STAR WARS™ - The Force Unleashed™ Ultimate Sith Edition
A game that will show gamers the deepest, darkest side of the Force in a story that puts them on a collision course with Luke Skywalker himself.
User reviews: Mixed (1,008 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 15, 2009

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The story and action of Star Wars®: The Force Unleashed™ expands with the release of Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition, a special new version of the game that will show gamers the deepest, darkest side of the Force in a story that puts them on a collision course with Luke Skywalker himself. The Ultimate Sith Edition includes all of the original missions found in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed as well as content previously only available via download and an all-new exclusive bonus level.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed completely re-imagines the scope and scale of the Force and casts players as Darth Vader’s "Secret Apprentice," unveiling new revelations about the Star Wars galaxy seen through the eyes of a mysterious new character armed with unprecedented powers.
  • Includes the original Star Wars The Force Unleashed game plus 3 re-imagined Classic Trilogy levels: Tatooine, Jedi Temple and ALL-NEW-Hoth level
  • UNLEASH EPIC FORCE POWERS and devastating combos
  • DISCOVER THE UNTOLD STORY of Darth Vader's secret apprentice set between Episodes III and IV
  • LIFE-LIKE REACTIONS from characters and environments that are different every time you play

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Win XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 5200+
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Graphics: 3D Hardware Accelerator Card Required - 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 256 MB Video Memory with Shader 2.0 support (Radeon HD 2900 or Geforce 8600)
    • DirectX®: Directx 9.0c compatible
    • Hard Drive: 30GB
    • Sound: Directx 9.0c compatible
    • Controller Support: XBox 360 Controller for Windows
    • Supported ATI Chipsets: ATI Radeon HD 2600, 2900, 3650, 3690, 3850, 3870, 4550, 4650, 4770, 4850, 4870, 5890
    • Supported NVIDIA Chipsets: NVIDIA GeForce 8600, 8800, 9400, 9500, 9600, 9800, 250, 260, 275, 280, 285, 295
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core 6000+
    • Graphics: 512 MB 3D Hardware Accelerator Card (GeForce 9800 GT)
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.5.8 (Leopard), 10.6.2 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
    • CPU Speed: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 25 GB + 1 GB Swap File
    • Video Card: Radeon HD2600, Geforce 8600 with 256 MB of VRam
    • Additional: Macintosh mouse and keyboard or Microsoft Xbox 360 Wired Controller
    • Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GEFORCE 8600, 8800, 9600, GT 120,
      ATI RADEON HD 2600, HD 3870, HD 4670, HD 4850
    • Notice: This game contains technology intended to prevent copying that may conflict with some disk and virtual disk drives. Intel integrated video chipsets are not supported. Apple Intel Chipsets only. Power PC Processors (G4 and G5) are not supported. This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive).
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz Intel Quad-Core
    • Video Card: Geforce 8800 with 512MB VRam
Helpful customer reviews
52 of 60 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
This is a long review, so if you want a brief summary of why I recommend Forced Unleashed skip to Results and read from there.

LucasArts offers a game that brings the force to modern-day systems; although, riddles with pitfalls in the design the Force Unleashed is still a fun and dynamic play-through.

Story:
You play a young Sith warrior who was taken under Darth Vaders’ wing to become his apprentice. You sole purpose in life is to become a powerful Sith warrior and join Vader to take down the Emperor and control the galaxy. Yet, not everything is how it seems and as you are sent from planet to planet to slay the remaining Jedi a whole new tale unfolds.

Campaign:
The campaign offers a decent length - depending on how you play it can take anywhere from five (5) to eight (8) hours. The story is divided up into approximately nine missions, which take you through a large variety of different environments. As you progress through the campaign you unlock new force powers, which change how you defeat your enemies. Each level has hidden Holocrons spread throughout it which offer you more experience, skill points, or customizable features. The enemies tend to repeat themselves fairly quickly and the combat dynamics become repetitive, but the bosses offer a nice twist which keeps you wanting more. Each boss fights differently, which causes you to constantly change up your strategy.

