So we had two trailers yesterday for the second chapter of Vader Immortal and Jedi: Fallen Order. There’s a lot going on in both and I wanted to give some of my thoughts.
The Vader Immortal trailer was certainly intriguing. It’s hard to get invested in something when you can’t afford the hardware you need to play it but the fact that they’ve gone into something so rich with lore while allowing you that fun playability is really cool.
I thought they did a good job of capturing Vader, though you can always tell when it’s not James Earl Jones. He looked significantly epic and menacing throughout and you know he’s only giving your character this power so he can abuse it. I haven’t played episode 1 so I don’t know what it’s like but I’m pretty sure meeting Vader must be terrifying!
I LOVE this lightsaber design!! It looks ancient and weird and I’m really into it – I’m hoping this is setting up for an ancient time where lightsabers were more ornate and varied in design.
I honestly don’t know what to make of this – visually it looks more like it belongs in The Matrix than Star Wars and I don’t get how it would work, but I’m sure the team have an in-universe explanation that makes sense. That said I am up for getting weird!!
We see a few scenarios where you face off against the Darkghast. One one level it’s basically a four-armed Rancor and I do think there are too many rancor-esque monsters in Star Wars but the gameplay looked fun and original, particularly when it was scaling the walls like a spider. The fact that Vader seemed scared, or at least very cautious, around it makes it intriguing. I believe it may be a darkside creation but I can’t remember where I read that.
The whole hidden temple on Mustafar is really interesting and it looks like it has some bonkers puzzle gameplay as well as lightsaber combat.
ZOE-3 is fun and hearing her chide your character seems like a fun interaction. I do love a good droid sidekick and one that’s a bit sassy is even more fun!!
And we also got a nice story trailer for Jedi: Fallen Order. I’m really looking forward to this fun (and affordable!) game – single player Jedi action. Yes please!
We get straight into the action with Cere rescuing Cal from Bracca. Two things stood out to me, first is the fact that she’s using a blaster. We know she’s a Jedi (you can read her backstory in the Dark Temple comic series) so to see her face off against an enemy using a blaster is strange. Has she lost hers or did she just not have it to hand?
I was intrigued to see the Second Sister so early in the story. I’m guessing it’s going to play into Cal’s journey – at this point the best he can do is get away and survive but later he’ll have the skills to take on an Inquisitor.
It was nice to see more of the crew. I’m warming to Greez Dritus the pilot. At first I felt that having another wise-cracking four-armed pilot would be too similar to Rio Durant from SOLO but he seems to have a different almost father-like personality from this clip. Also hearing BD-1’s ‘woohoo’ was so endearing!!
We got to see a whole host of planets, most of whom seemed new, which is nice after having a demo set entirely on Kashyyyk. The planet with crazy weather looks like it’ll make for a challenging mission.
I don’t know a lot about the Inquisitors but I’ve just read the first ark of the Darth Vader comic and seeing them in game looks awesome and I hope there are more enemies for Cal to fight.
Seeing Cal’s friends get executed is heartbreaking but I’m a little distracted by the fact that one of them looks like they could be a Chiss?!!
Looks like we’ll get a load of monsters in this game, which should balance things out so you’re not always fighting guys with blasters or lightsabers. I’m wondering if this giant bat is from the Shadowlands on Kashyyyk but the weather seems to fit the planet seen earlier.
UPDATE: The giant bat is called Gorgara the Chirodactyl according to the Star Wars databank
OK, that’s what jumped out at me from the trailers. Let me know what caught your eye!