‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ video game: What you should know


There’s been a turbulence in the Star Wars franchise recently – and that’s a good thing.

First, there was the arrival of “The Mandalorian” on the Disney+ streaming service, which became operational earlier this week. Now, there’s “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order,” a new single-player video game that fleshes out Lucasfilm’s space opera.

All this action comes ahead of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” (in theaters Dec. 20), the ninth and last film in that saga. 

But these two recent entries focus on the past. “The Mandalorian” takes place after about five years after Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo and the rebels overthrew the Empire in 1983’s “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.”

“Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” (out now for $59.99, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, for ages 13-up) goes back a bit further in the timeline to five years after the events of “Revenge of the Sith.” As detailed in that film, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine (who was actually Darth Sidious and would be come Emperor Palpatine) issued Order 66, a death sentence for all Jedi.

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The ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ story

In the new video game 'Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order,' players take the role of a Cal Kestis, a Jedi trying to rebuild the Jedi order. The droid, BD-1, is your companion and helper.

The character you play in the game is Cal Kestis, a former Jedi padawan who has gone into hiding – and is not using his Force powers to avoid detection. But events lead to Cal having to abandon that strategy and join a mission to rebuild the Jedi order. 

He gets some help from a former Jedi Knight named Cere Junda, Greez Dritus, the pilot of the Mantis, a Stinger space ship, and BD-1, a nimble and useful droid who becomes a constant companion.

As your fellowship looks to unravel a mystery that will help rebuild the Jedi’s ranks, they must avoid some new Jedi-hunting villains strong in the dark side of the Force including the Second Sister, a sinister and fierce black-clad fighter.

Cal is voiced by Cameron Monaghan (“Shameless,” “Gotham”), and the character, despite the red hair, is reminiscent of the young Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen). At the outset of the game, Cal has powers, but they aren’t enough to earn Jedi Knight-dom.

Among the villains in the new video game 'Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order,' is the Second Sister, who his hunting the galaxy eradicating any persons with the Force.

The first section of the game puts Cal through paces to improved his Force powers and lightsaber combat, as well as jumping, climbing and wall-running – a super-fun skill perfected in the “Titanfall” games, also created by Respawn Entertainment, the studio that developed “Fallen Order.”

“Fallen Order” also owes much to “God of War,” with its climbing and puzzle-solving challenges. That makes sense as the game’s director is Stig Asmussen, who previously worked on the PlayStation 4 “God of War” games, as writer and eventually director of 2010’s “God of War III.”

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