The Dark Times is a Star Wars Battlefront II mod with a heavy single-player focus. It adds many new features to the game, including (but not limited to!) wave modes, randomized units, heroes, and skyboxes, and AI hero support. Its sequel, Rising Son, adds more of the above as well as several new maps and scripted missions.
Overview of Dark Times space modes + heroes. Covers new units, new heroes, etc.
Posted by Maveritchell on Apr 12th, 2009
Since a good chunk of Battlefront II is represented by the space modes, it was certainly a priority to add in representation for space battles in "The Dark Times." Still loosely set in the time between Episodes III and IV, "The Dark Times" space uses a few spacecraft that will be familiar if slightly less-advanced than the normal Galactic Civil War spacecraft.
As you can see in the following video:
"Dark Times" space includes new twists on old spacecraft as well as a few new craft in and of themselves. New craft you'll see will include the BTL-B Y-Wing (early Y-Wing model), the Z-95 Headhunter, the TIE Vanguard, the RM-09 Alliance shuttle, and the Imperial "Sentinel-class" shuttle.
Of course the above is only indicative of the standard "Space Assault" mode. An additional space mode is included in "The Dark Times" - Team Dogfight. Team Dogfight is team deathmatch - in space. Team Dogfight removes the shuttle classes and adds new "hero" spacecraft for each team. Just like on land maps, you can unlock a hero once you perform well enough, but once you unlock that hero, he (and only he) will have access to his personal spacecraft - a specialized, high-powered vehicle capable of taking on much more than a standard fighter.
There are four different space heroes (distinct from the normal land-based heroes) - Boba Fett and Darth Vader for the Empire, and Biggs Darklighter and Han Solo for the Alliance. There are also four different new space maps only for "The Dark Times" - Space Corellia, Space Dantooine, Space Nar Shaddaa, and Space Raxus Prime (pictured above).
All the space heroes, like their land counterparts, are able to be controlled by the AI - which means you'll get to dogfight with these heroes not just online, but in singleplayer as well.