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Well, I'm not a huge game player (in either sense of the word) but I like a quick bash about, and my new wii has been rather sadly underused since I bought it (I still find myself sneakily reconnecting my Xbox classic, because, well, I like shooting and blowing stuff up - not so many games on the old wii that have that, although maybe I'm loooking in the wrong place).
I jumped at this game because I do enjoy the Star Wars franchise (although it contains, frankly, a lot of rubbish stuff) and I really like games where I can pretend to have psychic powers.
This one starts quite well, although it feels a bit weird playing old Darth. The graphics are nothing to write home about, as other reviewers have noted, and I got a bit lost among similar-looking corridors (why are there always so many corridors in Star Wars games?)
I've got to say, this game gets really old, really quickly - the music begins to grate, the corridors get tedious, the change of point of view (Starkiller is a rather campy character, I thought) doesn't add anything to the gameplay, the level bosses do the same old moves, the cutscenes are a bit blocky and boring. In short, the game just goes through the motions.
If it wasn't a wii game, I'd give it one star, but - the wii interface turns the humdrum into the really fun, and if you really get into it, it provides quite a good workout, so I think I'll persevere with it, if only to work up a sweat in the morning and maybe shed a few pounds.
OK, I want to get one thing out of the way. If you own a PS3 or an Xbox 360 as well as a wii, get it for the HD console. Why? I'll tell you.
The Force Unleashed suffers for the wii, mainly due to the fact it just looks a whole lot worse than its HD competition. If you play the PS3 or 360 version you're not going to want to touch the wii version. Now I know what you're thinking; surely the wii version will be good 'cos its got motion control. I've always wanted to swing a lightsaber around in a video game! Trust me, if you've heard the term 'waggle' before you'll know why I hate the controls. They're not terrible and the lightsaber controls are better than Zelda: Twilight Princess' sword control but I still would rather press a button than waggle a controller.
Anyway, Force Unleashed takes place between episodes 3 and 4 and revolves around the story of Darth Vader's secret apprentice. You're tasked with destroying surviving Jedi for the first part of the game and the second part, well, I won't ruin it for you. It has been said that the story of this game is better than the Star Wars prequels and it shows. The story is the best part of the game, despite the whole new array of unfamiliar characters.
The gameplay is average, put bluntly. As you waggle the wiimote to swing your saber you can push forward the nunchuck to force push and..... in terms of motion control that's it. You press c to strike lightining, press another button to jump and hold down Z to grab objects. There is some motion control in terms of throwing objects but because you're always under fire, you won't be using this aspect often. The gameplay is fun, for about an hour. In fact I got bored with it by the 2nd level.
Another gripe with the game is how it always sends you back to the same locales you've visited. You visit Coruscant 3 times and its always at the Jedi temple.
Also, when you complete the game, you can't play any particular level again, you have to start all over again.
AND, you unlock codes which can't be deactivated once turned on, that was incredibly lame.
So is it worth buying? No. Is it worth renting? Yes. Star Wars enthusiasts will get a kick out of the story and the controls may appeal to some. Despite this, the game is much better for the PS3 and 360. The graphics just look so dated compare to those versions. The wait goes on for a decent Star Wars experience for the Wii.
With Star Wars, The Force Unleashed finally released on to the Nintendo Wii system is sends fans it a dream world of excitement. The manufactures of the Nintendo Wii system must of looked at this game and said its built for the system with its lightsaber style it show will bring star wars fans into delightment.
The game is based between episode III and episode IV, which tells the tale of Darth Vader's secret apprentice. The secret apprentice is a young child who he finds on the planet Kashykk and trains him to become a dark jedi to help him kill the remaining jedis that are scattered throughout the galaxy, while Darth Vader plan to take the emperor place you have to succeed in helping him do that.
While wach level involves your character battling though a number of different enemies including storm troopers, beasts and droids, it certain does keep gamers interested while having huge amounts of fun. In any game that has the same game play they always is a boss to conquer and its the same with this game, instead of the boss being a huge over grown monster it's a jedi knight or sith lord which I found a great feature as I'm a huge fan of star wars and seeing all the characters in the game really makes you love game and watch the series of Star Wars again.
