Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Review

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Overall Review
82 %
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an incredible game, and if you want a good singleplayer Star Wars experience, this is the best one out there. It certainly surpasses the Force Unleashed series, and it adds in new elements from modern games while also keeping some traditional tropes.

For a very long time, Star Wars games stopped focusing on Jedi and their strategies, instead they just focused on multiplayer action. That was fine, but we did need a good Star Wars game that has a stellar singleplayer story, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is definitely the game we waited for in that regard.

Story

The main focus of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is Cal Kestis, a young man on a desolate planet that tries to survive despite all the challenges coming his way. Your primary focus at first is to hide that you are a Jedi, but things soon go bad, and you end up traveling from planet to planet trying to uncover your true origin and survive. Order 66 is constantly hunting you, and you need to find more about yourself and your legacy as you complete various quests.

Gameplay

Right off the bat, you will notice that this is an action-adventure game. They also added plenty of platforming too. In many ways, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a combination of Uncharted, Tomb Raider, Dark Souls, and other games. Which is great, because you have a variety of sections that will suit all kinds of players.

Since the main character is a Jedi, we get to have the lightsaber early on. Unfortunately, you don’t get to access any other weapon as you play, although you can customize your lightsaber the way you want. That certainly opens up some great new possibilities, and you can feel free just to enjoy the experience and have fun with it. This certainly becomes quite challenging when you face bosses, but it’s still offering a great sense of being a Jedi and how that would be like.

The game is very immersive right from the start. It basically puts you into a rather linear world at first, but then you have multiple open world maps, at least they feel like that. You are free to explore the way you want, but there are places you can come back to later on because you don’t have a specific force learned yet, which is great because later on, you can come back and acquire a new item from a blocked section.

Other than that, the destinations are easy to see all the time, and the world is rather linear in every level. But the fact that they do allow you to learn new powers does make it more exciting to browse these levels later on once again, but with a different perspective. It’s really interesting to see that, and it makes for a very good gameplay idea with lots of unique options.

Combat

When it comes to combat, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is pretty good. The game itself does a nice job of keeping you grounded. You are not a master Jedi, so you’re obviously not the best in combat. Enemies will put you down often, especially in the beginning. But as you learn new force powers and expand your skill set, things are easier. That being said, the Dark Souls-like approach of battling only one or a few characters at once does make the battles a lot more personal.

This is a good idea because it encourages you to take risks and experiment. You can’t go button mashing at all enemies, some of them are very powerful. That means you have to block, press attack and the right time and so on. It’s that sense of trying to figure out what and how to do that really makes this game so good in the first place.

Of course, there are challenges along the way, but the thing that really makes it so unique is the animations and the way you battle enemies. It feels very natural, and you get to be a part of those battles. That’s what we all want from a Star Wars game, and that’s the thing that really pushes the boundaries and makes things so interesting, to begin with.

Also, you have a small droid with you that can offer you health and help you crawl through locations, among others. It’s also used for some comedic moments too, which is very interesting as you play. That’s great because it conveys a new layer to the story and the experience itself, without being pushy or anything like that. You get to immerse yourself and really focus on the experience as much as possible.

Puzzles

There aren’t a ton of puzzles, but you will find them from time to time. The game continues to shine when it comes to puzzles since they are all pretty creative and different. That being said, it will continue to challenge you with some situations where you can spend multiple minutes figuring out puzzles. But that’s what you want, a sense of immersion and new ways to experience those puzzles all the time.

Graphics

While these are not the best graphics you will see in a game, Respawn did an amazing job at making the game very cinematic and exciting to play. It has so many cool stories and locations, places to explore, and that really goes to show just how impressive and creative this title really is. They are pushing the boundaries quite a lot with this title, and the locations, character and enemy design are stunning. You can also customize your lightsaber color, which is really good.

Conclusion

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an incredible game, and if you want a good singleplayer Star Wars experience, this is the best one out there. It certainly surpasses the Force Unleashed series, and it adds in new elements from modern games while also keeping some traditional tropes. It’s very interesting, cool and it constantly encourages you to take risks and just have fun for a change. If you are passionate about Star Wars in general or just want to immerse yourself in some cool sci-fi worlds and fight amazing enemies, this is a great game to try out. You should totally give it a try!

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