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.
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Mixed (137 reviews) - 54% of the 137 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (2,211 reviews) - 61% of the 2,211 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 3, 2009

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About This Game

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: 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion), 10.9.5 (Mavericks), 10.10.5 (Yosemite), 10.11.1 (El Capitan)
    • 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: ATI HD 2600, Nvidia 8600, Intel HD 3000 with 256 MB of VRam
    • Additional: Macintosh mouse and keyboard or Microsoft Xbox 360 Wired Controller

    • Notice:Intel Integrated chipsets are unsupported (GMA 950/X3100). This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive).
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xxxreaper
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
This game is flat out broken. I have a GTX 970 and intel i7 processor, ye the entire background is in constant blur and it's a pain to see anything past a ferw meters. Do not buy, it is a gamble on Steam and they are never going to fix it.

Also the controls are terrible for keyboard.
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Kylanacus
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
As far as the graphics and the looks of the game goes, its pretty good. but after playing it for about an hour The game started to make me very angry. The control feels cluncky and unatrual on the keyboard and the blasted camera angle is truely aweful especially during boss battles. I constantly miss... well everything because i really cant tell which direction hes facing. It feels like a fast paced battle but he fumbles all over the place so its not very fluent. It was very upsetting also when I was attacked by mainly mini bosses and i was well out of their range yet i still took damage and knock back. basiclly the contact point of enemies and your self isnt very presice at all. If you want to play what this game is trying to be, play jedi academy. that game is Awesome!
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[UG] Snek
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
1. Get game
2. Learn how to pick people up
3. Become best juggler in universe
4. Get lightsaber throw
5. Impale all pf your enemies
10/10 would not actually hit peoplr with my lightsaber again
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Lt. Dan
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
I enjoy this game a lot, and the controlworks really well. However, there is a bug when you go to Raxus Prime a second time. The game freezes on a battle with proxy and I can't move past the quick time event. Other than that, I would recommend this game to any star wars fans.
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One Name (Scott)
( 13.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Kylo Ren Simulator
Nuff' said
Cough up da money
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Squishy
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
made for consoles :(
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Cpt. Fordo
( 23.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Unlike my review for Star Wars The Force Unleashed II, I will be writting a short review for this game. I have completed both endings and the bonus 'Sith Stalker' missions, and to be honest like in my review of the second game, the story for this one is better then the second one. I have invested more time into the second one then this one, due to the gameplay being more fun and fluent in it. This one however would only be a game I would on play on a monthly basis. I really love the Force Unleashed games, but the gameplay mechanics in this game didn't keep me hooked like the second. But overall this is a great game and you need to play this one to understand the second one, but overall this game is worth it and you should buy it.
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ShadowGaming
( 24.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Star Wars - The Force Unleashed. This game is fun. Great even, for a while. This game basically links Star Wars Episodes 3 and 4 together, by way of telling the creation of the Rebellion, and how Leia became a forerunner of it, etc. It has a cool story line, and is generally just fun. I don't know, this is the first game of its kind I've played, I think.

As for being a console port, my review for this game definitely goes down.

As I've just said, this game was a console port. That means that it was made for the consoles first, and then converted to pc code to be played there (even though technically it's first made with pc code, depending on how they made it, I digress). One of the missions in this game, has you -SPOILER ALERT- take a Star Destroyer out of space and into the ground.

The reason why I'm mad about that, is because of the gameplay part of that. You have to spam your mouse up and/or down to get it into position, as well as use a or d to move it laterally, and then when it's in place you can bring it down. Well, unless you know that you don't have to frantically move your mouse, you're probably going to end up destroying it accidentally, by way of friction. Also, even when you know you don't have to do that, it's still very difficult to do. I couldn't.



Don't buy this game on PC. Buy it on console, if you still can, or watch it, if you're interested. It's a good game, with an okay port, until you get to that mission - somewhere midway through the game I think.
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kupieckorzenny
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
I feared that it will feel a lot like a fanfiction but in video game form, but it wasn't the case. The story, though simple, connects to the original movies nicely. Protagonist's voice actor did a great job, and the combat is very enjoyable.
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Xedhadeaus
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
The reason why I don't recommend this game is because this game is from the old era of games where gimmicky combat was all about the player either being lucky or exposing some of the cheaper elements of the game in order to triumph.

