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Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order - in the Google Stadia test
Complex jumping and climbing, rapid slide passages and tough boss fights! Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order by the developer Respawn Entertainment and publisher Electronic Arts combines classic Star Wars elements with the tried and tested gameplay of Tomb Raider other Dark Souls. The result is the best game in the Star Wars universe for more than 10 years!
The game puts the skill and responsiveness of the players to the test again and again. In our test, we summarize the most important information about the game for you and also report how well such a demanding title works with the cloud gaming service Google Stadia actually works.
The story is classic Star Wars gold
We slip into the role of the Jedi Padawan Cal Kestis, who narrowly escaped Order 66, which wiped out almost all Jedis. For a long time he was able to hide from the henchmen of the Empire, but due to a misfortune, Cal is forced to use his powers, which destroys his camouflage.
In the almost 20 hour long campaign that follows, we not only fight for our lives, but also for a new hope for the Jedi Order. We are confronted with the terror of the Empire and come on the trail of a secret that could steer the fate of the galaxy in a new direction.
Our journey takes us to a handful of different planets with new allies and our droid BD-1, which is growing ever more dear to our hearts. We cross ancient forests, dangerous swamps and mysterious temples. We descend into cave systems or climb rock formations.
Again and again we reach the limits of our capabilities. But little by little we become more familiar with the Force, learn new skills and improve our lightsaber and our droid.
In short: a surviving Jedi (-Padawan), with a few allies and a droid as a companion, who travels in a spaceship from planet to planet to uncover a Jedi secret and to stand up to the empire.
Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order relies on a tried and tested recipe and its story is very closely related to the original trilogy.
Gameplay - Tomb Raider meets Dark Souls
Climb, swing, slide, dive, jump, Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order would probably feel like a pure one Tomb Raider Feel like a clone, if it weren't for the tough boss fights à la Dark Souls. With blind attacks, it is easy to fail with simple opponents. With boss opponents you have absolutely no chance without a tactic.
Since the strongest villains can send you to the afterlife with just a few hits, it is important to proceed with caution here. We need to study attack patterns to uncover the weaknesses in defense and to identify the right moment for our own attack. A successful attack also requires a lot of skill and very precise timing. Success on the first try? Almost impossible!
Level design with a labyrinth character
As already mentioned, on our adventure we travel to several planets and each of them several times. On the one hand, this is due to the fact that history partly forces us to return to planets that have already been visited, and on the other hand, because certain areas only become accessible by learning certain skills. This system is also known from games such as Tomb Raider, but it works in Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order far less good.
On the one hand, this is due to the rather uninteresting finds. Where we are rewarded with really unusual items in other games, we get in Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order Often only insignificant things like a new color variant of the otherwise always the same poncho or a new coat of paint for our spaceship. There are also rarer and more valuable finds that give us a playful advantage, but it is never foreseeable whether and where these will actually be found.
In general, the level design always forces us to cover very long distances. Sometimes even when we have already achieved our actual primary goal. Since there are no quick travel points, we often have no choice but to study the more than confusing and confusing maps.
Here the game sometimes develops unnecessary lengths. Getting lost is almost inevitable on some planets and if you want to collect all the rewards, you need a lot of patience and perseverance when crossing the often confusing stretches of land.
Google Stadia gaming experience
For our test we have the Google Stadia version of Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order Played with the Stadia Controller via a Pro account, on a 4K TV and in the Google Chrome browser on a PC. The available bandwidth of the Internet connection was up to 250 Mbit down- and 25 Mbit-upload.
The game ran stably and without noticeable latency over long periods on both devices. Individual crashes only occurred between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., which are probably due to the high network load at that time. In individual cases there were malfunctions in the control system, which in total are of little consequence.
Overall, the gaming experience was almost 1: 1 what you would expect on a PC or console. The latency was so low that Stadia also met the high demands on the timing of attack and defense.
Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order is in my opinion a game that especially old school Star Wars fans have been waiting for.
A first class single player experience without the hassle of grinding or other occupational therapies. The game tells a classic story. Short, crisp and intense, without sinking you into an open world desert full of repetitive tasks.
The gameplay, that mix Tomb Raider other Dark Souls is undoubtedly a matter of taste. The level design can drive you to despair. But the storytelling is the best we've had in a long time in the Star Wars universe.
If there is any need to prove that single players are not dead and open worlds are not imperative, then it has Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order provided it for me!
- Classic Star Wars story
- Diverse worlds
- Hardly any superfluous secondary occupations
- Challenging gameplay
- Confusing level design
- Missing almost travel points
Written by: Christian Heldmaier
Trained media designer and Master of Science in publishing. Professional experience in the fields of social media management, web monitoring, online marketing, SEA and SEO.
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