I am about as personally invested in the Star Wars franchise, as Kate and Gerry McCann are about finding adequate baby-sitting. My ambivalence to this culturally fanatical firmament derives from my father’s much venerated adoration for these movies, that became an almost mandatory requirement in our household. And my refusal to engage in an all too ubiquitous franchise. It isn’t necessarily the content of these hyper operatic pantomimes, most of which I find fun if disposable nonsense. But the effusive fanaticism of its most ardent supporters, that parade these movies around as though they were proof of God’s existence. So a game like “Fallen Order” should fall way outside my preferential jurisdiction.
“Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order” is not a purchase I would have made for myself. But the dividends permitted by last month’s PlayStation Plus membership, affords me the unique opportunity to indulge in a game that otherwise would have alluded me. Despite the assenting qualities of being a science fiction, third person adventure, both attributes I’m in favour of, the Star Wars aesthetic was always a discouraging impediment. But admittedly this wasn’t the detriment I thought it would be. You get to travel to varied exotic locales, each distinctive in its environmental climate and harsh, engaging conditions. Challenging combat that encourages meticulous attention to enemy attacks. An aptitude that sadly eludes me. Accompanied by a delightful adopted droid in BD1. A robot with more depth and personality than the human protagonist. Which leads me to my main issue with the game; Jedi’s!
Perhaps I’m not the intended audience. Having already confessed my own apathy for this series and it’s oftentimes belligerent firmament, I’d imagine that my opinion is somewhat negligible. But as someone on the fringe of this universe and it’s cultural influence, you would think there would be expansive breadth of stories to share, that doesn’t concern Jedi’s and the Empire. Considering the supposed vastness of culture’s and race’s depicted, as well as the rich mythology associated with the Star Wars galaxy, you’d expect aberrations to the existing stories to be more comprehensive rather than repressing it’s already abbreviated galaxy. Perhaps stories that aren’t grandiose in scale. That forgoes the arbitrary construct of the “Force” or light sabres. But something ironically grounded.
Perhaps these kind of intimate stories exist in other media, but not in any eclectic capacity. Though we get to explore a number of interesting planets, it’s still under the duress of expanding the Jedi mythology. An aspect that has always bristled my interest. But what do I know?