Our Score: 9/10
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor continues the tale of Cal Kestis. Five years after the events of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, this story-driven single-player game continues up Cal’s struggle as the galaxy slips deeper into darkness.
The Empire will have pushed Cal to the farthest reaches of the galaxy, where he will encounter both unfamiliar and well-known adversaries. In the midst of the galaxy’s darkest moments, Cal is motivated to take a stand as one of the last remaining Jedi Knights. But how far will he go to defend his crew, himself, and the Jedi Order’s legacy?
The Force Binds Us All
There won’t be any plot spoilers in this review. I can tell you that it introduces both new and recognisable locations to Cal while also introducing both new and recognisable characters to the game. If you played Fallen Order, you are aware of how fantastic the story was, and Survivor really expands on that.
In addition to returning individuals having their own lives that are beautifully depicted in the narrative, quests, and dialogue, Survivor is made even better by the addition of new characters. The game is great fun and is full of jokes alongside dark and light story arcs. I used to stand around and watch NPCs argue and joke around because I thought the conversation in the game was really fun.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor wants you to care about these folks, and I learned about the Pyloon Saloon fairly early on in the game. This serves as the primary core of the game for conversation, purchasing new items, and much more. I met several new characters on Cal’s journey and sent them to the Pyloon Saloon.
Survival of the Fittest
You may recall from playing Fallen Order that it was of the Souls-like genre. Here, Survivor follows a similar strategy. If I died while fighting, my current XP would be lost and stored on the adversary who killed me. I would then have to find that enemy after I respawned. That XP would be restored if you caused harm to it. The intensity of Survivor is generally carried by this system in a similar way to other Souls-like games.
I do have to admit that Survivor’s difficulty curve did a good job of easing me into the game. About 7 hours in, I actually raised the level of difficulty to make it more challenging. Later in the game, as the number of enemies increased and fights were arranged to put what I had learned up to that point to the test, I really felt this biting.
Cal can choose from a variety of Stances in Survivor. Given that there are only a limited number of ways to use a Lightsaber, I was astonished to see how inventive the devs became. Cal has the ability to dual wield, single wield, double wield, and the most thrilling new ones, a blaster, a single blade, and a Crossguard stance. With the Crossguard posture, a longsword can be used as a powerful, two-handed weapon.
I frequently tried to maintain the Dual Wield and Crossguard stance and I really liked it. The one offered a fantastic means to block distant droid fire, giving them a taste of their own medicine, and the other’s powerful strikes dispatched foes in a matter of blows.
Cal has his own Force powers, of course, and using them to parry blaster fire and knock an unarmed clanker off a ledge as usual felt just as satisfying.
A Galaxy Far Away Brought Home
The Star Wars Jedi: Survivor video game is stunning. It is a true “next-gen” title, and I’m glad that development on the older platforms was abandoned in order to create such a stunning game. The large-scale set pieces, which frequently transform into gameplay in the span of a single frame, were incredible and made every moment worth recording. This game contains a few wild moments. As ridiculous as God of War Ragnarok meets Uncharted. No other Star Wars game has ever provided such a high degree of enjoyment, thus it is truly a treat.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is one of the best Star Wars games made. Not only is it a phenomenal sequel, but it’s also one of the best Star Wars media in a long time. The story, the gameplay, the visuals, and the love for Star Wars is phenomenal here and everyone who loves Star Wars and a good story-based game should be playing this.