Gameplay:
The main issue with this game is the poor design. Firstly the camera controls are awful, there are more times where you are fighting the camera than fighting enemies. Trying to grab objects with the force can be rather cumbersome and I noticed that I never really grabbed anything because the time it took to get the object to move in the correct direction would cause me to take tremendous damage from surrounding enemies. Another major issue was being pinned by enemies, who would knock you over suddenly turning you into an elderly person who required a warm up before being able to stand up.

Hints:
>Don’t play on the hardest difficulty (Sith Master) as the bosses scale poorly - the particularly Kazdan Paratus who was damn near impossible to defeat especially when fighting against the poor game mechanics.
>Make sure to search the maps for the Holocrons they help you level up much quicker and afford you with more force powers.
>Remember to go in and look at your lightsaber, as you play through the campaign you unlock lightsaver powers which help boost your lightsaber. This can be really useful to change based on the mission you are playing.


Results:
All and all if you’re a Star Wars fan this is a game for you - if not them you probably find the listed cons to ruin the game. I personally like the Star Wars series and found this to be a good addition to the story even though some parts were cheesy. The game offers a decent sized campaign and a relatively fun experience.

Pros:
+Customized level structure which allows you to choose how you want your character to grow.
+Lots of combos, which can make fighting incredibly dynamic.
+Control over many aspects of the environment, which you can wield in battle to your advantage.
+Awesome boss fights, which force you to change your play style.
+Beautiful level design with many different environments.
+Nice addition to the Star Wars saga, and great new story elements.
+Prologue was just awesome, walking around as Vader and destroying everything.

Cons:
-Not readily made for Keyboard and Mouse gameplay.
-Poor game design – difficult camera control, poor force power control, off targeting system.
-Limited to no description of objectives, can leave you standing around wondering what you’re supposed to do. I found myself shocking things with lighting, before realizing I had to grab them or slash it with a lightsaber.
-Repetitive enemies, typically finding myself fighting the same thing over and over. This wouldn’t be bad, but some of them were more annoying than difficult to kill.
-Limited game customization, there was no ability to control graphics levels. Resolution was controlled before starting the game.
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38 of 47 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Even if you're not a Star Wars fan, this game is a lot of fun. I've played it through at least three times and it doesn't get boring. Highly recommended.
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46 of 61 people (75%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
the intro level is the best because you basically commit Wookie genocide as Darth Vader
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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is an action-adventure, hack'n'slash roller coaster of Sith Awesome Sauce. You play as Starkiller, the 'secret apprentice' of Darth Vader. Though you are initially tasked with hunting down Jedi Survivors, your quest quickly changes after you make some friends, enemies, and are put through extreme measures. It is honestly one of the best stories featured in a Star Wars game, and the story accounts for so much of the momentum while playing (I should note that as with all other star wars games, the story is considered non-canon in the universe, which I personally don't mind).

The gameplay is a bit cumbersome at first, but once you've gotten used to it, the lightsaber and force combat is extremely addicting and fun. After sometime, you'll start making heavy use of combos, combining force lightning with lightsaber attacks, or force push with force dash, etc. There's tons of combos to be pulled off, all visually satisfying and very useful when taking down enemies. The AI is overall intelligent, apart from some enemy types with very basic reactions to the player, but that's easily excused by the wide variety of enemy types.

The game spans 10 levels, taking about 45 Minutes (give or take) for each, so the game ends up being really short. Each level is filled with hidden Holocrons, giving timed buffs or unlockables, such as lightsaber crystals or upgrade points. A boss battle usually concludes each level, mostly being unique and very challenging. You'll face down Rancors, Sith Assassins, Imperial Walkers, the list goes on. It always gives you something to look forward to at the end.

It's worth mentioning that this is definitely a console port, as the framerate is locked and there's little to no optimization settings or menus. The game overall looks and runs decent, apart from sound issues on very rare occassion. If you play on a potato, I'm sure you'll be fine.

Overall, The Force Unleashed is a worthy game for any Star Wars fan, and double for a fan of Sith characters. The Ultimate Sith Edition just adds 3 bonus levels as an epilogue to the game's alternate ending, but they're nice additions. Despite being incredibly short, the game offers a lot of replay value with the combat system, collectibles, and harder difficulties.

