I have had a Playstation 4 ever since we last moved. While it doesn’t see daily use by any stretch of the imagination, it gets used from time to time. I saw people gushing about Jedi: Fallen Order, and decided to pick it up. Here are my thoughts.
- Game: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
- Publisher: EA Games
- Platform: Playstation 4 (also available on XBox One, Microsoft Windows, and Stadia)
- Genre: Action-adventure
I’ve loved Star Wars for three decades, and vividly remember going to see the special editions in cinemas back in 1998 or so. It is one of my favourite fiction universes, and hold a special place in my heart. Through the years, I’ve played a number of computer games set in the universe, and most of them fell very far short of being good Star Wars games (and honestly weren’t great games either).
Among my peer group, Jedi: Fallen Order has generally been given favourable reviews, and the trailer looked interesting. When it came on sale, I decided to pick it up – and I am very happy I did.
In the game, you play Cal Kestis, a scrapper on the planet Bracca. You quickly learn that he is not only Force-sensitive, but also used to be a Jedi Padawan. He is joined by a pilot – Greez – and a former Jedi – Cere – and challenged to find a holocron containing the names of a number of other Force-sensitives in order to essentially re-form the Jedi order. To help him on his travels, he is joined by a new droid – BD-1 – and they travel the galaxy to fulfill their mission.
The game has a number of difficulty options, from story mode to a very hard mode, and the harder modes have been likened to Dark Souls. I found the game to be challenging, and very enjoyable, telling a story that felt very true to the Star Wars universe, adding credibly to the lore of the universe.
BD-1 is an excellent companion and a charming Star Wars droid, easily joining R2-D2, C-3PO, and BB-8 as one of my favourite Star Wars droids. While the exact setting within the timeline of the movies is initially unclear, it is being made clear in due course, incorporating Order 66 in a way that actually made it hit home far more clearly to me than it did in the movies.
TL;DR: SW J:FO is an EXCELLENT game in its own right, as well as being an excellent Star Wars game. I assume that I will replay it at some point in the future, and look forward to revisiting it already. 9/10.