The controls are simple to use for any age of the family with the remote being responsible for all your lightsaber fighting and the nunchuck provides your movement around the game. Great feature as I'm not one of the gamers who like so many buttons to do so many different things.
The game certainly shows the customers that it can take more than one hour to complete as hidden extras are cemented in the game from different lightsaber colours, other characters to unlock and cool costumes designs. Which is another great add on as I've found a few games on the Nintendo Wii that don't have much game play and find gamers just spending an hour on it after the story line has been completed.
With the sounds that you hear from the Wii remote it really is one of the best sound features on the Nintendo Wii console, some other games also have this feature and to me I really think it does up the customer sales on the game. I just wish every game on the Wii had this function. As the graphics go I was very impressed with the enhance graphics it really does help the game, thumbs up.
In most games similar to Star Wars the Force Unleashed the negative approach towards it, is the way the camera movement works and it's the same with this game in my opinion it reacts to your character movement to quickly and really does frustrated gamers I like.
when star wars first came out there was a roar of excitment, and still is to this present day.
the producers of this game must have thought of this game and only dreamed for it to be this good, well there dream came through, and its even better than i expected. the only reason i got this game was because i have got nearly all the games there are for wii, but i am so glad i played it, from the moment i started to the moment i finished it i was hooked, from realistic lightsabre sounds and movments, to the force, its a brilliantly divised game, and a must have for anyone who like magic, powerfull forces or the other side to the dark side and how the rebellion started. if i was you i would have already ordered it, there are different costumes and light sabre acessories to collect and also different powers to get and upgrade untill you are the master of everything
You're cast as Galen Marek, aka Starkiller, Darth Vader's secret apprentice. The Clone Wars have ended, and as Starkiller, Vader orders you to hunt and destroy the last of the remaining Jedi. The story is brief (expect to finish the campaign in less than six hours), but it contains multiple twists, features some friendly and not-so-friendly faces, and is both explosive and remarkably intimate. You'll interact with Vader, of course, but Starkiller spends most of his time with an android called PROXY and his female pilot, Juno Eclipse. Sharing the details of the trio's adventures would spoil too much, so suffice it to say, you'll grow remarkably fond of Starkiller and his companions, and their moral conflicts carry a lot of weight.
Unfortunately, the game's limited visual capabilities soften the story's dramatic impact more than you might like. The cutscenes are undercut by stiff animations and abrupt, jarring transitions in and out of gameplay, as well as some odd-looking character models and occasional glitches, such as blinking geometry. Audio also takes a hit, which is odd, considering that much of the voice-over work is lifted directly from the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version of the game. Poor compression is the culprit here, and it makes the dialogue sound as if you're listening to it on an old phonograph rather than a machine as capable as the Wii.
Not that Force Unleashed always looks bad, though it does often come across as awkward and unfinished. Larger environments suffer most, as exemplified by the sight of a distant AT-AT that seems to lumber across a great void of nothingness. In Force Unleashed's more moderately sized environments, the visuals coalesce far better. Some environments are fairly detailed, and the saber action and powerful-looking force abilities produce flurries of particles and other special effects with nary a hint of slowdown. For those keeping score, the Wii version looks essentially identical to the PlayStation 2 version, so it doesn't appear to take advantage of the newer console's capabilities. John Williams' music (and some original tracks) and the familiar swooshes of sabers sound good, just as you'd expect, and only occasionally suffer from the poor compression to which the voice-over was subjected
Being a bit of a Star Wars fan I was really looking forward to playing force unleahed - after all what could be better than using the wiimote a light saber ?
When I actually played the game for the first time it wa indeed a great feeling (although exact movements aren't mapped) and the ability to move objects using the 'force' is also gret fun, overall the controls are great fun and are the key selling point of this game.
But, this game quickly became very repitive and although the levels do all look quite different the gameplay does not change at all, it just very samey and I quickly got bored of it.
In terms of graphics, they are very PS2 like and don't exactly show the wii off, the sound is as good as might expect for Star Wars, being strong orchestral scores.
Overall, fun at first, but you will become very bored of very quickly, personally I would just rent rather than buy.
You won't be disappointed by this fighting experience, especially if you are a fan. You can really feel the power of the Force in this game, after a short but quite steep learning curve that invites you to master a large array of force powers.
