LucasArts has always had the tendency to release games with the Jedi-swinging, blade thrusting label in a dark light. Boundlessly, players have been left desultory in showing any sort of concern to the general Star Wars direction in terms of video games. Countless accessories, a ton of spin-off, and many mediocre games after, LucasArts finally manages to make Star Wars: The Force Unleashed a game that doesn’t come up half awry. Any comic-con freak with a lightsaber under his belt will find consolation here, minus the slow slices of saber-burn trailing from the repetitive hack and slash combined with half witted mo-cap acting in a story presented so completely.
The prim compass of this latest Jedi action thriller comes to set between the stories of Episode III and IV, presenting something most people of the series always wanted to see. The sad part really comes from the fact that the story was based on something that wasn’t deemed important enough for the big screen. While the precept of having an original storyline come into a game from such a big name as Star Wars: The Force Unleashed itself, it lends itself to an inherent plague of automatically being downhearted. Coming through the fax machine, George Lucas sends his notes along for the writing team anxiously awaiting certain corrections from their own storyline. As anyone plays through Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, it’s ostensibly uneven to some extent. One minute the apprentice is stabbing Wookies, the next minute he’s crying with emotion. It’s just an example, but imagine a dozen of odd perforations across the board. While we applaud the effort, a more approachable storyline from some, even one person from the actual writing team from the films or countless of other decent novels would have made for a more interesting game.
The mechanics for the actual game itself are difficult at times. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed puts focus of bringing out the force to the maximum in players hands. You can pick up enemies, hurl them, and do whatever you can to them midair. The issue really turns into selective process. Your force powers only apply to certain things across the map and even though you can lift certain ships, you can’t lift an ARC-170. Something that would actually take some effort from the force and unleash it. We definitely need to say this: what the heck?
One great thing anyone can admire about Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is just the sheer amount of technology within the game. Built upon two proprietary engines, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed takes Digital Molecular Matter and Euphoria into the realm of believable. While some of the assets aren’t as impressive when compared to the rest of the game, seeing rebel soldiers cling for their lives is just hilarious. This system isn’t perfect though. DMM is right on the spot, but Euphoria takes a hit. After enemies die and if they’re still held by the force in mid-air, all you ever see is them struggling. Once put down, their body is lifeless. Doesn’t make much sense that someone with a lightsaber just plunged fully into his heart would survive the outcome. Aside from this, the morbidness of the reality makes itself something worth seeing and paying money for up front. It just doesn’t get old.
Lame brains and mediocre manifestation aside, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is an essential component to any Star Wars fans game database. We’re at least glad this isn’t another game in a series of long games LucasArts excreted in the past. We were all tired of squad commandeering in Squad Commando’s, we were sick of the foolish games that made us play machines in a huge war, with Jedi’s as a “weapon” choice. We were dead tired of the old single player and glitched online play that Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy offered, at least having something to actually do with the main action in Star Wars. Now we arrive at Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and at least we’re not left totally disappointed. Runner up to many of our “Best of E3 Awards” WhatIfGaming Prizes, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is something fresh, and new enough to be considered worth buying and playing for long hours at a time. A Star Wars game that actually makes use of something so long forgotten by LucasArts: the Jedi experience.