When fans first heard that a new Star Wars: Battlefront game was in production at Swedish developer EA DICE, they quickly spoke up about what features they hoped would make the jump from previous games. One of those requests was the return of the Hero system. First introduced in 2005?s Battlefront II, this concept allows players to spawn as one of Star Wars? iconic heroes or villains mid-match if they?ve earned enough points during battle. While the Hero system will be making its triumphant return in this latest entry to the series, only two of the familiar faces that?ll be coming along for the ride have been revealed so far: Darth Vader and Boba Fett. Of course, many more characters will be a part of the game?giving us the perfect opportunity to run down the top five heroes and villains we want to see join the cast of Star Wars: Battlefront.
Really, what needs to be said about this choice? If there?s any one character that has to be a hero in Battlefront, it?s the farmboy-turned-Jedi from Tatooine. Luke is the epitome of the Star Wars hero, and given the growth he experiences over the course of the original trilogy, his contributions in battle could vary wildly depending on which version of Luke you’re playing as. You?d have young, inexperienced A New Hope Luke, filled with energy and vigor; mid-Jedi-training Empire Luke, who has a handle on some of his powers but has yet to reach his full potential; and then badass, clad-in-black, here-to-take-care-of-business Jedi Luke.
If video games need more strong, positive heroines, you can?t find one more iconic (or awesome) than everyone?s favorite space princess, Leia Organa. She bucked the trend of being a ?damsel in distress? by equalling her rescuers in skills and smarts, and went on to become one of the Rebel Alliance?s most important leaders. She might not be able to swing around a lightsaber like her brother, but Leia could still be a powerful Hero, bringing with her a wide variety of abilities and tricks to use against the Empire. And the best part? She?d look wonderfully fashionable the entire time.
He?s everyone?s favorite scoundrel (who most definitely shot first), so it?s an easy choice to include the man who owns the Millennium Falcon and is one of the greatest heroes of the Rebel Alliance as a Hero option in Battlefront. He cleared the path for Luke Skywalker to complete his daring Death Star trench run and destroyed the shield generator on the moon of Endor to allow the Rebels to wipe out the Empire?s second (under-construction) battle station. His DL-44 blaster would be perfect for wreaking havoc on any map, and his knack for escaping danger would ensure players have a long run with him.
Although his time in the Star Wars films was short-lived, Darth Maul left a huge impression on fans. His dual-bladed lightsaber and amazing fight scene against Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn in Episode I cemented him as one of the better villains in Star Wars history. And after Darth Maul came back as a cyborg in the Star Wars Rebels cartoon, he proved that you just can?t keep a good villain down. Putting him in Battlefront would provide a different take on the cast of lightsaber-wielding heroes, and give fans another way to embrace this underutilized student of the dark side.
A bit of a dark horse, Emperor Palpatine may look like a frail old grandpa in a hoodie, but his control of the Force is nearly unparalleled among the cast of Heroes. With his Dark force lightning and the ability to mess with people?s minds, he?d easily be a force to be reckoned with?no pun intended. Plus, he could psychologically affect players in real life?because there are few more menacing figures in Star Wars lore. Can you imagine just seeing the Emperor?s decrepit face peering out from underneath the hood of his flowing black robes while on the battlefield? Scary.