There are many other choices to make if you support consoles, but unfortunately as a PC user most of the third person action titles with a camera that isn't isometric seems far away from ever happening because of PC being a secondary platform, and because most PC gamers prefer using a keyboard. Games like dragons dogma, dark souls, skyrim, devil may cry, dynasty warriors, toukiden, and eventually God eater and for honor, seem to be the only few types of run around jump action titles that exist with melee combat on the PC genre. However, all of those games have mechanics that will actually support your playstyle, this does not.

Some examples of these bad elements include bosses endlessly countering attacks, randomly losing 40 percent of your health from attacks, missing with your sith thunder attack, faulty attack priority, getting locked into enemy combos, slippery slopes while exploring, bad camera angles, cutscenes everywhere, and a throw system that trumps the combat system because of the ai.

Granted, games of this time have always been full of gimmicks when choosing the hardest available difficulty, however, in action games, it's almost necessary to do so to enjoy the variations of combos the game has to offer. Though the ai makes a point to walk through half of your combo to the point where it feels like you're playing a dragon ball z game, and it's almost an implicit need to throw and blast everything rather than even try to punch anything. That's a big no no if you're trying to make an action game... it'll end up being like dragon age... where mages and archers destroy the game for any type of melee. Moreso with the latter.

It's not a bad game though... the visuals, movement, enemies and effects are still a strong point, the visual fluidity and normal difficulty pacing in the game makes for some of the more fast and curious platform games I've played in the past and adds action from other games that lack the speed or traversal appeal that this game boasts. It's one of the main reasons I've bothered picking it back up despite already playing through most of it on 360. But despite how much I do like the game after I bench some of the more irritating elements, I would never recommend this game to anyone who is looking for a fair and honest challenge. Because let's face it, outside of exploration, the main reason for playing it is to kick butt Jedi style. Not kicking yourself for the game being too cheap to play how you want.
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motosoldiercloud
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
This game is everything that i remember playing so long ago. My biggest issue with it right now is that the controller support for it is non existant as i go into different forums chats and multiple driver downloads to just see if i am even able to map a wireless ds4 controller. So its been more than a week trying to make the controller work to no avail so unfortunetly in this case i must not recomend this version. I believe that anyone should go with the console version on this one.
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TacticalTrashPanda
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Product received for free
fun game good and meaning story, has it's flaws but really what game doesn't, 8/10 would play again
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ProGamer3036
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Fun but some levels are hard. Like when you have to pull down the star destroyer because waves and waves of tie fighters keep coming and the star destroyer goes back to the original position.
But it is pretty easy after that and entertaining.
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Malee7
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
I'll keep this short.
The force unleashed is an absolutely brilliant game for the first run however doesn't have much replayability, any complaints about how the game is bad by people who are replaying the game are likely because the story is horrible to re-play to the point where you find yourself noticing the smallest details wrong with the game. which is why even though I found the same issues this is a bad review not because of those issues but instead because there are No Graphics options.
Allow me to restate that actually. there are three graphics options.

Brightness

Resolution

High Detail

And High detail is a freaking tick box.

Essentially because of this if you buy the game and have some kind of graphical issue, well you bought the wrong game and if those three tiny options don't fix it for you too bad, you're on your own.
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SuperJenius
( 22.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
I played this years ago on the Wii. The PC version is based on the PS3/X360 version. Of course, the Wii version had lesser graphics, but there were also quite a few difference in the levels, due to being a less powerful console and using the Wiimote. So, I always wanted to to play it on PC, and I finally got around to it. The Sith Edition adds three new levels to play outside of the main story.

Overall, I like this game and had a lot of fun playing it. Graphics are good, although not the best I've ever seen last gen. There aren't a lot of settings in the game, but you can turn on anti-aliasing and other features in your video card settings to improve the looks.

The game is not without its faults. I had a lot of trouble with the targeting system. There is a targeting button that helps in some cases, but it doesn't solve the problem completely. Many times I died were due to targeting. That's not to say the controls are bad. The controls are pretty good for the most part. YMMV. I also found that some sounds were missing in the last two levels. If you run into this problem, search the Steam forums for a fix.

