As we get closer and closer to the release of Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, more and more news coming from the horse’s mouth itself spills into the everlasting stream of the video game news river bend. Most news involving titles that don’t really get a lot of attention from the limelight blissfully float down the stream without much of a second glance. Season pass details, however, are not one of them.
Star Wars games are usually hit or a miss with rabid fans of the long-running franchise. A lot of gamers tend to pull out their pitchforks and torches before much information is revealed at all about a Star Wars title. Star Wars Battlefront was a game that did not suffer from such a burden. The previous titles in the game series were quite good and were some of the top sellers back in the PlayStation 2 and Xbox era, but the current generation title was met with mixed reviews. One of the biggest problems Star Wars Battlefront suffered from was its season pass content or lack thereof.
Sure, there is plenty to pick and choose from buried inside the $50 season pass. It wasn’t a complete barren wasteland, but most if not all of its season pass content was throwaway junk rather than must have add-on content. Other than the extra maps and access to the expansion packs (if you want to call them that), the rest was lackluster and when the news dropped that Warner Bros. had announced the details of Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Season Pass, I was almost afraid to even look at what horrors could possibly await inside. To my surprise, however, the contents of the season pass for Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens are actually pretty amazing compared to other season passes that are available to gamers on the market.
What players can expect to find in the treasure trove that is Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Seasons Pass is highlighted by three new Level Packs which will fill in more gaps that were left unfilled in the film, such as Poe Dameron’s journey back to the Resistance following his crash-landing on Jakku, the assault on Maz Kanata’s temple from Kylo Ren’s perspective and an escape from Starkiller Base, as seen from the cockpits of two Resistance Pilots. The Season Pass will also include five character packs including a Season Pass exclusive Jedi Character Pack, adding a hearty total of 51 new characters and a vehicles to the overall game’s selection.
The character packs are of most interest because they add the true charm that these Lego titles are all about. Lego games are not just about the Legoization of the property they feature; they are about mixing and matching characters from that universe and placing them in situations they were never intended to be in. Meaning that you could take Darth Vader and have him fight as the good guy throughout the original trilogy and facing his truest enemy, himself. You could even take the most hated Star Wars Character of all time, Jar Jar Binks, go to the character creation and place a Blaster or even a Lightsaber in his hands, sending him off on a quest for redemption. With the character packs adding characters from all over the Star Wars universe the possibilities to play as your all-time favorite characters instead of being restricted to just the news ones from the current trilogy excites me more than any “Shoot First” emote or Galactic Tech add-ons ever could.
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn’t launch until June 28, but both Warner Bros. and Traveller’s Tales have done a damn fine job at promoting and getting gamers of all ages excited to get their hands on the latest Lego Star Wars title. I almost forgot to mention the best part, which is the Season Pass will only set players back ten dollars; not bad at all considering the bulk of goodies it will give players access to and at such a cheap and affordable price, how can you say no?