Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge’ Review – Beautiful but Basic Shooter with Story DLC – Road to VR

Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge marks a transparent departure from ILMxLAB’s Vader Immortal sequence, bringing gameplay to the forefront and utilizing its marketing campaign as a platform for additional narrative-driven experiences, which will likely be out there on a rolling foundation in successive paid DLC packs. Galaxy’s Edge does an admirable job of approaching the form of visible richness we are inclined to see in PC VR video games, and the encompassing story is properly orchestrated, however the meat of the sport’s VR shooter marketing campaign was a bit too primary to actually fall in love with.

Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge Particulars:

Accessible On: Oculus Quest
Launch Date: November 19th, 2020
Value: $25
Developer: ILMxLAB
Reviewed On: Quest 2


Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge places you within the footwear of a droid technician whose ship is boarded by a band of Guavian Loss of life Gang pirates whereas in orbit above the desert planet Batuu. The First Order is providing up severe money for some mysterious cargo in your ship’s maintain, however below the specter of loss of life you jettison the valuable cargo and flee the ship, discovering your self again at Batuu’s Black Spire Outpost the place you battle the pirates in your search of the cargo.

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In contrast to Vader Immortal, Galaxy’s Edge pushes its theme park-style smorgasbord of journey experiences to its ‘Tales’ DLC, as an alternative providing up a shooter-based marketing campaign the sport’s essential course. At launch, it’s a major chunk of the sport, with post-campaign DLC designed to serve up extra of that various mixture of Jedi thrills seen in Vader Immortal. I’ll speak extra about DLC beneath, however first the primary marketing campaign.

Galaxy’s Edge’s marketing campaign is pretty primary shooter fare. Shifting via a number of of the pirates bases on the sting of the Outpost—making for a half dozen standalone ranges—you’ll discover a mixture of bipedal baddies, flying droids, and wild creatures abound to blast away at.

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Having that blend of flying and floor enemies is nice, however all of them are basically bullet sponges, which sadly dumbs down gameplay general. That’s to not say there aren’t some excessive factors to the marketing campaign—you get to satisfy some acquainted characters and wield iconic Star Wars weapons—however I can’t say I used to be ever wowed by a single encounter, the only boss combat on the finish included. Principally you blast till every thing falls over, and stroll to the following part of the map with little variation.

As unexciting as enemy encounters felt, I loved the general  taking pictures expertise. In Galaxy’s Edge, weapons embrace quite a lot of single-handed blasters that you just both scavenge from downed enemies or discover in unlockable weapons crates.

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All weapons are consumable, with some depleting their batteries extra quickly than others. As an alternative of fumbling for a magazine and reloading, every gun comes with a charging slider on the highest rail, which additionally acts because the gun’s rear iron sight. Every shot from the gun strikes the slider a bit additional away till it’s essential pull it again once more to reload. A useful color-coded show close to the grip tells you the way a lot juice is left till it’s essential throw it away and search for a brand new one. It’s a pleasant VR-native reload type I haven’t seen earlier than, and though arcadey, it’s a sci-fi world of magic and speaking robots, so it matches fairly properly contemplating.

Along with weapons and a single thermal grenade kind, there’s additionally three forms of flying droids that you would be able to deploy that will help you robotically take down enemies. Oftentimes I’d toss out three seeker varieties that may bomb out a degree earlier than moving into, or toss out both shielded and unshielded shooter varieties to behave as assist fireplace. You may solely use three of any kind at a time, however it’s also possible to restore broken shooter droids along with your multitool, which I believed was a pleasant contact.

The multitool was one other nice shock. The pistol-like gadget has three interchangeable suggestions you’ll be able to cycle via: a screwdriver, a flame torch, and an electrical spark. It’s most helpful in opening weapons lockers, which require a number of steps. Oftentimes you’ll must unweld an entry panel, unlock a mechanism along with your screwdriver, and bridge two circuits along with your spark tip simply to open one locker.

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Ranges are one-way journeys with discrete entry and finish factors, nonetheless they provide up secret areas to discover too. As a result of there aren’t any key objects or one-off weapons to seek for within the sport, most of the time secret areas are momentary detours housing crates with well being packs, grenades, primary weapons, and goal droids, and loads of junk to salvage. You might also discover certainly one of 12 mini-droids, the primary collectible merchandise.