The real highlights are the story, characters, voice acting, and production values. This could easily fit as the true "canon" between Episodes III and IV. It gets thumbs up from me.
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Stark848
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
I normally wouldn't have anything to say about this game, because the console games are awesome. VERY repetitive, but awesome. In this case though, do NOT buy this unless they fix the issue at the menu. I literally couldn't do anything on it, meaning no input from my keyboard or controller. I am a very big Star Wars fan, and this just makes me mad.
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OneNot
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
As a star wars fan it's enjoyable enough. The power fantasy and the story (even if it's not the greatest) is enough to keep you playing if you're into star wars. Otherwise, it's a mess.

First of all... it's locked to 30FPS. There goes my interest huh? Well, not to worry, there's a fix.
Only, if you use the fix, the game is more prone to chrashing (Which it slightly already is) and force gripping things will send them upwards when held. This doesn't happen in the 40FPS lock mode though. So I would recommend using that.

Also,
- Audio seem to be all kinds of broken. Music missing in places. No ambient noises in places. Background music loop not working right, causing the music to just stop. Even missing effects at some points.
- Framerate problems at certain places. This is hardly a demanding game, yet in some places (epecially some bosses) there's bad slowdown in places, with the FPS dropping below 30. There was also a point when a portion of a boss was in slow motion for some reason (staying at 40FPS). And no it wasn't designed that way.
- no combo breakers as far as I can tell. If an enemy starts a lightsaber combo and you get hit, there's no way to keep him from finishing his combo on you, unless it happens to have a very slow hit that allows you to speed away.

Overall, it would be an average game in my books, if it wasn't for the glaring technical problems.
With that taken in to account, I wouldn't recommend this unless you can get it for under 5$ and/or are a huge star wars nerd.
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brian.hyson
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
I don’t know why a monumental franchise like Star Wars is so utterly incapable of producing even a mediocre 1st person game. They should be embarrassed to have the Star Wars name on it. The Force Unleashed is clunky, awkward, and hard to control. You have to be specifically aimed at a person to swing a lightsaber at them, and miss everyone else within three feet. The combo system that won’t allow you to move or activate another ability while the game finishes elaborate moves on dead bodies is frustrating. Combos from enemies are just as frustrating as you take your hands off the keyboard and mouse as you wait for them to finish as you’re unable to block/defend/move. The clunky menus are not interactive with a mouse but instead use the arrow keys and enter to make selections, backspace to get more info on an item, and the brackets ( [ & ] ) to change pages.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Some might argue against any sort of recomendation, but i found this game very enjoyable because it gave you nearly full control over your force powers, which many starwars games often restrict.

I will say that one argravating bit was that the saves are based off of checkpoints rather than saving after conflicts. This means you can blow through a battle only to fall off a cliff because of a bad jump and have to do it all over again. I was not expecting the bend physics, but they impressed me and the only criticism i have is that they are a bit weak when interacting with stuff.

Otherwise i almost hope that a movie be considered for this game because it has a legitimate story that shines light in an area that we dont see in the star wars movies. also the new movies havent nessesarily disproven or denied the lore elements.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
I remember playing this game on the Wii and Xbox when it came out. It does have quite a fun story for a hack and slash game. I really do enjoy it, and it is easy to run on a potatoe (As I mean any 2010+ laptop or pc) I do recommend the game and It doesnt have bad graphics either.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Fun but some levels are hard. Like when you have to pull down the star destroyer because waves and waves of tie fighters keep coming and the star destroyer goes back to the original position.
But it is pretty easy after that and entertaining.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
The Force Unleashed is a third person action game, the big feature of the game is using force powers to lift up objects and live enemies, and then hurl them into walls etc to cause them massive damage. The main premise of the game is to go from point A and reach point B, whilst unleashing your force powers on hapless and not so hapless victims. You might think that being a force user equipped with a trusty light saber would make you most powerful against the toughest of foes, but ultimately as you play through the game, you’ll find that being an all powerful force user isn’t necessarily all that easy.

The game takes you on a journey across multiple environments from inside spacecraft to swampy organic environments. There’s enough variety here to keep you interested, and although there’s a fair amount of corridor running around, you’ll also be faced with some impressive outdoor or more open expanses. I actually thought the graphics where pretty good for the most part and provide a slick looking game world to mess around in.
The soundtrack is typical Star Wars fare, and you’ll instantly recognize the music and sound effects lifted from the movies. This creates an authentic Star Wars experience and will please the fans no end. Even the voice acting is of a high standard.

