With many fans - like me – still in a state of complete shock regarding the horribly cheesy, shallow, pretentious, boring, computer game looking, and all round disgraceful second Star Wars film trilogy, thank God for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. It’s a game which probably has more depth than all of those dire prequels combined, and allows the franchise to claw back some much needed credibility.
However, The Force Unleashed is also a very decent action game regardless of its Star Wars roots, meaning that the game caters for those with only a mild, lukewarm enthusiasm towards the films. Currently the game is going for £12.95 on Zavvi which gives you a massive saving of £4 compared with the next best price.
The Force Unleashed takes place after Episode 3 – you know, the one where Darth Vader screams ‘Nooooooo!’ and the prequels hit a new all time low – and the beginning of Episode 4: A New Hope. It follows the exploits of an up and coming Sith Lord named Galen Marek, Darth Vader's ‘secret apprentice’, who, in shameful collusion with the dark lord, sets out to mop up the last remnants of the Jedi order.
The Force Unleashed has everything you would expect from a Star Wars game: tons of sabre battles, force powers and the need to make decisions which will directly affect the storyline. However The Force Unleashed allows players to not only upgrade their force powers such as push, grip, lightening etc but also combine them into devastating combos. This makes very some very satisfying and good looking gameplay.
However, the game is unfortunatly let down by a few technical issues. It can be quite buggy, it is difficult to lock onto things during battles which can be very frustrating and the camera angles often obscure and confuse the action. It is a good title all round, but overall, like Ewan Mcgregor's performance as Obi- Wan, it can't quite be described as great.