7/10 - Great Deal if discounted (which happens very rarely for this title apparently, so your money, your problem. gg no refunds)
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34 of 55 people (62%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
I played through the whole game on PS3 and remembered enjoying it. I saw it on sale here on Steam and couldn't help but pick up this "ultimate PC version."

It's a terrible port plain and simple. Its poorly optimized and the game has just not aged well. You cannot even alt-tab out of it (the game will crash). Not to mention the Steam Overlay will not open or function during the games cinematics. Yes, this means no screenshots. The game had some problems my first time playing back on PS3 as it can get boring and repetitive. This on top of all these issues of the PC port and the game is just not worth it. I recommend trying The Force Unleashed II on PC as it will give you the games overall feel but with a better experience.

Save your money, this was not the Star Wars game you were looking for.
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Responsible Force owners keep their Force on a leash at all times.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
I always loved playing this game - the action is fun, the story (although no-longer canon) is great, and the performances, particularly of the main character are fantastic. But the PC port starkly displays the unintuitive design choices and technical shortcomings of the game.

The character models are alright, but the environmental textures look terrible, and the loading screens in between menus are unforgivably annoying.

Other than that though, the game IS fun to play on PC, finding the upgrade holocrons is enjoyable, the music is (of course) fantastic, the keyboard controls work surprisingly well, and the sheer amount of destruction you can cause with you force powers is excellent!

It's not a ground-breaking game by any standards, but it is a fun hack-and-slasher with a great story. It's just a shame that the utter lack of effort put into porting the game - right down to the lack of graphics options, or even an in-game keyboard controls menu - makes it a sometimes-bumpy ride.

Get it cheap.
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
endless wookie massacre
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
This game is weird. Everything the game does should make we not recommend the game. But I still do.

Here is why...

Right out the gate your going to see simple textures, bad pop in and a 30fps framerate. Funny thing is the game still felt and looked smooth. Not to mention the semi-destrucible environments are a huge pro. I love throwing people into statues and watching them brake apart or forcing pushing them up in the air, throwing my sabre into his chest and throwing him into a tree. Feels great. The camera is a bit of a ♥♥♥♥♥ and controls are a tad clunky but it did not annoy me. Bosses are challenging, sometimes cheap wont name any names but you will know dont worry, and to beat a boss results in an unfailable qte. I hate qte but it still was great as it felt like you kicked the living ♥♥♥♥ out of a boss and that was your reward to see your character look like a badass. Its also very repetive but it did not feel that way even though you were doing the same thing again and again.

The story is actually quite intresting and decent. Fits in right between episode 3 and 4 and to be honest should be made into a movie. I love proxy and his relationship with the protagnist was unique. All the powers and combos vary up combat making you into a badass. The costume selection is ♥♥♥♥ing amazing. I count like 40+ unique outfits being different variations of the protagnist or different characters in the star wars lore. The three missions outside of the main story are nice what if spin off missions and are quite good but familiar to main story. Some glitches only one was game stopping and one crash.

Overall a game thats weird but I really enjoyed desipte bad cons which would break other games. Maybe its due to that I a star wars fan XD
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
I have been waiting to get this game. To my disapointment after being such an old game it still experiences some lag in some areas, freezes and all out crashes on occasions. They are typically unexpected, but they happen. When the game is running its very enjoyable