You know after watching a Star Wars film - an original - and you long to get up and wield some sabers? (in a refined and casual manner of course)......well, finally a star wars game where you can.
You will unlock plenty of favorite characters to duel against your friends, (although only versus friends not against the computer).
The level design is satisfying in single player, as long as you stick directly to the onscreen signs at the crucial moments. Strategy is not a huge factor in journeying through the levels.
The story is edgy and dark, and the cutscenes reinforce the story at appropriate moments in an effective - not obtrusive - way. You can also cut the cutscenes, thankfully.
So.....This is a great start, and hopefully this game will only be improved upon in the future. It grows in depth as you proceed, as you become more and more acquainted with the Force and numerous saber techniques (more than i realised). Yes, the light saber rendering is good for WII control. There is an extension you can get for your remote but I've not tried it.
I recommend persisting with mastering all techniques and powers in order to get the most from this exhilarating and dark celebration of the Jedi!!
Truly, the force will be with you.....if only one could use them on busy city streets.
Performing exciting combinations such as have been seen in the movies (chiefly by the Emperor in episode 3 on a certain Mace Windu) will leave you tired !
First of all I'm not a big video-game person. I've had various consoles in the past but other people seem to be a lot more into them than I've been. So I don't know too much about consoles and stuff but I do know I liked this game a lot. Currently I only have a Wii and I hardly ever play it but being a bit of a Star Wars fan I thought the idea of swinging your Wii remote about like a light sabre and throwing people about with the force was too good to resist.
The Game Story
When this film starts off if you're a Star Wars fan it's sheer bliss. At first you get the usual crawl of text summing up what's going on in the galaxy. You then step off a ship as Darth Vader. Your imperial troops are having problems. "Leave to me" says Vader as he's about to embark on some ass-kicking. The best way to enjoy this mission is to just walk very slowly around as if nothing is really bothering you and casually slice and knock the wookies about. Being the first level it doubles up as a tutorial of sorts and you're constantly getting messages on your screen of how to execute certain force tricks. Eventually you come upon a rogue Jedi and after duelling him you kill him and steal his infant son. Then the story starts proper a few years later on. The boy has grown up and Vader has taken him on as a secret apprentice and sends him on various missions to hunt out and kill different rebel Jedis and their armies and to on other missions to undermine the Emperor's control of the Empire so that Vader can rule with you at his side. This story starts to twist and turn and I don't want to give anything away as I thought it was absolutely fantastic and it's not really until the end that true intentions are revealed. The game's story is set in the years between the 3rd and 4th films and is intended to bring the two trilogies together and George Lucas had a hand in the story. If I wasn't so terrified that they'd make a mess of it and get Hayden Christensen in again along with Natalie Portman blathering on and on I'd say I think this could make a good film to some extent but it's just not worth the risk.
If you're a Star Wars fan you'll love it. No Hayden Christensen, no stupid Gungans or Ewoks. Just all the stuff you love. You come upon many various Jedi and dark Jedi, all with different techniques and different light sabre variants. Each mission is usually on a different and often familiar planet or star ship. At times you're fighting the rebels, at others you're fighting the imperial storm troopers; in amongst droids and miscellaneous criminals and alien species. Lots of stuff is inspired by the films but there's a few original planets and species as well. One planet was a bit of joke though. It was all flowery with big plants and the Jedis on it look like faeries. The main enemies here were plant people and it was just a bit stupid looking.
'''The Game Play'''
During the game when you killed enemies you would gain experience points from the orbs of light they left behind. These experience points you could cash in to learn various combos and to increase the effects of these combos. Upon completing certain levels certain new combos would be unlocked. Using the force in this game was brilliant. You could pick your enemies up and throw them against walls or as I preferred to do throw them at other enemies. You could walk into a massive group and then use maelstrom which unleashed a massive surge of force energy all round you. You could lift your enemies and choke them Vader style or alternatively lift them into the air and then impale them on your sword. All these moves were relatively easy to learn. I've played games like tekken and Soul Calibre where you have lots of available moves and all you have to do is remember the right button sequence. I usually just ended mashing the buttons blindly hoping something good would happen but here the controls were surprisingly easy to remember. Perhaps it was because they gradually became available so generally after you'd come to grips with one then another would be have to be learned and so it all came one at a time. I definitely made sure to learn every move. It's one of the funniest games to play thanks to these moves and the fact that with the Wii you're actually contributing to them by moving the controllers.
