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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order review
by mgr33d

This is a solid 7/10. It has its issues, but in the end, you're going to love it. But let's start with the bad stuff.

9/10, 80% ratings? People say this could be Game of the Year. I have a (bad) feeling that people say this only because this is the best Star Wars game in years. Compared to everything previous this is an awesome game - compared to other productions in the past year, this is more like a 6/10. Maybe 6,5/10 (fix some bugs, textures and I've give it 7/10). You know this feeling, when you've spend last couple of years getting kicked in the back, and you feel relieved when finally something nice happens to you, even if it's a very small thing, and you feel extremely happy? I guess this is the reason for higher scores by the reviewers and players.

This game is not meant for casual players - even the "story mode" difficulty will cause you a lot of trouble. Like when you play games to deal with your anxiety, this game will induce your anxiety. Like when a lot of games give you puzzle to solve and you feel the rush of dopamine after you solve them, in this game you're simply glad the puzzle is over. 

There are outdated mechanics. Seriously, a health bar in 2019? It's fine, I get it, but it's not something for casual players who want to enjoy the story. And checkpoints... In most modern games, you know you can safely leave the game (intentionally, or when the power goes off) and your progress will be saved. Not this game - Fallen Order uses checkpoints, that you need to manually interact with. I didn't know that - so the next day I had to replay nearly an hour of the same stuff. And there were cutscenes within this hour - cutscenes that cannot be skipped. 

Speaking of the same stuff - once you're done with one planet, you travel to the next, and then the game tells you need to go back to the first one. There, you fight with all... the... same... enemies... in... the... same... places, in... the... same... numbers. Oh, and no fast travel - you have to walk all the way back.

Console version has issues, like textures loading very slowly, or not loading at all. Graphically this is a game from 2010. The way the wookies look? Oh my... 

The game is nice. There's awesome music! It looks nice (just not 2019 nice), and there's some nice humor, lightsaber combat is awesome, and it's one of the best Star Wars games of the XXI century, Respawn did a really, really great job! After you get used to outdated mechanics it's pretty fun to play. But not GOTY, nor 9/10 - it's the best SW game of the decade, sure, just not the best game of the year compared to other modern productions.

And it's difficult. Don't fall into the "story mode" difficulty setting trap - it's still difficult, mainly because the mechanics and control's react time is far from perfect. If you're a person who gets angry when you pay a lot of money for a game and it only makes you feel like crap, Fallen Order is not for you. If a game you bought makes you wanna sell it after a couple of hours of playing, the game is not for you. Fallen Order is a game for a bunch of hardcore players and hardcore players only.

Keep that in mind before you buy it.

Now, the good stuff, which basically makes you forgive everything I mentioned earlier - this is the best SW game in the last 10 years. Despite technical problems and the overall feeling of "could use one more year in development", this is a greatadventure that is enjoyable to play and once you get to the very end and final boss, you're going to enjoy it very much. It's a great Star Wars adventure that will make you think "it's too short" and "when can I pre-order the sequel". The final sequence is a masterpiece with the characters, visuals, gameplay and music. 

So in the end, while this isn't a game of the year, isn't very easy, and is troubled by technical and story issues, Respawn did a hell of a job. 

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Fallen Order is the first full game I've played on the Stadia platform, and it was fantastic (despite several freezes requiring a browser restart). I enjoyed the progression of the main character Cal from an uncertain acolyte to a full-fledged Jedi capable of decimating all the stormtroopers the empire can muster.
If you like Star Wars, metroidvanias and Souls-games, you’ll like Jedi Fallen Order too.
good game who has reieve love fromm their dev but huge flow on the combat system and boss except the ' animals boss are visualy cool but gameplay side it s suck since we can t cancel animation but boss can have 0 stun from your attack
Gamepass.

Glad I waited to play this. I really enjoyed my single playthrough, managed to 100% without having to replay anything, but I think if I paid full price (or anything >$40) I would have come away slightly disappointed.
I know it's not the most original  game, but it was really fun and didn't get stale throughout
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
Star Wars Jedi Fallen order is a nice journey into the Star Wars galaxy. It is a bit strange mix of a meticulous souls-like combat and pure action bits that I enjoyed the most. For my taste, the combat system was too dry for a game about a Jedi, but the ending and story is interesting enough to keep you going.
I will probably never play it again it though.

P.S. I have not encountered a bug I couldn't fix that would make my progression impossible, however they are present in the game, so be prepared.
«Underrated»
VERY GOOD
«Can’t stop playing»
Wish there was a bit more in terms of secrets. That is, lightsaber colors are found very late game and NG+ only unlock one more lightsaber color and one more outfit. I played this in the second hardest difficulty and IMO it's everything I wish every other Souls game was - actually make that world design purposeful. Fallen Order is one of the best 3D Metroidvanias because of it and shows how to properly do a 3D Metroidvania. Only thing I expected from a Star Wars lore perspective, save "realistic" lightsaber physics, is more clone troopers.

Lots of directions they could take a sequel, which I'm looking forward to. More fighting styles, new force powers, actual dual-wielding, new playable characters, other types of lightsaber from the EU, more optional boss fights. They went pretty ham and I'm hoping they take it up another level.
Scary that Star Wars solo games are good
i enjoyed it a lot, it was great

map desing could be improved

combat mechanics were good but lack of combos in the majority of the game left a bad taste. even with extra abilities i still didn't felt like comboing any meaningful attack
«Blew my mind»
The finest job done here melding the worlds of the Clone Wars and the Age of Rebellion that we’ve seen in Star Wars media. Also, it’s super fun and challenging to play, and I got decently invested in the story. I’d happily play the sequel.
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
It's a Dark Souls inspired Jedi game, what can go wrong? Not much! The combat, exploration, and story are the focus and they are all great. More, non-cosmetic, customization options for Cal would have been nice, I don't need a dozen differently colored ponchos.

Date Completed: 2020-06-17
Playtime: 18h
Enjoyment: 9/10
Recommendation: Absolutely!