SPOILER ALERT: This post contains storyline details from Star Wars Battlefront II.
The Impair Car is having a moment in Star Wars Battlefront II.
These goofy-looking atmospheric vehicles first jumped up in The Empire Hits Back, but they’ve never already been a hit. All it takes is a fast glance to see why.
They’re painted in an ugly shade associated with burnt orange, they’re piloted by sky cops of Bespin’s Impair City, and they don’t look like they will handle particularly well. That 2nd cockpit is where a gunner rests, but… why? They’re not especially well armed to begin with, and Bespin isn’t exactly a hotbed associated with hostile activity (unless the questionable city administrator strikes an ass deal with the Empire, that is).
Just look at this dumb issue. Â
The Cloud Car is actually the DeLorean of the Star Wars universe: Weirdly striking to look at, although not actually useful as a real automobile.
And yet. Star Battles Battlefront II puts the Impair Car front-and-center in a memorable objective that takes protagonist Iden Versio to Bespin. Iden and the girl pal Del Meeko are there on the secret mission to infiltrate the particular Imperial-held floating metropolis and result in some spoilerific trouble. After they put their way in and disguise them selves as rank-and-file Stormtroopers, they place a familiar sight.
“No real initial would ever fly one of those, inch Iden says, virtually guaranteeing that will she herself will soon journey one of those. And she does! Gotta like it when a video game employs foreshadowing.
Later in the mission, Iden plus Del are found out and required to go loud as they look for a method to complete their mission, then get away. A nearby landing platform appears to hold the answer: Two TIE Practitioners, ready and waiting.
A pitched battle ensues as they battle their way to their only real probability for escape. It’s a bad picture, but worth the trouble, right? LINK Fighters, man! TIE Fighters.
Not so much. Enjoy the epic fakeout.
For all the controversy that’s engulfed Battlefront II as it’s careened towards release, don’t forget that there’s still the delightfully geeky and fan service-heavy Star Wars story waiting to become discovered. I loved this time, right down to the “Settle for an Impair Car” mission objective text.
There are lots of moments like that spread throughout Battlefront II‘s campaign, and they are the big reason I’ve continued in order to peck at the story mode even with finishing it. I want to find all those geeky little nods.
Star Wars Battlefront II is out regarding PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox 360 One on Nov. 17.