Set a few years after the infamous Order 66, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order follows an escaped padawan named Cal Kestis. As he remains hidden amongst the scrap heaps of Bracca, evading the ever-seeking eyes of the Galactic Empire—the Force sets him on a path toward rebuilding the once-great Jedi Order. Accompanied by Cere and Greez, Cal endures a multi-planet-spanning adventure that tests his Jedi training, forcing him to face his past and combat his trauma.
Exploration is my favorite aspect of the game. The puzzles aren't overly complex, usually a simple use of the Force will solve what you need to, followed by some wall running or platforming to get what you want. Secret passages reveal echoes from past inhabitants of the world. By simply touching something, Cal can relive a brief memory and add it to the archives. This is used skillfully at one point in the story to affect the hero in a meaningful way, an inclusion I much appreciated. BD-1; the adorable, lovable companion droid follows Cal around and also assists with lore discovery by scanning the environment. This is not only great for the lore but helps flesh out information on enemies and is useful for combat tips.
Speaking of combat, the game’s lightsaber fighting works quite well. As mentioned previously, the game plays similarly to the From Software games, though not quite as unforgiving due to being able to choose a difficulty. Blocking, parrying, and timing are essential in overcoming foes. This game is not a hack-and-slash like The Force Unleashed or other Star Wars games. The player must accurately assess the enemy and strike when the time is right or face the consequences. If a player loses all health they respawn at a meditation point, but without their most recently gained experience. Upon reaching the enemy that killed the player, a simple hit on the enemy will restore not only their lost experience but their health as well.
Objective Assessment: 7/10
Bonus: +1 for fun and challenging lightsaber boss battles. +1 for enjoyable exploration.
Penalties: -1 for occasional bugs. -1 for odd/unearned story beats.
Nerd Coefficient: 7/10
Posted by: Joe DelFranco - Fiction writer and lover of most things video games. On most days you can find him writing at his favorite spot in the little state of Rhode Island.