If you’re going to run around the game world hunting for all the easter eggs and secrets, then of course the game is going to last quite some time. However, if you’re the type of gamer who’ll select the default difficulty and merely run from point A to B without really taking it all in properly, then your experience is going to be rather a short lived one, depending on your skill. It is entirely possible to run through the game very quickly.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is a more than a decent effort, but no doubt it will be more appreciated by the fans of the saga, than those who are not.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Great game, much better than I remember playing it on console. Of course, the story is very... not inaccurate, but it just strays too far from the main Star Wars lore, all though it's still interesting. My only problem with this game has only to do with my computer. The game runs fine, but whenever I'm outside, the sky is an extreme blur. Inside is fine, but when I'm bringing down the Imperial Star Destroyer in the junk planet, I don't see a ship, just the fire the engines is emitting.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
This was actually quite good for an older game. The settings were faithful to the Star Wars universe and there are many easter eggs during the game that make it more enjoyable for Star Wars fans.

Being an older game, it does have some conflicts with newer OS's like Windows 10. Be sure to check the Steam forums for fixes and tweaks to make it run better.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
The game is pretty good. Decent story. But were it really shines is combat and movement. It has revolutionary combat which utilizes corners and walls like never before. Let me elaborate. so say you're fighting a boss and he has his "special ragdolling super-move." the dude gets close to you and you're now trapped between ragdoll god and a wall. he's ragdolling you constantly, you can't get up. What do you do? hope to god you can un-ragdolls for the 0.03 seconds it takes to jump out of there. This only happens about 20% of the time If you have good reflexes (or mash spacebar uncontrollably). Never before have I seen the environment integrated into immersive combat so effectively. The second great aspect is the movement, or more specifically the fact it doubles as a surfing simulator. Sometimes you might get in a battle that killed you 6 times and took an hour and a half to complete. You've finally done it and you walk a meter away from the intended path and BOOM. you've found a sufable corner. The surfing animation is without a doubt one of the best I have seen in a game to date. the only downside is that usually after about 10 seconds, the physics engine decides you've been surfing on the spot for so long you're probably at like 200 kph by now so it rockets you outward into the firey abyss of doom (or some other abyss of doom.) Fortunatly because of the amazing checkpoint system, you now get to fight ragdoll-god once again and continue trying hopelessly to escape that corner while getting ragdolled for another good portion of your life.

So, is the game good you ask?
YES! You should certainly get this game.
11/10 would ragdoll for 17 minutes straight again.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Not bad- Definitely not canon as far as Star Wars, but even before Disney bought Lucasfilm i don't think this was canon. Controls are a little wonky, and there's only about 8 hours of story play- The few bonus missions are kind of cool in this addition.

This is a nice one if you just want to hack and slash your way through a bunch of enemies. Picking up a stormtrooper with the force and flinging him off a balcony is pretty satisfying. Every boss fight and mini-boss fight have cinematic "finishing sequences" with Quick Time Events, and that's kind of annoiying if cool looking. The boss fights also have a fixed camera angle which make for a more cinematic fight sequence, but a harder to control one.

The story was ok, and this game is overall ok. I did not play it at time of release and since i got it for like $2, it was ten hours well spent.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
I played this years ago on the Wii. The PC version is based on the PS3/X360 version. Of course, the Wii version had lesser graphics, but there were also quite a few difference in the levels, due to being a less powerful console and using the Wiimote. So, I always wanted to to play it on PC, and I finally got around to it. The Sith Edition adds three new levels to play outside of the main story.

Overall, I like this game and had a lot of fun playing it. Graphics are good, although not the best I've ever seen last gen. There aren't a lot of settings in the game, but you can turn on anti-aliasing and other features in your video card settings to improve the looks.

The game is not without its faults. I had a lot of trouble with the targeting system. There is a targeting button that helps in some cases, but it doesn't solve the problem completely. Many times I died were due to targeting. That's not to say the controls are bad. The controls are pretty good for the most part. YMMV. I also found that some sounds were missing in the last two levels. If you run into this problem, search the Steam forums for a fix.

