Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
15 November, 2019
There have been numerous additions to the Star Wars game franchise in recent years but finally we get one that is completely singleplayer! Not only is it completely singleplayer but it’s also based around the most exciting aspect of the Star Wars film franchise: the Jedi. We get a lightsaber, to use the Force, and to battle the Sith. What more could anyone want from a Star Wars game?
The game is set 14 years before Star Wars: A New Hope and five years after Order 66 was executed in Revenge of the Sith. We play Cal, a Jedi Padawan, who is in hiding as a scavenger. In the game’s introduction Cal uses the Force to save his friend. This triggers the Force in an Inquisitor of the Galactic Empire, who begins to hunt Cal. After revealing himself as a Jedi and escaping with the help of some new friends, we follow Cal on an adventure across the galaxy to save the Jedi Order and keep its secrets from the Galactic Empire.
When it comes to gameplay the core aspects of the game feel a lot like elements from other established games. The combat, and boss battles, feel a lot like Dark Souls – where timing is key and fights are actually a challenge (on any difficulty level). The best comparison for the combat system would be Sekiro. The exploration and movement around maps/levels feels like Uncharted or Tomb Raider. Lots of points in the levels are interactive and require you to use the Force or to otherwise navigate your way through, and to get passed numerous enemies.
There is a certain amount of customization in the form of your lightsaber and your BD-1 companion droid. You are able to learn various abilities which help you become a more powerful Jedi. However, it’s a shame that there isn’t any customization for the appearance of your character.
In general the game looks visually fantastic. You definitely feel like you’re playing a Star Wars game and not just a generic space game. It all feels very authentic and there are lots of small details that help to create this gaming experience. The characters and voice acting is great. You are able to overhear Stormtropper conversations and even that adds to the experience.
If you have been waiting for an authentic Star Wars gaming experience, in the form of a singleplayer game, then this is definitely it. Hopefully the success of The Fallen Order will lead to more games in this series in the future. It’s safe to say that Star Wars has finally released a top tier singleplayer game!
- Overall game mechanics
- Challenging boss battles
- Immersive storyline
- Lack of customization
- Long loading times