Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order Review
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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from Respawn Entertainment is being called the “best in a decade”. You play as Cal Kestis, a former Padawan who makes a living as a scrapper salvaging spaceships for parts after the Great Jedi Purge. His life is plain and uneventful until a scrap-salvage job goes wrong. In the process of saving his friend’s life, he uses the Force. This draws the attention of the Empire’s inquisitors, whose mandate it is to hunt down and kill any Jedi. Cal’s life is saved by a band of misfits who set out on a mission to retrieve a Jedi Holocron.
This is how the game opens, and it is essentially an adventure game that takes you all across the Galaxy. Described as being like Tomb Raider or Nathan Drake in style, although it is not an open-world game, you climb obstacles, do parkour running, and solve environmental puzzles; It’s as if Assassin’s Creed was done with lightsabers. Cal Kestis has honestly been described as a vanilla character that lacks presence, but what he lacks, the overall game makes up for in both storyline and the sophisticated supporting characters. You travel alongside a former Jedi master named Cere Junda who leaves the Force behind, a helpful companion droid named BD-1, and a show-off but cowardly pilot named Greez.
Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order Gameplay
As you work through the game’s combat system, you can gain skill points and unlock abilities. You can perfect the ability to do things like locking on to enemies and following them. You can perfect your use of the Force; slowing your opponents down and moving them with telekinesis. The enemies level up in intensity, from wild animals to stormtroopers, to anti-Jedi special forces. The animations are perfectly fluid and choreographed. How and what you choose to fight with is your decision. You can also customize your lightsaber with its own unique look and more.
The XP system works like this; you gain experience by killing enemies, scanning the environment and completing missions. You level up and gain a respawn point when you find glowing Jedi meditation circles. If you die before you get there, you lose upgrade points and experience points. To regain all that, you need to respawn at the last point and find the enemies, eliminate them again and regain the lost points. But rather than simply facing off against the same enemy, the developers make it so the first blow you land fully restores your XP and Force meter. It’s their way of giving you a leg up in the competition.
Overall, “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” is about 20 hours of full gameplay from beginning to end, wrapping up with a tough boss fight and climactic finale. It takes care to respect the canon of the Star Wars universe in its story. Cal Kestis was never meant to be the hero on the levels of Luke Skywalker, and his story faithfully does not cross that boundary. In closing, it is a great single-player Star Wars game and a strong cast with a good story. Definitely worth checking out.