Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Publisher: EA Games
Release Date: November 15th 2019
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
The chance for redemption is here. Ever since EA took the rights for making Star Wars games, they’ve tried over and over, but, with the forced multiplayer and microtransactions, they had nothing but failure. Until, against all odds, they’ve made a story-based single player campaign, where you get the chance to unleash the powers of the Force. How well does that work? Pretty well, actually.
The game is set a few years after The Purge – the Jedi annihilation shown in Ep. 3 Revenge of The Sith. You play as Cal Kestis, a former Padawan and survivor of the Purge. Living in hiding, Cal is forced to use his powers and is consequently found by the Second Sister, an Inquisitor tasked with hunting Jedi survivors across the galaxy. From that point, the journey begins.
Cal can do most of the moves seen in Star Wars media. You can fight with your lightsaber, but that doesn’t make the job necessarily easy. The game inspires itself in the current style of Hack N’ Slash games, where good defense and precise attacks are far more important than stacking up combos. There’s a difficulty choice at the beginning, but what changes from that is the aggression seen from enemies and your parry times. Most basic enemies actually die in a couple of hits. Still, in a high difficult setting, which I also believe is the appropriate way to play this game, The enemies will push quite hard and parry your attacks, which makes the game challenging, but in a very good way. It offers a difficulty that reminds the Dark Souls franchise (won’t compare these two titles much, don’t worry) with a more fast paced and fluid movement, as you’d expect from a Jedi.
As you get stronger in the Force, the game does easy up a bit. Eventually, you’ll be able to push and pull enemies, as well as some good lightsaber modifications that I’ll not reveal. But personally, the Force attack you have right at the beginning, the ability to slow down enemies, is my favorite.
As far as controls and mechanics go, I don’t see much of a downside. The game has no fast travel, encouraging exploration, but it’s pretty fun to adventure throughout the planets. Still, not as fun when you’re just collecting random chest for 100%.
This area is a bit more complicated. Don’t get me wrong, the story is pretty good, but there are issues. First, it’s predictable, especially if you are acquainted with the movies and has already seen what happens after Ep. 3. Still, just because you know where the story is going, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the ride. The characters are very well written, and their dynamics, especially between Cal and his droid, BD-1, are amazing. They entertained me every step of the way, and BD is one of the most competent companions I’ve seen in a while.
Personally, if you’re a fan of the Star Wars universe or you’re just looking for a new hack n’ slash to play, this game is a very good choice. It’s heavily focused on combat and it’s also where the game shines the most. Seriously, there’s no better feel than killing a Stormtrooper with their own shot. There are the minor hiccups here and there, like textures taking some time to appear and enemies appearing out of nowhere in Dathomir, but nothing updates can’t fix, if they haven’t already. This game is definitely the surprise of the year. After so many mediocre games from the Star Wars franchise, we finally get something worth our time and investiment.