Review: Star Wars Jedi: Survivor explained to parents

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What parents need to know

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is a 3D action, adventure, narrative game where you play as Cal Kestis, a Jedi knight who confronts the forces of the Empire. It is the sequel to the Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order game and takes place 5 years after the end of its story.

Cal Kestis evolves in many environments in the Star Wars universe, he can jump, kick laser swords, repel laser shots and use the Force. Many skills are unlocked as they go through skill trees. There are indeed 3 skill trees and more than 65 of them.

If you’ve played one of the Tomb Raider released since 2013, or one of the Uncharted, it’s the same operation with a Jedi hero more dynamic and agile in his movements. There are exploration, combat, puzzle/puzzle and platforming phases.

The game was provided by the publisher for review. It does not influence our opinion.

Warning: the PC version of the game is not finished properly and many problems, bugs, slowdowns are present in the launch version. We recommend waiting before getting the game.

Details

Release date: 28 April 2023
Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Publisher: EA
Available on: Steam PC, Epic Games Store PC, Playstation 5, Xbox Series
Available format: Physical and digital
Version tested: Playstation 5

Game genre: Action / 3D Adventure
Themes covered: Star Wars, combat of pistols and laser swords, spaceships
Duration of a game: 30 minutes
Duration of the main game/story: 20 hours to complete the story
Total time to complete everything: 50 heures

Text languages: German, English, Spanish, French, Italian,
Voice languages: German, English, Spanish, French, Italian,

Number of local players: 1

Level of experience required

Age 3+ 7+ 12+ 16+ 18+
Beginners
Intermediate
Experienced

Evaluation

Saber combat and laser shots. Same as in the Star Wars movies. No presence of blood, the creators and robots are nevertheless cut by the lightsaber.

Some attacks show characters sliced in 2 or impaled by the lightsaber.

None.

Lots of reading with instructions for moves and moves, as well as pieces of the story.

Level of language for teenagers, provocations, threats. The game contains the words “ass” and “bastard” in English.

Courage and perseverance in the face of adversity. Personal development.

There are 5 levels of difficulty. Even in lower difficulty levels, some fights remain difficult.

You have to constantly redirect the camera to properly target the action. There are many, many skills and moves to unlock. They are not all essential and add unnecessarily to the mental load of the player.

Juste besoin d'acheter le jeu.

For now, only a Deluxe Edition is available and optional. The Deluxe Upgrade allows you to upgrade from the Standard Edition to the Deluxe Edition.

Local game modes

Just a story mode to go through the adventure.

Expansions/Add-ons (DLC)

As often with this kind of game, there is a standard version and a “Deluxe” version. And as usual, the “Deluxe” version includes some unnecessary cosmetic additions for $20 more:

  • “Scoundrel” Cosmetic
  • “Rugged” BD-1 Cosmetic
  • “DL-44” Blaster Set
  • “Rebel Hero” Cosmetic
  • “BD-Astro” BD-1 Cosmetic
  • “Rebel Hero” Lightsaber Set

We do not recommend the “Deluxe” version, it is difficult to appreciate these additions as they are minimal.

Our opinion

I’m sure the game can appeal to many Star Wars fans, but there are many details that make my experience not very enjoyable.

In its version available at launch, there are many jerks, especially during changes between cinematics and game phases.

The environments are very detailed, beautiful but I keep getting lost in them, whether in the linear levels or in the open world. The locations of the objectives are poorly indicated, the included map does not really help, its cursor moves too quickly, we do not know what corresponds to what.

Targeting enemies during combat is not easy to execute. We don’t often target the right enemy.

If you don’t need to have played Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to play an action/adventure title, I’m still lost in the story, as it is self-referenced. There is a mini-film summarizing the facts of the previous title, but it is poorly made, and we do not understand what is happening. The characters play well, but the words are not engaging, we do not feel involved.

There are also plenty of superfluous mechanics:

  • You can customize the appearance of your lightsaber down to the smallest detail. Just a selection of the color of it would have been enough.
  • There are 5 types of weapons with for each of them, a skill tree. And more skill trees for The Force and Survival. This is far too much. We evolve in its trees very slowly, the skills are far too numerous. We are constantly frustrated that we cannot unlock others. I’m aware that it’s to teach each of the skills as I go, but it’s way too slow.
  • you can customize the appearance of your hero Cal Kestis as well, but again it’s too elaborate. It could have been simplified, I don’t need to modify his pants, beard or robot to enjoy the game.

I would have appreciated a streamlined experience that correctly steers to the next objective, instead of losing the player in huge, labyrinthine environments. The adventure is too long too. The game is quite disrespectful of the players’ time. It keeps guiding them to the same thing: combat, exploration, platforming, puzzle, and only the combat is a bit fun to play.

If the PC version is currently not in an acceptable state, the PS5 version tested is much better but does not seem fully ready yet. I highly recommend waiting for a future update that will fix the problems and bugs of this launch version, and a price drop: $ 90 + taxes is a little too expensive for an experience not well calibrated.

This is a good game for Star Wars fans who have time for themselves but not yet totally enjoyable and finished.

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