Review: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PlayStation 4)

A galaxy-spanning adventure awaits in STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order, a 3rd person action-adventure title from Respawn Entertainment. An abandoned Padawan must complete his training, develop new powerful Force abilities, and master the art of the lightsaber – all while staying one step ahead of the Empire.

Pros:

  • Gorgeous graphics.
  • 41.64gb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • 3rd person action gameplay.
  • Tutorial tips/videos as you play.
  • Classic Star Wars soundtrack.
  • Gameplay-mix of Dark Souls/Tomb Raider and Uncharted.
  • Powerful opening sequence.
  • Four difficulties-Story/Jedi Knight/Jedi Master/Jedi Grand Master. Difficulty affects parry time, enemy damage and Ai aggression.
  • Meditation spots-here you spend skill points and rest. Rest resets enemies, heals you and your stim packs. Can use meditation and NOT reset enemies.
  • Performance mode-limits the game to 1080p.
  • Earn EXP and level up to earn skill points. You earn EXP from kills, story progress, scanning and finding collectibles and chests.
  • Customisation-skins for BD1/Mantis/poncho.
  • Mantis is your ship and acts as a hub, you use the Mantis to travel to planets, tend to plants, meditation spot and lightsaber bench.
  • Lightsaber bench-here you can fully customize your lightsaber with found parts like lightsaber light color/handle/grip etc.
  • Chests-contain new skins and lightsaber parts.
  • BD1-new unique partner droid. He scans enemies/relics, holds your stimpacks, hacks, helps with guidance, holds the holo map and helps you use zip lines. Oh, and he can give tips when doing a puzzle.
  • A lot of puzzles sprinkled in.
  • Holo map-shows unlocked/locked doors can zoom in/out, change levels and spin the camera.
  • Dark Souls style combat. Lock-on, parrying, force moves and stance break like Sekiro.
  • Tomb Raider style tombs and dungeons to explore.
  • Uncharted style world and traversal.
  • Fast-paced gameplay.
  • Play how you want, go where you want when you want once out of the opening sequence.
  • Galaxy map.
  • Every planet feels and looks unique and opens up over time.
  • So much fun to play.
  • Plants-find and cultivate rare plants on the Mantis.
  • Secret areas.
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • Powerful worthy Star Wars story.
  • Planets start small but as you get new powers you open the world up more and show off just how big it is.
  • A lot of lore to collect.
  • Boss encounters.
  • Excellent set of characters.
  • One of the best examples of a Star Wars game.
  • It just looks incredible.

STAR WARS Jedi Fallen Order

Cons:

  • Slowdown and stuttering plenty regardless of performance mode on a Playstation 4 Pro.
  • Audio glitches.
  • Slow starter.
  • Chest loot is just cosmetic stuff and feels empty after a while.
  • Lock-on goes a bit funny a lot of the time like locking onto nothing or after killing a guy it will stay in place.
  • Pop up and pop in especially with characters in cutscenes.
  • Shortcuts are too obvious.
  • Not the best loading times.
  • Always hangs when changing areas.
  • Wookies look straight-up weird.
  • Scanning is just a pain.

STAR WARS Jedi Fallen Order

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.4/10

Summary

Star Wars games have always been a mixed bag, regardless of the promise or the devs behind it, you never know what you are going to get. Fallen Order is Respawns first Star Wars title so everyone remained optimistic. I can confirm since finishing the game that Respawn has to take the Star Wars name and mixed it with a slew of genres to create a cohesive and strong game that any Star Wars fans would be proud of. The story carries the game and is done in such a way you can’t put the game down. Gameplay-wise it has a lot going on. Combat is like Dark Souls so a lot of locking on, learning party’s and combos while exploring the land is like Uncharted, wide-open levels with a lot of wall jumping and platform grabbing. Set pieces like tombs are like the new Tomb Raider games with a huge emphasis on puzzles. Despite rounding off game name after game name, Star Wars deserves to be herald as its own game as it combines genres to put a spin on it all, mixing in a strong story and amazing cast of characters, this alone makes Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order worthy of playing. It has a lot of niggles and performance issues but the core gameplay and story are an unstoppable force. It’s a must-buy for Star War fans and worth looking at if you became jaded with the franchises game offerings.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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