It’s no secret that Star Wars Battlefront brings the nostalgic fun of the original Star Wars trilogy to a new generation. You can find why by reading our review of Star Wars Battlefront here on The Koalition. The latest downloadable content for EA’s Star Wars Battlefront attempts to bridge the action of the classic trilogy with the rise of the newest entry into the Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens. The Battle of Jakku offers a brand new map for players to fight on in multiplayer, as well as a new game type called Turning Point. Star Wars fans will find some of the most impressive looking environments to come out of EA’s Battlefront.
Jakku is a desert planet very similar to Tatooine, the home of Rebellion hero Luke Skywalker. How Jakku differentiates from Tatooine is because of the events that take place during the time between Return of the Jedi and the upcoming film The Force Awakens. Jakku is a war-torn battlefield that has the Rebel Alliance making a strong push against the Galactic Empire off the planet in the wake of the destruction of the second Death Star.
The results of the battles leave the plant littered with destroyed AT-AT walkers, X-wings, TIE fighters, and fallen Star Destroyers all over the planet’s surface. This is a map that vividly shows the effects of the struggle against the Empire and what was lost during the war.
No matter what game mode play on Jakku, you will always be wowed by the crazy amounts of detail of the planets surroundings. A huge battle going on in the far background has Star Destroyers falling from the sky, fighters flying overhead, and air strikes being dropped onto the planet’s surface. Over time these events will occur at various points of the map to make you feel that your battle is only part of the larger war at hand.
These scripted events don’t affect or damage any players in the matchup, but they are very pretty to look at and easily missed if you focus only on the match. You can hang back away from the fighting and watch as a Star Destroyer falls from the sky to the ground in real time, making a loud thunderous sound upon impact. The sight of this alone is enough to make your hair stand; everything else is sweet gravy on top of it.
The newest game mode, Turning Point, is very fitting for the backstory of Jakku. The Rebels must capture command posts and push the Empire off the planet, while the Empire must fight to maintain control of the area by defending the command posts. The Rebels must stay the aggressors the entire time because of a countdown timer before the Empire achieves victory.
Every post the Rebel army captures gains an addition three minutes on the timer. This forces players on the Rebel side to constantly advance forward or the risk losing the match to the clock. Both sides can win pretty easily if there is a lack of teamwork on the opposing team, but matches can last a long time if everyone does what they can to help.
Turning Point is limited to the Jakku map exclusively and only allows infantry and vehicles to take part in matches without heroes. You can play any of the other Battlefront game modes on Jakku, but it can be difficult to find matches. The Jakku map doesn’t really offer anything new to older game types and feels like it was crafted with only Turning Point in mind. Other modes outside of Turning Point play very similar to before with very little changes. The destroyed ships and walkers on the map do offer some more cover and places to hide during a match, but this depends on your play style.
As Battlefront’s first official DLC map, Jakku is a solid addition. Not only does Jakku give Star Wars fans a taste of the new additions from The Force Awakens, but also offers a new game mode to extend their enjoyment of Battlefront. It would have been nice to have a few more changes to other modes while on Jakku or even new heroes and villains from the upcoming movie, but this may come with time.
You can download the Battle of Jakku DLC for Star Wars Battlefront on December 8th 2015 when it becomes available to everyone for download on PlayStation 4, Xbox one, and PC.
These impressions were based on a digital code for Star Wars Battlefront The Battle of Jakku downloadable content for the PlayStation 4 provided by Electronic Arts.