6 of 10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Very good Hack and Slash Jedi/Sith game with smooth gameplay and easy to use abilities.... This game makes you feel powerful as you take on zounds of enemies through some beautful levels.... This edition also comes with a bunch of costumes and dlc levels which adds to the overall experience.... You will build your character up to become one of the most powerful Jedi/Sith in another excellent installment within the Star Wars Universe.... I would highly recommend this and its sequel especially when it's on sale.... You will not be dissapointed XD GG 10/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Star Wars The Force Unleashed is set between prequals and the original trilogy. Story was very interesting, telling about Darth Vader secret apprentice Starkiller and creation of the rebellion.
Gameplay is very fun. You can toss pretty much every enemy in the air, electrocute them and then toss them back at their allies, push them out of the edge with Force push or just slice them up with lightsaber. While gameplay is good, boss batles are not. Bosses are super overpowered, camera angle is very stupid and I wish Starkiller would have the same Force push as Kazdan Paratus. So the game is pretty much fun, fun, fun, stupid boss batle,repeat.
Music is good, but there was a bug in middle of the game where it stoped, and all you could hear was your lighsaber. Also cutscenes were always louder whan gameplay music. It was pretty annoying sometimes.
There are some enemies who can block your attack( except bosses, they block everything), but they all are vulnerable to lighting, could have been a little variety.
Overall, Star Wars The Force Unleashed is a average game, having good and bad aspects. Ultimate Sith edition gives extra missions, telling alternative story if Starkiller choose dark side ending of the game, which is prety nice.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
A few years ago, when I had no gaming PC, I played this on the DS, Wii, and eventually on the Xbox 360. I've enjoyed them because of the unique features that they made for each platform, and I thought they would offer the best experience when they ported it to the PC if you have a good gaming setup. Well, they weren't wrong about that.
After playing it at my friend's house, I never expected it to have a lot of bugs, glitches, and crash issues.

I gave the game another shot when I saw it on sale, knowing I might experience the same thing. Thankfully, it's more playable than the last time I remembered it...of course with the help of a few tweaks.

So far, here are my impressions after fiddling with the it:
- Xbox 360 controller option works like a charm.
- Keyboard and Mouse controls are a bit clunky, but not that bad at all if bound properly.
- You can only adjust the video resolution. Textures and other details of the game are still fixed.
- Visuals are good despite of its aging engine (played this on my HDTV).
- Loading screens on the options..everywhere.
- Camera controls are bad, but bearable.
- Force gripping/throwing enemies can be very entertaining.
- Boba Fett has a certain bug that makes him invulnerable unless you send him flying with force lightning.
- Seeing Ben Kenobi soaring and sliding across the screen after doing force combos is hilarious.
- Wampas are fragile creatures.
- Still full of bugs and glitches. Sometimes cool, most of the time funny.
- Applying the 60fps fix gave me a better experience while learning the lulz of the Force.
- I was able to fix my in-game crash issues by turning the cloth physics on and disabling the high details. Additional shadow and texture details were sacrificed in exchange of stability.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is an old game, and had quite a number of issues on the PC version. But as for me, it's not that bad if you apply the fixes and needed adjustments. It's still a great game and I've personally enjoyed every moment I had with it.


Verdict (tl;dr)
If you already have Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (including the DLC's) on your PS3 or Xbox 360, feel free to skip this one. As for the fans who bought this game just like me, or who wish to get it while it's on sale, be sure to check the steam community forums. There you will find some guides and links for the fixes you'll need, including the missing sounds and the 60fps unlock.

And if you're playing The Force Unleashed for the first time, you won't be disappointed. It has a well-polished storyline that any Star Wars fan would appreciate. Character customization is also a huge addition in this game. And last but not the least, the mix of lightsaber hack n' slash with the Force is fun as hell.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
I am not usually one to hate on things, but this game is just bad, very bad...and here's why:

Let's start with the list of "would be pros" (things that could be good about the game if the execution wasn't so terrible):

- Fun combat system. Great, so many combos to use...if it wasn't for the fact that you will never use most of them. Especially the longer, most powerful combos are useless - weak enemies will be dead long before you finish them and strong ones will interrupt them 99% of the time. Also most of the stronger ones have superior power on melee range, so you'll just end up pouring electricity into them from safe distance until it stops being funny.

- Oh, wanted to list something more, but just realized that 'tis a part of the cmbat system as well. There is not really anything else in this game than combat anyway. So, okay - using the things lying around to fight. Sounds fun, right? Just tearing a block of metal from the wall with the Force and smashing it into your enemies. The hell it does! But it takes so long you cannot use it. First you have to target the object (more on targeting later, that's the stuff of nightmares). Use the pull ability on it, the slooooowly float it around, direct it on the enemies and release...there you go! Oh, damn, why am I lying on the floor with half HP gone? Something must have gone wrong in the process. The thing is you cannot move while doing this so you'll probably get hit by a missile or five before you get to the carnage part. Did I mention getting knocked off your feet interrupts the pull? So this one's a no go.


