When we look at EA PLAY it isn’t hard to conclude how disappointing the show was. The show made no sense since the company had nothing new to discuss for 99% of its games expect Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order. The new single player Star Wars game from Respawn Entertainment is the only saving grace for EA PLAY.
EA shared a new 15-minute long Jedi Fallen Order gameplay video which revealed more than we were expecting and more than most of you may have noticed. There were a ton of interesting gameplay mechanics that make this game the most exciting Star Wars title since Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2.
The combat is pretty similar to what we saw a decade ago in The Force Unleashed series. Let’s break down every gameplay aspect of Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order from EA PLAY trailer reveal.
Expect Many Changes — The trailer we saw at EA PLAY is basically alpha build of Jedi Fallen Order. Expect a number of core changes to gameplay, visuals, UI, and other aspects of the game.
Grabbling Hook — Remember the grappling hook from Uncharted 4? It is to navigate the level as a highly useful tool. A similar grappling hook is making an appearance in Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars. We saw the hook in action at EA PLAY but we will see more of the game during Microsoft’s Electronic Entertainment Expo 2019 press conference.
Wall-Running — It wouldn’t be a Respawn Entertainment game without Wall-Running. Be it Apex Legends, Titanfall, and now Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, Respawn loves adding Wall-Running to its games.
Parkour — Parkour in the new Star Wars game is similar to Uncharted and Assassin’s Creed. You can climb over and onto obstacles, walls, grab ledges and more.
3D Map — One of the most unique elements in the game is a 3D Map that doesn’t take you out of the experience. However, using it while the enemies are around may get you killed.
BD-1 Is Your Best Friend — The Wall-E look-alike robot is going to play your best friend in Jedi Fallen Order. He rides on Cal’s back and offers healing items to help recover after the battle. Respawn Entertainment game director Stig Asmussen shed more light on BD-1’s role.
Storywise, he’s Cal’s companion. He’s an explorer droid, which is perfect because Cal’s on this mission for survival that’s taking him to all these savage planets. BD stands for Buddy Droid 1 – definitely inspired by BT [the AI-powered mech from Titanfall 2] but the name ended up sticking. One of the cool factoids is that his voice is authored by the legendary Ben Burtt, main sound designer of the original trilogy and beyond. He can hack doors, computers as we saw there […] scan the environment for environmental storytelling, learn more lore about the planet
Time Freeze — Slowing down time is a classic feature used in many games but named differently. Basically, Cal can slow down time using his force abilities to avoid and counter blaster shots, and solve puzzles.
Executions — There is nothing more satisfying than executing an annoying enemy, and a tough boss at the end of a hard fought battle.
Dark Souls DNA — The melee gameplay system used is inspired by Dark Souls. We saw roll, dodge, and lock-on enemy mechanics.
QTEs — While most gamers aren’t fans of Quick Time Events it is a fact that they can work when used correctly. Spider-Man PS4 had QTEs and they worked like a charm when used the right way. From what we have seen from the tiny portion of the game, QTEs aren’t bothering anyone.
God of War DNA — God of War featured a mechanic that allowed Kratos to throw his Axe at enemies and summon it back. The same mechanic is being added to Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order combat. Cal can throw his lightsaber using his force abilities. The linear level design is also very reminiscent of games like the most recent God of War, and Uncharted series.
Force Abilities — Cal has force pull and push which can be used against enemies as well as to solve puzzles.
Sorry, No Choices — Cal can’t pick a side which means no choosing between light or dark side. Cal will remain on the light side for the entirety of the game.
Family Friendly Action All The Way — There is no blood and dismemberment in Jedi Fallen Order so expect family-friendly action all the way.
No Demo — The demo for Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order was playable at EA PLAY. It may also be available on the show floor after Microsoft shows more of the game during E3 2019 press event. However, a public demo isn’t yet announced but it is likely that EA Access and EA Origin Access members would be able to play Jedi Fallen Order Demo.
Forest Whitaker Plays a Prominent — The popular Hollywood star Forest Whitaker is appearing in Star Wars game as Saw Gerrera, the leader of a rebel leader from the Star Wars films. The character is voiced and mo-cap’d by the star Gerrera himself. During the gameplay trailer, we briefly saw Forest Whitaker speaking with Cal.
It seems he is reprising his role as the rebel leader for Jedi Fallen Order. Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order cast also features Gotham’s Joker Cameron Monaghan as Cal Kestis.
Unimpressive AI — One of the issues that we noticed is lackluster AI. The enemies didn’t feel as if they pose any threat and our lead character easily took them down. The AI didn’t respond well to Cal’s attacks and had to idea how to counter his actions. Since this is the alpha build we expect AI to improve.
Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order Pre-Order Bonuses Explained
Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order is available to pre-order right now. The game can be yours on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. You can pre-order the game to get the following cosmetic items to enhance your Star Wars experience.
Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order is releasing on PS4, Xbox One and, PC on November 15.