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A 2008 Action Game For The PS3 Based In the Star Wars Universe

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An Epic Joy

  • Apr 12, 2009
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I have to tell the truth here and say I bought this game expecting it to be a complete disappointment. Placing the story somewhere between episodes 3 and 4 of the Star Wars saga, I just expected it to be a little money maker for the franchise with very little thought put into it. Boy was I wrong. This is not just one of the most entertaining games I own, but it's also one of the most epic as some of the scenes placed within this game would make the original movie series blush at their own inferiority.

The story goes like this. As mentioned before it is set some time between episodes 3 and 4 of the film series. Vader is on one of his missions to eliminate all remaining Jedi when he comes across an orphaned child who seems to possess amazing force strength. Vader takes the boy under his wing as his very own secret apprentice and as he grows older, teaches him the ways of embracing the dark side.

The first 3 missions or so consist of you going on assassination missions and confronting prominent Jedi names in a fight to the death. Nothing is as it seems, however, and the apprentice can't trust his masters specifically the Emperor who orders Vader to kill his apprentice. Vader appears to do the Emperors bidding but it turns out Vader feels too much for the young apprentice and holds negative feelings towards the Emperor. So the remaining part of the game consists on you taking part in secret missions that will dethrone the Emperor from his empire.

So why is this game so special? Well first off as the name implies, it's a game that focuses around one of the main entities we are all familiar with from the Star Wars series and that's the Force. As Vaders secret apprentice, when you progress through the game completing numerous assassination missions, your force powers increase. These introduce you to more powerful aspects of particular force elements such as lightning and force grip. As your level improves in an RPG type style, you can upgrade your current skills. Say for example you can increase your force lightning strength or your ability to heal your force energy at a quicker rate.

Along with the force skills, your ability to wield a light sabre like the Jedi Masters of the movies is something very special also. It's very much just button bashing for the most part, but as you progress your learning you will develop skilful combos that will help you take out the level bosses in an instant. The absolute coolest level bosses have to be the menacing Rancor. Surely this animal is one of the most memorable Alien creatures to grace the Star Wars universe and considering its short appearance in the films, I'm glad they get a more prominent role in the game.

Along with it being fun to play the look and feel of it is just incredible. The scenarios and planets you find yourself on are detailed to the very last blade of grass and interact with your body and the force to present the realistic environment that just has you wanting to use your force moves that would interact with it, such as using your force grip to pick up a giant plant or boulder to launch at one of your enemies.

It's one hell of an entertaining game and I'm hoping for a sequel that will take us much later into the Star Wars saga, maybe placing your apprentice character at the end of the movie series and becoming the Dark Side replacement of Vader? That would be pretty cool and with you being the same apprentice, the movies already learned at max level can be included in the next one and you can increase on them which would be a lot of fun. Anyway, just get it. It's brilliant from start to finish, and if you're a fan of previous Star Wars games then you know what to expect and your expectations will be met and then some.

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review by . May 13, 2009
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A long long time ago ... George Lucas created Lucas Arts, and from the moment of inception has produced some really lack-luster games. Of course, they have also produced some real gems - The Knights of the Old Republic and Tie Fighter come to mind, but The Force Unleashed is just another shovel ware produced by the studio - and this is truly a disappointment. In fact, knowing that most Star Wars games are bad, The Force Unleashed is really disappointing. After several delays we finally get to play …
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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, LucasArts, was released September 2008 as a part of the Force Unleashed multimedia project.  This included development from DarkHorse Comics, Lego, Hasbro and Del Rey books.  The project combines the Star Wars trilogies and introduces the new character, Starkiller, Darth Vader's secret apprentice.    

Cast of characters

- Darth Vader's apprentice who is set out to kill the remaining Jedi. 

Darth Vader - Starkiller's master

Juno Eclipse - Starkiller's love interest.

General Rahm Kota - A Jedi Master who also guides Starkiller with the ways of the force. 

Maris Brood - A Zabrak survior after the Great Jedi Purge and apprentice to Shaak Ti. 

Proxy - Droid for Starkiller

Bail Organa - Senator from Alderaan and Leia's adoptive father. 
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Number of Players: 1
Publisher: Lucas Arts
Developer: Lucas Arts
Console: Playstation 3
Genre: Action
Release Date: 16th September 2008
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