Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order is a single player action-adventure game set in the Star Wars universe developed by Respawn Entertainment and Published by Electronic Arts. Although Fallen Order is a stand alone game not connected to any other IP, it comes out around the same time as Disney+ and its new exclusive Star Wars series, The Mandalorian.
STORY / CHARACTERS
The player controls Cal Kestis, a Jedi Padawan who joins a former Jedi, a ship captain and a Droid in search of relics to unlock a vault containing information on force sensitive children throughout the galaxy. The events in game take place five years after Star Wars Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith and focuses heavily on the Jedi purge and its aftermath. Along the way Cal meets up with others who will help or hinder him in various ways including Saw Gerrera (from Star Wars Rogue One), Nightsister Merrin, and another Jedi who survived the purge.
The game is a mix of intense combat and puzzle solving with some platforming areas reminiscent of the More recent Tomb Raider games. The combat (in which Cal uses only his light saber) involves a mix of parrying, precise attacks and use of Jedi powers to overcome a variety of opponents ( the level of difficulty for combat can be changed during the game if too hard or too easy, it can definitely be very challenging).
Many of Jedi Fallen Order’s Puzzles are solved by interacting with the environment (including using Cal’s Jedi skills). Cal travels from planet to planet via the ship The Mantis, exploring different notable locations such as Kashyyyk, Dathomir and an Inquisitor fortress. Along the way Cal gets help from his Droid BD-1 which travels with him. While exploring different locations there are collectibles to find that alter Cal’s appearance as well as that of BD-1 and The Mantis also various light saber parts can be found to change the base look and color of Cal’s blade.
GRAPHICS / ENGINE PERFORMANCE
The graphics are excellent with detailed character animation and amazing settings to explore. While there were a few minor glitches, some objects occasionally not popping in right away and, about mid game I did have some lag when entering certain areas but nothing game breaking or serious. The combat was fluid and felt very kinetic with everything going on. The platforming such as wall running and sliding handled well for the most part ( with only one issue where the slide ended abruptly and timing was difficult to get due to limited view of the area).
AUDIO / SOUNDTRACK
The music is fantastic in this with heavy influences by the original John Williams score throughout but definitely it’s own thing here and very fitting to what’s going on in the game. Also of note is the Mongolian band The HU (the song is called Black Thunder) can be heard at the beginning of the game and at a particular area in the game itself. The voice acting was top-notch with the various actors fitting well with the characters they were given. The sound effects from the weapons and combat are varied and fit with what was going on. The background noises of the different locations and the sounds of the animals all meshed well within the game.
The replay value would be moderate to low as the story is fairly linear with no way to change what goes on. The only reason to go back and play again would be to find all the collectibles that were missed or pick up again after some time away and experience the story again (which was enjoyable).
The game is something Star Wars fans have needed for some time as the most recent single player game before this for the franchise was quite a while ago. The game does have some flaws but it is overall an enjoyable experience with an engaging storyline, interesting characters and fantastic combat. I would definitely like to see a sequel or even similar gameplay in more Star Wars games in the future.