Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Platforms: Xbox 360
Date added: July 29, 2011
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Review
“The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi, “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope”
...and, with today's game, “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed”, we find that the Force can also be used to destroy. The game takes place in between “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” and “Episode IV: A New Hope”. In it, you play as Darth Vader's secret apprentice, code named “Starkiller”, as he is sent out to hunt down Jedi hiding from the Empire.
The main focus of the game comes in the form of using incredible Force powers in combat and to solve puzzles. Abilities are mostly standard Force powers as seen in the movies, such as Force Push and Force Lightning. However, Starkiller is shown to be more powerful than the characters in the movies, so everything is bigger and flashier.
In terms of gameplay, the entire game plays out like a standard third-person action game. You run from objective to objective, slicing at people with your lightsaber or using Force powers to kill them. There is the occasional place where you must solve a puzzle by using Force Grip to move something or Force Push to break open a door, but these don't happen very often. Most of the game is spent slashing at enemies while waiting for your Force powers to recharge so you can kill them in a more impressive manner. By the end of the game, it starts to feel a bit tedious.
The real fun in this game happens during the boss battles. While at first they appear to be just more enemies to slaughter in order to progress the story, each boss battle soon becomes a match of wits as you try to find the best way to defeat them. Most bosses are Jedi who also use lightsabers and Force powers, making them a formidable opponent. And, once the boss has been defeated, you are treated to a quick-time event where Starkiller finally defeats the opponent. The quick-time events aren't very difficult, but the animation of Starkiller defeating the boss can be distracting.
The graphics are good, but they don't bring anything new to the table. Everything looks good and polished, but there is no individuality in the style. It seems like everything was meant to look as close as possible to the movies, which is done well, but it loses a lot of personality in the process.
The sound in the game is good. The music includes some of the classic Star Wars music composed by John Williams, and it works well in the game. The voice acting is excellent, and while they don't have the original voice actors for characters from the movies, the replacements do a great job. The sound effects for the lightsaber are well done, but can begin to get annoying as you use the lightsaber for most of the game.
Overall, the game is well done but after playing it for a long period of time it can begin to get repetitive. If you are a fan of the Star Wars franchise, then this game is worth playing. However, if you are not a Star Wars fan, it would be a good idea to become acquainted with the movies before playing. The game as a whole works well, and it is one of the best Star wars games made. I would give this game an 8 out of 10.