Review: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

As a little boy I grew up with the Star Wars movies. As I got older, the Star Wars games came to the various consoles I owned as a child and teenager. Legendary games like the original Star Wars Battlefront 2 (not the bad version from past years), Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars Lego and Star Wars the Force Unleashed were all great games to play. After the failure of the modern versions of Star Wars Battlefront, my faith in the Star Wars game was a bit damaged. Can Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Restore My Confidence?

A great series of Star Wars is currently running on Disney+. The Mandalorian takes place between the film's parts six and seven. Star Wars: Fallen Order takes place between the third and fourth films. With that we see more and more of the in-between periods of the films. In the Fallen Order you play as the character Cal. Cal was a Padawan before the Empire executed order 66. Since the Jedi were wiped out, Cal lives a hidden and lonely life. During his hidden army, he is discovered by the Empire and a manhunt is launched for him. When it seems all over, Cal is rescued by Cere Junda and Greez Dritus.

The three of them go to an ancient temple where the secret lies to restore the Jedi Order. Here Cal meets his new droid friend BD-1. BD-1 helps you through the game by giving you stimpacks to heal yourself. In addition, BD-1 can scan the environment for your database and to earn XP. With this XP you get skill points to further develop as a Jedi. In addition, in Star Wars: Fallen Order, BD-1 creates the map for you of the planets you go to. BD-1 is a fun and cheerful droid that helps you to restore the Jedi Order.

Gameplay and Graphics

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order very much brings back the feel of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Fighting with your lightsaber is well developed in the Fallen Order. The controls are quite fluid and responsive to whatever you want to do. But if you think that as an invincible Jedi you can attack your opponents, then you are wrong. The opponents in your game require a little more than a simple hit from your lightsaber. And besides, most opponents also do great damage to you if you don't dodge or defend. Of course you have various Jedi tricks to help you defeat all these enemies, or to decide a battle in your favor.

As we mentioned before, you earn XP to earn skill points. With these skill points you can improve Cal as a Jedi. Think of new attacks, Jedi tricks and survival tools. The planets you will visit offer a lot of space to discover. Not only do you have to keep yourself busy with the story, you can also take the time to discover all the secrets of the planets you can go to in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. This will give you XP, but also new outfits or upgrades for BD-1 and your lightsaber. The way this is done reminds me a lot of games like Lara Croft and Uncharted. Lots of puzzle elements and secrets to discover outside of the story.
But besides all the gameplay elements, we can also enjoy the graphics of the game. We have the game on thePlayed PlayStation 4 Pro and the planets look beautiful. Well it's not Horizon Zero Dawn but Star War: Fallen Order does look good. The scenery around the background is beautifully beautiful. When you look at the gigantic ships in the background in the beginning, we couldn't stop taking a closer look at them. However, we have to say that the faces in Fallen Order sometimes look a bit strange. Cere Junda, for example, has those moments when it seems as if her eyes could fall out at any moment.

Verdict

Finally we can speak of a good Star Wars game again. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order brought back to me the good feeling of the game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Fighting with the Force and your lightsaber feels good once you get the basics down. The skill tree looks clear and offers the necessary upgrades to become even stronger as a Jedi. In addition, the planets are great locations to explore and to look for all the secrets. The puzzles are entertaining and if you can't figure it out there are always tips you can get from BD-1. The story is compelling and offers a few interesting plot twists that we certainly won't tell you. Fallen Order looks good in terms of graphics, it's just a shame that there are moments when the faces in the game leave something to be desired.
But after the massive flop of Star Wars Battlefront, my faith in Star Wars games has completely recovered after playing Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It may not be the best Star Wars game, but it certainly deserves a spot among the legendary games we listed at the beginning of the review.


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