When it was announced the Respawn would be working on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order game the gaming world was awash with excitement after the success of Titanfall and Titanfall 2 fans couldn’t wait to see what the team had up their sleeve.
Excitement levels increased when we finally got to see some gameplay at E3 and now we finally have the game in our hands it’s fair to say they have done an amazing job.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order sees you play as The story follows Cal Kestis, a Padawan who managed to escape the Jedi purge and has been living in hiding ever since. That time comes where he cannot hide them anymore and he’ll also learn some powerful moves along the way.
You’ll relearn your skills in various ways, cut scenes will see you relive memories that remind you how to double jump or wall run, while progression through the game will reward you with XP that can be used to earn skill points that can be spent in a skill tree. Powers range from improved healthy stronger libasaber attacks or better support from your Droid.
BD-1, who you’ll meet early on in the game is a big help. He’ll rummage through crates to find you materials that can be used to complete upgrades throughout the game. He can also hold on to stim packs that on request will be thrown to you to enable you to heal in combat. You can upgrade how many he can hold at once. When you meditate the stims will be replenished.
Meditation comes at a cost, a bit like in the souls games, doing so will see all the enemies around your Respawn, so there is always a bit of a gamble as to what is your best move. If you decide to mediate certain respawned enemies glow, if you target them you’ll get all of the XP you had recently lost back to be used on the skill tree.
The combat is tough, every enemy will present a new challenge, which means learning how they attack, if you can time you parries correctly then you can launch devastating counter attacks. As you enhance Cal through the Skill Tree it becomes a bit easier to fight your opponents, it’s just a matter of learning the weak points of your opponents. If things get too tough you can change the difficulty of the game on the fly.
Each world you visit has plenty to discover, at first some areas are too difficult to reach, but as you develop news skills and abilities over time these areas become easier to reach, shortcuts can also be discovered which helps you travel around each world more easily, unfortunately there is no fast travel between meditation points which is a bit disappointing, especially if you have to go back and refight enemies. You’ll also spend time going back in yourself which can be frustrating in stages, especially if you get killed and haven’t saved in a while.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order keeps the different levels interesting by introducing puzzles, BD-1 will offer you hints if you want them but after some exploring you’ll have no issues solving each one. Some require traversing to certain areas, while others need you to move items to certain places to open doors.
Whether you are a Star Wars fan or not shouldn’t really matter with this game. The story is well written and all you really need to know in advance is that there is a light and dark side and once upon a time there were Jedis. The voice acting is excellent and I really enjoyed playing through the story.
It’s a fantastic looking game too, some of the set pieces look incredible and the way the characters move in battle is excellent, Cal pulls off some incredible finishing moves, the character models in cut scenes all look superb and Cal has amazing hair, there I said it.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a very Marmite game, personally I loved it, however I did struggle with the combat sometimes, the flexibility with the difficulty however should mean that you can enjoy the game at your own pace. The story is excellent, as you expect from Respawn and I was a big fan of the puzzles which were a nice distraction from the combat. Star Wars fan or not, this is a game well worth playing.