Star Wars Battlefront 2 – Mission 5: Outcasts

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. This time I will go through Mission 5 – Outcasts

The Premise – In the opening of this episode of The West Wing… wait, sorry, I got confused with the walking and talking aspect of the level. Del and Iden have decided to surrender to the New Republic forces and after being interrogated, General Lando Calrissian meets with you to offer two X-Wings to just fly away and not be bothered by either side again but that all changes when a distress signal comes from Naboo. Operation Cinder has arrived.

Iden and Del join the fight with Shriv as Danger Squadron to help the three N1 Starfighters against the Star Destroyer and the Operation Cinder satellites.

Danger Squadron destroy the satellites and the provide cover for the Y-Wings as they take out the Star Destroyer’s shields, giving the New Republic Capital Ship the opening it needs to destroy the Imperial Vessel.

The Gameplay – This is your first mission flying an X-Wing. Whilst the controls are the same when flying any of the ships they all feel different, which is a testament to the game developers and their attention to detail. The mission does start with another slow walk and talk dialogue sequence where you walk through the Capital Ship. It’s tedious but if you want you can have a look at the design of the ships interior.

Easter Eggs – The whole mission is one long Easter Egg and it’s great. When you arrive at Naboo you are right in the middle of the third issue of ‘Shattered Empire’ the three N1 Starfighters are being piloted by Princess Leia, Shara Bey (lead character in the mini-series and Poe Dameron’s mum) and Naboo’s Queen Soruna. Dialogue between Leia and Lando is lifted from the comic. The mission expands on the battle slightly but it doesn’t effect the overall story being told.

This mission is a prime example of the Star Wars Story Group doing what they do best, making everything fit together to make the whole of the Star Wars Universe timeline come together neatly.

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