Review: Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order

Erik Feliciano, General Assignment Reporter

Taking Place after Revenge of the Sith, 5 years after Order 66 which would wipe out the Jedi Order, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has you play as Call Kestice, a former Padawan who is in hiding from the empire as a scrap collector. After a fateful day at work, his cover is blown as he saves one of his friends with the help of the Force. Soon after, you join the Mantis crew on an adventure through the galaxy.

Jedi: Fallen Order takes a lot of inspiration from Dark Souls, as well as the metroidvania genre.

Every press of the attack button matters and combat is very methodical. Even on the easier difficulties, you won’t be able to button mash your way to success. Utilizing all of your tools is key in fighting. The game also offers some creativity in how you engage in combat.

In terms of the metroidvania aspect of the game, throughout Fallen Order you will unlock new Force abilities as well as upgrades to your droid companion BD-1 to access areas that were previously inaccessible. While this does add a lot of exploration, there really is no reason to go out of your way to gain access to these areas. You don’t gain anything that changes the way you play. The only things that can be unlocked throughout the game are cosmetics. While you do get customization options, they do nothing in terms of gameplay and even on a cosmetic level aren’t that satisfying.

The story of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order feels like missed opportunity. While at its core it feels like you’re exploring the Star Wars universe, it feels like you’re doing it at only a surface level. Some things happen without explanation and when they do happen it’s as if it doesn’t matter when it seems like something that would matter. 

Character interactions also feels like something that was a missed opportunity. Throughout the game you meet new characters, mainly those aboard the Mantis. The game wants you to care about these characters, but it fails as it gives you little to no interaction with them. 

All in all, despite some glitches, gameplay issues, and story issues, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a game worth playing, and for their first Star Wars game, Respawn Entertainment has done a relatively good job with Fallen Order. May the Force be with you.


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