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  • Summary: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed casts players as Darth Vader's "Secret Apprentice" and promises to unveil 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 assist the iconic villain in his quest to rid the universe of Jedi - and face decisions that could change the course of their destiny. 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. [LucasArts] Expand
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  1. If you haven't upgraded to a PS3, the action, story, and exclusive levels here won't disappoint. [Oct 2008, p.76]
  2. Force Unleashed can be frustrating, and its flaws get in the way of having a good time far more than they should. But while it might not live up to the hype and expectations, it is one of the better Star Wars games out there, and a decent action game in its own right.
  3. 72
    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 and the ability to use the Force in fairly awesome ways.
  4. The fancy technology powering the experience is impressive, as is the performance by actors who lent their voices and likenesses to the game's pivotal characters. That's mixed with rote game mechanics -- hack, slash, fight big boss, level ends -- that can easily grow tiresome, and a leveling up system that's more distraction than a way to create a customized character.
  5. In the end, Force Unleashed on PS2 feels like a tech demo. Though there are a ton of really cool gameplay elements to experience, not enough of them come together to make for a truly fun adventure.
  6. A number of frustrations diminish the fun, but you'll still have a reasonably good time with this Force-powered adventure.
  7. Unfortunately, though beating the crap out of Rancor is cool, it's quite flawed, thanks to the wonky camera and targeting system.
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  1. Oct 1, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is only for those who are a big Star Wars fanatic. As a game, the level design is really repetitive. It doesn't require any intelligence whatsoever. Instead, you just power up special moves so that you can beat the hoard of enemies and the boss. The graphics are great, all except the cutscenes. What happened there! The cutscenes are rightfully named; cut up scenes. However, if you happen to be a Star Wars fan, you will find yourself going, "Hey! I remember that!" It does not really hold your interest, but it is cool to bring down the AT-ST! The Emperor (the final boss) takes a millennium to take down. Overall fun game to pick up if you love Star Wars. Expand
  2. Dec 20, 2012
    This is a really fun game for anyone interested in Star Wars. The gameplay is just awesome really, it does a good job of making you feel powerful and by the end of the game I still wasn't tired of picking dudes up and throwing them across the room. However it's a very short game. I got this at 75% off on Steam and honestly I would have been pretty annoyed if I bought this at full price. In terms of story there's nothing really. I didn't mind just running around destroying whatever fell in front of me but I think the developers should have cut their losses and not tried to throw in a little bit of a story right at the close but then it turned out that they used that little tiny bit of plot to drive the entire sequel. Fun game but again, absolutely not worth full retail price and I've taken that price into consideration for my mark, if it cost everyone what it cost me then I'd probably give it 7 or 8. Expand

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