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Published on November 27th, 2019 | by gareth


Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

I debated doing a review for the game as despite extensive pre-release coverage on radio as well as a cover story in our magazine and extensive online and other promotion; the P.R. firm for E.A. once again refused a review copy.

This has become such a pattern for them as once they get all they can from you prior to the release of a game; they run and hide or cry poverty. The last time I heard this was regarding Anthem and we all know how well that turned out for them.

The main reason I am doing the review is not for the benefit of E.A. but rather for Respawn who have crafted what could arguably be the best Star Wars game ever made. At the very least, it will be near the top of any list and this is a welcome relief after fans have been very disappointed with previous Star Wars games under the E.A. license.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order casts players as Cal Kestis; a Padawn who has escaped the Jedi Purge and now makes a living in scrapyard as he attempts to stay hidden.

One day in an attempt to save a friend; Cal uses the Force and this draws the attention of the Empire forcing Cal to flee with the help of some new found friends.

As the larger story unfolds, Cal must travel to numerous distant planets, battle the Empire, dangerous wildlife, and traverse some of the most challenging obstacles you can imagine using the Force.

Planets are very large and lush and can lead to some frustrations as you may find yourself repeating large portions of a map as you try to find the best route.

Armed with your trusty and customizable Lightsaber; Cal can and does wade into battle against an impressive and diverse ray of enemies and using Skill Points he earns along the way; can upgrade his Force Abilities.

This is handy as the lengthy game unfolds, Cal will need to use his skills to solve puzzles, and maneuver across difficult terrain using skills ranging from Wall Walking to swinging on ropes and manipulating objects with the Force.

The free-flowing and smooth movement and combat is stellar but the visuals of the game are truly something to behold.

The story and N.P.C. characters were also gripping and engaging and I am sure that Cal’s trusty Droid BD-1 is fast on his way to becoming a fan favorite.

If you can be patient with some at times very frustrating timed jumps and similar puzzles; the visuals, story, and combat alone make the game a classic. I only wish that someone other than E.A. was behind it as Respawn deserves to take the full credit for this one.

4.5 stars out of 5

About the Author

Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”. He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show. He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.

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