Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order reviews have started to go live across the games media, to coincide with the game’s release today.
Respawn’s third-person action-adventure game is directed by God of War 3 creative director Stig Asmussen, with a narrative created by Aaron Contreras (Mafia III) and Chris Avellone (Knight of the Old Republic 2).
It sees players take on the role of young Padawan Cal Kestis, who is played by Shameless and Gotham actor Cameron Monaghan.
The reviews so far have been largely positive, with many saying the game offers new hope for the series under publisher EA’s watch, although others say the title is let down by technical issues.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order review round-up
- Game Informer (8.75/10) – “The inspirations taken from Dark Souls, Uncharted, and Metroid Prime unite to create something unique that just happens to work incredibly well for this beloved license.”
- ShackNews (7/10) – “It borrows heavily from several genres without actually adding anything new to the conversation. That’s not to say it’s bad, it just didn’t leave me wanting to revisit this galaxy.”
- IGN (9/10) – “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.”
- TheSIxthAxis (8/10) – “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is exactly the kind of single player game we had originally hoped to see when EA and Disney joined forces. Even if you strip away the license, you’re left with a super satisfying mix or combat, story, and exploration, deftly crafted by a studio best known for spearheading an entirely different genre.”
- Guardian (4/5) – “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.”
- GameSpot (4/5) – “Even with some rough edges, Fallen Order represents one of the most compelling game additions to the Star Wars franchise in years.”
- God is a Geek (8/10) – “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is filled with wonderful combat, great visuals, and a decent story, but the technical issues are too prominent to ignore.”
- USgamer (3.5/5) – “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.”
- VentureBeat (93/100) – “It is the kind of achievement that is only possible when one of the best developers in the world puts all of its might into making something special. And I hope we get more just like it in the future.”
- CNET (no score) – “Despite some graphical oddities and questionable traversal choices, Respawn’s game offers gripping narrative, intense lightsaber combat and wonderful worlds to explore. It’s an adventure worthy of George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away — a new hope for the single player Star Wars gaming tradition.”
- Eurogamer (no score) – “Fallen Order has an incredible gameplay experience at its core, with fantastic environments and well-directed action sequences. Yet it’s unable to sustain this thanks to some fundamental design problems.”
- Polygon (no score) – “Jedi: Fallen Order is a flawed, sometimes messy game, but it’s a Star Wars experience I didn’t know I wanted. And after finishing it, I definitely want more.”
- The Verge (no score) – “But given the state of Star Wars games over the past decade or so, a good-but-not-amazing single-player adventure is something of a miracle.”
- Vice (no score) – “It’s fun, and I liked it, but it’s disappointing to see Star Wars shrink its video game horizons as its film and television series widens the franchise’s scope.”
- Wired (no score) – “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order looks and often feels like a generic Star Wars adventure, but Respawn elevates it nearly every step of the way.”