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GF Rating
7.3

11585 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
8

Very Good

Excellent Story from a Galaxy Far, Far Away...

posted by aenderw (GREENSBORO, NC) Sep 15, 2008

Top Reviewer

Member since Jan 2008

86 out of 108 gamers (80%) found this review helpful

First and foremost, let me preface this review by saying that I am one of the biggest Star Wars nerds I know. I was able to pick up some faults with the title, but Lucas knows I probably overlooked some in a moment of sheer nerd ecstasy.

Now that that's out of the way...

The Force Unleashed has been hyped up for a very long time. From the new story that is official canon material, a leveling tree for force abilities, the Havok engine that provides random encounters with enemies, the DMM technology that showcases splintering trees/boxes and what not, to the various lightsaber crystals and costumes, Lucas lives up to what he promised for the most part.

While some might say the levels are a bit bland and straight forward, I found them to be BEAUTIFUL! Raxus Prime, Kashykk, and the Death Star all gave me goose bumps. The interactions in the game really kept me going and excited for more. Rancors, AT-STs, and the slew of rogue Jedi you'll be hunting mix it up enough to make this game truly an experience.

The force abilities are where the game truly shine. If you're a defensive player, you can opt for more health and a larger amount of health orbs from enemies. Conversely, you can pump your force recharge meter and offensive skills. By the end of the game (even as a defensive player), you will be a killing machine.

I don't even know if a hardcore Star Wars fan will even read this, as they've probably bought the game (as I have), but to them this game merits an automatic 10. It is the best bit of material added to the universe in a LONG time. The story really adds a great deal to the period between Episode III and IV. For everyone else, this game is between a 7 or 8, as there really isn't a lot to do once you've beaten the game. Your powers, costumes, and abilities carry over into a new game though, so there is something to do following completion. Oh, there is a black lightsaber by the way...

Hope you enjoy it. May the force be with you!

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

It's what you want it to be

posted by Hansolo (SAINT MATTHEWS, SC) Sep 17, 2008

Member since Feb 2008

38 out of 49 gamers (78%) found this review helpful

First off I wanna let you all know I'm 31 years old and I've played video games since the Atari 2600.I consider myself to be a gaming connoisseur. I've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. Star Wars:The Force Unleashed is undeserving of the average reviews it has received from so-called "Professional Game Reviewers". This game is for the fans, but not in the usual bad way ( Coughs Lost Coughs ). What I mean by that is this title is your best chance to be a bonafide force user.You have to actually use the moves you're given(even the defensive one). It seems they're are alot of players who want the "Easy" ride, and to them I say "Stop being 12".This game is as hardcore as it gets for Star War Fans and gamers. Now with all of that being said I just can't buy into all the gripes people are making about this game. Yes, it has it's hard spots...what game doesn't? My only complaint...the level design leaves a bit to be desired.Other than that this is a full throttle title that will have you using every button and skill that you can conjure. The Storyline is well thought out and will keep you hooked the whole way. You will definitely get into the customization of Vaders apprentice.Everything from leveling your current move set to actually customizing your Lightsaber to your own preference is there. The Soundtrack is spot on. The Graphics are impeccable. The voice acting is something to behold. There are a few spots where you'll think "God of Star Wars", and I loved it especially in the boss fights. In closing I want to say if you're a Star Wars fan, and a gamer you will dig this game. If you can't play .....then don't. The Force is strong in this one.

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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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