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  • When I first played The Force Unleashed I was ready to experience one of the best Star Wars games of all time
  • If you replay levels to gain experience for your character you’ll have to see the cut scenes again
  • If the game were longer then that wouldn't be a problem, but The Force Unleashed is not a long game
  • It really helps out a lot that the stages in the game are as boring an episode of Saturday Night Live


    • by Sami Oughanem

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      When I first played The Force Unleashed I was ready to experience one of the best Star Wars games of all time. I am a huge fan of the LEGO Star Wars games so this game had to impress me a lot. It turns out I was let down by the start of the game. Instead of getting excited playing as Darth Vader I was wishing this part of the game was done. How could this happen?

      Let’s put the breaks on full force for a minute. The Force Unleashed does have one good thing and it is the story. Without ruining anything in the story (it is a key point to the game) I will give you the basic tidbits. You control Darth Vader’s Apprentice and your goal is to rid the Universe of all Jedi. Simple, right? Wrong. The Force Unleashed has as many twists and turns as any good Star Wars movie. Not only that the voice acting cast does a phenomenal job as creating a game that feels like a movie, which is something all games stride for now-a-days.

      Now let’s get back to the gameplay. I could not get over


      the targeting system in this game. You are fighting with the game during key points to try and achieve a victory. Trying to defeat some of the games bosses can be a real chore when the targeting system is being as anal as a baby trying to eat a t-bone steak. One of the games later boss battles will have you in rage mode. It is nearly impossible to go through this game and not get frustrated with the targeting system!

      During the games four to five hour length you will come across some of the Star Wars Universes best locations. Everyone should be glad to know that the graphics in the game are fantastic, some of the best I have seen in any Star Wars games. Enjoy everything as you play it though, there is no reason to go back and replay this game. Once those few hours are done you can either collect a few more achievements or go back and beat it on a higher difficulty. Even as a higher difficulty the game still takes no time to beat. All those modern third person games that take eight to ten hours to beat look a lot better when The Force Unleashed is done.

      A lot of the little things in this game pissed me off. If you replay levels to gain experience for your character you’ll have to see the cut scenes again. True you can skip them after awhile, but about the time the game lets you skip them it seems like the damn video is over. I never wanted to not level up in a game so much before. The Force Unleashed developers must have known the story was the best part so they constantly remind gamers of this.

      If you can tolerate all the cut scenes then you can build up one powerful character. The Apprentice comes packaged with so many skills. It is up to you, if you choose, to max out those stats. Most of the skills you learn seem to do nothing at first; towards the end (when maxed out) they will become powerful. This goes for the same for everything else in the game, at first it stinks and then later one it’s good. Good replay value mechanics or poor programming?

      You get to learn a good amount of force ...


      • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for Xbox 360
      abilities. All of these attacks seem real cool at first, but the longer you play the game you’ll be using your lightsaber more than anything. The lighting is a great way to get the first strike, but the force grip looses its touch after an hour. If the game were longer then that wouldn’t be a problem, but The Force Unleashed is not a long game.

      The button sequences in this game occur during boss battles and a few normal enemies. If you mess up during those few normal enemies that make you use these sequences then you have to knock them out again and try again. The bosses on the other hand will have you start all over. What makes this annoying is the fact that the game gives you no time to figure out which button to hit. You almost have to fail to see which button is going to be next. During those rare occasions where you seem to get more than a second it won’t matter too much because the next button will come up right away, faster than a speeding bullet.

      To expand on the enemy aspect of this game

      it seems like all of them get the best of you during those tough situations. Stormtroopers will always hit you with their weapon and the flying characters will be able to fly away even before you can attack them. Trying to battle with the camera to be able to kill one simple enemy is a real chore. This happens way too often in the game.

      Other than the mindless battles in the game The Force Unleashed throws some puzzles at you. None of these puzzles will cause you looking for a hint guide or your computer. It is all trial and error. If you screw up the first time then you will be able to guess what to do the next time. It really helps out a lot that the stages in the game are as boring an episode of Saturday Night Live.

      There is no online play nor is there any way to play with a friend. This is strictly a solo game. So you either better play this with nobody around or give your friends something else to do, but then again you might be able to beat this game during a long night with your friends.




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