Noob Reviews: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Updated: Jan 29, 2020
This review will be based on Xbox One gameplay. Although I have attempted to avoid spoilers, there may be some included to help explain specific points.
What is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order?
Fallen Order is the latest instalment in the Star Wars video game universe that follows the adventures of Cal and the crew of The Stinger Mantis as they set about to rebuild the Jedi order.
Set five years after the events of Revenge of the Sith timeline-wise. Cal is a Jedi padawan in hiding on Bracca where he hides in plain sight from the Empire who hunt down and either captures or kills Jedi. Many years have passed since Cal was stranded on the planet and he had been working as a salvager. Until his friend (Prauf) almost falls to his death. And Cal uses his force abilities to save him.
Needless to say, such an action does not go unnoticed, and it is not long before the Inquisition (agents of the Empire) appear and demand to know where the force user is. Prauf is slain, and Cal begins his daring escape only to be rescued by the crew of The Stinger Mantis, part of which is another former Jedi called Cere. From here on it is Cere who has a plan to restore order to the galaxy and rebuild the Jedi order but needs Cal’s help to do so. And also an active force user like Cal to unlock an ancient holocron that will give them the information to execute their grand plan.
Whether it be Kashyyk (homeworld of the Wookies). Dathomir (homeworld of the Nightsisters and Zabrak warriors (think Darth Maul and the yellow variant Savage Opress his brother)). Illum (home to an ancient Jedi temple buried beneath ice and snow). Bogano (where the holocron is said to be hidden). Or Zeffo (Once an outer rim home to archaeologists and pioneers. That also holds many a Jedi secret too). Cal sets off on a planet-hopping adventure to restore the Jedi order and fight the Empire.
Whether it is taking out Inquisition forces, helping to start a Wookie revolution or proving yourself a worthy ally to the Nightsisters, Fallen Order is packed to the hilt with lands to explore. Abilities to get to grips with. And enemies to outmanoeuvre.
What formats is the game available on?
Fallen Order is available on Windows PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Depending on the platform, I have noticed quite a few retailers do the standard game and an enhanced edition too. With most retailers, more often than not, the enhanced version is only around five pounds more expensive (at the moment).
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- Official Launch Trailer -
When was it released?
Fallen Order was released across all platforms in November 2019.
Who created Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order?
What do you think of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order?
How long do you have? Honestly, I loved this game to bits and thought it was delightful. After seeing the trailer and talking to various people (before playing myself), I had Fallen Order described to me as harder than Dark Souls but not as severe as Sekiro. Having never played anything from the ‘Souls’ genre of games before, but loving action-adventure games, I went into my first playthrough on the master difficulty which is the second most challenging difficulty next to Grand Master. And I do not regret it.
Although challenging, I found the game to be rewarding too. Every time I fell, got lost or was killed by a boss or enemy unit, I felt the need to go back and seek revenge. I felt the need to improve upon my timing, my use of the abilities and my fighting style. It just drove me to want to do better and to see more of the game. For several of the bosses, I had to go back multiple times to get good enough to defeat them. However, once you learn their attack patterns, they become the prey.
Aside from the motivational aspect of the game, the customisation options for both yourself, the ship and BD-01 (the best droid companion ever) were very varied, and some even offered unique little bonuses. For example, for BD-01, one of the skins played a tune that sounded like him humming as he was hacking droids and slicing doors. Another played the Star Wars theme when he did the same. The story was also well written, and I thought to be very engaging and immersive.
On the flip side as much as I loved Fallen Order, there were reasons to loathe it at times. At first, I struggled with the controls, but when speaking to both veterans and other newbies to the genre, compared to other games of its like, Fallen Order’s controls are clunky. The timing for combos and special moves at times seems to vary. And on occasion when you jump in a specific direction, Cal will turn and throw himself in another which could be annoying. In addition to this, the camera could be your worst enemy at times, deciding to disappear behind the scenery if you were too close to a wall and just showing you a black screen or very vague and distorted view of the battlefield. Unfortunately, this was not the only bug, there were also others experienced throughout the game where enemy bodies would defy gravity and fly off. Enemies would become stuck in walls or the floor if force pushed and occasionally when changing the cosmetics for the lightsaber it would not save them. However, if you left the workbench, went back into it and tried to make the changes again, they would remain the second time.
Although the game does not seem rushed or sloppy when looked at overall, it does seem a shame some of these glaringly apparent bugs made it past testing. However, should a Fallen Order 2 be released (and there is more than enough material for there to be one) I would definitely give it a try.
What overall rating would you give Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order?
Overall I would give Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 4 out of 5 bananas.
Overall a great game that is visually stunning, immersive, and so much fun to play but it is not without its flaws. Some of which can be game-breaking to the point you need to reload. I believe with a little TLC and patching, it could be a solid 5.
Thank you very much for checking out the review I hope you enjoyed it. Admittedly, everyone has a different opinion, and all I can do is encourage you to try out this game for yourself and see what you think.