The real highlights are the story, characters, voice acting, and production values. This could easily fit as the true "canon" between Episodes III and IV. It gets thumbs up from me.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
As far as the graphics and the looks of the game goes, its pretty good. but after playing it for about an hour The game started to make me very angry. The control feels cluncky and unatrual on the keyboard and the blasted camera angle is truely aweful especially during boss battles. I constantly miss... well everything because i really cant tell which direction hes facing. It feels like a fast paced battle but he fumbles all over the place so its not very fluent. It was very upsetting also when I was attacked by mainly mini bosses and i was well out of their range yet i still took damage and knock back. basiclly the contact point of enemies and your self isnt very presice at all. If you want to play what this game is trying to be, play jedi academy. that game is Awesome!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Product received for free
well
I was lucky enough to get this game as a gift from a freind
I loved this game when i played it on PS2 as a kid
the story is cool and the characters are not bad
there are a few bugs but nothing too bad
the sith edition adds cool cosmetics and the levels are a bit longer than the original
overall i would say its a good game to buy when its on sale
9/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
It's a pretty solid star wars game with a cool story to it and just a fun hack and slash, the bosses are pretty cool as well especially at the end of the game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Unlike my review for Star Wars The Force Unleashed II, I will be writting a short review for this game. I have completed both endings and the bonus 'Sith Stalker' missions, and to be honest like in my review of the second game, the story for this one is better then the second one. I have invested more time into the second one then this one, due to the gameplay being more fun and fluent in it. This one however would only be a game I would on play on a monthly basis. I really love the Force Unleashed games, but the gameplay mechanics in this game didn't keep me hooked like the second. But overall this is a great game and you need to play this one to understand the second one, but overall this game is worth it and you should buy it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
The reason why I don't recommend this game is because this game is from the old era of games where gimmicky combat was all about the player either being lucky or exposing some of the cheaper elements of the game in order to triumph.

There are many other choices to make if you support consoles, but unfortunately as a PC user most of the third person action titles with a camera that isn't isometric seems far away from ever happening because of PC being a secondary platform, and because most PC gamers prefer using a keyboard. Games like dragons dogma, dark souls, skyrim, devil may cry, dynasty warriors, toukiden, and eventually God eater and for honor, seem to be the only few types of run around jump action titles that exist with melee combat on the PC genre. However, all of those games have mechanics that will actually support your playstyle, this does not.

Some examples of these bad elements include bosses endlessly countering attacks, randomly losing 40 percent of your health from attacks, missing with your sith thunder attack, faulty attack priority, getting locked into enemy combos, slippery slopes while exploring, bad camera angles, cutscenes everywhere, and a throw system that trumps the combat system because of the ai.

Granted, games of this time have always been full of gimmicks when choosing the hardest available difficulty, however, in action games, it's almost necessary to do so to enjoy the variations of combos the game has to offer. Though the ai makes a point to walk through half of your combo to the point where it feels like you're playing a dragon ball z game, and it's almost an implicit need to throw and blast everything rather than even try to punch anything. That's a big no no if you're trying to make an action game... it'll end up being like dragon age... where mages and archers destroy the game for any type of melee. Moreso with the latter.

It's not a bad game though... the visuals, movement, enemies and effects are still a strong point, the visual fluidity and normal difficulty pacing in the game makes for some of the more fast and curious platform games I've played in the past and adds action from other games that lack the speed or traversal appeal that this game boasts. It's one of the main reasons I've bothered picking it back up despite already playing through most of it on 360. But despite how much I do like the game after I bench some of the more irritating elements, I would never recommend this game to anyone who is looking for a fair and honest challenge. Because let's face it, outside of exploration, the main reason for playing it is to kick butt Jedi style. Not kicking yourself for the game being too cheap to play how you want.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
10/10 would kill darth again
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34 of 36 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Do you want to play this game at 60 fps? Here's how you do it.

1. Create a backup of your SWTFU.exe file (you'll find this under ..../steamapps/common/Star Wars The Force Unleashed)

2. Go to http://community.pcgamingwiki.com/files/file/506-star-wars-the-force-unleashed-12-fps-cap-fix/

3. Click on the link for The Force Unleashed (There is also a link for The Force Unleashed II, FYI)

4. Extract the SWTFU file of your choice from the folder you downloaded into your Force Unleashed folder. (There are several different choices of fps rates)

5. Launch the game

Thanks to whoever created this fix!
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46 of 65 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
36.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
I beat the game again for nostalgia, and I have come to realize it isn't as nearly as good as a game as I remembered.

