Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Game review by
Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Epic adventure is a "Force" to be reckoned with.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 27 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

It features a number of strong themes beyond the usual "good versus evil" scope. There are plot threads focusing on redemption, coping with tragedy, trust, and fighting to help others in need.

Positive Role Models & Representations

As a Jedi, Cal follows a strong moral compass and code of honor. He's a caring character who will put others before himself in times of need, living up to the legacy of what the Jedi once stood for. His allies have some issues from their pasts and are working towards a sense of redemption.

Ease of Play

The game makes frequent use of Cal's Jedi training and abilities, both in combat and in exploration. Button mashing won't get players very far, as timing and technique are key to effectively fighting foes. The game has three difficulty levels to choose from and can be changed on the fly, but even the easiest setting provides a challenging experience.

Violence

Combat is constant, with players using their Jedi skills and lightsaber attacks to fight against various alien creatures, Imperial soldiers, vehicles, and more. There's no blood shown onscreen, though there are still some intense depictions of violence, including alien animals cut in half during battles and an early cutscene depicting a character getting impaled.

Sex
Language

The word "bastard" is used in the dialogue.

Consumerism

The game is a part of the expansive Star Wars universe and lore, which also includes multiple films, television series, books, toys, games, and more. The story is considered canon, referencing events from the main story and potentially being referenced in future stories as well. Players can a few cosmetic extras and behind-the-scenes special content by purchasing the game's Deluxe Edition.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a science fiction action/adventure game available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows-based PCs. The game's set within the expansive Star Wars universe, shortly after the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. Players take on the role of a young fugitive Jedi on a quest to try to rebuild and restore the Jedi Order. Action is constant, with frequent killing shown onscreen and some intense moments of violence in cutscenes, though no blood or graphic gore's shown. The game emphasizes timing in combat and presents a relatively high degree of challenge, especially at higher difficulty levels. The word "bastard" is heard in some dialogue.

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User Reviews

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Parent Written bynuenjins November 18, 2019

Cal and BD1 are the 'best buds' Star Wars has sorely needed.

At least some of the reason (I believe) this game is getting stellar reviews and praise has to do with the bar on Star Wars games and media being set so low or... Continue reading
Adult Written byBucket of shiti... January 21, 2020
Teen, 13 years old Written byAlex the Gamer December 5, 2019

Literally the greatest game ever!

I'm the biggest Star Wars Geek out there and of course I got to play this game. The story is amazing and the graphics make it look like its a live action... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byI have no username December 12, 2019

Best Story Game Ever

Star Wars Jedi : Fallen Order is probably the best Star Wars game ever rivalling Star Wars battlefront II (the original) and Star Wars Kights Of The Old Republi... Continue reading

What's it about?

STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER continues the legacy of the epic film franchise, shining the spotlight on an untold chapter in the history of the Star Wars universe with its single-player, story driven focus. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine has activated Order 66, branding the Jedi as criminals and fugitives to be dispatched with extreme prejudice. The few surviving Jedi are forced into hiding if they have any hopes of survival. One such Jedi, a former Padawan named Cal Kestis, had made a new life for himself until the day that circumstances caused him to reveal his connection to the Force. Now Cal is being hunted throughout the galaxy by the Imperial Inquisitors, Force sensitive assassins trained to eliminate the Jedi. Tired of running, Cal chooses to take a stand, teaming with a small band of allies to recover lost knowledge that could rebuild the Jedi Order. 

Is it any good?

Some of the best Star Wars stories are the ones that exist outside of the limitations of the feature films. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an untold chapter that not only fills in the gaps of Star Wars history, but is also an untapped wellspring of adventure and excitement. The game has an engaging cast of characters embroiled in an epic odyssey that feels both instantly familiar and yet wholly original at the same time. The cast delivers an outstanding performance on a story that builds on the legacy and the lore of the franchise. You can't help but feel a personal attachment to these characters, especially Cal. Cal (along with his droid sidekick, BD-1) represents the soul of the story, which is the player's window to live in the moment and be a part of Star Wars universe.

Even getting wrapped up and engaged in Fallen Order's tale, you never forget that this is still a video game. And it's a difficult one at that. The lightsaber was originally described as "an elegant weapon for a civilized age" and Fallen Order takes that to heart. Button mashing won't get you anywhere here. To progress through the game requires careful timing, quick reflexes, and keen observation. To survive, you need to learn how to quickly use your lightsaber to block, parry, and attack in all directions. Fall in battle, and you lose all the experience points (or XP) you've earned since your last upgrade, only recovering it by successfully tracking down and attacking the foe that defeated you. Cal's Jedi training also comes into play when exploring the different planets in the system. Chaining together wall runs, leaps, and Force abilities takes a level of precision that takes time and practice to master. And as the game moves on and Cal's connection with the Force strengthens, it opens up even more options to players. By the end of the game, you feel just as much a Jedi as Cal … and you've earned it.

Talk to your kids about ...

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  • What are some of the different storytelling techniques the Star Wars franchise has used to reach fans? How does telling a story in a film differ from that of a book or a video game?

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