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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order review
Exceptional
by Mut4nt_J

In summary Jedi Fallen Order is fantastic. The gameplay is satisfying, the sound design is great, the graphics are aesthetically pleasing and the story is awsome. There a few negatives but they are pretty relevant within this amazing game.

The gameplay, in sumary is extremely satisfying. There are a few issues where it is buggy, resulting in falling through the map occasionally and frame rates droppping when the game renders but these are minor issues overall and can be easily overlooked especially when the game recieves its patch. It is significantly more difficult than most other star wars titles. That can mainly be put down to the combat system and is definitely not a problem. This game is not a hack and slash like the compared Force Unleashed series. The combat system is designed around patience and counter attacks, not being aggressive and reckless which I believe reflects the story in itself as the main character Cal constantly questions the consequences of his decisions in the story. The game rewards you for taking your time and thinking your way around problems, especially when exploring as you can quickly acquire higher force and health quantities if you look around planets properly. Although this is not necessary to beat the game it makes it a lot easier to complete with the upgrades recieved from exploring. You collect powers as you progress through the story and re-build Cal's connection to the force which then allows you to further explore planets you have previously visited which adds to the replayability. It is extremely replayable as you want to go back to the planets you visited to collect everything from the lightsaber customization to the ponchos and ship customization. The customization system isn't the best but it offers a great deal of options, I don't have a problem with not being able to make your own character because this game primarily tells Cal's story, a REAL story with REAL people. That is what I really want to emphasise with this review.

The story moves at a brisk yet REAL pace, everything that happens does so in a realistic time frame. What I mean to say is that most star wars content we recieve including force wielders never tells a human and satisfying story, this game changes that massively. The story feels human, all characters feel real and each of them have their scars and traumas but continue on with their journies anyway. Even the main companion BD-1 feels like he is real, all of these characters have flaws, they all have something they need to face; they all do so in this story and it results in a powerful and REAL story. The ending is satisfying and completely makes sense for these characters and their arc's. This is a very real star wars story and I think has shone light on what stories star wars is capable of. You don't see a Jedi slash his way through everything, you see a frightened and traumatised man face his fears to become something great and constantly question if what he is doing is right. This isn't just a story about a Jedi and his crew, this is a story about a man becoming a Jedi, earning that title, seeing the mental barriers along the way and learning to cope with his problems to do everything that he does in the story. This is a redmeption and development story, I love every character involved in this story. You see optimism, corruption and genuine emotional complexity in all characters which is furthered by the great voice acting and lip syncing. Overall I think that this game is incredible and is necessary to play at least once, to watch the legacy of a hero develop.
«Can’t stop playing»
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
«That ending!»

Other reviews26

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!
It's all right. It seems to be trying to be Uncharted with Souls-like combat, but it executes neither aspect well. The only saving grace is that it's Star Wars. It's buggy as hell and the movement feels so muddy. The dodge/roll is so slow. The climbing and parkour remind me of the early Assassin's Creed games from 10+ years ago, where you're clearly reaching for a rope or the next hold and your character just jumps into the abyss. Some of the most annoying enemies are the goat-like things which can kill you in a hit or two, or hit you just right so that you slide off a cliff. Also, you'll slide off cliffs a lot. 

I lowered the difficulty and still had all of these issues. I ditched this game 5 hours in and picked up Uncharted 4, enjoying it so much more. The phrase is a bit of a cliche when it comes to video games these days, but this game did NOT make me feel like a Jedi at all. Coming from Respawn, I was expecting it to feel similar to Titanfall 2 which had very fluid movement and fun gameplay. This one is just a slog.

I didn't get into much of the story, but there were such long gaps between the story that I wasn't following. I played on PC and it is graphically impressive, although visually kind of drab. 

The customization is a joke. The most visible customization is the ponchos. They're ugly as hell. Why not give us robes, capes, tunics? The lightsaber customization is the best part, but you really only notice the color of the lightsaber, which there are only a few.

I cannot understand the praise all of this game gets. I understand plenty of people have enjoyed it, but they must admit it has many flaws. My favorite aspects of the game were the graphics, hearing bits of Star Wars lore that connects to other stories (hearing about the recent Clone Wars, for example), and maybe the choreography of lightsaber attacks. And not the attacks that you the player are performing, but when you hit your enemy with your last blow and then the game takes over and shows you a well-choreographed cinematic. They were pretty, but I also hate when games take control out of your hands just to do something pretty. 
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«Buggy as hell»
«Disappointment of the year»
Save yourself some time please👎🏽👎🏽
«Waste of time»
good
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
«Sit back and relax»
Fallen Order has a lot of positives, but also a lot of room for improvement. The combat is the main positive. It was challenging but not in a frustrating way. I usually agreed the deaths were my fault. The boss jedi fights were particularly good around the end. This is the main positive of this game but fortunately it’s arguably the most important part. It’s great lightsaber combat that looks and feels good. But now on to some criticism. I think the characters are dumb. I think the story was dumb except for the end. The progression in this game is very poor, it takes too long to obtain new moves. The customization was awful. It’s like they got the easy things wrong. Why did he only have the normal clothes or a poncho? And why was the customization for the ship a thing when you don’t see it. The lightsaber customization was fun but it just should have been better because they put such an emphasis on finding these boxes. Also the game isn’t big enough. There should have been like 3 more planets rather than going back to the same ones multiple times. Graphically the game is alright. For the most part it looks pretty good but nothing special, but there are a couple parts that downright look bad. That being said, in the end I still had a blast with this game but I guess I just can’t be satisfied because this game could have been top tier. It had the makings for top tier so that’s the disappointing part.

Final Score: A-
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