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The Mandalorian is basically a video game

It’s time for another armor upgrade!

Russ Frushtick is the director of special projects, and he has been covering the world of video games and technology for over 15 years. He co-founded Polygon in 2012.

There’s really nothing like the Disney Plus original Star Wars live-action series The Mandalorian on television right now, but there’s plenty like it on your gaming console or PC.

The first three episodes of The Mandalorian have featured the mostly silent, helmeted titular bounty hunter making his way from world to world, taking jobs from anyone willing to pay up. But as the series has progressed, it’s started to feel far more like a video game than any other TV show before it. The tropes are specific, and familiar from a wide variety of games. Here’s a rundown of the most video game-y moments in The Mandalorian so far.

[Ed. note: The following contains major spoilers from the first three episodes of The Mandalorian.]

Armor crafting

The Mandalorian gets his first armor piece
As seen in: Diablo 3, World of Warcraft
Disney Plus

Imagine you’re playing The Mandalorian as a game. You’ll start by taking on a mission for some nasty folks, who offer to pay you upfront in a rare material you’ll need to upgrade your armor. After you get your new pauldron from the armorer, you only need five more upgrades to get the armor set bonus!

Blurrg-riding perk unlocked

The Mandalorian riding a blurrg
As seen in: Ocarina of Time’s Lon Lon Ranch sequence
Disney Plus

You’re informed that the only way to reach the location of your next target is on “horse”-back. Unfortunately, you don’t know how to ride a “horse,” which means you’ll need a brief training sequence.

Defend the door against waves of enemies

a droid provides cover fire while the Mandalorian attempts to hack open a door in The Mandalorian
As seen in: Call of Duty, GoldenEye 007
Disney Plus

Oh no, the mark is behind a steel door that needs to be hacked open! The only problem? Waves of enemies to hold off! If only you could ...

Hop on a goddamn laser turret

The Mandalorian using a giant laser turret
As seen in: Gears of War, Call of Duty
Disney Plus

Eat your heart out, Gears of War! It’s time to blast everything in sight with a giant gun you aren’t going to be allowed to keep past the current level.

Performing self-healing

The Mandalorian healing a cut on his arm
As seen in: Far Cry 3, Fallout 4
Disney Plus

After getting nicked a few times in the heat of battle, you have to heal up. Sure, you have a full-on hole in your arm, but some amateur surgery should do the trick nicely.

Sniper mission

The Mandalorian taking aim at some jawas
As seen in: Call of Duty
Disney Plus

Oh no, Jawas are stealing all your stuff! Better lie prone and pick off as many as you can before they run to safety.

Climbing a wall

The Mandalorian climbs up the side of a Jawa sandcrawler
As seen in: Uncharted, Super Mario Bros., the Jawa level in Super Star Wars for SNES
Disney Plus

Like Mario and Nathan Drake before you, you’ll have to climb the Jawa sandcrawler while enemies toss garbage down at you to knock you loose.

Having to start from scratch

The Mandalorian’s ship is all busted up
As seen in: Super Metroid
Disney Plus

You start the game with all sorts of awesome upgrades and a dope ship, only to have it all taken away within the first hour. And the only way you can earn it all back is by going on ...

A fetch quest

The Jawas want the Mandalorian to fetch The Egg
As seen in: World of Warcraft, Death Stranding
Disney Plus

Yes, the Jawas really want The Egg, and they’re willing to give you all your stuff back if you go find it for them. (Turns out they just really want eggs for lunch. Nothing like a meaningless MacGuffin to make this feel like a true side quest!)

Boss fight

The Mandalorian faces down a rhino-looking thing
As seen in: Punch-Out!! (Bald Bull)
Disney Plus

The fetch quest turns out to be a little meatier than expected, with a full-on boss fight at the end of it. Better dodge out of the way of the rhino-looking thing as it charges you!

Escort mission

The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda on the prowl
As seen in: Resident Evil 4
Disney Plus

Don’t forget to keep an eye on your totally helpless companion, who usually follows you around but sometimes gets distracted and/or stuck on the geometry.

Companion upgrade

Baby Yoda using Force powers in The Mandalorian
As seen in: BioShock Infinite
Image: Lucasfilm/Disney

It turns out that your adorable companion isn’t just window dressing, and is actually quite handy, thanks to his special ability. Unfortunately, the cooldown time to use it again is super long.

Fancy chest-opening sequence

A chest full of Beskar steel in The Mandalorian
As seen in: any game with a loot box
Disney Plus

Quest done? You’re damn right you better see a massive chest full of loot slowly open before you.

Head nods from fellow NPCs in a bunker

A bunch of Mandalorians sitting around in the dark
As seen in: Halo: Reach
Disney Plus

While on the way to spend your hard-earned loot, you pass by NPCs who give you slight nods of acknowledgment. Facial motion capture is tough, so everyone’s in helmets.

Another armor upgrade

The Mandalorian’s armor getting a new upgrade
As seen in: Metroid Prime
Disney Plus

Thanks to your massive score, you’re going to get a fancy new cuirass and a shiny new skin for your armor.

New ability upgrade

The Mandalorian using his new Whistling Birds attack
As seen in: any Metroidvania
Disney Plus

“Whistling Birds are a powerful defense against multiple enemies,” the armor crafter tells you. “Use them sparingly, for they are rare.”

Spying through walls

The Mandalorian spies on enemies with his rifle
As seen in: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Disney Plus

Stealth mission time. Better lie prone again and use your sniper rifle as a telescopic microphone with thermal imaging to listen in on enemy conversations.

On-rails shooting sequence

The Mandalorian shoots back while riding on a speeder
As seen in: House of the Dead, Pokémon Snap
Disney Plus

Oh no, you’re surrounded, and the only escape route is this slow-moving speeder! Use the boxes for cover and try to pick folks off as you fly past! There’s an achievement if you kill 10 before the speeder stops.

Teasing a future upgrade

A fellow Mandalorian shows off his jetpack
As seen in: Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
Disney Plus

You keep seeing other people in jetpacks, but when do you get yours? “I gotta get one of those,” you tell yourself. Maybe it’ll be DLC, or show up in the sequel?

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