Star Wars fans have been chomping at the bit to go hands-on with a great game for a long time, and it appears as if they'll finally have that opportunity in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. There's been a lot of excitmenet surrounding the title, as it's the first single-player venture that Electronic Arts has published with the Star Wars IP. This fact alone has made the title worth paying attention to in the eyes of gamers, for better or worse.
The game itself is being spearheaded by a studio that a number of gamers are quite fond of, Respawn Entertainment. The developer is still actively supporting the uber successful online multiplayer title Apex Legends, with other reports stating that it is also working on a new Titanfall game. Despite Respawn having its hand full, fans were optimistic about the title for the most part, and Screen Rant's hands-on preview of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order delivered promising impressions of the game.
Despite initial reports that indicated a rather concerning last-minute review embargo (which almost always presents itself as a red flag for games), Jedi: Fallen Order may very well be the Star Wars game fans have been looking for. Generally speaking the reviews are very positive, with some pointing to pacing issues and a handful of technical hiccups. Still, the buzz is strong with this one.
IGN - 9/10 - Dan Stapleton
"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."
USGamer - 3.5/5 - Kat Bailey
"Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order comes painfully close to being the best action game of the year, but it ultimately falls short due to pacing problems and a host of technical issues. Still, this is the first step into a larger world for a franchise that has persistently struggled since its acquisition by EA."
GamesRadar - 4/5 - Ben Tyrer
"Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order might take ideas liberally from others, but the result is an endearing adventure that ranks as EA's best Star Wars effort yet."
GameSpot - 8/10 - Phil Hornshaw
"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."
Guardian - 4/5 - Oliver Holmes
"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 sounds like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order may end up being one of the final great games of 2019, with these reviews. The game is up against some stiff competition at retail since Death Stranding only just arrived a few weeks ago, and Pokemon Sword and Shield launched alongside the Star Wars romp. Only time will tell which games will "win" during this holiday season, but it's looking like Jedi: Fallen Order is at least set up for success.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.