I’m going to start off this review by saying it’s about time we got an excellent single-player experience from a Star Wars game. This game does exactly that in spades.
Release of the Star Wars Game
First talked about 2 years ago at E3, Respawn Entertainment, the developers behind the Titanfall series and Apex Legends, decided that it was time to give us a real single-player Star Wars experience, one that was officially added to a canon by Lucasfilm and Disney.
The Star Wars Setting
Set in the period that bridges Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, this game lets you take control of Cal Kestis, a Jedi Padawan who managed to survive Order 66. He has been hidden away for a few years. He was trying to move on with his life after the fall of the Jedi. Also, the rise of the Empire.
Your connection to the Force was damaged broken during the Purge, and Cal had been quite content just to let it go and continue hiding away, that is, until a friend discovers his true nature. Now, this isn’t one of those where your best buddy tried to turn you in for a reward. It’s not something like that, no, this is the opposite.
Your friend is killed right before your eyes trying to defend you, trying to help you hide away from the Empire and the Inquisitors. I’m not going to dive into the story more than that, though, namely because this is something you need to experience for yourself.
Crossovers And Jedi Master
The game plays a lot like a crossover between the Darksouls series and the Uncharted series. The combat plays out like Darksouls, requiring you to parry and counter your enemies, break their defense, and finally take them down. Now, not all enemies are tough to kill, honestly, most are just there to test your skills, to show you how to mow them down with the expertise of a true Jedi Master.
Your force abilities are quite impressive after you begin to reconnect to the Force and unlock them. Now, the exploration of the vast levels. The planets are where it acts as a game from the Uncharted series. You will be climbing walls, wall running, and jumping to the next platform to progress.
Not all areas will be available from the beginning too. You will have to progress in the story and unlock new abilities that will allow you to improve further in the levels, Metroid-Vania style. The levels are massive and will take you quite a while to explore and see everything.
The Titular Hero
You will also find new gear like Ponchos, pieces for your lightsaber, and skins for both your space ship and your trusty droid companion BD-1.
Respawn Entertainment brought Cameron Monaghan on to portray Cal Kestis, using not only his voice for the character but his likeness too.
The actor said in an interview that he is a huge fan of the Star Wars series and was honored that Respawn contacted him to play their titular hero. He has also stated that he is more than willing to return to the series if the game sells well for a sequel as well as possibly showing up at some point in a live-action film if need be.
I sunk maybe 26 to 30 hours into the main story, while I didn’t 100% the main quest I did see it through to the end. And I will say this, not since the first Force Unleashed have I had such a good time in a single-player Star Wars game. I’m not counting RPG style games, because if I did, well, this would still have the most excellent Star Wars game to contend with, Knights of the Old Republic.
Respawn Did It For Star Wars!
The graphics are wonderful, giving life to your surroundings as well as making you feel like you are part of the Star Wars Universe. The score is on point as well, becoming intense when the battles get more heated and mellowing during puzzle sections to make sure the players can focus on their tasks without distraction.
Respawn knocked it out of the park on this game. And their love of the source material shows with each pixel. Instead of continually gushing about the game, I’m going to tell you one thing, just buy it. It is more than worth the price tag for any and all Star Wars fans, as well as casual fans. In conclusion, I give this bad boy a solid 10 out of 10.
So, there you have it folks, not a super long review by any means, but one that is close to my heart because of my love of the Star Wars universe. I hope all of you enjoy it as much as I do, but now, its time to get back to a galaxy far far away.
Until next time, I will see you in the games.