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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Review – New Battles in Star Wars

Games based on the famous Star Wars universe have always caused excitement and public attention. Some of them offered us interesting battles in multiplayer and single-player mode, others focused on history and further expanded the iconic universe, but some attracted us with interesting gameplay with open worlds and the possibility of exploration. The last installment of Star Wars: Battlefront II of 2017 turned out to be quite controversial. Although the game had a good storyline, and it seemed like the multiplayer was also good, but the desire of the developers to cash in on microtransactions played a cruel joke and now many fans associate the game with this. In the new part, the developers decided to focus on a single company, which means no transactions, nothing superfluous, but only a beautiful and interesting story of a young Padawan.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order review

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order game review

Game and film franchise

The Fallen Order events take place at a very interesting time. The game begins immediately after the events of the 3rd part of the film franchise, and all the actions unfold between the 3rd and 4th parts of the film. There are tons of references and easter eggs especially for fans in the game, so fans of “Star Wars” will definitely not be disappointed.

So, “Order 66” came into effect, according to which all Jedi must be destroyed. The protagonist of the game is a young Padawan Cal Kestis, who is forced to hide from the forces of the Empire and go underground. Once stormtroopers come out on his trail and he must join a small resistance squad and go to flight on the ship. The hero gets a mentor, gets his own team and gets a very significant mission – to revive the Jedi Order.

It is very encouraging that the events of the game have many similarities with the events of the film franchise and thus complement the general idea of ​​the Star Wars universe. This approach shows the careful attitude of the game’s scriptwriters to the original and to the plot of the game as a whole. The story of Cal Kestis, of course, has many cliches and similarities with the story of the same Luke Skywalker (great mission, the presence of great strength, a wise mentor and other details), however, it looks fresh and interesting.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order review

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order game review

Game process

The story and plot are good, of course, but without proper gameplay and interesting mechanics, this is nothing more than an attempt to cash in on the famous franchise. What can Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order offer us in terms of gameplay? And here everything is rather complicated.

The fact is that the game, although it is a 3-person action game, combines several popular game genres at once. The first of them is a bright and dynamic action game with an abundance of cutscenes in the spirit of Uncharted and God of War, where we are shown colorful locations, numerous special effects, bright bosses and a sea of ​​action scenes. Very good manifestations of this genre are observed in the first minutes of the game, when we either need to run away from attack aircraft, or escape from a falling ship, where everything is accompanied by stunning special effects and a vivid picture. It all looks pretty cool, but this is far from the only thing that the game is ready to offer us.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order review

Another genre or sub-genre, if you like, is the so-called manifestations of Dark Souls-style games. They are characterized by complex and dynamic battles, both with ordinary opponents and with bosses, the need to explore the world, revival at certain points, a simple pumping system, etc. Most, if not all of these elements are present in the Fallen Order. The main one is, of course, battles. While controlling a Jedi with a lightsaber, we also have to dodge, learn combos, put a block in time and select the necessary attacks. Naturally, the battles themselves and the gameplay as a whole are simpler here than in the same Dark Souls: the combinations are simpler, the timing is not so hard, the recovery points are scattered more often, and all the lost experience can be restored only by inflicting one blow on the enemy who killed you once again hitting the location. where you died. Considering that the audience for Star Wars games is far from being hardcore fans of 3rd person action games, simplifying a number of mechanics is beneficial to the game.

I would also like to say that in addition to battles and colorful cinematic action scenes in the game there was a place for puzzles, and for pumping a hero, and many other elements of modern games. But does the game benefit from such a combination of subgenres, when after a colorful action scene for about an hour we run across locations and deal with enemies in the spirit of Dark Souls? It’s hard to say that this causes a strong negative, but the developers could more smoothly combine these elements of the gameplay, so as not to cause such a strong contrast. In general, the gameplay is interesting and thoughtful, and this is the most important thing in the perception of the game.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order review

How does it all look and sound?

The game looks just great. Vivid special effects, animation of characters, action scenes with explosions and lightsaber fights – the graphics in the game will definitely not fail your expectations and will bring real aesthetic pleasure. It’s nice to watch such beautiful locations of one of the cult film franchises.

The game also sounds good. The soundtrack in the game will definitely not disappoint both fans and simply those who like good sound in games. Signature melodies and sounds of blasters and lightsabers delight the ear, and thanks to the good sound, you plunge into the game much deeper.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order review

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order game review

What can you say about the game in the end?

Of course, things aren’t perfect in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Side missions in the game are quite boring, and the rewards for them in the form of several cosmetic items completely repel them (apparently the developers are too afraid of a repetition of that scandal in microtransactions), some locations themselves look rather gray, and the variety of the same bosses is not particularly pleasing. However, even with all these small drawbacks, the game is pleasant and interesting to play. Colorful and sometimes challenging battles, stunning action scenes and elements with puzzles and pumping, though not always smoothly combined, are always good in their own way. The plot of the game, the characters and the story of Padawan Cal Kestis, although it also has its own quibbles, is also interesting and fits well into the film franchise. In summary, the game will definitely appeal to both fans of the cinematic universe and fans of just good action games, where there is good gameplay and a good storyline, and the Star Wars setting will be a big plus here. The game is not something unique or amazing, but the project from Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts turned out pretty good and I want to believe that the next Star Wars game will further raise the bar.

LID2PRO reviewer verdict

Playability

The gameplay turned out to be quite good, if not for the too abrupt change of game subgenres and the transition from colorful action scenes to leisurely and long battles in the style of Dark Souls. Still, it could have been done a little smoother and more accurate.

The visual part of the game is at the highest level. This applies to all its aspects: animation of characters, action scenes, general view of locations, battles with lightsabers, etc. All of these aspects are pleasing to the eye and look good.

What’s Star Wars without a signature soundtrack and melodies? The developers have carefully treated the music and soundtrack of the game and now players can enjoy the sounds of lightsabers and their favorite melody. Is there anything else you need for such a game?

Single player campaign

The story of a young Jedi with a great mission, while not new to Star Wars, turned out pretty well as well. The plot of the game is rich in interesting events and missions, and the characters are interesting and pleasant to watch.

Fights with lightsabers, jumping to different places, guessing riddles – all this is easy to do thanks to convenient and simple controls. Whether you control a joystick or with a keyboard and mouse, playing Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is easy and simple anyway.

The new game in the Star Wars universe is a good project that combines an interesting story, charismatic characters and respect for the setting, as well as a good gameplay with a combination of various game mechanics, as well as stunning graphics and good soundtrack. Although the game turned out to be not without flaws, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a good game and a worthy representative of the Star Wars universe in the gaming industry. I would like to believe that the next project on this universe will keep such a high bar and will turn out to be no less successful, or even surpass this game.

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