you get to grips with the controls whilst throwing a few Easter Eggs our way. The biggest one is a transmission you overhear from Admiral Ackbar setting out the plan to divert Imperial attention to Sullust whilst the fleet prepares to attack the Death Star, a reference to Vader’s line about “reports of the Rebel fleet massing bear Sullust”.

It’s a great introduction to the main protagonist, Iden Versio. She’s a brilliant tactician, a ruthless soldier and a loyal Imperial, which doesn’t interfere with how you feel about her. Seeing the Empire from an Imperial soldiers perspective is interesting. The Rebel Alliance is a thorn in the side of the Empire, bringing chaos to the civilised communities of the Emperors Galaxy. It’s only later that her faith in the regime is shattered.

We also get to meet, at the end of the mission, Agent Hask and Agent Meeko, her teammates on Inferno Squad who are increasingly important as the game progresses.

It’s not the best level but once you get past the obligatory ‘learn the controls’ portion it’s good fun running around the ship blasting the Rebel Scum.

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