I really really wanted to like this game. Unfortunately the overabundance of flaws made playing it just no fun. The game looks amazing and the physics are some of the best I've seen in a console game. The levels however are repetitive, as you tend to visit the all same areas a couple times instead of getting new areas to explore. Force powers are all cool in theory but poorly executed. In order to use the grip your character is unable to move, usually causing you to absorb abundant blaster fire in the process. Targeting is also flawed as the game really tries to lock on to what it thinks you want but has from my experience about a 50/50 success rate which is maddening when trying to do something in the middle of combat. Also, if you are not a fan of "quicktime" events this game isn't for you. Every Boss and sub-boss requires "quicktime" sequences to complete. I personally didn't find this to be an issue but it's not for everyone. Overall, if you are a Star Wars fan it's worth a play through for the story, but seeing as its only about 8 hours it wont keep you entertained for very long regardless of whether you like the game or not.
posted by GamerJohn (SAN ANTONIO, TX) Sep 22, 2008
Member since Jul 2008
I am not a professional game reviewer so I can leave out all the "innovative, artistical and technical and maybe historical" aspect of the game (in other words, all the BS out).
The game is fun. Combat is fast paced and action packed. Story is ok, not the God of War like epicness, but by no mean Ninja Gaiden like "now that we are done with the game, lets put a story". Story gives you a good excuse to go out and dish out the force and lightsaver swings.
There are a couple of flaws that fellow gamers may find to warrant the game a lower score: camera is bad, targeting is equally annoying, and some units are "cheap". In my experience, I got used to the camera/targeting, so as the game progressed, they became a much lesser issue.
Gradual progression of powers/combos through the point system, paired with the simple custom/lightsaver customization which provide a small extra stuff, and interesting enemy units/boss battles kept me entertained throughout the game.
Now I'll admit, I didn't play through the whole game, I played to the fourth level, but I found the game to be very repetitive. When speaking with a friend about the game, he mentioned that most games are like that (kind of true), but the story keeps you into it.
The best way to describe Force Unleashed is that if you are a Star Wars mark, to give it a shot because you'll love it. If you love beat 'em up games, but aren't a huge Star Wars fan (like myself), then maybe rent it. To me, most beat 'em ups are the best when they are co-op, and with this being a single player game, you can give it a shot if you are looking for something fast and easy.