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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    80
    While the story and settings are the same as on the PS3, the levels and the way the apprentice develops are completely different. [Oct 2008, p.76]
  2. 80
    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is an incredibly original and rich experience, and may be the best handheld Star Wars game to date!
  3. 75
    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. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed gives us the opportunity to go over to the dark side in order to enjoy addictive, durable and fun gameplay. It's also a bit monotonous, but nothing out of the ordinary problems of a game which has a very decent PSP version.
  5. 70
    Force Unleashed may not be the mind-blowingly awesome "Star Wars" game that it was hyped to be, but thanks to some cool play mechanics, a great story, and a couple fun extras, it's still a fun (if flawed) ride.
  6. The wonky camera gets in the way, but extra modes make this a Force-powered adventure worth taking.
  7. 42
    Instead of providing a streamlined alternative to the more ambitious console iterations, the PSP version of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is an abridged disappointment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. m.trizzletrizzle
    Oct 8, 2008
    10
    Sweet, sweet story, great action and versatile moves and hell yeah, it actually feels like god of war in starwars land!!!!! I give it a 10 mates!
  2. Jan 13, 2012
    10
    This has got to be the funnest Playstation Portable Star Wars game I have played So far,Great storyline,captivating graphics and overall hotThis has got to be the funnest Playstation Portable Star Wars game I have played So far,Great storyline,captivating graphics and overall hot game.

    Gamers: ignore any rating below 80%!
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  3. JohnnyY
    Oct 26, 2008
    9
    SO MUCH CONTENT! awesome bonus content that's not on the 360 or ps3 version! historic missions, force duels, order 66 missions. This SO MUCH CONTENT! awesome bonus content that's not on the 360 or ps3 version! historic missions, force duels, order 66 missions. This game is awesome. Set backs: bad video graphics, and freezes temporarily while loading data. Other than that this game is amazing. Great in game graphics. Expand
  4. AV-
    Apr 28, 2022
    9
    really loved this game, truly iconic for me. had it on the PSP, probably would be better on console or pc
  5. TERAS
    Sep 21, 2008
    8
    PSP owners, ignore any review that gives this game less than a 70. This is one of the most entertaining PSP games I've played. Yes, it PSP owners, ignore any review that gives this game less than a 70. This is one of the most entertaining PSP games I've played. Yes, it is flawed (the camera is bad but manageable, the targeting system should be more robust but it does do the job) and somewhat buggy (there are glitches in the menu, a few in-game loading screens here and there) but with a bit of patience you can have a lot of fun. This game is bashed way more than it should. The action is amazing (more than GOW), the graphics do the job, the sound and the story are great. There are so many moves in the game that you'll want to replay it just to use them all. Highly recommended to SW fans. Expand
  6. Oct 16, 2010
    8
    This game is just a good psp buy its not anything special youll enjoy playing it and will especially love BASHING around CLONE TROOPERS, oooThis game is just a good psp buy its not anything special youll enjoy playing it and will especially love BASHING around CLONE TROOPERS, ooo who amd I kidding this game rocks. It will apeal to long time star wars fans and newcomers alike. THe story line is fairly simple. Your the son of a average jedi that darht Vader just killed sad right so darth vader takes you in as an secret apprentice and its your job to kill jedi. But along the way you fall in love with your pilot. you grow a stronger hate for the empire when Darth Vader kills you in a way and brings you back to life he also interragates your pilot so you go around and go along with darth vaders plan of overthrowing the empire this sparks a litlle trouble betwenn you and your pilot and ill leave the rest for you to figure it out the rest. This game does NOT have multypaler Expand
  7. Dec 23, 2020
    0
    i love this port of the game the way it plays on PSP is great and and it didn't feel stale it seemed like it was designed for the PSP wouldi love this port of the game the way it plays on PSP is great and and it didn't feel stale it seemed like it was designed for the PSP would recommend 100% Expand

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