I don’t play Star Wars: Battlefront II very often. Actually, only when my nephew plays it. He owns a copy for his X-Box, I don’t. However, even I know that Star Wars Battlefront II hasn’t even reached its potential. LucasArts is always coming out with updates to the maps, characters, missions, etc. There are no fan-made DNC’s yet, but it would be cool if they could include some fan-favorite characters or gameplay changes. Until this happens, here’s the second half of my list of characters I would really love to see on my (or my nephew’s) big screen….
- Jay and Silent Bob: If you’re a huge fan of Kevin Smith like I am, you know these two are way overdue for the video game treatment. Foul-mouthed, drug-using losers are not the usual fodder for the ripe Star Wars But they’re just so damn funny. The entire Kevin Smith oeuvre shows these two with Jedi-like powers. We know Silent Bob can use the Force to “Jedi Mind-Trick” in addition to wonderful toys. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back shows these two at their most Jedi. They have a regular Blunt-Saber as well as a double sided version as well. Really, this whole scene. Battlefront II can primarily use all the different Jedi powers but with Bluntman and Chronic (their comic book alter-egos) costume skins. You, of course, need to have the usual Jay snappy patter (for our adult players, of course).
- Skippy the Jedi Droid: Better known as the little red droid that had a bad motivator on Tatooine, we find out that the little droid had Midichlorians in his oil, allowing him to master the Force. He can persuade beings with weaker minds and can move things with the Force. Skippy didn’t have a bad motivator, as A New Hope would infer. He made the ultimate self-sacrifice by blowing himself up, sensing that R2-D2 and Luke Skywalker would play a great role in the galaxy. There’s not much a short droid can do in Battlefront II except get blown up by the enemy. Give him Force powers, probably limited to a strong push or to persuade an enemy to turn around. This could get old fast, so he’d have to have an objective on whatever map you chose to use him on. Have Skippy go through flat, level surfaces to the heart of the enemy enclosure and get a flag or maybe a porg (Capture The Porg? Oooh!).
- Durge: This Clone Wars villain first showed up in the Dark Horse comics with a lot of fanfare, he was to be second to Asajj Ventress herself. He had cool armor with a Mandalorian symbol on it, although we later learned he hated Mandalorians. He was a centuries-old bounty hunter who was tortured by Mandalorians, went into some kind of healing coma-thingee and emerged in time to kill clones during The Clone Wars. In the comics, he was a Terminator-like bounty hunter who killed Jedi and clones alike with ease. The (original, Cartoon Network) cartoon showed him as this crazy, self-healing tentacle alien that was impossible to kill. Lots of weapons. Honestly, I just like the way he looked in the comic and could take down Jedi. The Battlefront II character should have him be nearly indestructible (it took Anakin Skywalker launching him into a sun in a fit of dark side rage to kill the guy). Stab Durge with a lightsaber, you get the creepy Clone Wars laugh, and he regenerates. Until you hit him with an insane amount of ordinance, he should remain living.
- Other Comic Book Characters: Don’t forget about other comic book characters like Commander Karbin, the General Grievous-obsessed Mon Calamari who briefly fought Vader. He’s essentially Grievous, complete with multiple limbs and lightsabers but with an Admiral Ackbar head. Kir Kanos is another Legacy character from the Dark Horse days, a Red Royal Imperial Guard with advanced fighting skills, blasters, and a physical, double-bladed weapon (that can skewer enemies and deflect blaster fire but without the Force). For more Stormtrooper classes, you have the SCAR Squadron (which has a Stormtrooper with a lightsaber) as well as Imperial Knights from the old Legacy I would love to see the Imperial Knights take on rebels—they are full-powered Jedi but with red Imperial armor. Between the old Dark Horse comics and the new Marvel series, there are hundreds of comic book characters that are ripe for Battlefront II.
- Animated Characters: In PS4’s awesome Spider-Man game, you can pick different suits for Spidey in which you can swing around New York and fight crime. One of the suits you can pick is an animated version of Spider-Man, right from the 1960’s cartoon series. It looks just a cartoon is web slinging around a realistic version of NYC. The figure is almost lit from the inside, giving it that animated feel in a video game. I figure you can do the same for some characters in Battlefront II. The game normally prides itself in looking as realistic as possible, down to digitally scanning the actress who plays Iden Versio. Imagine playing as an animated version of Boba Fett from the Holiday Special inside a realistic rendering of Jabba’s Palace. Or a Ewok straight out of the old 80’s cartoon The Ewoks. It should only be for a couple of characters, you don’t want the effect to be wasted on any character that was animated in any old Star Wars.