That's it, my list of "what could have been pros if better executed" is officially over. Now for the cons:

- Characters. They have no character whatsoever. And their behavior makes absolutely no sense. No thinking being would act like that.

- Story. There is a story? Must have missed it. Kill this, kill that, kill something more. Oh, the Dark Lord betrayed us? Let's kill him as well.

- Enemies. They are plain stupid and predictable. If you don't try to use any of the longer combos or never stop to chuck some debris around, you will pretty much never get hit with anything that hurts. Which basically limits all the abilities and combos to using 3-4 things (out of dozens) over and over again.

- Boss fights. The camera turns into a 1990 abomination during those.


And the winner of our "worst thing about The Force Unleashed" contest is (without any competition to speak of) the targetting system. You have no crosshair, no cursor or anything to pick a target. You just look in the general direction and hope the game picks the one you want. Normally it's pretty much a 50/50 thing, so it is still playable. But during the boss fights, with the atrocious camera, targeting becomes nothing short of abysmal. Most of the fight you spend running in circles around your enemy in a hopeless strive to target him/her. Mostly you hit things just by accident - when you aren't even trying to. Blocking their abilities is even worse, because you often have only around half a second to target them. I consider myself a patient person - I don't have a problem with repeating something I did wrong many times over until I get it right. Well, I'm also very stubborn, so I will keep trying even if it meant dying for the whole day. But this...this almost made me quit the game a couple times. Not because of the dying, but because I knew I didn't do anything wrong, just the mechanics are atrocious. Now that I've finished it I wish I rather quit. Not worth the time even if it was free.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
This game is honestly very fun and is a must for Star Wars and videogame fans. Good gameplay, but very short. It was also a port from consoles and the controls can be weird because of this. It is very fun and I recommend it but I would buy it on sale since you can't play it for very long.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Disclaimer: I am a massive Star Wars fan so I may be biased
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is not a polished game by any means. The framerate is locked at 30 FPS (although there is an unlocker which I strongly reccomend) and there are numerous texture issues such as pop-in and flickering. The keyboard controls aren't great either (I used a 360 controller). However these issues aside, the game is damn fun. You have multiple different force powers and tons of combos you can pull off as well. The story so far is fantastic and the characters have genuine feeling and it is very noticeable that the voice actors Lucasarts have hired are seasoned veterans in the voice acting industry. I would recommend this only to Star Wars fans or hardcore hack and slash fans and only those that own a controller, as that really is how this game is meant to be played.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Often overlooked by Star Wars fans. While it's flaws are certainly evident, you shouldn't hesitate to grab this if you enjoy a good power trip.
With some light RPG elements, combined with a decent story, I strongly recommend this over it's disappointing sequel.



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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
I played this game a really long time ago when it first came back, and when i got it again on steam i was extremely excited to play it again!
Although it being hard at some points it was overall a really enjoyable experience with a suprisingly good story

BE WARNED: there is a glitch in the pc version where most of the SFX stops working during a certain legnth of the game.
(I think it happend for me on the begining of the second last level and fixed itself about half way through the last level)

All in All i love this game, the gameplay is fun and story enjoyable.
And for me it was pure nostalgia :D
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
i have always wanted to see a star wars film set between revenge of the sith and the original (which doesnt seem to be happening since we are getting sequels to return of the jedi!) but there is game that covers this part of the franchise, the storyline of this game does the franchise justice, you can do missions on planets from the films and a new planet (which i hated) that you do two missions on and unlike it's sequel the quick time events do not make me want to tear my hair out, you can choose 2 endings one of which will connect the story to the film and the other alters the story and the dlc missions are based upon this ending, The sith master difficulty is INSANELY hard and is alot harder than the difficulty of the sequel, the one negative i can think of right now is that scene where you must pull down a STAR DESTROYER with the force (it is so annoying!!!) the game is short/medium. I rate this game 8/10 i would rate it 9/10 if the story was longer.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Iv just finished playing through the entire game, i didnt edit any files nore modded it any way to make it run better and i had zero bugs. Although my biggest hate for this game is the 30 fps, i loved it anyways
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