Review| Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
The Republic and the Jedi Order have fallen. The Empire has conquered the galaxy and mercilessly hunts down any remaining jedi. It has been 5 years since the infamous Order 66 when EA and Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order takes place. We explored the new world through the eyes of surviving Jedi Knight Cal Kestis and came back from the force with the following review.
Who would have thought 2019 would mark the return of singleplayer Star Wars games. Ever since the release of The Force Unleashed 2 we have been craving a new title and it seems EA and Respawn Entertainment have answered our prayers. Fallen Order gives us a roughly twenty hours long game that reminds us once again of how magical a Star Wars game can be.
“This is Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. I regret to report that both our Jedi Order and the Republic have fallen, with the dark shadow of the Empire rising to take their place. This message is a warning and a reminder for any surviving Jedi: trust in the Force. … May the Force be with you always.”
You play as Cal Kestis, one of the few Jedi remaining after the Order 66 purge. You have been hiding from the Empire for five years when the game starts. After the first half an hour of playing Cal is running once again, this time with a purpose, a ship and crew. The ship functions as a safe haven between missions, but more importantly immediately feels like home.
We don’t want to spoil too much about the storyline itself, but what we can say that it’s great. Wonderful voice acting and animations make the well-designed story come to life, even if we do already know how it will end. There is a surprisingly memorable cast in Fallen Order, with most characters not being as two-dimensional as we have come to expect from the Star Wars extended universe.
Players will be exploring famous Star Wars planets like the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk, the dark Dathomir and many more. Every planet is different: a wide array of locations, secrets, fauna and flora and much more is ready to be explored, that is if you have unlocked the right abilities to find these secrets. Completionists will be backtracking a lot throughout the game to find every hidden lightsaber hilt, force/hitpoints power up, secret bit of intel etc. This never feels like a chore however, with the many exciting places to explore hidden in every world. We for one loved the semi-destroyed Venator Class Star Destroyer from the Clone Wars which had fallen from orbit yet remained surprisingly intact, including the body’s of turn-coat clone troopers.
You are accompanied on your adventures by BD-1, buddy for short. With all the adorableness of R2-D2, but in a smaller package, this droid is a fun addition to the game. He helps you hack, slice and sneak your way throughout the world, even giving you health boosts when you’re low. The lightsaber combat itself is outstanding and beautifully animated. The combat style borrows heavily from Dark Souls and The Surge, but it’s designed so it can be enjoyable for all kinds of gamers. There is a penalty for dying, but is is no way as harsh as it is in the previously mentioned games. Force abilities have been toned down since the days of The Force Unleashed so sadly enough you won’t be throwing stormtroopers through the air or using force lightning to solve all of your problems. Don’t worry though, the classics are still there and the lack of insanely powerful Force abilities actually helps with the atmosphere of the game itself.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is the best singleplayer Star Wars game we have gotten in a long time. It’s as enjoyable for any hardcore fan who is able to state Aurra Sing’s appearance in Episode 1 and cause of death in Solo, as well as the casual fan who remembers Darth Vader being an awesome and iconic villain. The story, combat and world design are excellent and even the puzzles are enjoyable. We will be discussing Cal’s adventures for a long time to come.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Price: €59,99 / $59,99 / £54.99