With the release of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, players were excited to continue Cal Kestis’ journey.  With how big the game is compared to its predecessor; it might be a little overwhelming at the start.  We’ve compiled a short list of simple but helpful tips to help ease your way into the beginning of your playthrough.

Meditation Points

This may seem like a no brainer if you played Jedi: Fallen Order.  Whenever Cal comes across a meditation circle, players can interact with them to save their progress.  In Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, however, these circles offer a little bit more than the previous game.  First of all, the game (depending on your difficulty) can get difficult and challenging.  As such, saving is always a good idea in this game.  If you were to lose to an enemy or boss, you’ll respawn at your last save point.  The game only allows you to wield two different lightsaber stances, so if you need to change your tactics, these save points can easily allow you to do so.  Don’t skip them!

Use Your Holomap

One of the biggest complaints with Jedi: Fallen Order was the complexity of the mapping system.  It was incredibly difficult to read and navigate different areas, especially when you’re trying to discover short cuts and 100 percent each planet.  Fortunately, Jedi: Survivor’s system overshadows that tenfold.  With how big the planets can be, along with their numerous short cuts, using the map is an absolute necessity.  It’s very easy to use and it comes with the function to place different markers for where you want to go.  What’s more, there are so many collectibles and chests littered throughout the planets and the holomap can easily guide you to them.  It will also indicate if there’s an NPC with a quest for you (how nice).  I found myself constantly using the map every five minutes when discovering new areas and it’s helped me a great deal.

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Unlock Those Shortcuts

With its Metroid Vania-style gameplay, you can expect to backtrack and re-explore the planets in Jedi: Survivor.  With how big Koboh and Jedha are you will need those shortcuts.  While it may seem tedious at first, you will thank yourself later if you meticulously keep an eye out for any zip lines and such.  Jedi: Survivor is a challenging game, and you never know when you might get killed or if you’ll find a meditation point any time soon.  Take your time and make sure those short cuts are unlocked!

Save Your Skill Points and Choose Your Favorite Stance

I love skill trees, I won’t lie.  I broke into the biggest smile when I saw there was five available to unlock and explore.  While that is exciting, it can also be a bit overwhelming.  Which one should you choose?  Should you focus on one main lightsaber stance or divide up your points to strategically tackle any opponent you come across?  Well, believe it or not, you may not really need to unlock all of them if you don’t want to.  If you find that you are better with the single stance than the dual stance, then focus on unlocking that entire tree.  Find what works for you personally and don’t be afraid to experiment.  If you do want to spend a few points early in game, I would focus on building up Cal’s resiliency and force abilities, that is a given especially as you progress to some of the more hard-hitting opponents.

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Listen to BD-1’s Boops

It’s no surprise that BD-1 loves to scan things and he still does here.  When Cal is in a smaller room, BD will jump off his shoulder and run towards an area he wants to scan.  However, when it comes to much larger areas that’s where it gets a bit tricky.  BD-1 will start making little ‘boops’ and ‘beeps’ to indicate that there is something that Cal can interact with.  When that happens, have Cal run around the area for a bit to find what fascinates BD.

Get to Know the Locals

When you arrive on Koboh, you’ll find that there are plenty of interesting people to talk to.  Take the time to see what they have to say.  You never know when they might offer useful information regarding a possible quest or rumor that you can explore.  While some of the dialogue might seem a bit mundane at first, some information that Cal can learn from the different characters can actually add more to main story in subtle ways.  Make time and speak to them every chance you get.

Go Off the Beaten Path

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There are moments where you will be tempted to take a pause from the main story and explore.  You should absolutely do that, especially as you unlock new abilities that allow Cal to traverse through areas he couldn’t before.  Again, the world of Jedi: Survivor is far bigger than Fallen Order.  Plus, the game always has an incentive for you to explore different nooks and crannies on each planet.  In addition to that, there are several temples left over from the High Republic that provide puzzles for you to solve.  When you do, you are treated to perks that can enhance Cal’s abilities that will help you throughout the game. 

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Naturally, there is so much more to this game than the list of tips here. But these will help you get a good running start at the beginning of your playthrough.  Is there anything that’s helped you that’s not on this list? Also, if you’re curious check out the full list of trophies and achievements here.

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is out on PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles now.

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