This title was reviewed on PlayStation 4, but is also available on Xbox One and PC.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an action adventure game created by Respawn Entertainment and published by EA. With the last two Star Wars games being released with mixed reception and controversy; EA really needed a win with the next title. Respawn‘s single player focused creation has done just that, I am a huge fan of Star Wars; I passed on the last two releases as I didn’t enjoy them, so I was a little nervous leading up to this release. So, did it impress me? Read below to find out:
You play as Cal Kestis, a Jedi in hiding after the purge. After being discovered by the Empire, led by the inquisitors, and due to unfortunate events they proceed to hunt you down. The story of Cal takes you across multiple planets and with the help of a few friends you will attempt to restore the Jedi Order by finding a Holocron. Unluckily for you, the Second Sister is also after it. Cere is a member of your crew, after she saves you from the Empire. She is a former Jedi master, who has cut herself from the Force after the loss of her apprentice. She becomes your mentor. Also on your crew is Greez, who’s the pilot of your ship, and the obligatory comedy character. You also have BD, your droid companion, who will help you in many ways throughout your adventures – such as slicing through doors, and hacking droids to attack storm troopers.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order grabs a whole lot of different mechanics we have seen from other titles but throws in the use of force powers and of course a lightsaber! The combat itself feels like a simpler style of what you would see in a hardcore action title; when encountering enemies that don’t fall to your saber in one swing you will be parrying them to get their stamina down to make a killing blow. The lightsaber does feel powerful, and a really good mechanic is that when you play at higher difficulties the enemies don’t receive less damage, but it makes the game harder in different aspects. They do this with a smaller window to deflect blaster shots back at Storm Troopers, and parrying melee attacks. Damage received to yourself is also increased.
Throughout the game, Cal will start to rediscover his Force Powers which have been dormant since the Purge. These give you more options in combat. You will acquire abilities like Force Push, Force Pull, the ability to slow down time, and Saber Throw. All these abilities will use your Force Meter during combat, which can be regained through various ways during combat. Force abilities are also used to complete puzzles throughout the game, such as pulling and pushing objects, or smashing through walls to reach hidden areas. Unfortunately you don’t learn moves such as Force Grip or Force Lightning in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (maybe in a later title please?!).
You receive skill points when you fill your level up meter, which is gained by killing enemies and finding collectibles. You use these skill points to upgrade Cal’s abilities, be they force abilities or light saber skills, and also your survivability. You can choose from upgrades such as increasing your max health or force meters, upgrading your force abilities to provide more benefits (such as Force Push, where the upgrade pushes multiple enemies). and you can also unlock new lightsaber skills which are basically new moves to pull off.
The game features customisation, which includes different ponchos for your main character, colour schemes for the clothing of your main character, and colour schemes for your BD (your droid companion), and your ship. But most importantly you can customise your lightsaber! Your saber can be customised in many ways – although all aesthetic, it’s pretty cool. You are able to change the look of your saber to suit your preferences, by changing the emitters, the switch, the sleeve, and the material. The material changes the entire colour scheme, from copper through to silver, with a splash of some bright ones. You are also able to change the colour of your lightsaber. For most of the game you will only be able to choose between blue and green, but later in the game you are able to choose from colours such as yellow, magenta (my personal favourite), and even purple for all you Windu fans. You will also come across an upgrade for your lightsaber, and with this Cal will build a double bladed saber. This will allow you on the fly to choose between your single lightsaber or the double bladed saber, each with their own benefits and cons. The double bladed saber is most useful when versing multiple enemies at once as it will hit more enemies. Also, it looks badass to use.
Graphics and Sound
Now, the sound in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is everything you’d expect from Star Wars, but with hints of new. The sounds of the blasters, the light sabers, and the aesthetics of all the different planets is amazing.
Visually, Respawn have done an amazing job; the graphics look beautiful! The animations are all really done well, and there was never a moment where I wanted more. Each planet has great textures, and movement looks awesome. Aside from a few glitches here and there, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has been put together really well.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is the Star Wars game we have been waiting for! It has been quite awhile since we have received a solely story-based Star Wars game, and the wait was worth it. The story keeps you playing on and on, wanting to see the next cut scene. Although slightly linear, it is probably one of the better told stories within the Star Wars franchise. Yes, I’m feeling bold! The gameplay is amazing. Even with no new revolutionary game mechanics, the game takes the best bits from other games and adds them to this Star Wars title, pulling it off fantastically. The characters are well written, and you can’t help but like Cal. Watching his relationships grow throughout the story really makes you attached to all characters throughout the game. One of the slight criticisms I have with the story is that the main antagonist doesn’t feel imposing, and feels a little lacklustre. Most Star Wars antagonists have more character growth.