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 (1,960 reviews) - 61% of the 1,960 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 15, 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).
Helpful customer reviews
468 of 542 people (86%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is an action adventure game releasing initially on PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox360, iOS, Nintendo DS, PSP and who could forget, the N-Gage. The Ultimate Sith edition of the game finally released on PC and Mac OS in November 2009. The plot in The Forced Unleashed is between the first two trilogies of Star Wars films, but acts as an original story. You play the role of Darth Vadar’s apprentice, as you are tasked with hunting down Jedi – but you slowly become part of the Light side as things do not go as planned.

The game play is very hack and slash style, with the good old classic lightsaber action and with a drop of force action too, the combat is very exciting and pack with all sorts of fancy attacks and duels. Part of your force powers includes the use of electric shocking your enemies too; this can be extremely pleasing to do on large groups of Stormtroopers. The combo system with the lightsabre is easy to get a grip of, and you can soon be showing off some crazy attacks, that look simply awesome. The game does have quite a lot of QTE’s throughout, these normally occur at the end of a regular fight, allowing a more cinematic dramatic end to a fight, normally I am not a fan of QTEs, but these are done in a way which allow you to enjoy what is happening on the screen whilst also testing your speed and awareness of what is going on.

This game is old now, having released almost six years ago, the graphics are becoming to look a bit dated, but that’s not to say it is a bad looking game at all. It is certainly not up to the standards we are used to now, but if you stick this on 1080p, you can still get some really nice looking scenes. The animation of all the characters are done brilliantly, and all of the levels look fleshed out with some really cool looking backdrops.

Plot wise, this has got to be one of my favourite Star Wars games. I really enjoyed playing as the Dark side for once in this type of game, but you can’t stay as the Dark side, as events unfold, you soon start becoming part of the Jedi’s and working to over throw the Emperor. It will really get you in the mood for watching the film series again.

This isn’t a very difficult game; the only times I died were due to errors in the platforming side of the game and I ended up falling off the edge of the world. The difficulty can be ramped up, so playing on hard mode may be the way forward to get more of a challenge. The end boss fights pose a little bit of a challenge, but nothing that you can’t really overcome. I’m looking at you, Star Destroyer boss!

Even though the game is very linear, the levels are all of a decent size, and have multiple paths to the end. With plenty of hidden items for you to collect as you go, you’ll be jumping and fighting your way through plenty of enemies to find them. I was a little disappointed to see that a couple of the levels were essentially the same map, just done in a different order so to speak, just seemed a little lazy on that part.
The game is also on the short side, having completed the game in just less than four hours on a normal difficulty. There is little reason to play it through for a second time unless you are trying the harder modes.

I had a couple of technical problems whilst playing. I did go into the game expecting there to be some given the age of the game. The first issue I had was, even when selecting 1080p, the game still doesn’t play in a full screen, you get black bars down the side of your game, which are very annoying. Secondly, the game is capped at 30fps – I can only assume that is because it is a port of the PS3 game. Thirdly, the sound on some levels just cuts out for no apparent reason, this has been reported as a common bug on the game, and a simple reload will fix it, so just an annoyance really. I did also encounter a couple of random crashes which resulted in me losing a bit of progress – again I expected these due to the age of the title but would be nice if a patch could be released to fix the problems.

To sum up, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is a pretty good action game. The game play is really good, and the plot alone all deserves your time and attention. The only thing that really lets it down is the length of the game. I would only say it is worth half of the £14, 99 price tag for that reason alone. Due to the premium name of the game though it won’t go on sale very often so keep your eyes peeled.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Not Recommended
3) Only recommended when on sale
4) Recommended
5) Highly recommended
6) This is a must play

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162 of 197 people (82%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2015
So, back in 1996, George Lucas, creator of Star Wars wanted to know whether the world was ready for more Star Wars. After all, it had been 13 years since the last film had been released. To gauge the public’s opinion, Lucas launched a massive multimedia project quite unlike anything seen before. The entire Lucasfilm marketing engine would produce and publish everything that would tie in with a feature film release, but without actually releasing a film. The result was the Shadows of the Empire chapter. Basically Star Wars 5,5; rich in plot, lore, characters and other elements you’d expect from a Star Wars feature. The project was such a success that it motivated the release of the Special Editions one year later, and finally the prequels.

