Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an action-adventure game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. It was released for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 15, 2019 and for Stadia on November 24, 2020. The game is also planned to release for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and Series S in Q2/Q3 2021. The story, set in the Star Wars universe five years after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, follows Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis, who becomes a target of the Galactic Empire and is hunted throughout the galaxy by two Inquisitors while attempting to complete his training, escape his troubled past, and rebuild the fallen Jedi Order.
The game was announced during E3 2018, with a more detailed reveal during the Star Wars Celebration in April 2019. The game received generally favorable reviews from critics and sold more than ten million copies by the end of March 2020.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an action-adventure video game played from a third-person perspective. It also adopted the “Metroidvania” style of exploration and progression. Players control Cal Kestis and have access to a lightsaber and the Force, which are used in both combat and puzzle scenarios. Enemy types range from Imperial stormtroopers, droids, and Purge Troopers, who have been trained specifically to battle Jedi, to wild beasts and skilled Zabrak warriors that are native to each planet Cal explores. The game’s bosses include Inquisitors, who also wield lightsabers and the Force, bounty hunters hired to hunt down Cal, large vehicles such as AT-STs, and wild beasts like the Oggdo Bogdo and the Gorgara. The options menu documents the story as well as characters the player meets, along with a guide of how to defeat enemies.
The player acquires abilities at certain points in the story, and each ability allows access to previously inaccessible areas. Once these abilities are unlocked, the player can upgrade them through a skill tree. The game can only be saved at checkpoints, which appear as “meditation circles”. At these meditation circles, the player can “rest”, which replenishes his health, Force energy, and healing items, but causes all enemies to respawn. The game’s collectibles include different outfits for Cal to wear, lightsaber pieces that can be used to customize the player’s lightsaber, and alternate color schemes for Cal’s ship, the Stinger Mantis (which is used to travel between planets), and droid companion BD-1 (who is used to access these collectibles, as well as complete certain puzzles), with all of these items being cosmetic and not affecting gameplay.
With the addition of a Star Wars Day 2020 update, players can access the Meditation Arena through the meditation circles. Here, they can complete combat challenges, where they fight multiple waves of enemies, set in arenas based on certain locations from the story mode; completing these challenges awards the player with one to three stars, depending on whether the player abided by restrictions on the character’s health (i.e. never recovered health or took any damage), which can be used to unlock additional skins for BD-1. The Meditation Arena also includes a battle grid, where the player can face off against their own custom enemy wave, while being able to grant themselves invincibility, unlimited Force, and other cheats.