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Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition review

The Force is strong with this one, but the fighting is not

For

  • You sure look cool unleashing the Force
  • Well constructed story
  • Makes you feel powerful

Against

  • Attack animations leave you vulnerable
  • Mouse and keyboard controls suck
  • Frequent and tiresome quicktime events

The first thing you do in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is pick up a Wookiee and hurl him off of a cliff. A short time later you%26rsquo;ll fire lightning from your fingertips, making you feel completely unstoppable. Moments later, you realize why it%26rsquo;s not called %26ldquo;Lightsaber Unleashed.%26rdquo;

You%26rsquo;ll look cool using it, but saber attack combos usually take a few seconds to execute, during which time you%26rsquo;re completely locked into that animation and cannot block or avoid an incoming attack. Also, enemies continue to shoot you when you%26rsquo;ve been knocked down - and there%26rsquo;s nothing less fun in a fighting game than being unable to defend yourself. They%26rsquo;re annoyances that make TFU far less satisfying as a melee fighter.

Meanwhile, the main storyline does a respectable job of wedging its psychotically bipolar hero into the mythology between episodes III and IV - underdeveloped romantic subplot aside - and the included expansions have a bit of fun with %26ldquo;What if?%26rdquo; scenarios.

I strongly recommend the gamepad to avoid some maddeningly frustrating experiences where the controls don%26rsquo;t quite translate to mouse and keyboard. Don%26rsquo;t even think about remapping the keys to mouse buttons: the game fails to update the frequent and tiresome quicktime event cues, so pushing the button flashed on the screen won%26rsquo;t work. Regardless of which control method you choose, be ready for frequent loading screens - even between menus for some reason.

It flies in the face of everything Yoda taught us, but TFU proves that mastery of the Force isn%26rsquo;t everything.

PC Gamer scores games on a percentage scale, which is rounded to the closest whole number to determine the GamesRadar score.

PCG Final Verdict: 60% (mediocre)

Dec 7, 2009

More Info

GenreAction
Description<p>The Star Wars saga takes a dark turn in this third-person actioner, which takes place between the trilogies and casts you as Darth Vader's secret apprentice. This is a powerful story with delicious dark-side moves but has plenty of repetitive, mediocre action. But this version has three new levels.</p>
Franchise nameStar Wars
UK franchise nameStar Wars
PlatformPC, PS3, Xbox 360
US censor ratingTeen, Teen, Teen
UK censor rating16+, 16+, 16+
Release date:3 November 2009 (US), (UK)
Available platforms:PC
Genre:Action
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