There are some things going for it. You are a sith that helps jedis, which is cool. It's a hack n slash in the star wars universe, which is cool. Some of the action sequences and cut scenes are pretty cool. But there are A LOT of problems, and quite frankly, they put minimal QA into this game.

First I want to start with environment. It's wonky, to best describe it. He can't run up some hills, you have to double jump it. Some ledges you just run over, and it isn't realistic, while other ledges is just the right height so you have to jump. It's quite frustrating. Sometimes you just slide off, which is very frustrating. Some times, like in one of the last boss fights, I've gotten stuck somewhere and I have to wait to get hit to get unstuck. It is just stuff like that that they needed to polish out with QA, but they probably had a limited budget.

There is skilled jumping in this game. What I mean by that is there is very seldom platforms set up for you to just jump, or just double jump. You have to gauge it. I don't mind it, but it did make me frustrated.

The combo system. It had such good potential to have a great hack n slash, the problem is, you don't really need it. Not only that, you can never pull off the advanced combos. Either they die too quickly, or they just absorb damage and knock you out of the way or something. It's like the enemy doesn't respond to your damage, and sometimes they do, and when they do, they die with the basic combo. There are a few combos that you have to have, and I think that's why they brough this system in. But the rest of the combos that you unlock, are only there to consume a combo point when you lvl up. That's my theory. They were never really designed to be used in the game.

When Starkiller get knocked back, or receives damage, it's like it takes him 2 years to get up. And then damage is pounded onto you, and I think that is the intention of it, because they couldn't come up with a game where Starkiller gets damage. It is quite frustrating.

One last thing then I am done. You can't dash or block in mid combo. WTF! I don't think you realize how maddening that is if I could of disrupted my lightsaber attack with a block, or a dash.

In the end, the only real reason why I would play the second one is the story, that's it. Which I probably will beat. I've beaten these games before, but I remembered them to be much better. In the end, more problems than benefits. Thumb down.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
A bad port of a good game.

Takes almost 30GB of your storage, lacks any kinds of graphical options besides resolution, brightness and "High Detail: on/off", and has some weird glitches. Most notably, the 'hall of mirrors' effect that takes the skybox's place with some video cards, something to do with the tiny draw distance. If you own an Intel card, you'll have to ignore this, as there is no solution at all. It is still playable, though.
Past this huge bummer, look for fixes for the static clothes (which should be affected by physics and flow around as you move) and the missing sounds on the last two levels.

If you have a better card and lots of spare storage, you should give this a try.
Although the plot and the characters are quite uninteresting, the simple Devil May Cry-like hack'n'slash gameplay is pretty fun.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Before we start this review, we need to get one thing straight: under no circumstance do I recommend that you purchase this game while it's at full price ($19.99). While it's on sale? Sure. Right now? Please don't.


At it's core, The Force Unleashed is just another linear hack-n-slash with little to no story depth and an unusually short campaign, however, that doesn't keep the game from being entertaining in it's own right. The story is full of clichés, and it's difficult to relate to the main character. The soundtrack is an amalgamation of musical scores from the original Star Wars saga and original compositions from Mark Griskey and Jesse Harlin. My main gripe with the soundtrack is that although it's great, there's little to no variation in it. There are only 4-5 songs that'll play during combat throughout the entire campaign, and it's easily noticeable.


The gameplay isn't varied either; different Force powers become available to you as you progress through the storyline, and you'll find yourself spamming the same combos on the same enemies time and time again. Boss fights are deceivingly simple, with no more than three progressions in strategy throughout each bout. It might be fun as hell, but it gets stale after some time.


Onto the most pressing issue: the port from consoles to PC. This is a mediocre port at best. There are performance inconsistencies across Windows versions. The SFX (such as foley) and music cuts out completely in some levels, and the game requires a reset for it to cut back on. The game crashes at random with a surprising frequency. There are graphical errors. The list goes on.


The replay value is nil; the game does in fact have two different endings, but both of them are equally dissatisfying. All three DLC packages are less than 45 minutes long, and are unbelievably bland.

The graphics were quite impressive at the time of the game's release, and it's overall aged quite well, although it may look a bit dated to some people.

Overall, I'd give the game a solid 7.5/10.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
This is one of those games that prove that reviews are somtimes not that accurate... The story fits well, and it is one of the best hack and slashes I have every played.
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