Star Wars fans have been waiting for a good Star Wars game for a long time. Over the years different games were released and different plans were aborted which were not up to the mark and never were able to have any impact. Finally, after all the wait they can play a narrative-led Star Wars game which actually is related to the Star Wars universe.
It can be said that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a step in the right direction as far as the game franchise is concerned. They have tried to keep the game straightforward and simple. Gamers will not go wild with pleasure while playing it but will enjoy it because it is a very balanced game.
The game will test your patience, more effort than just enjoyment, and you will have to work hard to get your rewards. However, you will come to a conclusion that this is a worthy Star Wars story and will make the painful and lengthy struggle worthwhile.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – Journey
When you start your journey, you’ll immediately get the impression that Fallen Order understands and respects the Star Wars universe. The game offers four difficulty modes to play the game from Story, Jedi Knight, Jedi Master to Jedi Grandmaster.
In the journey, you play as Cal Kestis, a Jedi Padawan in the era immediately following the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Sheev Palpatine has staged his coup and became Emperor, and the Jedi are outlawed and hunted to the brink of extinction. Cal has barely survived, and your journey begins with him in the life in hiding: working as a scrapper in a ship-breaking yard.
You will have to hone your lightsaber techniques, and explore the ancient mysteries of a long-lost civilization — all while you have to stay one step ahead of the Empire which is against you and its deadly Inquisitors.
Journey focuses a lot on exploration. You will have to travel from planet to planet, gaining new powers and abilities which will give you more possibilities during combat. You will find new areas, and some of them will be unreachable until you acquire a new power, which can allow you to do it.
Nothing in this game will be easy for you. You will get killed repeatedly even in easy mode if you don’t learn quickly about the movements and different combat techniques, and even then you will die, and that might frustrate you.
As the main emphasis is on explorations so puzzle-wise the game is decent, but the problem is that you can easily end up lost or stuck for quite some time even with the hints from your charming robot companion.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – Gameplay
It can be said that it is an old fashioned third-person action game. The game segues smoothly between a puzzle that you have to solve, different movements which include wall-run, jumping, and sliding, etc., and of course, fighting.
The gameplay of this game is modeled after FromSoftware action role-playing games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne. Combat in this game is frenetic and fun. You will have to work hard both defensively and offensively to kill your enemies, otherwise, you will have no chance. At the start, you know the basics of the force, and lightsaber mastery but you have forgotten or have a disconnection to the force stopping you from using all of your abilities, and with the time you will learn the abilities and your fights will be tense but as your abilities grow then the fights will become easy.
Surprising amount of work has been done by the haptic vibration in the Xbox One controller. Gameplay in this game is easily the best among all the games of Star Wars. Sometimes you will fight enemies that can trap you in a corner and clobber you to death in a way that will be very frustrating. You will have to play smart and will have to pick your targets and must work out the best way to take enemies down rather than just hacking and slashing your way through them.
Enemies have a health bar and a posture bar. If you break the posture bar of your enemy with parries or a flurry of attacks, You will be able to finish your foe with a particularly flashy lightsaber strike.
Elite troops will be hard to kill. You will be hunted across the galaxy by a Jedi- hunter called The Second Sister. She commands elite troopers who will stand against your lightsaber with energy weapons. You will still be able to kill them, but you must use your skills in the right way.
Early on, you will be challenged to leap and grasp various surfaces to climb up or around obstacles, but sometimes it can test your patience because controls don’t respond properly. Along with the frustrations of climbing and grasping, you will have to deal with the problems of sliding because while skidding down different slippery surfaces, you will have very little control.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – Graphics
Probably the biggest surprise about Jedi: Fallen Order is that it doesn’t use the Frostbite Engine. Respawn has chosen to develop Jedi: Fallen Order on Unreal 4. This engine is used for mid-sized single-player experiences.
One of the main reasons behind the selection of this engine maybe was that this engine uses deferred rendering, with support for a large number of dynamic light sources onscreen at a time. If anything, Star Wars is actually defined by big flashy lights: lightsaber, thermal detonator explosions, blaster bolts, and more. Deferred rendering allows Respawn to make all these lights emissive, interacting realistically with their surroundings. As we already know that lighting is key to Star Wars, and the choice to go with Unreal 4 has helped Respawn to nail lighting in Jedi: Fallen Order.
Overall, texture work in Jedi Fallen Order is good, but sometimes textures would come in and disappear. The image is a bit soft but stable and works fine for the game to try and give cinematic experience. Unreal 4 has a wide range of high-quality particle effects and post-processing on offer and Jedi: Fallen Order features explosive combat and large-scale set pieces where particle effects and post-processing played an important part.
When the news came out that Respawns has decided to use Unreal 4 instead of Frostbite, it puzzled everyone. But now that game is released, it can be said that excellent work has been done with materials and particle effects.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – Verdict
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a step in the right direction for this game franchise because it has a safe story, and at the core of the experience is a puzzle-like game with a truly great combat system. Fallen Order becomes perhaps the strongest conception of what playing as a Jedi Knight ought to really be like.
It is true that this game has borrowed something from other action games, but those elements are put together well with the combats system and environment of the game.
It would not be fair to try and put this game in the same sentence with the cinematic world of Star Wars, but it can be said that it can fulfill the childhood dream of many fans who have always wanted to wield a lightsaber. It’s hard not to recommend Fallen Order despite some of the performance issues.