We finally had the question of "What does Star Wars Jedi Fall order look like?" answered at EA Play on Saturday. And then our own Miranda Sanchez got to see and extended version of that demo shortly thereafter. Now I can also answer the obvious follow-up question, "How does Star Wars Jedi fall order play?"
To set expectations up front, I didn't see anything new that Miranda didn't. I simply got to play the back half of the extended demo; Basically, what played EA first aired on their livestream. Read Miranda's preview to get the full rundown of that presentation. I took the controls after warming up in a combat tutorial.
In short, Jedi Fallen Order's combat is deeper than it looks. Define the combat experience. For instance, deflecting the blaster shots of Stormtroopers has two parts. You can hold LB down to simply block; when you do, blaster rounds won't hit you, but they'll deflect away. To actually counter them and send them back to your attacker, you have to tap LB at just the right moment in order to parry the shot.
The X button handles basic attacks, but if you can land and hit your time Successive button is pressed correctly, you'll do a three-hit combo. Alternatively, if you dodge the way of an incoming attack with the B button and then strike, you'll earn a counter as well. It's even more fun if you block the LB block on an attack properly. Again, it is just like the enemy's attack is about to strike you and it opens up (well, the lower-level Stormtroopers, anyway) for a finisher. The camera swivels in and around a bit and cal will do one of a handful of finishers, such as lifting the bad guy up and then slamming him down to the ground (and his death) with your lightsaber.
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Just a Flesh Wound – Kinda
Speaking of which, your lightsaber. It turns out you can, sort of. "We'll use it in select cases," senior designer Justin Perez told me, before clarifying what he meant. Basically, droids and spiders can also have their legs and arms lopped off, but not humanoids. Blame the Disney branding folks for that, it seems.
One of the rules we were given was to always hide the cut in case of decapitation. Story Artist on the Clone Wars – Season 7, we were told that this sort of rules about what you can do when it comes to removing parts of people with a lightsaber are common in Star Wars properties, alluding to the fact that this seems To be a Lucas Arts edict.
"One of the rules we were given was to always hide the case in case of decapitation. And never show blood," Drewry Carvin said. "The burn of the lightsaber is supposed to cauterize it instantly."
And about hiding the cut of the decapitation – a good / smart way to make it go to camera and have something in the Foreground hide the spot where Drewry Carvin said. "Using the motion of the camera and a foreground element – like another character – is more cinematic than using a camera cut."
Jedi Skills to Fit Your Style
I too got a tantalizingly brief look at the skill point menu. When you reach certain points (a blue circle on the ground), you can meditate – a narrative justification for replenishing your health and saving your checkpoint. points in these moments I was allowed to open the menu, but not spend any time looking at the different trees, or using any points. will be many different play styles to your tailor preferences to.
That Jedi Fallen Order is in fact structured like the original KOTOR – that is, with a ship you can do stuff in besides travel to other planets (like talk to your crew or other little interactive things), noncombat areas where you can talk to NPCs, multiple dialogue options, and the freedom to go back and forth to any planets have visited – only gets more used to play the rest of Respawn's single-player take on the Star Wars Universe
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