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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. 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. Positive: 22 out of 47
  2. Negative: 2 out of 47
  1. A story set in the world of the Star Wars-universe, impressive fights and a hero with profile - all that a Star Wars-fan needs!
  2. The story is engaging, the graphics are incredible and the mood fits with the classic three films. It is the best Star Wars game on the current gaming consoles and it is a very satisfying experience.
  3. 80
    The game takes a lot of time to figure out how to complete but when you do finally figure out the puzzles, it becomes an experience well worth the admission price.
  4. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed can often be a frustrating mess. There are tons of polish issues and questionable design choices. Even with a 2.5GB install onto the PS3, there is still far too much loading. However, when everything works, there's just something innately satisfying about being able to kill dozens of Stormtroopers with the flick of your wrist.
  5. Just as is the case with prequels, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed provides insight into the dark areas of the Star Wars Universe while being flawed in many ways.
  6. The Force Unleashed does so many things right that you'll almost be able to overlook all the flaws that unfortunately plague this production. The unfinished state of this thing is a direct reflection of the scattered state the developers were in when this game was sent to the presses. Even though there are a lot to complain about here this is still a must have for die hard Star Wars fans.
  7. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed could have been a great game, however it doesn't live up to its premise. The story and physics give a new dimension to the Star Wars franchise, but the countless technical glitches and shallow gameplay make this game a huge diasppointment that's not worth your money.

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  1. Positive: 34 out of 77
  2. Negative: 15 out of 77
  1. Aug 8, 2014
    10
    Brilliant storyline, lots of upgradable powers and unlockable strikes and combos and even different outfits to choose from don't ever let youBrilliant storyline, lots of upgradable powers and unlockable strikes and combos and even different outfits to choose from don't ever let you get bored with the game. I have beaten it twice with joy, and I highly reccomend it not only to Star Wars fans, but also to skilled gamers who want to test their agility. Expand
  2. TullioM.
    Sep 5, 2008
    10
    Thus far, I have only had the pleasure of playing the xbox360 demo of Force Unleashed, and all I have to say is, WOW! From this brief yet Thus far, I have only had the pleasure of playing the xbox360 demo of Force Unleashed, and all I have to say is, WOW! From this brief yet straight to the point demo, I can see that The Force Unleashed will become one of LucasArts best Star Wars game yet. Fist of all the graphics are unbelievable, the fluidity of the movement of the characters is also amazing. The demo however, doesn't do the story any justice, so I will not give any comments about the story flow. Lets just say that September 16th 2008 is definitely going to be marked on my calender as the release date for The Force Unleashed. I think I have an exam on that day. Expand
  3. Jan 16, 2013
    8
    What do you want from a Star Wars game? If its a game where you play as someone in the action, see Star Wars Battlefront II. If you want aWhat do you want from a Star Wars game? If its a game where you play as someone in the action, see Star Wars Battlefront II. If you want a over the top game that makes you feel like a powerful jedi assassin then look no further than Star Wars The Force Unleashed. The game exceeds all previous expectations that were previously surrounding it. The game looks gorgeous and plays even better. The only issue here is the length. But any longer and it would have been dragging on. The game uses a level up system that rewards the players excellently. You can level up force powers, stats(health, energy, damage) and purchase combos. Its extremely rewarding. It shows in the gameplay; at the beginning of the game you'll struggle to fight a group of enemys and by the end of the game you will be able to fight an army of mechs, enemys and turrets at one time. It definitely shows when you replay the game completely leveled up. At this point you'll be able to experiment with every combo without being scarred of the risk. You can do some real crazy **** Its a must buy. Expand
  4. thetruth
    Sep 10, 2008
    7
    Demo exp. only! Controls are on point, no clunkyness here. Graphics are typical, nothing astounding.Camera angles are very nice. There were Demo exp. only! Controls are on point, no clunkyness here. Graphics are typical, nothing astounding.Camera angles are very nice. There were really no complaints but there wasnt anything that made me want it right then. I can only see this being a big hit for the hardcore fans. Expand
  5. May 15, 2017
    7
    Not a bad single player story Star Wars game. Could be better, but as a start to a franchise, it certainly isn't terribly offensive.

