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GF Rating
7.3

11604 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
8

Very Good

Short, flawed, but fun

posted by opantfan (BUFFALO, NY) Sep 22, 2008

Member since Sep 2008

10 out of 13 gamers (77%) found this review helpful

I finished the game first time around in 7 hours and that was with spending too much time taking down a star destroyer.

The game is fun, the story is really good and the game play ranges from very good to fair.

Game play: The biggest part of the game is just plain fun, the controls can be a bit overwhelming as there are so many combos that can be used. Moving around and basic combat is easy to get the hang of and it is what you will do the most. Where the FAIR rating comes from are the kill moves, they just reminded me of Space Ace; hit the right button at the right time and you get the results you want. Also, the Star Destroyer scene really bothered me; only after I ignored the on screen prompts and did it my why did I bring it down.

Fighting Bosses was the best part of the game as was making my way through the Death Star. I found the AI of the enemy units to be better than expected; some charged and some hid or ran away.

Graphics: Top Notch visually, I did get slow down twice in the game which I never experienced before. Animations were smooth and cut scenes were great. I got lost in the graphics more than once, especially fighting a boss; I missed screen prompts more than once just by taking in the visuals of what was going on.

Sound: It is a Star Wars game, great music and effects.

Upgrades: I do like earning points and then having to spend them on skills to advance in the way of the Force. There appears to be no way to max out on everything, so choose wisely.

Replay: Low, unless you want to find everything you missed or go for a hard level.

Issues: My PS3 locked up once with the final boss, this and the couple of slow downs might raise the need for a patch; as would the prompts during the star destroyer scene not being correct.

Final thoughts: The game is fun and proudly displayed with my Star Wars collection. It does not live up to the hype, but it does come very close. I am glad I bought it, but if your not a Star War fan, rent it.

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GF Rating
7

Good

Fascinating Story/Graphics Disappointing Controls

posted by airwalkrr (SAN ANTONIO, TX) Feb 2, 2009

Member since Mar 2008

9 out of 13 gamers (69%) found this review helpful

This title promised a lot and delivered a lot but unfortunately fell short of its name. Now I hate to sound mean and unfair to a Star Wars title so let me first explain, as I always do, what the developers did right.

To begin with the animation is nothing short of spectacular. It is bar-none the best Star Wars animation we have ever seen on either PC or console. Facial expressions were realistic and full of emotion. Movement was fluid. Detail was incredible. Physics were quite realistic.

Second, the voice-acting was phenomenal. This is not something I would have expected from a Star Wars title. The only character I felt was a little overplayed was the Emperor (and he's always a little overplayed I suppose). And amazingly as this sounds, I feel the story helps redeem Parts I through III. At the very least it provides a very satisfying and intriguing way to integrate the plots of the two trilogies.

Now to the bad stuff. There were two things that really made this game utterly annoying to play at times. The first was the camera, which was sticky, floppy, and very hard to follow. I spent way too much time putting my camera back into a position where I could actually see my opponents rather than inside a wall.

The second problem was the virtually non-existent targeting system. Note to developers: just because your primary weapon is a melee weapon does not mean your game does not need a good targeting system. This goes hand-in-hand with the camera. I have a feeling if they had just fixed this, few people would have noticed the bad camera.

This game had great potential, but it was just so frustrating for a number of reasons that it didn't need to be, That's why I'm not giving it as high a score as it could have received. It's still a fun title if you have already played most of the good stuff out there though. It's a must if you are a Star Wars fan and want to know what happened between episodes III and IV.

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GF Rating
5

Fair

Force Unleashed. Good or Bad?!

posted by thisNOOB (CARROLLTON, TX) Dec 21, 2008

Member since Aug 2007

8 out of 12 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

This game starts out beautifully. Solid graphics, fluid mechanics, and a steady frame rate. It goes far beyond the average hack-n-slash and delivers top notch playability, for about an hour.
The same old animations get old, the sounds never really change, and there are several level glitches that ruined the whole experience for me.
Give it a try, but don't buy it until you try it.

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