When you consider that project’s success, it isn’t hard to imagine why Lucas would revisit the concept to continue the Star Wars line, even after the release of Revenge of the Sith. Once again, the marketing machine was awoken and the fires of the multimedia forge flared to give shape to: The Force Unleashed
The Force Unleashed bridges the gap between episodes three and four. It tells the story of the founding of the Rebellion and the uneasy relationship between the Emperor and Darth Vader. The story is compelling enough to keep you playing. At the same time the game boasts an interesting three-way of physics engines that create a spectacular environment to test your mettle. The package is rounded out with great concepts and art direction, but it is stained with severe cosmetic glitches.

The game’s story, and the project’s main plotline follows the exploits of Galen “Starkiller” Marek, who is taken by Vader to be trained in the ways of the Sith after he killed Starkiller’s father himself. Darth Vader raises and trains the boy in secret until he is ready for trials. Vader then sends Starkiller out test his mettle against a number of Jedi who escaped the purge with the ultimate goal of preparing him for a showdown with the Emperor whom Darth Vader seeks to overthrow. The plot ultimately leads to betrayal, rebellion and finally a test of resolve that either leads the universe into the natural course of the larger Star Wars line, or you can derail the entire plot and force the premature end of the rebellion.
While strictly linear and with hardly any exploring to do in both gameplay and lore, the game does offer an interesting bridge between the prequels and original trilogy. Both as an explanation for the founding of Rebellion, as well as Vader’s old personality still seeking revenge against the man who turned him a mechanical monster. The newcomer Galen is a rather disappointing affair. He is your typical bald space marine and communicates through whispers and shouting, but no measure in between. He merits more exploration, because the game makes him out to be stronger in the force than any Jedi seen before. The game makes a set piece out of this by having you drag a mile-long, gargantuan, Imperial Star Destroyer out of orbit with the Force just to draw the Emperor’s attention.
The story is compelling, and certainly interesting for Star Wars fans, but it also introduces some awkward subjects. Like the robot Proxy, who is programmed to both train and kill Galen, while also appearing at the most impossible locations to provide some gratuitous fan service. Or the character of Juno Eclipse, Galen’s love interest, who seems to be just an accessory. All in all though, the story is interesting and enthralling enough to warrant a good romp. The included DLC chapters play a fun “what-if?” game with the original trilogy events, but they’re short, and unsurprisingly, non-canon*.

The Force Unleashed is a technological show stopper with some very clever design, but also riddled with clichéd traits and other gameplay substitutes. It runs a total of three physics engines at the same to time govern a set of parameters. The first engine, Havoc, controls ragdolls and other jiggle bones to give the game its organic aesthetic. Alongside runs Euphoria, the engine that controls the enemy AI to interact with the environment. That way, enemies with grab on to objects to prevent being thrown away with the force. Lastly, the DMM engine governs the world’s materials and their reaction to collision and impacts. Glass shatters realistically when you send a poor sod hurtling through it into deep space. Everything comes together in LucasArts’ own Ronin engine where you basically play like Kratos from God of War, but with significantly more lightning.
As Force prodigy, your abilities stretch far beyond your regular Jedi. Force push isn’t just a shove; it’s more like a hadouken. Force lightning now lights up the night sky. You can weaponise the environment by throwing everything and the kitchen sink at you enemies. It is inviting and fun to rip off the walls to toss at your enemies in every new room. However, the multitude options has its limits. A lot of enemies are still dealt with through boring and poorly executed quick-time events. While the physics generally hold up well, they can get buggy at times. It wouldn’t be the first time a boss would sink through the floor after zapping him. Or that the ground suddenly stretches to insane lengths. If you’re entirely unlucky, the game can even give up on you and crash. However, as a PC port, it holds up reasonably well. Don’t expect the illustrious 60fps or 4K resolution. It’s a 2009 game.

While its age does show, the art makes up for it. Although not as stylised as Republic Commando or the Clone Wars cartoons, the game does a good job looking like a technically advanced version of the original trilogy. The bedlam around you is well married to the fine-tuned art of the levels and characters. Electricity arcs convincingly, characters recoil and writhe in accordance. Air rushes out of rooms as you break the windows; explosions blow enemies away. Trees move and sway in the wind and shockwaves. Some bosses have seen a very stylish makeover from their film versions. Everything is accentuated with John Williams’ impeccable score to heighten the mood.
However, that is where the problems arise. The game shows cracks in the veneer. The music suddenly stops and doesn’t come back on until after a reboot. Or that the sound effects are horribly out of synch with the cut-scenes. Last time, my lightsabre didn’t deactivate during a cut-scene; resulting in a hilarious display of senseless eye-poking. However, it’s such a mess at times you just want to stop playing.

