It’s fair to say that the Death Star DLC has been the most anticipated of the Star Wars Battlefront add-on content released to date. That’s largely thanks to the promise of outer space combat, as well giving players the chance to fight on and around one of the most iconic figures in sci-fi history.
Bossk may have been a mere footnote in the movies, but he’s given time to shine here. Heat vision, a buffed Relby-v10 - featuring grenade-launching secondary fire - and a powerful Dioxis Grenade ability that boasts a built-in escape make him a beast on the battlefield.
And is Battle Station the mode that’ll finally let us venture into outer space?
It is. Battle Station is a three-phase mode set entirely in space… well, sort of. There’s a ground-based section sandwiched between the first and third phases, but this does take place in the Death Star, which is technically in space.
I guess I blow the Death Star up in the third phase, then?
You’ll need to get there first - don’t get cocky, kid! You have to earn the right to take on the Empire’s super weapon by winning the first two stages on the Rebel side. That entails first obliterating an Imperial Star Destroyer, before rescuing R2-D2 second.
Wait, I can’t skip ahead to the last part? I just want to do the trench run!
Sorry, the first two phases are mandatory.
If you’re just looking to pay homage to A New Hope’s final scene, we have some more bad news. Rebels simply navigate a criss-cross of trenches in an attempt to collect twelve checkpoint tokens within the time limit and win.
Oh… that’s not quite what I had in mind when they said destroy the Death Star...
The final phase doesn’t quite live up to expectations, but then recreating such an iconic cinematic moment in an online multiplayer game was always going to be a tough task.
Don’t let that put you off the rest of the DLC, as there’s plenty of fun to be had.
So you’d still recommend it?
If you already own the Season Pass and haven’t played Battlefront in a while, this is the DLC to get you back into the game. If you’re not fussed about the other expansion packs, but enjoy the base game, it’s probably worth a punt on its own.