The combat in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is great, but it’s a challenge for some fans. But the combat in Star Wars Outlaws might be more straightforward for some fans.
Strongly inspired by Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro, the Star Wars Jedi series puts combat at the heart of the experience. As such, every cut and parry with a lightsaber feels suitably robust and satisfying. Although Star Wars Jedi Fights is among the best of the franchise, Star Wars Outlaws may even surpass it in one respect.
FromSoftware’s Souls formula heavily inspires Star Wars Jedi’s combat system, and while this means that it offers deep and rewarding gameplay for those who like this type of combat, it also has a strong negative impact on those who don’t.
Simply put, not everyone is into Souls-style combat. At times it is extremely tough and borders on ruthless. For those who have never played Soulslike, Star Wars Jedi combat can initially be very daunting.
Some Star Wars fans would instead just blast their way through hordes of enemies. It seems that Star Wars Outlaws will do just that. According to a gameplay demo shown at Ubisoft’s June launch, Star Wars Outlaws will be a third-person shooter. Its combat is quite similar to other action-adventure games such as Uncharted, Tomb Raider or Control. In a short fight scene seen by fans, the player’s character hid behind cover and fired blindly. He also aimed to fire more accurate shots at the enemy, which is all standard in third-person action-adventure games.
Is the combat in Star Wars Outlaws more manageable than Jedi: Survivor?
If this small glimpse into the combat gameplay is any indication of the final product, it’s safe to say that Star Wars Outlaws will be far more accessible than Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi series. Rather than worrying about the timing of parries or which lightsaber stance to use at the right time, players will just have to point and shoot to defeat most enemies. All this makes the game instantly more accessible to the general public. Of course, this doesn’t mean that the game’s combat lacks depth.
While the simplicity of the combat system will ensure that players can get through most of Star Wars Outlaws’ encounters, more experienced players will be able to take advantage of the game’s advanced combat mechanics to finish off enemies in a much shorter time.
Based on fan experience so far, the game will have a handful of more complex mechanics. Players can use these in the heat of battle. These include different types of blaster projectiles, such as the electric blast that neutralises shields, the ability for the player’s furry companion Nix to grab a more powerful weapon from the field and bring it back to them, and presumably a whole host of different unlockable skills.