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What the critics are saying about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

The review embargo for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order expired at midnight Eastern Time this morning; the exact moment the game went on sale to the public. Normally, that's a sign that the publisher — in this case, EA — doesn't have a lot of confidence in how the title will be received by critics.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, however, seems to be the exception to the rule.

Despite a few concerns, Jedi: Fallen Order is doing very well in the reviews department. Below, we'll take a look at what some critics have been saying about the newest Star Wars video game adventure.

Jedi: Fallen Order has some technical issues

Let's get the bad stuff out of the way first. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order appears to have some bugs it needs to address. And several reviews said as much, noting that strange things would happen during play that could not be attributed to the Star Wars universe,  but rather, to glitches.

Games Informer said that, "The visuals, while stunning in composition, can sometimes be affected by texture pop-in, lighting not displaying correctly, or enemies quickly dropping into place as a door is opened." Hopefully, these are issues that can be patched with an update. It would be a shame to let the best Star Wars title in years be hampered by a few minor annoyances.

The game's combat is sound

Ready to live out that childhood dream of swinging a lightsaber and wielding force powers? The combat in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order hits the mark, according to many reviewers. And VentureBeat in particular had praise for both the fighting and the progression system, writing, "But, of course, you the player are also progressing. You're getting better. You're learning how to survive certain encounters through some repetition, sure. But you're also learning to understand the combat and how to dissect any new opponent. The combat encourages this with clear enemy animations to give you visual data to act on. And landing blows has a satisfying sound and look, which acts as its own reward."

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order takes a cue from the Souls games, reportedly to great effect. So if you like those games, and you like Star Wars, you'll probably enjoy this title.

We finally have a worthy Star Wars game

After two less-than-stellar entries in the Star Wars video game universe, EA gave Respawn Entertainment — best known for the Titanfall series and Apex Legends — a shot at doing something new. And it appears that Respawn delivered.

"It's been ages since we got a great single-player Star Wars action game, but Jedi: Fallen Order makes up for a lot of lost time," wrote IGN. "A strong cast sells a dark story while keeping things fun and loyal to Star Wars lore, and fast, challenging combat mixes with energetic platforming, decent puzzles, and diverse locations to explore for an all-around amazing game."

It's safe to say we're excited to dive into this one, which is out today on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.