28 New Gameplay Details We Learned While Playing Jedi: Fallen Order
This week IGN sat down to play a sizable chunk of Respawn’s upcoming third-person action-adventure game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. You can check out our complete thoughts in our full final preview, but we wanted to list out all of the awesome new gameplay details we learned while digging into the newest adventure in that galaxy far, far away.Flip through the gallery below or scroll down for a point-by-point list.Updated: 64 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Gameplay DetailsYou can collect lightsaber parts and use them to upgrade and enhance your lightsaber at specific locations. This includes your lightsaber blade color. Although Fallen Order has some Dark Souls influence, unlike Dark Souls, you can change the difficulty at any time. You can use your droid BD-1 to scan environments or enemies to learn about them and their lore is added to your data entries to read later. Hidden crates around the world contain cosmetic skins for your droid (alternate color schemes) and accessories for your hero, Cal Kestis. Skill points can be found in crates in the world or earned by filling a bar by grinding against enemies. There is a botany sidequest where you collect seeds throughout the world and use them to grow plants in a small greenhouse aboard your ship. Your ship also has a small kitchen with various Star Wars-y foods scattered about. You can access any of the planets in the game in any order from your ship and some of them are much, much harder than others, in case you’re looking for a challenge! There is no fast travel once you land on a planet. You’ll have to navigate it on foot, like Metroid Prime. Some of Cal’s Force moves are learned (and remembered) through a series of playable flashbacks from when he was a young Padawan in training. You can use your Force moves to interact with blue-tinted objects in the environment, like pushing open doors, freeze giant moving platforms so you can walk on them, or break up piles of rocks so you can open up paths. You can slice off limbs from your enemies with your lightsaber but not on human enemies – just droids and aliens. A Metroid Prime style 3D map can be accessed to show you breakable doors and alternate paths. There are Zelda-style puzzles that involve using the force to manipulate environments and objects to open up secret areas. You can use the Force to freeze certain enemies in place or push them back, giving you a chance to attack. Certain enemies have a weakness that can be exploited with the Force. One of them we fought had a blue orb in his chest that could be Force pushed out of his body, causing him to collapse to his knees and become vulnerable to lightsaber attacks. There are tons of lethal, dangerous aliens in the world but plenty of harmless, non-lethal creatures too. They’ll burrow into holes or fly around in the distance but won’t attack you. You can open up shortcuts throughout the world (sort of like Bloodborne) to make traversal and backtracking much easier. Revisiting planets once you acquire new skills and Force moves will allow you to access new areas and collectibles that you previously couldn’t reach. Deflecting blaster fire from Stormtroopers is essential when fighting a large group – especially when there are snipers in the distance that you can’t reach while taking on a dangerous crowd right in front of you. Certain creatures in the world will attack enemies and take them out or distract them for you, although it’s not too common. You can throw your lightsaber at tougher, out of reach enemies – like the Stormtroopers holding rocket launchers. Weird, evil mountain-goat-looking enemies will jump up and down platforms and cliffs to find you can ram into you. You can pull enemies towards you and stab them through the chest with a lightsaber, killing them instantly. You can Force push enemy grenades and explosives back at them and have them detonate in their faces. Especially useful on large enemies like AT-ST units. Obi-Wan Kenobi appears in the game in hologram form, projected from a handheld communicator device. It remains to be seen how much of an impact he plays on the story. Cal can wear a Mandalorian-style beige poncho as an accessory which makes him look like a younger version of Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. A few enemies are able to perform unblockable attacks. You’ll be able to tell by the enemy turning flashing red and angrily flailing. If you want to survive you’ll have to think of other ways to defeat them than just slashing away.
Those are just a few of the cool details we saw in our travels across Fallen Order’s variety of dangerous, weird planets. Noticed anything we missed? Let us know in the comments below, and for all things Star Wars, Fallen Order, and more, stick with IGN.