- Total Score - 8.2/108.2/10
“Respawn delivers a good campaign with a great Star Wars story in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.”
Developer – Respawn
Publisher – EA
Release Date – November 15th, 2019
Platforms – PC – Reviewed, PS4, Xbox One
Star Wars is a long running franchise. I’m not speaking about the movies either. In the gaming world, Star Wars has been around for decades. Across multiple generations, it has tried to captured the hearts of gamers worldwide.
Despite various successful attempts and some bonafide classics, Star Wars has also had it’s fair share of failures. Remember Masters of Teras Kasi? Respawn’s first attempt at entering the realm of Star Wars fortunately isn’t one of those failures
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a third-person action adventure. You play as Cal Kestus on his quest to rebuild the Jedi Order following the events of Order 66 and Revenge of the Sith.
Cal’s journey will have him platforming through deadly tombs, wall running and facing off against the Empire. During your journey Cal will rebuild his connection to the force, and the cast of allies and enemies start off as traditional Star Wars fodder but they quickly evolve past their archetypes.
Nothing in that description is revolutionary. None of it is even novel. Star Wars Fallen Order doesn’t add anything new to the third-person action adventure genre at all.
That fact does nothing to impact how incredible this experience was to play in any way, shape or form.
Star Wars is an evolution of the mechanics seen in many other games. Combat has hints of Sekiro and the older Dark Forces games. World design and the core gameplay loop harken back to Metroid Prime. Everything about these individual elements is refined with that same tight level of control and polish Respawn is known for.
Cal’s journey will take him to a multitude of planets. Each location is long, varied and satisfying to discover. Puzzles and environmental exploration feel rewarding to play through, and the new skills Cal gains benefit his platforming and combat both in exciting ways.
It’s not all about roaming around and swinging lightsabers however. Fallen Order spends a fair amount of time with it’s story. Many characters, including enemies are usually multi faceted, and the back and forth Cal will develop with his small but memorable crew adds a lot of weight to the plot.
Cere, a former Jedi Master, and her trusted companion Greas, together they bring a layer of depth to story that is a clear step up from the average Star Wars story game.
I’m not knocking the previous Star Wars stories in gaming. but it’s been a long time since a game has really delivered on an original Star Wars experience to this degree of success.
Fallen Order is right up their with KOTOR, X Wing vs Tie Fighter and Jedi Knight as one of the best examples of using a licensed property to tell a great tale that makes sense for videogames.
There are a handful of issues with the game, but none that really cropped up during my time with the game. I did play on PC, and I do know that the console versions can suffer from long load times glitches and the AI can prove questionable at times. However Stormtroopers prove themselves dubious quite often so it comes across as faithful in a strange way.
One of my biggest issues with the games exploration are the rewards. Where Darksiders 2 wasted great platforming and exploration with loot that was usually bad. Fallen Order decided to not feature loot at all, but that leads to the vast majority of your exploration leading to a cosmetic lightsaber piece or new poncho skin that feels inconsequential. Perhaps more of a balance in this style of game will be needed if they return to make a sequel.
Also, like I said previously, this game, while excellent, doesn’t do anything to move the genre forward in any meaningful way. I’m not knocking this game for it, it’s just something I thought to myself while I was reflecting on my time with it.
Overall, I absolutely recommend Star Wars the Fallen Order. Its the next great Star Wars single player game many of us has been waiting for.
Trust me, resisting a Star Wars pun to end this review was very difficult.