Star Wars The Force Unleashed

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6.8
good
 

Game Overview

This entry in the Star Wars saga casts players as Darth Vader's "Secret Apprentice", unveiling new revelations about the Star Wars galaxy. The expansive story, created under direction from George Lucas, is set during the largely unexplored era between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. In it, players will assist the iconic villain in his quest to rid the universe of Jedi - and face decisions that could change the course of their destiny. As its name implies, The Force Unleashed completely re-imagines the scope and scale of the Force by taking full advantage of newly developed technologies only possible on next-gen consoles that will be seen and experienced for the first time anywhere in videogaming.

The Good

Moving, intense story that will excite fans and nonfans alike, Beautiful art design dripping with flair, Powerful physics engine lets you execute all sorts of awesome-looking moves, You can punt a Jawa.

The Bad

Frustrating, imprecise targeting, Several gameplay sequences are simply awful, Weird glitches and performance issues.

The Bottom Line

This entry in the Star Wars saga casts players as Darth Vader's "Secret Apprentice", unveiling new revelations about the Star Wars galaxy. The expansive story, created under direction from George Lucas, is set during the largely unexplored era between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. In it, players will assist the iconic villain in his quest to rid the universe of Jedi - and face decisions that could change the course of their destiny. As its name implies, The Force Unleashed completely re-imagines the scope and scale of the Force by taking full advantage of newly developed technologies only possible on next-gen consoles that will be seen and experienced for the first time anywhere in videogaming.

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Expert Reviews

GameSpot review logo
75/100
score

The Force Unleashed's action can be incredible, though it too often strays from what it does best.

GameZone review logo
68/100
score

The Force may be unleashed, but it's a bit more average than the dream Star Wars fans were hoping would come true.

IGN review logo
73/100
score

Uninspired level design and some tedious enemy battles mar an experience that gives you power over the Force like we've never really seen before. While it's far from perfect, Star Wars fans will find that it's worth playing through simply for its story an

Character Profiles

Juno Eclipse

Juno Eclipse
Juno was hand-picked by Darth Vader to pilot the Rogue Shadow, an advanced spy ship that ferries Vader's Secret Apprentice to his various missions.

Maris Brood

Maris Brood
A character from the Star Wars universe, Maris harbors a strong desire for revenge and is still intent on confronting Darth Vader.

Rahm Kota

Rahm Kota
A character from the Star Wars universe, PROXY is a prototype holodroid who has been a constant companion of the Apprentice of Darth Vader for many years.

Proxy (Star Wars)

Proxy (Star Wars)
A character from the Star Wars universe, PROXY is a prototype holodroid who has been a constant companion of the Apprentice of Darth Vader for many years.

Starkiller

Starkiller
A character from the Star Wars universe, Jedi Master Shaak Ti is a revered and legendary member of the Jedi Council.

Shaak Ti

Shaak Ti
A character from the Star Wars universe, Jedi Master Shaak Ti is a revered and legendary member of the Jedi Council.

Game Features

During the period between Episodes III and IV, players hunt Jedi in the role of Darth Vader's Secret Apprentice.
Unleash and upgrade the Secret Apprentice's four core Force powers - Force push, grip, repulse and lightning - throughout the course of the game, and combine them for ultra-destructive, never-before-seen combos.
Examples of unleashing the Force in ways never thought possible: The Secret Apprentice won't just Force push enemies into walls - he'll Force push enemies through walls. The Secret Apprentice won't just Force grip foes to throw them aside - he'll Force grip them in midair, zap them with lightning, then drop them to the ground to explode like a bomb.
In addition to new adversaries created just for the game, such as fugitive Jedi and Force-sensitive Felucians, players will also confront and associate with familiar faces from the Star Wars films, including Darth Vader.
Visit locations such as Episode III's Wookiee homeworld Kashyyyk and the floral Felucia, the junk planet Raxus Prime, plus an Imperial TIE fighter construction facility.
Decisions made by players throughout the game will determine the path of the story, including multiple endings that will rock Star Wars continuity as they know it.
The Force Unleashed is LucasArts' first internally developed title for next-generation consoles, and it represents the first in-game collaboration of talents and technology between LucasArts and Industrial Light & Magic, two companies now finally under one roof at the new Letterman Digital Arts Center in San Francisco's Presidio district.
The Force Unleashed debuts Digital Molecular Matter from Pixelux and euphoria behavioral simulation from NaturalMotion Ltd.
LucasArts is preparing an unprecedented promotional effort around the launch of The Force Unleashed, encompassing a full line of toys and game-based action figures from Hasbro, as well as a full publishing program from Dark Horse, Del Rey and Palace Press.
Demo for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed coming on August 21 on Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Network Also included in the demo is a tutorial intended to teach players how to use their Force Grip power.

Game Specs

Audio/Video
HDTV 720p, In-Game Dolby Digital

Controllers
Dualshock 3 Controller

 

Memory
2650 MB

Modes
Full Mission Single-Player, Story, Training

 

Controller Functions

GAMEPLAY CONTROLS

Directional Button
Up = Action Camera

Left Analog Stick
Move

Right Analog Stick
Move Camera

X Button
Jump

Square Button
Lightsaber Attack

Triangle Button
Force Lightning

Circle Button
Force Push

 

L1 Button
Force Dash

L2 Button
Block

R1 Button
Target Lock

R2 Button
Force Grip

R3 Button
Center Camera

Start Button
Pause Menu

Select Button
Pause Menu

 

ESRB Game Ratings

ESRB Rating of "T"
This game is Rated: Teen
Content is most suitable for children ages 13 and up. This game may contain violence, gambling, suggestive themes, crude humor, or some strong language.
Content Descriptors:
Fantasy Violence
 
Game Info
Platform:Sony Playstation 3
Release Date:9/16/2008
Publisher:LucasArts
Developer:LucasArts
Genre:Action
ESRB Rating:T
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Game Quality Ratings
Overall
6.8
Gameplay
6.8
Graphics
7.5
Sound
5
Concept
5
Difficulty: Easy/Medium
OVERALL
6.8/10

Recent Customer Reviews

The best use of Force powers in a game to date.

This is the best demonstration of Force Powers in gameplay to date. I recommend getting this title.
Published 1513 days ago by xenoranger

Definately Sithy but maybe not quite ULTIMATE

It's a very fun Force-power-centric game but has a number of flaws that hold it back. The new...
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Published 1583 days ago by jackiechad

1 Down 4 to go...Rancors that is.

Recommend to ages 13 or over. Great game with lots of action & light saber fun.
Published 1787 days ago by odirion

Should you unleash this force game?

If you like Star Wars and like first person action adventure games you'll probably enjoy this...
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Published 2024 days ago by technologyrep

"Flashlight?" Check! "Supreme. You're now ready to join the Dork Side of the Force."...*shining-flashlight-on-script*..."Apologies...Dark Side."

The Force isn't strong enough with this one to make it a must-have. If you don't mind paying...
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Published 2030 days ago by ChromeKiller

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