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Bridging the Trilogy Gap
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (PS3)
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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (PS3)
Advantages: Looks and sounds authentic, excellent plot
Disadvantages: Shallow gameplay
The Force Unleashed is the game at the centre of a failed multimedia venture that attempts to recreate the success of Shadows of the Empire back in the 90s. The idea was to release a novel, comic book and game simultaneously and requiring all to be consumed to get the entire story, thus creating much money for all but the consumer.
Fortunately The Force Unleashed never feels like the cynical, money grabbing purpose it serves and actually delivers a well polished game that slots nicely between the now and original Star Wars films.
The premise is this, Darth Vader has trained a secret apprentice to overthrow the emperor, you. After spending your life in hiding learning the tricks of the trade, Vader is ready to send you to hunt out Jedi across the galaxy and thus a story of action and espionage begins.
The story is without a doubt the best part of The Force Unleashed. With a twisting narrative and characters well at home within the Star Wars universe it really feels like George Lucas had a greater involvement that he was likely too. For Star Wars fans the story is a very good reason to buy and enjoy this game.
Visually Force Unleashed is also beautiful. Pushing the next gen power into lighting and textures allows the PS3 to render gorgeous scenes ranging from the familiar space station interiors to alien worlds and a bizarre haunted scrap yard. Every level in the game is unique the first time around though for some reason the game sends you to many settings twice. Character design is equally good between gameplay and cutscenes and absolutely seamless.
Sadly, the actual playing of the game is a bit of a let down. Behind the absorbing atmosphere is a relatively shallow game. Lightsabre combat is a button mashing affair and while you can unlock combos as you progress these are often more complicated and less effective the hitting random buttons. On top of this are the game's over-hyped force powers. As a powerful Jedi you can pick enemies up, throw them, throw things at them and zap them with lightening The features are all very fun but add little to the game beyond novelty value. What's made worse is that due to their inclusion it has been necessary to create enemies with force proof shields and such just so you can't whizz through the game.
The game is fun to play and the story will carry you through but don't approach this game expecting state of the art design.
Summary: More for star wars fans than gamers but both groups should have some fun
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