275w ago - Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and other platforms is LucasArts' most ambitious gaming project to-date. Taking over four years from concept to completion and enduring multiple delays, the long-awaited game is the first next-gen development effort by the small studio, and the first to utilize multiple new technologies and the direct input of Industrial Light and Magic.
Taking all this into consideration it comes as a bit of a surprise to see what print media is saying about the game. With four reviews in the can, Force Unleashed has only mustered a meta score of 6.8, with individual publication scores ranging from a mediocre 7.5 all the way down to a pathetic 56.
Official Xbox Magazine offers the highest score of 7.5 and has the following to offer.
With its non-branching storyline and no multiplayer, Force Unleashed is certainly less ambitious than the classic "Jedi Knight" games - and ultimately, its design makes it feel more videogame-y and less of an all-engrossing Star Wars experience than Xbox entries like "Jedi Knight II" or "Jedi Academy."
But when the game is on, it's on. Games and GamePro magazine each scored Force Unleashed a 70, citing...
276w ago - The first couple of review scores for Star Wars: the Force Unleashed have made their way onto the Interwebs thanks to GameRankings.com and various forums.
The Official Xbox Magazine gave a score of a 7.5/10, calling it an "Entertaining story," but "Is less polished than the Jedia Knight game."
The US version of the Official PlayStation Magazine gave a little lower score at 3.5/5. At this time, we couldn't find an article for OPM.
The Nintendo Power review also gave it a 7.5/10 saying, "You can hack and slash with your lightsaber, which isn't as satisfying as I'd hoped." Isn't that the only reason why we would buy that version?
Although the scores are more positive than negative, it is disappointing to see such an average score from a game we are excited to play. We still feel the game will have an unbelievable story-line and it could be worth purchasing just for that, even if the gameplay is not up to par as some others.
276w ago - So as many of you know, the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed demo was released not to long ago. I picked it up on my PS3, and began playing immediately. My first thought were that the combat was a bit dull, however, I've been wrong before. As it turns out, I was terribly wrong.
Not having played many star wars games before, my immediate thought was to run up to enemy soldiers and stab them with my lightsaber, but there really is much more to do with the combat. The close quarters is indeed fun, especially with the new combos in which you can add in force lightning or a force push. You can even force choke hostiles, then throw your lightsaber at them. The lightsaber combat is amazing, and no doubt many people would buy this game just for that.
However, the aspect that captured my mind was the power of the force. By this I mean the ability to grab an object with the force, and sweep it across the enemies flank, throw it at nearby explosives, or just completely smash one unit again a wall. It's not something you'll be able to do well on your first try. It'll need some practice before your a master of the force.
I've player through the demo four times at this point, and can control boxes to do whatever I desire. I've almost mastered using a box as cover lifting it up in-front...