Solely approaching the very finish are you given an opportunity to spend your credit in a store, which looks like a missed alternative. The one merchandise out there consists of commonplace objects and an assortment of various glove skins. Nonetheless, it was good to have tons of droids and well being packs for the ultimate boss combat, however I nonetheless would have favored to see the store higher built-in into the sport from the very starting, which might have introduced some sense to all the trash and credit score amassing you’ll do all through the bulk.

The marketing campaign mission took me somewhat below three hours to finish on regular problem (straightforward and onerous can be found), which included the primary goals and many of the extra facet goals. In the long run, the marketing campaign felt like the primary degree in a a lot grander sport, which hypothetically may need given it extra room to tease out extra various enemy varieties, bigger and extra fascinating ranges, and grander, extra intelligent boss fights.

Temple of Darkness DLC (included)

A kind of facet goal through the marketing campaign is to collect substances for a particular drink, which Seezelslak prepares again on the cantina so he can recount his first story, the one additional DLC at launch.

Known as ‘Temple of Darkness’, Seezelslak’s story transports you to the previous, lots of of years earlier than the occasions of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. There you tackle the position of Padawan Ady Solar’Zee to work alongside Jedi Grasp Yoda. Like Luke Skywalker on Dagobah, it’s important to overcome each the literal and metaphorical darkness alongside your quest to change into a Jedi grasp.

In ‘Temple of Darkness’, you’re lastly handed a lightsaber, and given the power to cinematically slash down baddies from the very second you strategy the temple.

I gained’t spoil the within of the temple, nonetheless you’ll make use of the powers you discovered in Vader Immortal, together with power powers and the power to sling your gentle saber via the air like a boomerang. It’s properly achieved (additionally, there’s Yoda, which is cool) however it was surprisingly brief at solely 15 minutes. I used to be actually anticipating a Vader Immortal-size expertise, however perhaps that will likely be one thing for future DLC to beef out.


ILMxLAB astounds me with its capacity to carry high-quality visuals to the Quest platform, and it doesn’t disappoint with Galaxy’s Edge. Characters are properly animated, textures are prime quality, and though environmental visible high quality might be extra constant all through—some popping happens and background vistas seem flat—it leaves you in a wealthy and stable surroundings that feels rather more like a PC VR sport than one constructed for Quest.

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Audio high quality is second to none too. The sport’s music was implausible, that includes Emmy-award winner ​Bear McCreary​ (marketing campaign), ​Danny Piccione (cantina music), and ​Joseph Trapanese​ (‘Temple of Darkness’). Voice performing was additionally nice, with C-3P0 voiced by unique actor Anthony Daniels and Yoda voiced by the sequence’ puppeteer and voice actor Frank Oz.

Object interplay is pretty good too, giving the consumer power seize and the power to simply swap objects between fingers if want be, which is one thing builders are inclined to overlook. You may decide up practically every thing, however the sport’s good object interplay is hampered considerably by its stock, which is a combined bag.

I favored having two slots for weapons on each side, two slots for heath packs on my gloves, and an expandable stock pack on my chest holding every thing else—however that chest pack is so surprisingly organized that it turns into just about ineffective throughout fight. Gadgets robotically replenish within the first slots, which is okay for those who may reorganize them simply to make a form of hotbar of most used objects. As a result of you’ll be able to’t transfer stacks of things, as an alternative being compelled to maneuver one of many objects one after the other, it turns into an actual chore in establishing the stock that’s truly useable. I actually want there have been a greater holster system to carry all essential objects, together with droids, casting off the stock pack fully.


You’re given the selection between clean locomotion and teleportation, though it’s clear Galaxy’s Edge was designed round teleportation first. Most ranges require you to teleport to get throughout gaps and attain excessive locations, even for those who’ve chosen clean locomotion as an choice. This was achieved to accommodate for the shortage of leaping, which is an efficient factor from a consolation standpoint. You’re additionally given a hover pack, however this solely allows you to transfer up a notch vertically within the air, so that you gained’t be flying round and making your self probably uncomfortable.

The sport gives each seated and standing modes, nonetheless the sport’s holster system is positioned in such a means that you just’d be higher off standing, or sitting in a chair with out armrests, because you’ll want free entry to your holsters.

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