In the end though, the game is enjoyable to Star Wars fans. Especially people who got involved during the original era will get a kick out of the focus on the empire over the clones. Interesting characters and satisfying storyline make it worth at least one romp at a good discount. The tech is a thing behold when it doesn’t bug itself out too much. The same goes for the visuals; while a little dated, they use the source material in a dignified and well adapted manner for a more brutal game. This media project paid off my opinion. Give it a go if you like Star Wars.
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72 of 90 people (80%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 28, 2015
I am torn with this review. As a lifelong Star Wars fan, I enjoy most good SW story lines and this game has a very nice (cinematic) story line.

The graphics are excellent, however the controls, combat and general game play are nothing amazing. Same with the customizations that you can apply to your character, I personally found that they make very little to no difference (except one or two).

Difficulty wise its fairly easy and my feeling is that it was intentionally made to not be too challenging so that the story arc flows without long gaps.

Would I recommend it ? If you are a fan of Star Wars = absolutely... but view it as an interactive movie/story that you will go through once and never play again. Still, its an enjoyable experience, just keep in mind what it is, so you don't get disappointed after a full playthrough.

If nothing else it is quite fun to play such an overwhelmingly powerful character, that can mow down entire armies singlehandedly.

On the other hand if you are not a fan of SW... I would probably tell you to stay away, though it will appeal to casual gamers and young children (who are at least mildly familiar with SW).
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97 of 166 people (58%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
Force Unleashed is a clunky 3rd person action game that does two things rather well a) Force Powers (as the title would suggest) and b) introducing some original characters that fit nicely into the existing classic Star Wars lore.

The game itself is somewhat mediocre (good thing the Star Wars IP is attached) as you run and jump around slashing up Storm Troopers and other Star Wars bad guys, earning XP along the way to level up certain powers and abilities. So far, so unexciting. The real kicker is the realization of the Force Powers - true, other games (especially the Jedi Knight-titles) featured Force Powers but the way Force Unleashed does them is actually unique. For example you can grab, lift and hurl enemies around - with a lot more control than earlier titles allowed for. There is also A LOT of punch to certain powers like Force Push (which can even be charged for maximum effect) and it is quite convincing as well as enjoyable to send rows of troopers flying or blast massive doors open. Bring enormous Rancors to their knees using amped up Force Lightning is also highly entertaining and you can even combo Force Powers into your lightsaber attacks. If you want to feel badass, Force Unleashed got you covered.

The main reason to recommend this game (for me, anyways) would be the story, writing and the characters. Eventhough the main twist of the story is darn stupid, it is highly entertaining thanks to good dialogue and some cool characters (like your android sidekick Proxy who tries killing you at every given opportunity) - it feels very much like a legit piece of Star Wars, NOT easy - in my opinion. And even if you are not into the whole Star Wars thing, this could work out for you because it's simply well done and some of that classic Lucas Arts magic shines through. It also looks the part and has amazing art direction - some places are REALLY impressive, even by todays standard.

Now, you might say: "dude, all of this sounds pretty good - why the tumbs down?" - because this game is one of the worst PC ports I own on Steam. Locked frame rate, rather unstable and with completely broken sound in the final levels - some of that stuff can be fixed, but the game is broken out of the box and nobody ever cared about fixing the actual Steam files - as mentioned before, the game has a few issues as well - mainly some difficulty spikes and (more annoying) half of the game is spend revisiting locations you have already been to - which, considering it is rather short, feels like lazyness on the developers part.

Grab it at your own risk, some good stuff to be found here - but broken software sucks.
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39 of 62 people (63%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
The community is hard as hell on this game. I'm not really a starwars fan (more of a star trek fan) so i could give 2 sqates for the story. I am on the other hand a big beat em up fan, so im easily pleased if certain criteria that i believe is common in the beat-em up genre is met.

I'll honestly say this game feels slow as ♥♥♥♥ locked at 30fps, to a point where it virtually feels a bit unplayable and more of a chore just playing it. One of my main reasons for not continuing to play the game was because of how slow it felt. till someone told me i could fully unlocked the game and get 60fps

After doing so man how this game felt so much improved. At heart one can clearly see this game was a rip straight off of the consoles. I'll be quick to say the menus are downright dated to the point of disgust. Menus surly doesn't scale to resolutions, thats for sure.

game is worth it, as long as you can deal with the small janks.
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