What an absolute marvel this game is. To think that game in this franchise with EA’s name on it is so fucking good! It blows my mind how this game feels more like Star Wars to me than anything since Revenge of the Sith. So much of what has been missing from Disney’s absolute abortion of this franchise was in this game, and it’s amazing. The story simple, with likeable characters, good gameplay, fun set-pieces, and that visceral feeling that I have been so missing from this franchise’s films. I have so much to talk about with this game, so let’s not keep you all waiting.
The plot goes that Cal Cestus is a lone Jedi hiding after the purge following Revenge of the Sith. Burdened by guilt he feels, and fear of those hunting him, he makes a living as a scrapper. However, after using the Force to save a friend, the Inquisitors are on to him and a new potential ally emerges to help him. It’s a plot that actually feels like something from Star Wars, and that’s only the beginning.
Most of what I have to talk about is how much I love how great this story is and how well it’s told. But to talk about some other stuff before I gush, the gameplay here is challenging. This game is basically Dark Souls mixed with Star Wars. It’s challenging, to say the least. But for those who like that style of gameplay, it’s good stuff. Mixed in with that is a lot of puzzle seeking. This is a metroidvania style game, in the purest sense. Back-tracking and revisiting world with new powers to find secrets is fun.
It’s worth mentioning that this game has NONE of the EA bullshit staples. NO microtransactions. None. Nothing blocked off behind paywalls. It’s a complete game, from start to finish with no nonsense. What a magical thing. To say that about an EA game just blows my mind.
Another fantastic thing is the visuals. Every world in this game is unique, and they all have their own visual style. Sometimes you just sit back and take in the scenery. It was a wise decision for them to use the Unreal Engine. Plus, for some truly fantastic boss fights, you can get sucked into the set-pieces. My favorite was with the AT-AT walker. It was in the E3 demo, but so what? Fantastic stuff even without it.
Then there’s the music. At times, it can seem a little standard for a video game, but then there is some of the FANTASTIC uses of original film score, and set-piece music that makes everything pop. Which is where we get into the gushing.
Where has this kind of story been in this franchise?! Oh my Groj! A simple premise about a tortured hero being called to adventure, with companions who all have their flaws. The group of them gradually overcoming them over the course of the adventure. This is what a good Star Wars film should have. And it’s something that ALL of Disney’s films have lacked! Rogue One came the closest, and what do you know, it’s my favorite of the Disneyverse films. This feels like it belongs in this franchise so much. I’ve missed having a story that hits this close to home in the Star Wars universe. Cal is a likeable protagonist who grows over the course of his journey. Cere is a tortured companion who overcomes her pain in a believable and likeable way. She doesn’t feel like some token black character the way Finn does. Mirrin is a cute and likeable obvious love interest for future games, but you are okay with that because her and Cal have good chemistry. Greez is kind of an asshole but you like him because of it. And BD-1 is fun and cute.
But one thing that this game has that the films have been missing for so long is the visceral feeling! When you are fighting some of the bosses, like the Second Sister or a secret boss that I won’t DARE spoil if you haven’t played it, and you see these character attacking each other, you can feel the emotion. Sure, the pacing is fast, but it doesn’t have the cheap choreographed feel the prequel trilogy had so much. When characters are going at it, you feel their passion. When they are afraid, you can see it. Where was that in ANY of the fights in the Disneyverse trilogy? No-fucking-where! Those movies suck.
I remember when this game was first announced, how skeptical everyone was. The SJWs being all butthurt that the protagonist is a white guy. Well, having played the game, I can say that they can all shut the fuck up. This was a great game. If there was something I’d say as a detraction, it’s that it’s a little short, and there could have been some more enemy variety. Still, those are nit-picks.
Overall, this is a fantastic game. It is the first time, in years, that I’ve felt like I’m playing an actual Star Wars game and seeing a real story in this franchise play out in front of me. If you are like me, and so dejected by this franchise’s films, you owe it to yourself to pick this title up. I really did feel like a Jedi Knight.
8 out of 10