Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order - Aboard the hype train?
By Ali Shirazi 13 Nov, 19
Aside from EA’s disastrous battlefront series, it has been 10 years since the last single-player Star Wars game, Force Unleashed II, leaving many fans starving for a true single-player experience.
Developed by Respawn Entertainment – the team behind sci-fi shooter series Titanfall and battle royale hit Apex Legends – Fallen Order follows the adventures of Cal Kestis, a young Padawan on the run during the dark times after Order 66 was executed. With the evil Inquisitors of the Empire led by the Second Sister in pursuit, Cal with the help of his trusty companions Cere, Greeze, his faithful droid, BD-1, and some familiar faces from the Star Wars galaxy will embark on an incredible journey to help rebuild the Jedi Order. Cal’s quest will have players visiting and exploring an array of planets both new and familiar to reconnect with the Force, hone his lightsaber skills, and grow into the Jedi he was destined to become.
This is an ambitious take on the star wars universe, featuring a story-driven and an exploration-friendly adventure. Gameplay alternates between action sequences, puzzles, and some light platforming, with the focus on exploration being the glue that ties it all together. With intuitive combat complemented with an expansive RPG-like skill tree, this game is not about being a Jedi, it’s about becoming one, and it’s all the more satisfying because of it.
As a game, Fallen Order’s key features are incredibly familiar, combining popular elements of other franchises rather than taking major risks. It’s clearly inspired by big narrative adventures such as God of War and action RPGs such as Mass Effect as well as the Tomb Raider series, with reminiscent puzzles sequences. There’s an emphasis on the emotional journey, on personal progression, and on skill trees and personalization. Part of what makes Respawn's new game so promising is the fact that it bears resemblances to some of gaming's all-time greatest works.
The Fallen Order seems to have a lot to be excited for, from its complex combat systems to a gorgeous, striking presentation. However, if the game can overcome the publisher’s old demons still remains to be seen. Moreover, given Respawn’s track record, from Titanfall 2 to Apex Legends, they really care about their projects, and if their passion and dedication to excellence continue, then we might be looking at a game of the year contender. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be released for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 15, 2019.