When fighting the bosses and various bigger enemies in the game the opportunity to do various counter-attacks and killing moves would come up. To do these you would have to do the motion prompted on the screen. This would usually involve shaking the left controller and then the right and so on. What you were doing would look really good on the screen but it was really easy. Also there wasn't a lot of variation in it. For instance there was one killing move against an AT-ST and no matter what AT-ST you fought the exact same thing would happen.
In between the different missions you had an opportunity to have a look at all the stuff you've unlocked. In the game there are 200 of these cube things hidden and for everyone you find a new picture us unlocked which you can look at. Not a very interesting feature I thought. You could upgrade your force skills. You could change costume; costumes are unlocked as you complete parts of the game. Lastly, you can customise your light sabre also using items you find whilst playing the game.
The Wii's graphics aren't as good as that of the PS3's but I have to say I've tried the PS3 version and although it's got better graphics I prefer to use the Wii controls. They are very different games but it's a lot more fun when you actually feel like you're doing some of the ass-kicking you're seeing.
The Wii controller also makes all the cool light-sabre noises and bullet deflecting noises in your hand.
The games is very similar, I found, to the Lord of the Ring games that came out for the PS2 after each film. With the sword wielding and the gaining experience points to buy new combos in between levels. If you liked those games I imagine you'd enjoy this.
There are some slight disadvantages however. Each level was very arcade like in that you would go about following a very linear map beating up minor bad guys until at the end you came up against that level's boss (usually a Jedi). It was still fun despite this because you were learning new moves all along and each level you had new stuff to try out but if it weren't for this and say you knew all the moves from the beginning I think it would become quite repetitive and a bit boring. Now I've unlocked all the moves I couldn't really imagine myself going through all the missions again because there's not really much point. It's also very easy. I bought this a week ago and wanted to enjoy on my two weeks break after my exams but after about say 6 hours game play (and I like to ass about a lot in the game) I've completed it. Then after that you have the opportunity to play it all over again but with all your new moves etc unlocked. This sounds good but the thing is once you've completed and you go to play it again you can't just pick any level to play again you have to actually start from the beginning and trog your way through mission by mission. This is made worse by the fact that you can't skip the short videos in the game and have to watch them all over again.
I only have the one controller so I haven't tried this yet but I'm getting another controller soon so I shall add to this. Throughout the game you're always unlocking new characters to play with in multiplayer.
Despite its flaws it is a really brilliant game. I was addicted. It's exactly what you want from a Star Wars game. Lots of force powers and lots of enemies to try them out on and a good story that relates to the films. For the enjoyment you get out of playing single player that first time I give it 4 stars. I was happy enough and imagine a lot of people would enjoy it.
Everyone couldn't wait for a proper Star Wars game to come out on the Wii. As soon as the Wii came out, all Star Wars fans had that idea in there head of using the Wii-Mote as a lightsaber - and it finally happened.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is set between the 3rd and 4th film, bridging the gap between the old and the new films. Unlike most games, YOU are on the dark side throughout the first areas of the game. To add to that, you start as the great "Darth" himself so you can learn how to play. Surly this all HAS to be good?
All in all the game isn't bad. The story is reasonably good and has a very nice twist at the end but it is very short. Within a few hours you have finished. This is ashame as the long wait for this game which was thought to be so good has such a short story mode.
If your looking for a challenge, don't look here. The main reason why this game is not challenging is because you get too much power too early on in the game. Sure its fun to be able to unlock moves like force choke early on in the game, but if you have no other moves to aspire for it becomes quite boring. You unlock almost all the moves to there full potential after about 3 to 5 levels which is good at the time but then you realise that the game becomes too easy.
Overall, the graphics are very good and the controls are reasonably easy to use. It is also a nice addition that you can change your outfit and that if you find the correct code you can actually change into different people.
What can I say? If your are new to games or even looking for a bit of fun, go for this game. If you are looking for a big challenge, then I do not recommend this game for you.
