Review by Galactus21
A fun way to pretend that you're a virtual Jedi.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is the worthiest Star Wars title to play through in a long while. In a way this fun game in a long suffering series of bad games, also makes it a bit disappointing. With a little bit of extra care and time, this good game could have been an excellent game. Now don’t get me wrong, Fallen Order was a blast to play through, which is also the reason why some of the bugs and frame rate problems leave you a bit infuriated. With some extra care and time, the game could have been so much more. Now with that disclaimer out of the way, Fallen Order is a blast to play through and offering plenty of moments of fun.
Fallen Order takes place after Star Wars Episode III, after order 66 has taken place. The Jedi Order is in shambles, and any remaining Jedi are in hiding or hunted. You start the game off as Cal Kestis, a former Jedi Padawan who survived the Jedi purge and is in hiding. Soon after the game starts, he is identified for his previous association. As he rediscovers his Jedi powers and joined by a group of friend, he faces off against the empire to find a list of force sensitive children.
Fallen Order is an action adventure title, where as Cal you will explore various planets to complete missions. Along the way you will face off against monsters, stormtroopers, and inquisitors. At his disposal, Cal has his lightsaber and force powers. Utilizing his lightsaber there are a variety of moves that Cal can perform. You can string together fairly non complicated combos and look cool waving around the lightsaber.
You can dodge and block with your lightsaber, on top of the combat. A well time block against a blaster shot will also deflect the shot back at your enemy, similar to the movies. As you progress through the game you can also learn new lightsaber moves that you can incorporate into your combinations. For example, you can learn to throw your lightsaber at your enemies. As you progress, you will also open different lightsaber types.
For the most part you had some standard fare of force powers. You could do force push and pull, and you can slow down enemy movements. You can mix this up into your combat, such as force pushing an enemy over a mountain. Outside of combat, you will also need force powers to get through certain obstacles in the way of your mission. For example, you might need to force push a bridge in order to connect it to another piece of land. On top of the combat, the puzzles in this game were good and did a good job of breaking up the action through out the game.
Another game play aspect is the platforming in the game. You have to climb, jump, swing from locations to locations. While this game play aspect was not bad, there was certainly room for improvement. It felt the mechanics could have been tighter and more fluid. There were times when jumping or swinging from platform to platform just felt off.
Level design was one aspect that I thought Fallen Order excels out. The worlds were huge and often had obstacles. As you gain new powers, you gain the ability to get past these obstacles. The worlds were also open for you to explore, but also did a good job of focusing players on the mission at hand. The environments were interconnected and offered a sense of environmental cohesion. All in all, this was one of the stronger aspects of the game.
The graphics in the game was solid. Character models look good and the environments gave off a Star Wars feel to it. Unfortunately, however, the game also had noticeable slow downs where the frame rate drops. Additionally, the game froze a few times on me. It was obvious the game could have used a few more months of fine tuning. The musical sound track however was good and felt like a Star Wars musical score. Voice acting in general was solid all around and never gave off a cringe worthy moment. Between graphics and sounds, the sound department was certainly the stronger aspect of the two.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a fun game. I enjoyed it through out the course of the fairly long adventure. In a way this is the best Star Wars game I have played in a long time. This is also why it was a bit disappointment because with a bit of fine tuning the game could have been so much more. If the game ran smoother and some of the platforming elements more fluid, this could have been a great game. With that said, Fallen Order is still a fun experience that is worth checking out.
Product Release: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (US, 11/15/19)
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