Hey, Hey you... Yes you, the person who's about to thumbs down my review. Did you notice that I actually LIKE the game? Just because I didn't recommend the game didn't mean I didn't enjoy it.
This game fell right between the lines of "recommend" and "not recommend" and that's a sign to me that most people probably would rather play something else. You're welcome to disagree with me, but at least comment to tell me why. -Quick Review-
Ever want to blast people with "UNLIMITED POWER"? Like the idea of picking up stormtroopers and throwing them into the abyss? Have you ever wanted to try mixing lightsaber moves with various force techniques?
...Then this... ....MIGHT
... ...be the game for you? -Detailed breakdown review- Story:
you play as Starkiller, Darth Vaders Secret apprentice. Star killers been put into a twisting story of nearly constant betrayal, being a spy and agent for Lord Vader tends to have that effect on you.
Starkiller's soul purpose is to hunt down the enemies of the empire and bring them to justice, Starkiller learns various force and lightsaber techniques to assist him in his hunt. The story takes place after the clone wars, but before the first Death Star is fully constructed.
You can play through the story in maybe 6-12 hours, depending on how much extra collecting you do and difficulty you play on. The game also does the cheap fork-story-ending, so you need to go back and make your choice over again, if you want to see both endings. Game Play:
This is where the game hurts... sometimes literally.
this game was designed to be played with a controller, but even with a controller the game is a mess, the camera is tricky, targeting is terrible, you need to spend a majority of the first few levels learning simply how to pick up the correct object (since it's linked to which way Starkiller is facing, INSTEAD OF MY CAMERA. Sheesh)
To be quite blunt and fair, the controls of this game are a very good reason for people to steer clear and spend their money on a game they might actually enjoy playing. However this game did have great potential, and brought a lot of great concepts, but it definitely needed more work before it was released.
To talk really briefly about the various attacks, you have force lightning, force push, lightsaber attack, and block. There are various combinations of these four to make up your combat type in the game. The game seems to prefer you supplement your lightsaber strikes with force moves, instead of going full blown Master Yoda mode.
There is one final thing to say about the Game Play... Screw Quick Time events. They don't NEED to be bad, but they are in this game. You'll also have them memorized; it gets repetitious fast. Achievements:
There were achievements on the Xbox version, there might be achievements some time but as of now there are none (03/19/15). We should probably count ourselves lucky. However, the accomplishments, unlockables and extra's are still in the game so you still can obtain them, if you so desire. Price
I purchased The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition from a humble bundle, so naturally I suggest waiting for sales before purchasing. The standard price for The Force Unleashed on steam is $19.99. Not a fair price, in my opinion. I will be squeezing out more hours of the game doing the extra content. Conclusion:
I don't know that I can really recommend this game for anyone who ISN'T already a star wars fan, if you knew nothing of the franchise, or just simply didn't care one way or another, this game is a skip for you.
If you happen to consider yourself the avid Star Wars nerd/fan you'll probably be able to overlook the games follies and enjoy watching/playing/listening to the story of Starkiller.
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Edit/Update April 11, 2015:
Here's the URL to see my review for The Force Unleashed II
Added a Disclaimer