Just yesterday I was talking about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order barely making my list of games I was interested in for after the challenge. I wanted it to be good — I just didn’t really have any expectation that it might be.

Since then, two things have come about:

  1. Confirmation that it definitely is part of Origin Access, so I can try it out without any additional spend, and
  2. Trusted sources are telling me that it does in fact, seem to be, well… Not shit. In fact, possibly even good — although they’re still very early on with it.

I don’t even remember when we last saw a good single-player Star Wars game. I want to say the Knight of the Old Republic games, but that’s not quite true. If nothing else we had Star Wars: Empire at War which was a great game — but an RTS rather than RPG.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and its sequel I hear were not bad — but you know… I never ended up trying them myself. Has there been anything since?

I actually don’t think so. Possibly at a stretch though you could consider the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO since the XP curve was changed to allow for more of a straight shot through the main story without much if any grinding in the middle of it all.

Anywho. Just one day’s difference since the last post, and the interest levels for this one are night and day. If you’re wanting to give it a try, note it isn’t necessary to buy a copy for full price. As is happening more common now it seems, even as a newly released title — it is available via a game subscription service already.

This time of course, EA’s own Origin Access. For roughly $20 NZD you can give it a shot for a month, which should be more than enough time to beat it.

For a bit of a taste of what it’s all about, here’s 21 minutes of gameplay (from the very start of the game) posted by IGN:


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Magi · November 16, 2019 at 12:00 am

Interesting! I still have to play any Star Wars games, as I’ve never played any…. or even watched all the movies. Oof.
I mean, I started watching them at some point and then fell asleep in the ad break (being a child at the time) and hence, I’ve never completed any nor do I know which ones I’ve even started or watched most of. I gotta do that some time!

    Naithin · November 16, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    This is a very confronting comment. xD

    I mean, I know intellectually there are millions of people out there now who never would have seen Star Wars, but it’s still so far outside of my realm of experience I just… I don’t even know.

    In any case! The original trilogy holds up pretty well, well worth a watch. :)

Rakuno · November 16, 2019 at 12:24 am

I did play the first Force Unleashed game (but haven’t finished it) and can confirm it is a fun action game. Using the force to throw storm troopers into the vacuum of space never got old. XD

If the reports of this game are not bad then I guess I will keep an eye on it too.

    Naithin · November 16, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Pretty low risk to give it a go with a one month sub to Origin Access, or if you’d prefer to own it outright, can buy on Steam and try it out for yourself for up to 2 hours before having to make a permanent decision.

    (Boy am I happy that EA has brought their games back to Steam!)

      Rakuno · November 16, 2019 at 1:37 pm

      I am not much a fan of games subscription like Origin Access to be honest. That and Origin doesn’t have enough games to entice me to it.

      As for Steam… I’d rather not buy a game with the idea of asking for a refund. It has to be really, really horrible for me to want to refund a game.

      Anyway, for now I will skip it. I read a review earlier on Ars Technica which made the game not look very appealing. If I ever get an itch to play a lightsaber-wielding character I can always reinstall The Force Unleashed (and hopefully finish it!) or buy the second game. :)

      But I will look forward to your impressions if you do give it a try at some point and decide to write about it. :)

        Naithin · November 16, 2019 at 2:21 pm

        A view I can respect, particularly in regards to being careful with purchases to avoid need to refund. I think that is an incredibly important consideration for indies in particular, where any potential costs around refunding can be quite damaging.

        So in that context, I do try do a good deal more research than I might for a AAA developer’s title.

        But still, I will take the odd risk even here with the thinking being that the flip side to being more willing to buy first is… Well, exactly that. It leads to taking more chances on titles I might not have otherwise, in the hope both the developer AND I can win out in the deal. :)

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