Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008, Game, PS3) – 7/10 review

Project Lead: Haden Blackman
Lead Producer: Isa Anne Stamos
Art Director: Matt Omerick
Lead Programmer: Cedric Collomb
Sam Witwer: Darth Vader’s Secret Apprentice, The Emperor

Star Wars: Force Unleashed, The (2008)

The Apprentice was rescued as a boy by Darth Vader but it’s not exactly a touching story; Vader had just killed his father. Now that his apprenticeship is nearing completion, Vader sends him out on a last couple of real-world missions to ensure that he is ready for his real role: to help Vader kill The Emperor.

7/10

There’s clearly a lot of effort gone into Lucasarts’ The Force Unleashed so it’s a shame that the game annoys more than empowers; it keeps grabbing frustration from the jaws of fun. Simple things like responding to your button presses, keeping your character on-screen, having a lightsaber that hurts most enemies, clearly delineating level transitions and being able to walk up slopes are all broken to significant extents. The emotionless, less-than-handsome fizzog of Sam Witwer (though his voice-work is good) and his ugly costumes also don’t help matters but the story is fine, there is satisfaction to be gained from mastering your powers to defeat the various foes and it generally looks quite *puts on Darth Vader voice* "impressive" in scale and design.

This game contains extended extreme lightsaber and supernatural violence.

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

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