Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order preview

Is the force strong with this one?

Since Vince Zampella’s not so cryptic announcement of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order back at E3 2018, all eyes have been on Respawn and EA to deliver a Star Wars game for the fans. It’s safe to say that there have been a lot of big promises from EA! Some they delivered on, some not quite, and others not at all. Most frustrating for the fans has been the complete lack of a narrative-driven Star Wars game.

With games like Star Wars: 1313 shelved and the original re-booted Star Wars Battlefront having no campaign whatsoever, questions were starting to be asked about EA’s ability handle such an important franchise… then Jedi: Fallen Order appeared like the angelic saviour!

When the reveal trailer appeared in April of this year, gamers everywhere held their breath for the full 2.20 trailer, before squealing in mutual excitement at the prospect of finally getting the game we had all been waiting for!

From here, the hype has built and built. There’s been game-play teases at EA Play and Gamescom. Trailer after trailer of Lightsaber wielding wonder, and some familiar faces from the Star Wars cannon. This part is huge, in that the narrative of the game has a direct correlation with the Star Wars films that we all know (and some love!). So what do we know about the story arc?

You play as protagonist Cal Kestis. A Jedi in hiding in the industrial world of Bracca, who somehow managed to survive Order 66. In true Jedi fashion, he is faced with the moral dilemma of being able to save a friend using the force, and risk revealing himself… which being the good guy he is, he cannot ignore. Thus the game follows your journey of survival against the ruthless Galactic Empire!

The recent hands on videos have given us a proper look at what to expect. It’s looking more and more like a game that slots into the dreaded SoulsBorne genre. Whether the game is as merciless and unforgiving as the titles that formed this genre is yet to be seen. There is however, according to sources, various difficulty modes. Key notes from these videos are that defensive melee and strategic force powers are the keys to victory. Another key thing to note is inspirations from games like Tomb Raider and Uncharted in Jedi: Fallen Order. There seems to be a lot of wall-running and interesting ways to journey through the maps, which are riddled with secrets and hidden items, making the adventuring side of the game much more prominent than perhaps first thought.

When it comes to adventuring through Jedi: Fallen Order, the game appears less linear than we anticipated. You can travel from planet to planet throughout the game. There will be unreachable secrets that can be collected once you have the right powers. This will be welcomed with open arms for those who love to complete the game 100%. I am also guessing there will be a lot of awesome collectables for those who persevere!

EA have been very vocal that Single Player games are not what people want to play any more. When you consider that Respawn’s other title for 2019 has been the Multiplayer smash-hit Apex Legends, and the success of their Battlefield series, you can see why they may think this. That being said… you would have to be living under a very large rock to have missed the way that Single Player games for PlayStation dominated the videogame awards scene last year!

There has been a lot of media and influencer hype for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Clearly this is a crucial time for EA and Disney when it comes to the future of the franchise relationship. This will be EA’s first single player action adventure game since the days of Dragon Age Inquisition, Dead Space 3 and Mass Effect Andromeda… all of which were received with mixed reviews. Personally, however, I am absolutely sold on the game from what I’ve seen and read. Each bit of information that has surfaced has added more to the game, and if the game is anything like the product that so many industry professionals are raving about after getting their hands on, then we are all in for a treat!!

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order launches on Xbox on November 15th, make your mark on the Galaxy!

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