Genre: Action Developer: Lucas Arts Publisher: Lucas Arts Classification: M Release Date: 30th Sep 2008 Platforms:PS3
Login to submit your review score
The Good bits
Fantastic story worthy of its own film.
Playing around with The Force is a ball.
You can kill Wookies.
The Bad stuff
The camera is balls.
The light saber battles arenít as fun as they should be.
Can get a little too easy.
Normally Star Wars games recap the events of the classic films or are set somewhere in George Lucasí galaxy far, far away. The Force Unleashed takes a different approach,creating a narrative between the episodes III and IV - right after The Empire eradicated the Jedi.
You begin the game as the legendary Sith Lord himself, Darth Vader, on the Wookieís home planet of Kasyyyk. Itís here you will get a taste of what The Force Unleashed has to offer. Youíll pull off some amazing feats here which have never before been explored in a Star Wars game. You can suspend a Wookie in midair and then launch them into the horizon. You can build up a Force ball in the palm of your hands and turn trees into woodchips, shatter rocks into ash and send enemies tumbling into the distance like bowling pins. You can even perform Vaderís trademark throat grip and choke someone to death with your fingertips.
The story eventually shifts to Vaderís secret apprentice, Starkiller, who is sent out to kill off the last remaining Jedi. Vader is keeping Starkillerís allegiance under wraps for his own reasons so to avoid any suspicion youíre required to kill both the Rebels and the Imperial Forces on missions. Starkiller isnít as skilled with The Force as Vader to begin, but as you progress youíll collect skill points which unlock new Force abilities and combos that are even stronger than your master. Thereís quite a list to choose from and it will probably take a few play throughs before all the moves are at your disposal.
Get a grip? Get A Grip!?
At the end of levels youíll go one on one with a Jedi in a lightsaber battle - these are not as impressive. There are a lot of razzle-dazzle animations with the saber clashes but youíre only hitting the Block and melee Attack buttons during these fights. You can try using The Force but we found your Jedi opponents are just as powerful as you and will counter anything you throw at them so this is mostly pointless. When youíve beaten them down to an inch of their life youíll enter a God of War style minigame where you have to hit the appropriate button within a matter of seconds to land the final blow.
Sadly this is not the only disappointment. Our main beef with The Force Unleashed is that in its effort to have everyone reach the end credits Lucasarts has made it a little too easy for you to get there. Every kill refills your health, and because thereís no shortage of enemies your health bar rarely dips. The only reason it would is if an enemy attacks you off screen courtesy of the unwieldy camera Ė I think itís funny that your character can manipulate literally everything in the environment, yet there seems to be no way to properly control the camera.
Despite some flaws The Force Unleashed is still one of the best Star Wars games out there. The story is engrossing and playing around with The Force powers is a treat. You can spend hours picking up Stormtroopers and crashing them in to Tie Fighters, or pushing Rebels off platforms to watch as they hold on for dear life. Thereís a lot of room for improvement for a sequel Ė still, The Force Unleashed is something no Star Wars fan should miss.
Coming down from the steps of LucasArts, this is one of the best Star Wars games that they have made and one of the most impressive.
You start the game off as Darth Vader, ordered to hunt down a rogue jedi on Kashyyyk. Upon arrival you encounter Wookies holding off the Empire's invasion to control the planet and you gradually make your way up to the jedi, while defeating countless Wookies as you go by.
Once you defeat him, you discover that the jedi has a son and you take him up as your secret apprentice (which means no ones supposed to know of your existence, even the Empire).
Once Darth Vader has knighted you as his apprentice, he orders you to hunt down the rest of the remaining jedi. This takes you to places like a TIE fighter construction facility, Raxus Prime (a junk world) and Felucia (seen in episode 3).
During the game you have the opportunity to use a wide range of force powers which include, Force push, Force lightning, Force grab and so on.
As you start the game as the secret apprentice or "Starkiller", you have little force powers compared that to Vader and so you can level up your force powers by collecting Force spheres found throughout the game to strengthen yourself in the Force.
Collecting Force spheres even allow you to unlock new lightsabre crystals and costumes.
I won't spoil the story line for those who haven't played the game yet but the story is probably one of the best ones in a star wars game, since George Lucas actually helped with it and it will probably change your concept of the Star Wars universe.
Another great thing about TFU is the new DMM technology which makes the game pretty realistic. When you Force grab an enemy they will try to hold onto something to keep themselves from hanging in the air, which could be their fellow comrade or an object. The glass in TFU also shatters in unique ways when you break it every time as the same with trees and force pushing doors open.
Besides from all these interesting concepts, TFU does have a few issues.
When you defeat an enemy or destroy an object they will disappear a few seconds later. This flaw is probably the most annoying part about the game because there is a sense of realism gone.
The campaign could of been longer considering it has only nine levels, minus the Darth Vader prologue mission, which you can't actually select the level by itself.
What I am most disappointed about TFU is that there is no multiplayer for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions unlike the Wii, PSP and the DS. But a rumour has surfaced a few months ago that Microsoft will release a patch for multiplayer next year for the Xbox 360. Thumbs up for that.
TFU is a pretty amazing Star Wars game besides a few problems and it should not be missed by fans and action enthusiasts alike.
Im halfway through this game at the moment and the review i read here was pretty spot on with everything, the camera can get rather annoying but to overcome SOME of the frustration the R3 button can be pushed in to re-centre the camera on your charachter just do it when your standing still though :)
Storyline is excellent ! and wish to god theyd made another movie out of it really.
When i thought about rating it I instantly felt i had to compare it to jedi knight and jedi outcast and i think with a bit of a camera tweak, maybe make it spring back after you manually use it and some more in depth light saber work its worlds better.