One of the saddest bits of news this year was the cancellation of Visceral’s Star Wars game, an adventure billed as an open-world Uncharted in the classic LucasArts universe. We’ll never see what that could of been, but at least in the opening, Jedi Fallen Order does its best to bring those Uncharted vibes back.
The game launched on PC, PS4 and Xbox One today, with review embargoes due to lift within the hour. I purchased a copy through Origin this morning, having not received a code or signed any NDAs, and went through the initial level where Cal’s asked to take on a slightly dangerous scrap mission.
It’s super reminiscent of Uncharted 2, although the main danger element comes about ten minutes in and not from the opening scene. You’re not dealing with any Force powers at this stage, simply getting a hang of traversing the environment and enjoying the basic textures and world Respawn has created. There’s a lot of Naughty Dog-esque moments: hanging by a hand, climbing, jumping, sliding, and beautiful, giant backdrops.
Put simply: it’s stunning. You can see the first chunk of gameplay for yourself below. (If the video is only displaying the lower level resolution, give it a refresh.)