Like any good geek I am a huge Star Wars fan and was eagerly awaiting the release of Force Unleashed for the Wii.
What can go wrong: A fantastic universe already created with a huge fan base and a massive nostalgia factor on top of the ability to interact with aspects of the world created in some fantastic movies.
So your telling me I can wave my Wii remote and its like a lightsaber, and I can gesture around with my hands and use force powers? Hold the pints guys I wont be out for a while.
Except unfortunately somehow the force unleashed fails to unleash the excitable geek inside me. I spent a few levels giggling to myself at the thought of me waving around my remote like a lightsaber before I eventually realised that not only was the control system somehow lacklustre but that the plot was repetitive and the storyline weak and the game just ticd onwards doing the same old things. I quickly realised that if I did the same one or two moves I could rocket through levels and I just ended up holding down a bunch of buttons and mashing my hands towards the Wii sensor.
All the aspects that should make this game a great experience are there: You have essentially a lightsaber in one hand and force powers in the other but both fail to deliver. The lightsaber motions don't seem to fit too well with your waving of the remote and the force powers while sounding cool all somehow end up as less than they should do. The idea of picking up a stormtrooper and charging him with lightning then throwing him at a bunch of other bad guys like a human bomb seems great but the actual effects of the human bomb are less than impressive and you end up spending most of your time getting shot at while you try and fiddle with charging him up and throwing him in the right direction.
I have no doubt at some point that some Star Wars game will integrate with the Wii control system to make a truly fantastic playing experience likes the days of good old Jedi Knight and Jedi Knight 2 but unfortunately this is not it. A shame really because I really wanted to enjoy it but in the end it just got a bit too repetitive to carry on.
I am a MASSIVE starwars fan. I just want to make that clear before I started this review. I have been waiting for this game for litterally YEARS ever since the first concept art was released. At fairt I thought they had delivered a fantasitc game, but I soon descovered they made 10 mins of a fantastic game and looped it! Dont get me wrong it feels fantastic obbliterating everything in your path (although some of the insonsitancies on what you can and cant destroy annoy me) this just isnt the exciting experience I expected. Repetetive action thought walk walk, lightning, saber next target, over and over again. It get old and FAST. I also had the pleasure of playing this on the PS3, that was much more the experience i was expecting, real world reactions not stopping when you reach a door you need to force open it is seamless you can trow stuff at the doors are just force push them and they bend and buckle like big metal doors should.
This was a missed opportunity, dissapointed in the long run
If ever there was a game and games system that were perfectly matched it would have to be Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for the Nintendo Wii. It was almost as if the designers of the Wii had the idea of a lightsaber style game in mind at the time they were developing it.
The actual game is set between Episode III and Episode IV and tells the tale of Darth Vader's secret apprentice, a young force strong child he finds on the Wookie planet of Kashykk who he trains to help him destroy the remaining Jedi scattered through the galaxy, and eventually help Vader to kill the Emperor and take his place.
The controls are quite simple with the remote being mainly responsible for all your lightsaber fighting and the nunchuck provides your force powers and movement.
To start with you play Vader in the opening prologue to the story and you will be able to take great pleasure in slicing Wookies down with your lightsaber or using amongst other force powers his force choke.
After this the story then focuses around the main character of Vader's apprentice "Starkiller" who travels around the galaxy with his droid "Proxy" who provides a means of communication with Darth Vader and his starship pilot "Juno"
Each level involves you battling your way through a large number of enemies from stormtroopers to droids to even rancor beasts. Every so often in the level you will have to face a mini boss with a boss character at the end of the level which will generally be a powerful Jedi knight or in some cases a mighty Sith Lord.
The game has plenty of hidden extras in the levels from unlockable costumes to lightsaber crystal colours (orange is my favorite at the minute, just trying to find that black crystal at the moment) to hidden characters like Mace Windu or even Mara Jade.
As well as the single player game there is also plenty of fun to be had in the two player mode which will allow you to put your lightsaber skills against friends and family.
Graphically, the game is very well put together with top notch sound effects used throughout. There is something very satisfying in hearing your Wii remote sound making that familiar sparking noise as it makes contact with another lightsaber. The only minor complaint that I would have in regards to this game is the camera movement which can sometimes be either be too quick or react like a snail.
