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‘Jedi: Survivor’ Makes Another Happy Landing

A TSL Video Game Review

Help me CPU… you’re my only hope!

The sequel to the video game “Jedi: Fallen Order” is out and has been met with mixed reviews by its player base. The first sign that things weren’t quite going according to plan was when the release date was delayed over a month, originally set for March 17th according to Games Radar.

Reviews on Steam began with mostly negative review ratings on launch day, stating that the first planet featured in the game (Coruscant), was laggy, framerates constantly dropping and overall not optimized well for PC. Their CPU’s were STRUGGLING. Though the game is also available on PS5 and Xbox, the reason it’s supposedly so slow on computers is because people can change the settings on there, so the game has a lot more to account for.

Well, I got “Survivor” on launch day myself, and surprisingly, I didn’t have any issues with it. I played with it on the default settings, and was delighted to find that it ran almost perfectly smoothly for me. The graphics were beautiful, the cut scenes translated perfectly into gameplay, and overall it was a very enjoyable experience. I don’t have a powerful PC, so I either got very lucky, the negative reviews came from people with worse computers, or they were using different settings.

But how is the gameplay and story itself? The short answer: Amazing. It doesn’t reset your progress from the first game. You get to keep all the force abilities you learned. The planets have so much more room to explore, and the combat is epic.

The player follows the Jedi Cal Kestis as he fights against the Empire, five years after the first game. After a mission goes horribly, horribly wrong, he teams up with the old crew from “Fallen Order,” to find hope again, accidentally discovering an ancient, powerful enemy in the process.

The actors in the game deserve a raise. Debra Wilson as the Jedi Cere Junda does a great job, which is no change from the original game. She brings a sobering contrast to Cal’s adventures from planet-to-planet, telling a beautiful story of a character unable to leave the past behind. Tracy Ifeachor plays a character new to the Star Wars franchise, named Santari Khri. Though she doesn’t appear in many scenes, every moment with her leaves the player wanting to know about events that transpired long, long ago, in a world not-so far away.

And of course, Cody Fern’s performance as Dagan Gera, a character who may-or-may-not be one of Star Wars’ best villains, was phenomenal. His first encounter with Cal is terrifying, maybe even more than when the player had to run away from Darth Vader in the first game.

The game, overall, is a success. As Obi-Wan Kenobi would say: “Another happy landing.”

Are you going to get “Jedi: Survivor”? Don’t be afraid to let me know, and May the 4th be with you!

 

By Inti Navia, Senior, ChiArts

All Platforms: @intinavia

 

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Written by Inti Navia

I love nerding out over Star Wars, Gravity Falls, and Lord of the Rings. I'm an introvert with a never ending appreciation for all things Sci-Fi and fantasy media.

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