Last update there is September 14, 2020
With the amazing success of the original 1977 Star Wars trilogy, children and adults around the world have dreamed of days of their own adventures in a very distant galaxy. Although I’m one of the few not to be a big fan of movies (I just watched the first two trilogies, then The Force Awakens to my great despair), I can understand the appreciation and the amount of love (and hate) that the series has received. But despite the popularity of the franchises, it was still a little surprising when EA suddenly announced at the gamescom 2020 that it would bring us a DLC Star Wars pack – the Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu.
Journey to Batu takes you on the distant border planet of Batu from Galaxy’s Edge, the huge theme park of 14 acres located in Disneyland and Disney World. Once you have installed your extension, you visit our new vacation rent from your mobile phone that will instantly take you to Blackspire Outpost. From there, you will receive a series of a few simple tasks and after a quick decision-making, you will end up enlisting in the first order, to resume the galaxy with the rebellion or to turn to the life of a scoundrel.
With my new trailer character, we headed for another galaxy to see what manigans we can engage. When you land at Blackspire Outpost, I was immediately impressed by the details in this area and I really felt like walking in the world of Star Wars itself. But after some quick excursions in the areas available, you will find that the many buildings that make up Batuu are just as empty as the impressive new city that has been presented to us in Eco-lifestyle, but with a few more options.
By focusing on Blackspire Outpost, you can enter the Oga cantina, which is beautifully made by the way, which is equipped with its own robotic DJ and is where everyone can eat, drink, play and dance. But beyond that, the only other places where our sims can go are essentially a rabbit burrow. Whether you want to eat in Ronto or District 9, or if you want to cool off (take a shower and relieve your bladder) or sleep, you can click on these buildings to perform the desired action. But unlike the Oga cantina, your SIM disappears for about a minute, leaving the players wondering what the inside of these places looks like. Unlike eco-lifestyle ghost buildings, there are more options for us here, but it still leaves a lot to be desired.
But with empty buildings, there is still a lot to do with our Sims. When you choose and decide how faction you want to join, you will receive a list of tasks and, once completed, will provide you with the Batuu currency and win your favor with the resistance, the first order or the scoundrels. Some of these missions will include the piloting of our highly appreciated spaceships such as the T-70 X-Wing, the Millennium Falcon or the Tie Echelon for those who join the first order. When you go for missions that include these vehicles, your trip takes place essentially as if it were to choose your own adventure game, choosing several different options to advance your patrol before returning to your respective camp. Ultimately, we will be able to create our own personalized laser swords and not to mention the creation of our own fully interactive droids, which you want to use the classic R2D2 or BB8 models. I think one of my favorite things in this game pack was to be able to make sure that my robot friend follow me gently, to play the radio for me or uses it to distract the first order while I pile their Various mailboxes.
By having to do as many missions, you will often find slipping between the three zones (if you have not borrowed the first order path) that are available to us on Batuu. Often you will find that you will need to recover something from the first order camp to then find information from a scoundrel in Oga’s Cantina at the Blackspire Post and then report to someone from the resistance camp. Because of all zips, you will be forced to watch many loading screens that become a bit old after a while. The only thing that saves is that loading times are usually quite fast, at least.
In Create SIM mode, I was a little disappointed to see that there were no new features but there were two new aspirations. Unfortunately, the new aspirations do not really seem to affect and make sense only when you go on a trip to Batuu and will not be particularly useful outside. The new hairstyles we have are correct but I had hoped a few more options and styles. The new options for clothing, makeup, masks and hats that we have, however, I really dug. Obviously inspired by Star Wars, I loved the fact that many items can be superimposed and that they are different up and down, which means that I could customize my outfit on Star Wars by adding a Few of my own flair. Unfortunately, it was a bit thrown out, because when you are in Batuu, you need to wear native clothing without the possibility of using clothes or accessories outside the pack, which was a little disappointing for me.
The building elements we obtained were also impressive and very pleasant, but they were so obviously on Star Wars theme that I do not know if I would use them in one of my versions or in existing lots. Since the construction of homes in the Sims is an important aspect of the game, it is a little disappointing to see that the elements would not work in a modern house unless you deviate all your home, or a room, to Star Wars objects. However, if you wanted to create a cool restaurant on the industry theme, it would certainly work for you.
While Batuu’s planet is visually pleasant, I bored after the first hours. Journey to butu can be a little risky depending on the type of fan of sims you are. It’s a fun experience for the first time, but if you are someone who focuses more on the builds than on the realization of missions, this pack may not be the right pack for you. For Star Wars fans, I’m sure you’ll enjoy much better this downloadable content pack that me, because it will probably scratch this little itch that you might have for more Star Wars content.
- Batuu is really a visual treat
- BB-8 is adorable
- New clothes and accessories are impressive
- Reconnect to Star Wars characters
- A ton of empty buildings
- Voyager constantly agites very quickly
- Aspirations is only relevant for this DLC pack