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

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Another mediocre game with the Star Wars name

  • May 13, 2009

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 as Darth Vader's secret apprentice. The story is classic Star Wars - Darth Vader discovers a young boy that has Force sensibility that mirror his own as a lad and trains him as an apprentice to over throw the Emperor. It takes place after Revenge of the Sith and before A New Hope and fills in all the details between the two films.

The game isn't entirely bad. The effort put into the surroundings will place you squarely into the Star Wars universe with a genuine feel. But the gameplay sinks the game fast. The controls are sluggish and you'll find yourself falling into the dark abyss more often than not. The camera is jittery and makes it almost impossible to accurately use your force powers. You'll also notice that no matter how you build your character you'll never be able to simply overpower the enemy - and this is bad, since being a Sith you should be able to crush at least minor opponents. Speaking of which, the AI almost acts like no one is home ... I mean, you can literally stand in front of them and they'll do nothing.

The game is also loaded with glitches that will hinder your advancement. The boss battles don't fit in with the story and more often than not, they're just pumped up enemies. The game has some ridiculously tedious aspects in it as well and you'll end up getting bored with them rather quickly. With so much hype surrounding this game, a gamer expects a game that utilizes the Star Wars franchise, not just bits and pieces from other areas pulled together and shoveled out.

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June 07, 2010
Your review is spot on -- I've had The Force Unleashed sitting on my shelf for a while, but I just popped it in for some extended gameplay this weekend. Like you said, the controls are clumsy, and while I was playing, my wife at one point looked up and asked "Is that a Star Wars game?" She didn't recognize the environments as Star Wars until she heard the familiar music. With all that said, however, hurling large objects around with the force and shooting lightning bolts at enemies makes up for a lot of the game's deficiencies!
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review by . April 12, 2009
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. …
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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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