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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Witwer ... Darth Vader's Secret Apprentice / Emperor Palpatine
Nathalie Cox ... Juno Eclipse
Cully Fredricksen ... General Kota
David W. Collins ... Proxy (voice)
Matt Sloan Matt Sloan ... Darth Vader (voice)
Adrienne Wilkinson ... Maris Brood
Jimmy Smits ... Bail Organa (voice)
Susan Eisenberg ... Shaak Ti (voice)
Catherine Taber ... Princess Leia (voice)
Tom Kane ... Captain Sturn / Kento Marek / Lobot / Imperial Officer (voice)
Larry Drake ... Kazdan Paratus (voice)
Billy Brown ... Chopaa (voice)
Grey Griffin ... Asaji Ventress / Civilian Female (voice) (as Grey DeLisle)
Kristoffer Tabori ... Darth Desolous / Garm Bel Iblis / Kleef (voice)
Kari Wahlgren ... Darth Phobos / Twilek Fodder / Aayla Secura (voice)
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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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English

Release Date:

16 September 2008 (USA) See more »

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San Francisco, California, USA

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Faraway, so close
29 January 2009 | by rudimir-bombardinovicSee all my reviews

Oh, and what kind of game it could have been. And many things they got really good, even dare to say excellent. Story is great (with influence and approval by George Lucas himself), fitting saga very good, voice acting is excellent and animations well synchronized with story, sound and music almost at the film quality.

Did they got the feeling of being a Jedi right? Yes, to the certain point. It's cool using light-saber, force (abilities develop by collecting points and experiences in battles) and especially light-saber fight with other Jedi.

Unfortunately, there are two big flaws: camera and character controls and in this types of game they are crucial for comfortable game-play.

Camera sometimes gets weird and makes you feel confused, which doesn't go too well with dozen of enemies in screen. E.g. you're fighting boss and have to avoid certain object while running. Camera focuses on boss so you don't see objects which you need to avoid. It's little frustration that you'll notice.

Controls are also not good and precise, especially force power that you use to move objects or enemies. You can see that game developers invested great amount of time in it, but unfortunately it just doesn't work so well. Just imagine, you're fighting enemy and trying to throw object on him, but it grabs other object or doesn't grab anything. It looks cool but with time you'll find it more practical to use light-saber and other force abilities and this leaves one segment of the game unused.

How do camera and control flaws influence game-play directly? Remember those epic x300 combos in God Of War when you exactly knew were you blew it? Well, in Force Unleashed it's not only you but certain amount of luck regarding on controls and camera.

However, those problems are not huge obstacle to beat the game so you won't have big problems with that, especially if you're Star Wars fan and story holds you even tighter to the game. However, although I like Star Wars I didn't have enough enthusiasm to beat it second time.

When I look at the game I have feeling it should have been developed a bit longer to correct those flaws that make so much difference in this genre. It's shame because we could have had the best Star Wars game since The Knights of The Old Republic.

Considering game flaws I'd recommend it to Star Wars fan. Others - try it before you buy it and if you like this genre and have PS2 I'd rather recommend God of War instead, it beats Force Unleashed in every segment (if you still didn't play it, of course).

Oh, and what kind of game it could have been.


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