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    Not a bad single player story Star Wars game. Could be better, but as a start to a franchise, it certainly isn't terribly offensive.

    The Force Unleashed aims to make you feel the real power of The Force, and the gameplay revolves around this. It wants you to feel what a truly powerful Force user can do. You can pick up enemies and toss them around the room, fry multiple enemies at a time with Force lightning, throw things at people, carve up your enemies up close with your lightsaber, Force push them so hard they splatter onto the wall, and going all the way up to lifting up an AT-ST and crushing it; anything goes. As far as Force powers go, this game is the definitive Jedi experience, letting you feel like a powerhouse as you carve through Rebels and Stormtroopers with ease.

    The story revolves around Starkiller, Darth Vader's secret apprentice whom he had taken from his Jedi father as a child. Raised up in the ways of the dark side of the Force, you are sent on a mission to assassinate the few remaining Jedi in hiding in the hopes that one day you will be strong enough to help Vader overthrow the Emperor, because the Sith are nothing if not backstabbing cheaters. The story takes place between Episodes 3 and 4, and the story ties into the 4th episode in a pretty major way. It's non-canonical now, so it doesn't really matter, but I thought it wasn't a terrible way to tie into the main franchise, but at the same time I don't really lament Disney's declaration to make it non-canonical. It's not so integral as to negatively affect any of the films with its absence. The story itself is pretty well presented, and it had a healthy length and ended in a way that satisfied me.

    As said before, the ultimate selling point is to "unleash the Force" on everything and everyone. The powers and skills you can get really do make you feel like the unstoppable powerhouse a Force user of Starkiller's caliber ought to be. This is a man who can tear a Star Destroyer from the sky. It's pretty fun to cut down legions of troopers with a flurry of lightsaber slashes before pushing another squad off a cliff and just walk away like a cool guy. However, the gameplay does suffer quite a bit. Against normal grunts, it's easy enough to tear them apart, but against more advanced enemies, the game will lag behind your inputs. The controls overall are unresponsive and laggy, and you're going to be blaming a lot of deaths on the controls simply not doing what you want them to do. Combat against tougher enemies becomes tedious and slow and clunky. This isn't Devil May Cry levels of hack and slash, that's for sure. Bosses are terribly designed, as well. Every single one of them is programmed to instantly counter any lightsaber strike you try to land on them. NONE of the bosses can be defeated with plain blade on blade combat, except for perhaps the first one. It's so annoying to have a boss immediately counter your saber strike flawlessly every single time you get anywhere close, and the game basically forces you to use your powers to kill everything. Maybe I want to do some stylish blade work, game, why am I being punished for using my only close-range option? Even outside that, the bosses are terribly designed, and a lot of them will stunlock you and throw you all over the place and are just a pain in the ass to fight. The bosses in general are not fun at all to fight, and some special grunts are the same way. With how clunky and unresponsive the controls are, it gets to be a real pain to fight a lot of enemies.

    Overall, I play the game not for its story or anything. I play it sometimes because it's cathartic as hell to cut Stormtroopers into pieces and throw boulders at AT-STs and to throw Jawas up into the stratosphere. Using the Force has never been quite as fun, and if refined with tighter controls and better designed enemies, the game could've been a serious contender in the hack-and-slash genre. It's the first game of the series, so as it is, it's at least a decent start. It's just too bad that its sequel had to drop the ball so hard, spoiler alert.
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  6. May 16, 2012
    5
    The story was great, the interface was very annoying. The character will choose whether or not he actually does what you tell him to. SeveralThe story was great, the interface was very annoying. The character will choose whether or not he actually does what you tell him to. Several glitches are present, I had to quit and restart the level 5 times throughout the game. It is also a very short game. Also, starts off really slow so don't judge it based off the first couple levels. Overall, decent, but annoying with the glitches. Expand
  7. SeanJ.
    Sep 26, 2008
    0
    I was so disappointed in the game I mailed it back to lucasarts. You can check Seansjohnson.com to see the letter.

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