During EA Play, extended gameplay footage was shown for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – and it looks brilliant.
It follows Cal Kestis, a former Jedi Padawan who survived Order 66, and now seeks to help take down the Empire. Sadly, information on the plot was scarce, but the 15 minutes of new Jedi: Fallen Order footage revealed a lot about the type of action to expect.
The gameplay begins around three hours in to the game, and is based on the Wookiee’s home planet of Kashyyyk. Cal is on a mission to restart the Jedi Order, and seems to be working alongside Saw Gerrera (from Rogue One, played by Forest Whitaker). The setting looks gorgeous, and there’s just enough iconic Star Wars music to hit the right nostalgic notes.
Cal seems to be very comfortable with exploration too. The new footage shows him free-running, climbing, and even wall running. Despite these exciting modes of travel, the setting does seem to be quite corridored. Based on this gameplay demo it reminds me of the settings in the rebooted Tomb Raider trilogy; seemingly open world, but there’s always a clear path to follow.
That’s not necessarily a negative though, as the focus of Jedi: Fallen Order is combat, and the new footage showed off a lot of action. Cal fought his way through many different Stormtroopers, and showed off a variety of techniques.
Cal’s lightsaber strikes appeared to be a little slow and rigid. There wasn’t the free-flowing lightsaber swings and blocks that we’ve come to expect from Star Wars movies, and that does become very apparent when we see him fighting against the Purge Troopers, where there was more of a focus on lightsaber duelling. However, there were some awesome finisher type moves shown off, and these looked dazzling.
Where the Jedi: Fallen Order footage really shines is in its demonstration of Cal’s Force abilities. He can use the Force’s push and pull to great effect, grappling enemies towards him or flinging them away. He also has the ability to freeze objects (just like Kylo Ren) and can pause the flight of shots fired at him. In one moment we saw Cal pause a shot, and then pulled the Stormtrooper who fired the bullet into its line of fire.
As this footage was about three hours into the game, it can be assumed that Cal does not start with access to all of these techniques, and that these have to be levelled up. We do also know that the lightsaber can be upgraded as you play, so maybe that will help make lightsaber combat more free-flowing.
Jedi: Fallen Order releases on November 15th for Playstation 4 and Xbox One, and it looks like the best possible way for everyone to finish off their Jedi training.