EA opened their schedule of EA Play streams with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order gameplay, and not a small teaser, but fifteen unedited minutes from the game. Check it out!
It begins on Kashyyyk under the heel of the Empire’s boot, with Kal looking to restart the Jedi Order. Within moments of the start of the demo, we have some whip swinging and Titanfall-esque wall running, before staging with some other rebels including Saw Gerrera from Rogue One and looking for a way to free a group of Wookies from enslavement – it’s worth noting that this is a canonical entry in the Star Wars universe.
As you’d expect with a Padawan protagonist, Kal’s got some force powers to use to help on his adventure, including a force push to break open doors and move environmental scenery, a nifty little double jump, a pull that can be used as a finisher, and a time dilation ability, some of which you seem to be able to combine. In moments of downtime, Kal can retries echoes from fallen characters, to find out what kind of fate befell them. You earn skill points that will help to boost these abilities later in the game.
In combat there’s plenty of prequel films lightsaber waving to deflect incoming blaster bolts, but there’s some good solid melee action adventure combat (as you’d expect with former God of War lead Stig Asmussen at the helm), especially with combining force abilities together.
Some Scout troopers come at you with the arc batons from The Force Awakens, and a mid-boss style Purge trooper that had a double-ended version of this, which helps him to resist Kal’s force push, thuoght his is a great opportunity to use the combat lock on. It’s not just Imperial troopers that you’ll have to contend with, but even some of the wildlife get in on the action, like some giant spider-like bugs.
BD-1 lives on the back Kal through most of the game, occasionally hopping off to interact with control panels, scanning things to give info about the world, shooting out little stim packs (these are limited, and leave you defenceless when using them)
It all looks pretty spiffy, if you ask me, with more promised for the Microsoft Xbox E3 2019 press briefing tomorrow night. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will launch on November on 15th on Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4.
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