Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order reviews are singing praise all throughout the web while the game is out for only several days. People have been waiting for a Star Wars action-adventure eagerly for years, and since this title was announced at E3 2018, the force grew stronger in all of us. People are praising its blend of Dark Souls’s combat style, action of Uncharted, and even archeology exploration of Indiana Jones old school games. However, this new title is so much more than a remix of the genre-fusing successful game styles. It pushes the boundaries of the genre further and also presents the last word of cinematic approach to video games.
Development and reception
The journey to create this game began in 2014, five years ago, when Stig Asmussen, the renowned video game developer known for God of War series, joined Respawn Entertainment. The studio then kicked off the project which also attracted several other famous people from the industry, like Aaron Contreras (Mafia III), Chris Avellone (Planescape: Torment & Fallout series), and others. After involving Lucasfilm and several good musical composers, the project was ripe for unveiling and now, five years in the making, it is here.
The game is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. On Steam, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has Very Positive reviews out of over 5k and counting. PlayStation Store shows 4.5 stars (out of 5), and the Microsoft Store shows 4 stars (out of 5). The pricing goes between $50 and $60, depending on the platform, and the game is published by Electronic Arts.
This game is set in a period of time five years after the movie Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, the rise of Emperor Palpatine a.k.a. Darth Sidious and the Empire. Recently, the new Disney’s The Mandalorian series premiered and is also receiving very positive feedback, while its story is set five years after the fall of the Empire and the presumable death of Emperor Palpatine. The Emperor’s influence in the Star Wars entire saga is so wast, that he even plays an important part in the upcoming ninth episode of the movies, titled Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
If you watched the movies and you are familiar with the storyline, the rise of Emperor Palpatine, who is a Sith Lord, came with the ominous Order 66 which was to wipe out all the Jedi from the ranks of the Grand Army of the Republic, which became Palpatine’s Empire Army now. Of course, some Jedi slipped through their fingers and our main protagonist is just such an aspiring young padawan, Cal Kestis. Cal is played by Cameron Monaghan, an American Actor, while his Jedi mentor Cere Jundus is played by Debra Wilson. The storyline includes other famous characters from the saga, including Darth Vader himself, and all are voiced and bearing the likeness of their respective voice actors.
We lead the hero on a journey to develop his Jedi skills and survive the hunt for the remaining Jedi issued by the Emperor himself and carried out by a Sith Inquisitor by the name of Second Sister trained by Darth Vader, who is voiced by Elizabeth Grullon. As the story develops, we meet many colorful characters, explore the Star Wars universe unlike never before, and see the aftermath of Episode III as well.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a third-person single-player action-adventure, which uses a fast-paced combat system that is similar to the one seen in Dark Souls, but infinitely times more advanced to incorporate force abilities and other sci-fi elements, of course. Traversing the environment will probably remind many of the Prince of Persia franchise’s later installations.
The main quest line involves an archeological approach to the SW universe, which will bring back memories of the Old School Indiana Jones game series, to those who played them. This new game is the last word of the genre as it incorporates all of the tricks and gameplay methods we love, creates plenty of new mechanics to work with, and tops it all off with Force Abilities, which include iconic and new exclusive for this title.
Everything in this game looks authentic to the SW universe, movies, animated series, and previous games. The love for the source material is obvious and Respawn Entertainment didn’t mess with it in the slightest. However, the detailed environment, fast-paced combat, impressive animations of force abilities and blaster fire, and all other visual goodies extract a heavy toll. The Ultra settings for the PC version are said to provide a challenge even for the latest graphics cards. The game aims for 60fps but fails to achieve so during the action sequences, while even Xbox One X and PlayStation Pro sometimes have trouble when entering a new area.
Between The Mandalorian Disney’s series, the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker movie, which is out in about a month, and this game now, SW fans are perhaps being treated like never before. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a perfect continuation of the storyline from Episode III of the movies, while it brings its own flavor to the known universe. It is fast-paced, challenging, and impressively looking, and most of all authentic to the source material. However, it also brings the same amount of its own flavor, gameplay style, and experience so it is absolutely worth it.