Star Wars Jedi: Survivor has to fill the shoes of a beloved game. On the other hand, Star Wars is cursed in terms of sequels, so let’s see if this game has sidestepped this curse or if it has fallen victim to it. We will go over some reasons why Star Wars Jedi Survivor is worth it or not.
Jedi: Survivor is a very worthy successor of Fallen Order. It has stayed true to the vision of the original, all the while building on top of every aspect of it. Other than the PC port of the game, which you should avoid if you have a low-end PC, the sequel is worth your money and time.
Let’s discuss everything there is to know about Star Wars Jedi Survivor, which will help you gauge whether the game is worth it.
8. Great Sequel to an Already Great Game
We hate to admit it, but Star Wars has fallen from grace lately. Very few pieces of media attached to this franchise still have that same “force.”
Jedi: Fallen Order, the previous entry, is considered a worthy rendition of the Star Wars universe, and we can safely say that Jedi: Survivor can carry that torch forward.
It is not a blatant cash grab hot on the heels of the previous game’s success but a lovingly made sequel that builds on top of everything that made the first one amazing. Not only will your game series fan be satisfied here, but the Star Wars fan will also get their fair share of fulfillment.
In Jedi: Survivor, we see a Cal trying to fight the Empire, and his efforts have made him the most wanted man in the galaxy. But running from the Empire and thwarting their every move isn’t the only direction of this game. There is so much more under the surface.
The story goes to more refreshing places than the old Star Wars. We won’t spoil any here, so don’t worry but get ready for some wild storytelling which may or may not sit well with you.
7. More Story with Cal and BD-1
In Jedi: Fallen Order, you play as Cal Kestis, a Jedi who managed to survive the famous Order 66 that purged most of his force-using brethren across the galaxy. He was a rookie Jedi back then, and now in the sequel, he has become much more seasoned.
Cal has somewhat cemented his place as one of the best characters in this whole franchise, apart from the mainline ones. He is a relatable guy caught in the high-stakes world of Light and Darkness.
You can still see his personality shine through in this entry, and special thanks need to be given to the actor who played him, Cameron Monaghan.
Not to mention, your trusty droid BD-1 is back on your shoulder. Even this little dude gets a personality upgrade, which, dare I say, puts him at the same level as the best droids out there.
6. Increased Customization Options
Speaking of Cal, you can go to town on your Cal in this game. There is so much customization here, and that too the good kind that will decide to alter your looks even harder.
Cal can get new outfits, hairstyles, and beards. Every piece of his lightsaber can be customized with different materials, finishes, and blade colors. Even BD-1 can be customized with various legs, bodies, and scopes/faces. There is even a whole hub area on Koboh where you can build your base.
This game allows you to make your version of a Jedi/Cal, and with so many options at your disposal, you can expect no two Cals will look the same.
5. Different Planets to Explore
You do visit several plants other than Koboh. Expect some of the well-known planets in the series to make an appearance. The way these locations are depicted is quite a treat.
The map format follows the same Metroidvania design language, where certain areas will be blocked until you can pass them. The map sizes for each planet have been significantly enhanced, and more things to uncover or return to.
Some of the worlds are so massive that getting around on foot is a chore; for this reason, there are cool mounts you can hitch a ride on. Get ready to ride around on those quirky creatures you usually see in the background in Star Wars TV shows and movies.
4. More Stances to Use
Combat is amongst the many things that have been massively improved since Fallen Order. On top of the traditional skill tree, there are 5 stances for wielding the lightsaber. 5! There is even one where you have a lightsaber in one hand and a blaster in the other.
Different lightsaber stances have some really remarkable abilities. My favorite is the Crossguard lightsaber, inspired by Kylo Ren’s lightsaber from the Star Wars sequel movies. In this stance, Cal swings the lightsaber around like a medieval Claymore, and the feedback is heavy and very much on point.
Couple that with actual human enemy dismemberment, severely missing from the previous part, and puts the icing on the cake. You can now chop off arms and legs for most enemies in this game.
Combat has been refined a bit overall, but there is still a soulless influence here: you are expected to approach combat with more strategy and tactics. It is not a button mashy hack and slash; it requires using your noggin, which is good.
3. More Force Abilities to Use
Most, if not all, of the aforementioned customization options, can be unlocked by finding and opening chests that are hidden around the different maps.
Getting to them is not always as simple as you’ll need special abilities and equipment for some of these granted to you as you play through the main story.
An example is the ability to dash through the air, which lets you reach previously unreachable places. Some of these places not only contain chests for you to loot, but you will also find useful items that make you stronger, like the weird Force projections that permanently boost Cal in one way.
You can even slow down all the enemies on screen with your “ultimate,” allowing you to cleave through hordes like lawn mowing.
2. Having Companions Along for the Ride
You saw that right; you can take companions along on missions in this game. These characters are not just mindless NPCs but rather fleshed-out personalities that sit well within the narrative and have all manner of relationships with Cal.
These companions will come in handy with traversal and in combat. There are exceptional team-based attacks that you can pull off, and they are quite a spectacle. And along the way, you can learn more about them through additional dialogues and interactions.
1. Even More Puzzles to Solve
There are many puzzle chambers for you to complete throughout the game, and most of these are optional. Their solutions provide some good mental exercise, and we strongly suggest heading out and exploring different maps to come across these.
Not only will they tickle your brain, but the reward will, most often than not, be worth the effort.