Space, the final frontier. Until I set my S-foils to attack position and prepare to boldly go where no man has gone before! There’s a certain thrill to the dogfights of the Star Wars universe. That iconic attack on the first Death Star when Luke Skywalker and his cannon fodder buddies raced through a trench lined with more guns than a Texas church.
Or when Han Solo decided to play the ultimate game of chicken by dodging TIE Fighters in an asteroid field. As much as Jedi and midgets are a part of Star Wars, so are the vehicles and dogfights of that universe.
Hell, I can even get over Ewan MacGregor’s magnificent mullet from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones thanks to that tense chase sequence in space which featured dubstep landmines being dropped from Jango Fett’s Slave-1 ship. And that’s part of the package in Star Wars Battlefront, which features a mode called Fighter Squadron.
Essentially a free for all in the skies, you’ll be piloting Imperial and Rebel ships as you rack up kills. But there’ll also be a chance to fly iconic hero ships. Pretty much the same idea as Hero pickups during ground assaults in Battlefront, Hero Vehicles will allow players to grab some air as either the Millennium Falcon or Boba Fett’s Slave-1.
“Should you spot the Millennium Falcon or Slave I as a regular starship pilot, your best bet is to stay behind them and try to team up with other players,” Senior Designer Björn Sundell said on the Star Wars Battlefront page.
Since the Rebel and Imperial standard ships are smaller than the Hero Vehicles, you can also dive against the planetary surface and use crevices to shake off Solo’s or Fett’s pursuit.
Slave I for instance, is described as “an arsenal-heavy craft”.
It’s equipped with Ion Cannons, Proton Torpedoes, and a jammer that can be activated to fly undetected on the mini-map and to avoid missile locks.
Hero ships naturally boast more armour and firepower, but can still be shot out of the sky if players get cocky. Not long to go now, before Battlefront is out on November 17. I’ll most likely be the only guy in the dogfight who winds up with the icon for the laser-magnet known as the Tantive IV.
Last Updated: October 27, 2015