I won’t lie. I know very VERY little about Star Wars.
My dad and many of my friends are fans of the series, but it’s never been something that I’ve actively pursued. I’ve seen a few of the movies, though which ones I could never tell you, but I’ve never read a Star Wars book, owned any merchandise, played a game, or otherwise engaged with the franchise. I just didn’t think it was my thing.
After playing Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, though, I feel like I may have been missing out on something all of these years.
The only reason I ended up playing Fallen Order was because my brother-in-law had it and allowed me to borrow it. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try considering it’s was fairly highly regarded on release. Here at GameSpew, Rich give it a very respectable 8/10. And so I gingerly loaded up the game – and, to my surprise, I was completely hooked after about an hour.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is wholeheartedly a Star Wars game, according to what I’ve heard from friends. But it’s fun and exciting in its own right. Based on my own playthrough, you don’t need any previous Star Wars knowledge to follow and understand what’s going on. Everyone who has ever been online or has visited a Disney store – or, you know, simply existed – knows what a Jedi is and what a light saber does. That’s pretty all much the knowledge that you’ll need going in.
You play as a Cal Kestis, an ex-Jedi trainee who was almost killed at the start of the Clone Wars. Don’t worry – if you don’t know what the Clone Wars are, you’ll get a quick briefing on that in the game, too. As you proceed through Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order you learn about Cal’s life as well as much of the history of the planets that he visits. You’ll meet new people, go on adventures, and have life-changing experiences. Unlike games like The Witcher, where you’ll feel slightly as though you’ve been left out of the loop as you adventure, Fallen Order gives you all the information you need to really appreciate the spectacular world in all its glory.
But what’s the point in all this, I hear you asking. The point is that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is really fun to play regardless of how invested you are into the world of Star Wars. I may have been really tired of all the sliding and the odd weird platforming glitch by the end, but I blasted through the game in just a few days because I wanted to see how the story played out for the characters.
Even if you’re not into Star Wars, you should give Jedi: Fallen Order a try. To me, it feels like a mix of the Dark Souls, Tomb Raider and Uncharted franchises, with equal parts action, adventure, and awesome story. What’s not to like? For those of you that are apprehensive about picking it up – don’t be, it’s fantastic.
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