All in all this game is first class and a worthwhile investment for all, even if you're not a big Star Wars fan.
I am so glad i bought this game. Me and my partner really enjoy playing it, he is a star wars fan but im not and i still love it.
Straight away you can get into the game and believe me you wont want to get off it.
Whilst playing on star wars you can play a duel mode by choosing different Jedi and Sith characters and battle against your friend/s in a one on one battle or alternatively you can play on your own. His powers in this are unreal, you can rip panels off the walls, attack enemies from afar, jump unimaginable distances and use the force to damage your opponents. You can earn force points through the game by defeating your enemies and there is levels of force power upgrades. Also whilst playing star wars you will unlock other characters and weapons. You can buy this game from all good gaming shops and super markets such as Game, Game station, Toys r us, Asda, Morrisons and many more. It will cost you about £27-£30 to buy.
I would without a doubt recommend this game to anyone, it is well worth the money and definately was worth the wait, you wont be disappointed with this game!
The force unleashed for the Wii is a fast paced game with excellent use of the Wiimote and Nunchuck controllers. Basically it's a Star Wars beat-em-up with a huge bonus...MASSIVE force powers.
Graphics: Xbox 360 and PS3 Users will be treated to a massive physics engine with way more explodable environments and way more eye candy. Wii is a bit weak in this departments.
Sound: Spot on with dramatic flare of Star Wars.
Gameplay: What's to say, you are a dark Jedi with nearly unlimited force power to wreak havoc on masses of unsuspecting troops. Both Rebel and Empire get a but kicking by your ability to throw things, destroy environments and lightsaber.
One disapointment is the camera controls. Fighting bosses in a huge room often leaves you disoriented and turned the wrong way...so this part could have been better.
Conclusion: The Force Unleashed is the first Star Wars game on this generation of Nintendo Console and one of the best to ever be released. It's use of the Wiimote and Nunchuck adds a interative element not seen in a previous Star Wars title.
I was really excited to hear about "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed" was going to be released for the Nintendo Wii. I pre-ordered the game on Amazon, which is on sale there for £29.99. When the game arrived my husband and I couldn't wait to use the force.
You start the game playing as Darth Vader, which is the best and then switch to the main player of the rebel Jedi. As you continue through the game you learn different moves that will be shown in a mini tutorial. You can also collect items that will enhance your health, weapons, abilities, and outfits. As you move through the game killing opponents you receive points based on how many opponents you kill. The points are used to buy special powers or boost abilities already earned.
Having viewed game trailers for both the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360 and having played the game on the Wii myself, I would say that the Wii has the least amount of graphic detail. However, the makers knew that the Wii lacks a bit of graphic sharpness and made up for it by adding the duel lightsaber mode. As you play the regular mode of the game you unlock more and more characters that can be used in the duel lightsaber mode. Another great feature of the game is the fact that if you are killed during any point in the game you don't have to restart at the beginning of the level, you start again at the exact point you were killed.
Also depending on the points you earn from killing opponents you will unlock characters for the duel mode.
I think this game is definitely worth buying because the game-play on it is very enjoyable. The game has loads of useful abilities and fun modes, as well as making excellent use of the Wii remote and nunchuck.
I originally wrote this review after purchasing Star Wars as soon as it was released. However, I was a bit disappointed having finished the game after only a total of 9 hours game play.
I truly feel for the price that the game should last longer than 9 hours, especially since many of the levels are pretty repetitive. Once you finish the game you can replay it with all the boosted abilities. Although if you had all the boosted abilities you could probably finish the game in no time playing it the second time around, which I find kind of silly since I'm complaining how short the game was first time around.
My main gripe with the game is the fact for the price I would expect a much longer and complex game. I would still recommend playing Star Wars, but either rent it or wait until the game comes down to a more reasonable price.
The Star Wars saga will continue in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, a videogame developed by LucasArts, which casts players as Darth Vader's "Secret Apprentice" and promises to unveil new revelations about the Star Wars galaxy. The expansive story, created under direction from George Lucas, is set during the largely unexplored era between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. In it, players will assist the iconic villain in his quest to rid the universe of Jedi - and face decisions that could change the course of their destiny.