STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED REVIEW
Alright, I am on the record with loving the demo for this game(found my blog linked and mentioned on a few different websites). Do I still think this is the best thing Star Wars? Well in a quick word: no, but it does have it’s strong points. Before I get into the bad parts, I have to go into the good. The story for this game is very good, it fits very well into the space between Clone Wars and Episode 4. The story does a interesting job of making the rebellion a idea of the emperor that takes a life of it’s own,which is kinda mind blowing. This revelation adds a very awesome chunk to the Star Wars mythos. I liked the idea of being this apperentice, but I really wish you could have created your own apperentice character(Like the utterly epic KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC franchise). Just that little bit of customization would have made the game easier to dive into and feel invested in the story. Now to the bad…This game has been in development for a long time, it’s widely known (in gaming circles) as the most expensive game to date. With that I would have expected less bugs and glitches. I also have to say that the force powers were fun but couple that with a infuriating lack of a real targetting system for said powers and there’s a lot of tossed controllers in your future.
The game looks like it’s expensive but the level design is basic and generic. It was bad enough to have to go through these long boring levels once, but in true “we don’t feel like expanding this anymore” fashion…you have to go back to these levels and be tortured again. I don’t know if anybody else feels this way, but in all the movies and a light saber has been shown to be able to cut through metal(in the game as well) but you have to slice a storm trooper four times to kill him? What? Why can’t a Star Wars game to just go with the established idea of the light saber? Speaking of that I loved the powers but with all the enemies the game play boils down to you getting shot by a ton of annoying characters and with your health bar low you run around and try and kill stragglers to gain more health…that’s very annoying. The Jedi battles are pretty much a fight against a enemy with a larger health bar that get away with using certain force powers on you that your inexplicably unable to do to them.
The game’s story is really good, but I just wish I didn’t have to play through the levels to get the full story. So if you find yourself on Felucia fighting a ton of annoyning blue jedi powered things, put down the controller and pick up the novel or the graphic novel…it’s more fun and you don’t have to deal with the annoyning parts of this game.
PROS:THE CUT SCENES AND STORY ARE REALLY GOOD.
CONS: OVERALL GAME PLAY PROBLEMS AND GLITCHES MAKE THE GAME ANNOYING TO PLAY