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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 IIIStar 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. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. More than a year after the console versions, the Ultimate Sith Edition arrives for PC. The game suffers from problems with controls and balance and because it’s a quite linear game. But it’s Star Wars, nicely presented, with great atmosphere and new missions. And that’s more important in this case.
  2. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed arrived with a one year delay on a PC, but nevertheless does not introduce any major news, except for an additional level and two unedited seen on consoles. The graphics are suffering from a bad optimization and feels the weight of years, although on balance is sufficient and is gifted of a great physics engine for the simulation of the Force. As for the gameplay, despite the repetitiveness is feels, the fun that can give handle a lightsaber and use the Force, balances the all. Moreover, thanks to a good storyline the atmosphere of Saga was returned faithfully. Also remain unchanged all the defects of the control system imprecise and at times frustrating already seen a year ago on the console. Ultimately, despite the myriad of action securities much more attractive and "new" published in recent months, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is a good title. Recommended to fans of the saga.
  3. 75
    It doesn't fix or change anything in the original game - it just gives you a few more levels and some new skins. If you don't already have the game, give it a look. If you do, you might just want to go the DLC route.
  4. PC Zone UK
    62
    A series of spectacularly presented levels. [Feb 2010, p.68]
  5. PC Gamer
    60
    Mediocre. [Jan 2010, p.80]
  6. Total PC Gaming
    60
    Only casual types will enjoy up to its conclusion. [Issue#28, p.54]
  7. A plentiful amount of technical bugs and lazy development for the platform make for a frustrating experience despite there being a fun game buried beneath.

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  1. Positive: 15 out of 52
  2. Negative: 24 out of 52
  1. AlecM
    Nov 17, 2009
    10
    All the reviews are quite silly. Why? Because all they needed to do was instal the patch that came out just a few days after the game. It All the reviews are quite silly. Why? Because all they needed to do was instal the patch that came out just a few days after the game. It runs just fine and is a great inovation in gaming with amazing graphics, great voice acting, and the smartest AI anyone has yet seen. It's sad to see that when some one comes out with a good game it gets shot down because reviewers can't wait/look for a verry speedy patch. The game is realy verry fun with a lot of replayability and crazy force powers. If you can't stand a game thats not a FPS or RPG then this isn't for you. But if you like Star Wars, good acting, and inovation. Then this is your game. May the force be with you and all that Jazz. Expand
  2. Apr 19, 2019
    8
    SWTFU is an amazing game. The controls can be clunky at times, and the game is difficult as hell, but the overall experience is fun whenSWTFU is an amazing game. The controls can be clunky at times, and the game is difficult as hell, but the overall experience is fun when you're hackin' n' slashin' your way through rebel soldiers or stormtroopers. Expand
  3. Apr 12, 2016
    8
    I was obsessed with Star Wars, forgot about it for years, and know I love it again. This game brought out all the excitement I could get fromI was obsessed with Star Wars, forgot about it for years, and know I love it again. This game brought out all the excitement I could get from one of the movies and then some. The levels had arguably the best openings ever. And that's because they start how every movie starts out. With the cyan colored sentence, and then boom. The roaring theme with the rising text. One of the best DLCs I've ever played. Expand
  4. Mar 14, 2020
    5
    Kinda good but bosses suck and its unbalanced gameplay is bad but its fun and lore is interesting i guess.
  5. Dec 29, 2011
    3
    Graphics - Not bad. Not very good, either. There are still major problems with this game and it becomes painfully obvious after the first 5Graphics - Not bad. Not very good, either. There are still major problems with this game and it becomes painfully obvious after the first 5 minutes.

    Controls - One of the worst control schemes I have ever used. If you don't have a gamepad..forget this trash even exists

    Story - Must have been written by a 13 year old without a solid understanding of plot structure or character development. Has so many holes I could have sworn this is swiss. Gameplay - Boring and repetitive. Has some fun points in it..but not enough to even consider spending money on.

    Overall - Absolute trash. I am ashamed I even spent 5 dollars on this garbage. I love the star wars franchise..but this doesn't even deserve to have the name Star Wars in the title. Aspyre should not have been trusted with this project. Hell, nor Lucas-Arts for that matter.
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  6. Dec 25, 2021
    3
    This game is pretty damn bad. Considering this is a supposed ultimate edition with all of the patches and improved visuals, its shortcomingsThis game is pretty damn bad. Considering this is a supposed ultimate edition with all of the patches and improved visuals, its shortcomings are even more glaring...

