In 2012, Lucasfilm was sold to Disney, of course we all know this and most of us wondered what this would mean for Lucas Arts and the videos games. With Star Wars 1313 in development, that was my biggest wonder when it came to gaming. I knew the comics would revert back to Marvel and of course Disney would produce new films, for better or worse.
As we have seen, Lucas Arts is pretty much gone and EA has now release three video games, Battlefront, Battlefront II and now…Jedi -Fallen Order. Quickly I will mention, Battlefront 2015 is a good game overall, but it is a shadow of the two previous Battlefront games from Pandemic, it is gorgeous to look at, but not too much there for me. Battlefront II 2017, it may be the come back game of all time. It was widely criticized for microtransaction of being extremely buggy and little content. That has all been remedied for the most part. It isn’t terrible and it does have an underwhelming single-player campaign. Now, here is my problem, I am not a multiplayer gamer, no never have been. So, a game like Battlefront doesn’t do much for me. I love the game modes in Battlefront II 2005 and wish they would take not and single player options like the 2005, superior game. So, finally in 2019 we get a full single player game, because up till now, it really feels like the single player adventure is becoming a thing of the past for gamers.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an action-adventure game set after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Develop your Force abilities, hone your lightsaber techniques, and explore the ancient mysteries of a long-lost civilization – all while staying one step ahead of the Empire and its deadly Inquisitors.
Jedi: Fallen Order follows Cal Kestis, a former Jedi Padawan who finds himself on the run from the Empire. He is basically rescued by the crew of a ship call the Mantis, which is really only two “people”. They embark on a journey to find the secret of the Zeffo.
So, I will admit, I am not good a reviewing video games, but damn this one is good. I did play through the entire game and it was wonderful. The first thing you notice in playing, the beautiful graphics. This is one of the best looking Star Wars games ever made. Battlefront (2015) began showing us how wonderful the Star Wars universe looks, this one took it a step further. The visuals, the planets, and pretty much everything is on point.
The gameplay is smooth and really, I couldn’t see if there were any issues with the gameplay. It was adaptive and I didn’t feel like the control ever failed me. I know I failed myself more than once, jumping from platform to platform. Some of the downhill sliding I had issues with, a bunch of issues. But, that is a small part of the game. Although, there is plenty of jumping and climbing and sliding throughout the game. When it comes to combat, there are some really great things, lightsabers, force powers and more. I like the Cal isn’t fully in control of the force, he has one power to start and builds his powers around memories of his training with his master and of course, when you need to power. The lightsaber combat, for the most part reminds me of The Force Unleashed, which is a really good game. As far as I can remember, there was no dismemberment, which is ok, but not how a lightsaber works. But, for the game and gamers of all ages it does work. The force powers are fun and sometimes you have to use them in comibnation, remember that, pull and slow down go hand in hand sometimes.
The story is immersive and kind of short, I say this after logging 24 or more hours on the game. If I had a complaint, it would be the back and forth to Dathomir and Zeffo, mostly to gain force powers. I will say, when you get to choose which planet to go to, head to Zeffo first! Remember that when you play for the first time. My next play through I will head to Zeffo. I do hope there is some kind of DLC, but honestly I am not 100% where they can film in any blanks, there are no many. Oh and wait until the end of the game, it is awesome, the last mission and its end will leave any Star Wars fan speechless and wanting more.
The characters are great, all of them, from Cal to Cere and Greez. But the standouts were the Second Sister for sure and BD-1 the droid. The Second Sister is not just a built level boss or generic bad guy, no way, she has a story and depth and it is so well written. As for BD-1, possibly a top 5 droid in all of Star Wars, he is very useful a good pal and always there. BD-1 is so awesome and you can customize his paint job.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is fantastic! I would give it 9 of 10 overall, gameplay, graphics and story. It is deep, fun and I wanna play it again, maybe get some of those missed achievements. Playing on a harder level can be punishing and rewarding at the same time. I play more for story, but if you’re up for the challenge, go for it. But strap in for a great ride! I think Jedi: Fallen Order may actually be on of the best Star Wars games ever, it is without a doubt the best Star Wars game this decade. It may be the best since Knights of the Old Republic.
I have a lot of hope for EA and future single player Star Wars games, hopefully including a sequel or spinoff of this game. I would love to follow Cal and the crew of the Mantis on more adventures. But, more Star Wars Jedi games would be great if not to follow Cal Kestis, how about a game following Return of the Jedi following Luke and the left over inquisitors hunting down and killing force sensitives. Luke would be looking for force sensitives to trail on Yavin IV, kind of like Jedi Academy. It would be cool to see Luke as a fully trained Jedi using all of his powers. But, more so, we need more Cal Kestis.
Have you played Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order? What did you think?