STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER
By Michael "Magic Mike" Dumee on November 19, 2019
Okay, I have a confession to make; the first time I heard of this game was like only two or three months ago, when a friend of mine told me about the new upcoming Star Wars game. I checked the game's trailer and it looked good, but I was not totally convinced yet. Yes, I know it's Star Wars, but for some reason it just didn't speak to me. Then I heard that Respawn Entertainment was the developer and that's what really pulled me over to the other (or is it "Dark") side. Why? Well, because Respawn are the awesome people who developed the Titanfall series! So, long story short; I wanted to play this game! Let's take our first steps into the world of space, stars and... well, wars.
In this single player action-adventure game, you will be taking the role of Cal Kestis, a young Padawan who has been working at a junkyard on the planet Bracca, ever since the Great Jedi Purge five years ago. All was good and safe for this youngster, until he had to use his Force again in order to save his friend Prauf. In doing so, Cal's true identity is revealed and not long after that fateful day, he is visited by two ladies. Now, normally this would be great news for a young man, but in this case these ladies are very dangerous and, to make matters worse, trained by Darth Vader himself. So they're not visiting so you can brush each other's hair and discuss the latest Idols episode. Your friend Prauf is killed during this event, but you are saved by Cere Junda. She actually knows you're a Jedi and she coincidently knew your former master Jaro Tapal. This is where your true journey starts. You want justice, you want revenge and... you want world peace.
The events of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order take place right after Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith. By the way, it's not necessary to have seen that movie, but can come in handy from time to time. The junkyard is the place where you'll get the know the basics of the game and from there the story and your personal development will unfold. You still have much to learn and the game does this one step at the time, which really helps to not get overwhelmed. Your abilities will expand as you play through the game and by earning and using skill points you'll get more and more skills. At times, some paths are blocked because you don't have a specific skill, but you can always visit those places later, when you do have the skill needed to pass that specific obstacle.
Some of the skills you learn are totally awesome! One of my favorites is the so-called lightsaber throw. This ability, like the name implies, lets you throw your lightsaber at enemies, killing them in the process. A fun and quite remarkable feature in the game is the way you'll get taught "new" skills. Now, usually in games, you'll play through a story and end up at certain points where you learn a new skill. Well, Fallen Order takes a different approach to things. Noticed how I put new between accolades earlier on? Well, that's because you'll actually learn old skills or, to put it more clearly, remember learning these skills. While exploring the planet and solving puzzles Tomb Raider style, you might get a flashback of the early days and remember a part of your training, resulting in a new skill for you to use.
I'm very happy that, out of everyone in our crew, I was the one chosen to play this game. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a gem although, I must admit, I was a bit disappointed about the lack of character customization options. I truly understand that the developers have to respect the world of Star Wars, but when I opened the menu I saw a lot of questions marks, so I thought there were going to be a great diversity in customizable options, like I remembered from playing the Force Unleashed. But alas, the options in Fallen Order mostly pertain to color and details. But, on the plus side, my awfully cute droid and cool space ship also have customizable options, so that makes it a little bit better. Well, my droid BD-1 makes it a lot better actually! He's is the one that joins me on my great adventures; he is the funny one but also can show me the super cool 3D map and sometimes even provide extra info and hints to find hidden places. BD-1 is awesome and I think everyone who is playing this game is going to agree with me on this one, no doubt about that!
During your first fight with one of the sisters, you get a glimpse of the challenging boss battles that awaits you. Now, you might have heard already that this game has been called a Souls-like game. Well, I've played all the games in the souls series and the battles in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order are definitely not a walk in the park, but calling it a Souls-like game might be stretching the truth a bit, plus it can easily scare off some gamers, which is truly a shame, because Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a truly fun and entertaining game to play. Again, I'm not saying it is going to be easy to save the known universe; it can be a real challenge from time to time. But hey, please don't skip this game for that reason alone. I will even help you, okay? Here's a tip: winning boss fights is all about recognizing the patterns. Now, off you go, young grasshopper and claim your victory!