Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008)

Video Game  -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  16 September 2008 (USA)
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Darth Vader's secret apprentice, codenamed Starkiller, is trained in the Dark Side to defeat the enemies of the Empire, but must find his own path when his master betrays him.

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This entry in the Star Wars saga casts players as Darth Vader's "Secret Apprentice", unveiling 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 will assist the iconic villain in his quest to rid the universe of Jedi - and face decisions that could change the course of their destiny. As its name implies, The Force Unleashed completely re-imagines the scope and scale of the Force by taking full advantage of newly developed technologies only possible on next-gen consoles that will be seen and experienced for the first time anywhere in videogaming. Written by lucasarts

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The lead actors: Sam Witwer, Adrienne Wilkinson, Cully Fredricksen and Nathalie Cox not only voiced their characters, but their acting performances were captured in a variety of ways including on film, in photographs and with the latest, most advanced motion capture technology. See more »

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Darth Vader: Your fate is now our own. Sever all ties with the past. Let no one know that you still serve me. Now go and remember, the Dark Side is always with you.
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A nice cinematic game that bridges the gap between the two trilogies
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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed was probably the most hyped Star Wars video game beside the MMORPG, The Old Republic. Hailed as the breakthrough in lighstaber gaming for the current generation of consoles, expectations were understandably high. The game was delayed numerous times and eventually arrived in 2008 to fairly positive but overall disappointing reviews. Whilst this game could've been more epic in terms of gameplay, for what we got, this is a solid game with a great cinematic story, terrific animation and at times frustrating but fun gameplay. The story of Darth Vader's secret apprentice and the birth of the Rebel Alliance is worthwhile if you're a huge Star Wars fan.

A year after the events in Revenge of the Sith, Darth Vader leads the Imperial fleet to the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk to find and kill a rogue Jedi named Kento Marek. Vader succeeds in his task but also discovers Kento's infant son, Galen, who is evidently strong in the Force. Vader kills a battalion of stormtroopers when they threaten to exterminate the boy and he secretly takes him under his wing. Almost twenty years later, Galen has become Vader's obedient servant and is nearly a fully trained Sith apprentice. Galen, codenamed Starkiller, is sent out by his master to locate and assassinate the last of the Jedi who survived Order 66 assisted by his training droid, PROXY, who despite his benevolence to his master, is programmed to kill Galen as a long- time goal, and Juno Eclipse, the new pilot of Galen's vessel the Rogue Shadow. Because his identity can compromise Vader to the Emperor, Galen is ordered to kill any Imperials on sight that he comes into contact with. His first mission is to kill the Jedi General Rahm Kota, then the senile outcast Jedi Kazdan Paratus, and former Jedi Council member Shaak Ti. When the Emperor discovers Galen's existence, Vader is forced to betray and kill his apprentice in front of his master. However, he rebuilds and resurrects him later on for a new task; to form a rebellion to distract the Emperor whilst he and Vader make a move to strike at him and take control of the Empire.

The Force Unleashed is the first Star Wars game since Bounty Hunter in 2002 that allows you to play as the villains instead of the heroes in an original story in the Star Wars universe (TIE Fighter from 1994 was the first to do this). Similar to those games, the player characters are more anti-heroes than villains. They can be cold and brutal but also have some humanity to them and are identifiable enough to get players into the story. The story is not too innovative but follows a unique structure and does what it needs to do; bridge the gap between Episodes III and IV. The game's story is structured to show this. With the first half of the game, Starkiller is being sent out to kill the last of the Jedi, wiping out the last pockets of Order 66 stragglers. In the second half, the story focuses on him forming a rebellion to face the Empire, effectively forming the premise of A New Hope. To anyone who wants to discover how everything in the original trilogy came to be, look no further than this game. There is also a light side and a dark side ending which both offer neat endings. Anyone familiar with the movies however, should know which is the canonical outing.

The lightsaber mechanics are relatively impressive along with the use of Force powers though it fails to be as innovative as say Jedi Outcast or even Knights of the Old Republic in terms of Jedi combat. There are still some pretty sweet abilities to put to good use including the never before seen Force Repulse power. The levels are well designed with many locales from the films being placed as levels; Kashyyyk, Felucia (which briefly appeared in Episode III), Bespin and the incomplete Death Star. Two EU planets Raxus Prime and Nar Shaddaa also make prominent appearances. It can be fun spinning enemies around with the Force and sticking them with a lightsaber but some enemies (especially the purge troopers) are painfully frustrating. Some of the boss battles can be a challenge and some are fairly simple.

The Wii version of this game adds in more levels that don't add much to the story but are otherwise cool levels; such as Starkiller's trials in the ruined Jedi Temple on Coruscant, Starkiller's meeting with General Kota is instead on Nar Shaddaa rather than on Bespin, and rescuing Senator Garm Bel Iblis from a mercenary group on Cloud City. I have an Xbox 360 and a Wii so I have the advantage of playing both versions. The Ultimate Sith Edition is more of a recommendation as it adds in three additional levels; one loosely taken from the Wii version adds in a Jedi Temple level; two others are 'what if' excursions that allow players to play Starkiller as a full Sith Lord in Vader's place as he hunts down Ben Kenobi and Luke Skywalker on Tatooine and Hoth respectively.

The Force Unleashed can be seen as a love it or hate it game judging by the lukewarm reviews it has received. But overall, it is worth the time of any Star Wars fan. It's impressive story and fun gameplay are worth the notice of any gamer immersed in the Star Wars universe. Too bad LucasArts decided to ruin it with the massively disappointing Force Unleashed II.


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