Reviews and Problems with Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Wii)
4 July 2013
Excerpt: Developer/Publisher: Krome Studios/LucasArts ESRB Rating: Teen (Violence) Available On: Wii (version reviewed), DS, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, PSP, Xbox 360 Genre: Action RPG Number of Players: 1-2 (local competitive) Strong Points: Very fun gameplay; good use of motion controls; strong use of Star Wars license Weak Points: Generally subpar graphics; repetitive, linear gameplay This review has been modified from its original form on Revolve21 The Force Unleashed was a...
Excerpt: Star Wars has been one of those franchises that I grew up with, and as such, have a bit of a fondness for. Additionally, and this may seem like blasphemy, I really enjoyed the prequel trilogy for what it was. With the creation of The Force Unleashed media project, I managed to discover a very decent Star Wars action game set in one of my favourite worlds, however I was unable to fully enjoy the original game due to a few nitpicks.
Excerpt: It was a period of rebirth and renewal for the Star Wars series. The release of the prequel trilogy brought with it nostalgia for the old, and a new world for the young. But it also brought with it something else: a new direction for the Star Wars videogames. Being influenced by George Lucas’ new trilogy, the developers of LucasArts gave gamers what they always wanted; more worlds to explore, more plots to discover, and more Sith to battle.
Pros: Lots of Force Powers, Cool lightsaber action, Great music and VO, Solid replayability
Cons: Weak cutscenes, Too easy, Poor camera angles
Summary: Parents need to know that much of the gameplay revolves around combat, but there's no blood or gore, and you're fighting primarily against alien creatures or faceless stormtroopers. However, the fighting is relentless, thus garnering the "T" rating and our age recommendation of 12. The game raises interesting moral issues as you must decide whether you are an evil Sith or a good Jedi.
Excerpt: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is one of those games we've been following since the very beginning of its development. While the original 360/PS3 game has been in talks for over two years, it wasn't until the middle of last year that we found out the game was coming to Wii, and that it would be handled by developer Krome Studios.
Excerpt: "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." Words that I have seen many times in many ways. These are words, that when grouped together, spell out one thing – I am playing or watching something to do with Star Wars. No matter how great the original movies were I am under the impression that most Star Wars extended universe stuff, like the games, are rather hit or miss.
Summary: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is the perfect liaison between the new movies and the classic movies. It answers most of your questions as to how the events in “The Last Hope” came to be. Playing as Darth Vader’s apprentice is great, except in the middle when you start to get a emo and start to shift your alignment a little bit. Nonetheless, the graphics are great and the combo system and force abilities are unmatched in any other Star Wars game.
Wii/PS3/X360 Preview - 'Star Wars: The Force Unleashed'
20 December 2008
Summary: Set between the largely unexplored era between Ep III and Ep IV, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed casts players as Darth Vader's "Secret Apprentice" and promises to unveil new revelations about the Star Wars galaxy.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: It's not what I wanted, it's not what I expected and it's fundamentally broken in many different ways. It's a callous cheat of a game, it's shallow, short and has a man doing a crap Darth Vader impression. Targeting is bollocks, the force feels underpowered and boss battles are terrible.