The sequel to Jedi: Fallen Order, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor delivers a great story, lots of lightsaber and force action, and moments of exuberant glee. There's no doubt that Respawn has made a game that Star Wars fans will love, but performance on PC is poor even with a high-end system. It's also buggy — I have lost count of the amount of times the game crashed to the desktop. But I do recall crashing at least six times in an hour.
- Combat is fun and fluid, with plenty of different enemies to challenge you
- Lots of mini-games and side-quests to keep you entertained
- World is vast with lots of things to explore and revisit to uncover secrets
- Excellent (but slightly predictable) story
Hopefully, this will be all fixed in an upcoming patch. It's telling that my Intel 13th-gen Aftershock rig with Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 struggles even on 1080p. Once I turned off ray tracing though, the game crashed less (but it still did). Even then, frame rates were choppy, though it mostly stayed above 60fps unless in wide open areas. Furthermore, the menu UI is buggy, sometimes you can use a mouse, sometimes you have to use the keyboard. It's frustrating. But performance and UI issues aside, the game is tons of fun. Exploring the vast Star Wars universe never felt so real.
Jedi Survivor is huge, and there are plenty of areas to explore, from lush danger-filled planets to Imperial bases. The main story took me around 35 hours to beat. That's with me mucking around, and exploring instead of rushing through. There are fun things to do such as jump and environmental puzzles. I also love the chambers, which are similar to the shrines in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that reward you for solving them. I particularly love finding those, because they are really fun to navigate and figure out. Other side quests include bounty hunting the bounty hunters who are hunting you, and retracing your steps to hunt down cosmetics and collectibles. You can exchange those to become more powerful, and you should.
Story-wise, Jedi Survivor doesn't take too many risks — you're travelling around chasing MacGuffins to save the galaxy again. Cal Kestis, our Jedi, is now more matured and confident in his use of the Force (and the game doesn't make you relearn them). Survivor sees him grow into a leader and a hero, able to handle all the curve balls. The supporting cast is excellent, and the main big bad doesn't feel like that much of a threat. However, there will be challenging boss battles. I was honestly surprised at one twist, but the rest of the plot is predictable.
Gameplay-wise, Respawn didn't screw with the excellent formula from Fallen Order. In Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, you get new lightsaber stances and Force powers for more variety. I like how they make you choose only two stances at a time, which forces you to adapt as you figure things out. There's plenty of replayability even after you've beaten the game. Honestly, it isn't too difficult at the normal level — it's all a matter of practicing your moves. Get it from Steam (PC) for S$85, or the S$95 PlayStation 5 version on Shopee or Lazada. If you subscribe to one month of EA Play Pro, you can play the game for just S$20 (but make sure to cancel once you're done).
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