    I will start with plot, writing and characters first: Its bad - all of it. It has some twists, but you see them from the very beginning, considering A) the game takes place between episodes 3 and 4, meaning you know the past and the future and B) it is very apparent the main protagonist is dumb, really really dumb. The MC is absolutely oblivious to anything and more naive than a sheltered 3 year old...

    The plot also jumps around a lot and feels rushed, you go from playing for team A to team B so fast the EA SW Battlefront 2 change feels like an intricate storyline. This also makes the interactions and relationship development between characters feel unrealistic as well as a lot of it is "behind the scenes" and you are often just told/shown the result. There are a lot of plot conveniences, or plot armor, if you will, as well.

    The gameplay is frustrating. The combat, movement, and force powers feels pretty good, untill you actually have to use them in combat. The hints and prompts will tell you about these amazing combos which will help you destroy your enemies, but the game fails to recognise most of the combos when performing them, and those few that can be performed consistently are only good for a couple enemies and completely useless against bosses. I decided to just cheese it and spam lighting at everything / everyone. It was boring, but at least semi-consistent and had decent effectivity.

    That brings us to enemy variety - considering the vastness of SW universe, it's pretty poor. On paper, there is about 25-30 different enemies excluding bosses, but in reality, when you check their animations and damage they do, it is really about 10-12 as pretty much every basic enemy has a reskinned version for other faction, perhaps the only exception being the AT-ST walker - which brings me to the other issues with the combat, it's inconsistent. AT-ST will not take damage during some animations, but other times it will, some enemies are similar - you will interrupt their attacks sometimes, but othertimes, they will plow right trhough your lightsaber slashes. Same goes for you - sometimes you will be stunlocked to oblivion, other times you will shrug everything off. You can never really tell what will happen when you make a hit, or get hit, and considering the combat style in the game, that is really really frustrating.

    The AI does not exist. Enemies will rush into the room, and just stay pretty much glued to their positions in case of long range enemies, or fight you 1 on 1 in case of melee, with a few exceptions. The game tries to implement some simple environmental puzzles, but all they do, is just show how bad the AI is, as you watch it stumble around the traps set for the MC and fail hilariously. The game also does something I really hate - it spams mini-bosses after the initial encounter - and without much thought either. Its like the devs realised they did not have enough enemy variety at the end of the dev cycle, and so they just copy pasted the previous mini-bosses around later stages.

    Environmental design is also pretty bad, but I guess it has to be, given the poor AI. The game is very linear, the environment does look more open than it actually is - the use of invisible walls and ice surfaces that make you slide back is just tragically hilarious by the end - there are more invisible walls in one stage of this game than the last four games I played put together... Visually, they look good though - at least the first time you visit them. This game has 7-ish places you visit, but they use only 3 asset sets - imperial space station, jungle and ship graveyard. The DLCs have some additional new environments, but honestly, its just more of the same crap gameplay wise, so why even bother? Also, movement in some places is really weir because the ground hitboxes aren't as precise as the textures / visual parts, so you will randomly get stuck in some places. This, combined with the many invisible walls, makes the couple platforming sections in the game very inconsistent and random.

    Sound is okay - when it works, which is does for the first half of the game, but breaks after that - music stops playing randomly, weapon sounds won't work, etc. It reuses, incorrectly and inappropriately, music from the movies.

    There are also some weird design choices as well, though I would say they are probably the result of time constraints because no-one sane would do this... There is no map, only a very constrained minimap. To see objectives, you have to pause game and go to menu. Changing visuals cannot be done before mission, only during, and will reset you to previous checkpoint if you do it in the middle instead of right after loading in, and so on.
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  7. Jun 8, 2012
    0
    Positive: Nothing ... maybe the AI.
    Negative: Graphics are very ugly and outdated. For example there is no AA, textures and light effects are
    Positive: Nothing ... maybe the AI.
    Negative: Graphics are very ugly and outdated. For example there is no AA, textures and light effects are terrible. Gameplay is pure garbage, camera is making crazy positions and controls are bad (I mean globally, not the key settings).This game is one of the worst ports ever. Maybe its good on console (I don't know), but on PC its pure garbage. I played version 1.2 so after the second (last) patch, so its not about patch.
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