Video Game Review: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

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The most anticipated game this fall, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed starts you off as Lord Vader himself.  Vader lands in the wookie homeworld of Kashyyyk.  He’s on a mission to find the last remaining jedi and destroy them.

Vader’s so badass in the game that when you move him around, he moves as if there’s not a worry in sight, walking all slow and macho.   Later on, he finds his target and kills him, leaving behind him, his child.  Vader sees that the child is strong with the force, so he decides to take him under his wing.  The boy grows up to become Vader’s apprentice, Starkiller, and his sole duty as Darth Vader’s apprentice is to locate and hunt the last surviving jedi.

The biggest draw for this game for me would be the force.  You get to do a lot of badass tricks like throwing sabers and impaling enemies, force gripping foes and tossing them like a rag doll, stunning baddies with lightning and ending their lives short, and my personal favorite, force gripping objects and smashing them into a group of enemies.

The only downside to this is the continuity in the Star Wars universe.  Your character feels way overpowered.  It seems that the more recent the Star Wars movies or games are made, the crazier their powers are.  Remember the original trilogy?  The craziest force powers used was when Yoda lifted the X-wing.  And that was only like 20 ft, and it moved really slow.  Now you got the Apprentice tossing guys like half a mile away, blowing up ships with lightning, taking down an AT-ST and Rancor with just a light saber head on.

The actual combat can get really tiring.  And sometimes enemies would have shields or red auras around them, making certain force powers useless and fighting tedious.  The controls feels a little bit loose, and the camera feels slightly sluggish.  The thing saved the controls for me was the double jump and dash movements.

The cinematic scenes are good, but the actual gameplay graphics leaves a lot to be desired.  There are certain moments where the character models are good, but other times, it feels really dead and dry, especially the pilot character.  The environments seem very bland too.

The music is your typical Star Wars music fare.  All the themes are there.  You got the main Star Wars theme, Imperial March, Duel of the Fates, Battle of Hoth, and many more. 

As for the story, I enjoyed the Apprentice’s journey from the Dark Side to Light, but felt that there wasn’t enough time to flesh out his character, making the game feel rather rushed.  The ending was really a big letdown for me.  I refuse to accept the ending.  Play it and find out for yourself.  Maybe you’ll agree with me, or maybe you won’t.

The game excels in making you feel like the ultimate jedi, but fails in terms of overall polish.  Even with the game’s faults, it is worth checking out if you’re a Star Wars fan.  Plus, it’s cool to find out what happened between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. 

Grade: C+

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