Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order reviews are in and opinions haven’t swung to the dark side. Yes, that is the first of many Star Wars puns in this article.
The new video game channels the intense and challenging melee combat from games such as Dark Souls and Bloodborne, then weaves in Metroidvania discovery and exploration.
But does it offer A New Hope for good Star Wars games?
You play as Cal Kestis (Cameron Monaghan), an exiled Jedi trying to lay low after Emperor Palpatine’s Order 66, which wiped out most lightsaber-wielding monks.
You’ll be trained by a former Jedi Master and team up with a typically cute droid, this time a chippy little fella named BD-1.
Head this way to read our full preview of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order before Digital Spy’s official review of the game arrives next week.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order reviews round-up
“In relaunching a much-loved and much-missed Star Wars genre, Fallen Order does exactly what it set out to. It reaches the bar, but then stops, with a set of characters and adventures that are not particularly intriguing or fresh, but certainly feel like they come from that very particularly galaxy, far, far away.”
“It’s been ages since we got a great single-player Star Wars action game, but Jedi: Fallen Order makes up for a lot of lost time. A strong cast sells a dark story while keeping things fun and loyal to Star Wars lore, and fast, challenging combat mixes with energetic platforming, decent puzzles, and diverse locations to explore for an all-around amazing game.”
“It’s true that Fallen Order borrows liberally from other action games, but those elements work together with Respawn’s combat and environment design, and a story that finds humanity in the Force and in its characters, to hone in on what makes the world of Star Wars worthy of revisiting again and again. Even with some rough edges, Fallen Order represents one of the most compelling game additions to the Star Wars franchise in years.”
“Still, even if this isn’t the most polished Star Wars game we’ve seen, it’s also the first one in years that comes closest to capturing the magic of the series. Battlefront looked like Star Wars. Fallen Order, with an endearing earnestness that mirrors its heroes, gets what makes the series special. It’s in the glimpses of strange worlds and cultures we want to learn more about, it’s enjoying the ragtag groups who slowly learn to trust each other, and it’s the fact that lightsabers are really great fun. Especially when you get them right.”
“The game had lofty expectations to nail after the huge disappointments of the microtransaction-riddled EA Battlefront games, and I started to feel those expectations fulfilled towards the end. But that was a lot of hours of my life. A lot of clenched jaws, furrowed brows, and angry yelling at the screen. Maybe that’s what you want from a video game. For me, by the big finale, I wasn’t sure all that effort was worth my time.”
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