Star Wars: The Force Unleashed review video

16 September 2008
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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for Xbox 360This 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, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed completely re-imagines the scope and scale of the Force by taking full advantage of newly developed technologies that will be seen and experienced for the first time anywhere in videogaming.

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. The Secret Apprentice doesn’t just Force push enemies into walls – he Force pushes enemies through walls. The Secret Apprentice doesn’t just Force grip foes to throw them aside – he Force grips them in midair, zapping them with lightning, then dropping 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 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 determine the path of the story, including multiple endings that will rock Star Wars continuity as they know it.


To quote the video review: “Once you’ve completed the game [in about 9 hours] and are the all-powerful Dark Jedi you’ve always wanted to be, it’s remarkably fulfilling to return to Force Unleashed’s earlier, better levels to try out the powers and combos you didn’t possess on your first play-through of them. Or perhaps you want to experience the second of the game’s two endings (a reasonable goal, since one of them is bound to get fans talking) while wearing one of the unlockable costumes. But most players will find that aside from a return to the better areas, once is enough. When the game caters to its strengths, it soars; when it deviates, it flounders. Regardless, it’s still a more than worthy entry in a long line of licensed Star Wars games, and a good action game in its own right.”

Overall — 7.5

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