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Friday, August 26, 2011

*Post-Play* Star Wars: The Force Unleashed



CONS:

So with The Force Unleashed completed, I'd have to say that I was sorely disappointed with the game. Now back when this game came out, I got two copies for free because I worked some media events with LucasFilm but I was only given the version for the Wii and the Playstation 2. The PS2 game went to Wal-Mart, and the Wii game was the one I kept, and I had a lot of fun with it. It wasn't a great game, but it was at least playable and enjoyable, and probably one of the better 3rd party games for the Wii that you're going to find. A little over a week ago, I was walking through my local GameStop and saw the XBOX 360 version of this game laying in their used selection for only $10, I decided that I'd pick it up and give it a go since I had never played it outside of 5 minutes at a friend's house. When I finally put the game in, I was a bit disappointed with it overall....

The first thing that got to me was the loading times, holy shit it took forever to get anything going. Even from going to your Options it took at least 5 seconds to load and get back to the main page, and I don't even know why... the main page shouldn't have to load what so ever when entering it from a subfolder. In game loading is also a disaster when going from mission to mission, it takes much longer than you'd prefer; while running from area to area, you actually get to see the buildings and terrain growing around you, awful.

Now the controls.... whooooo doggy, fuck them. The controls are so clunky, that you will kill yourself by slipping off ledges and cliffs more than any enemy would. Often I am attacking a stormtrooper or something and my combo of repeatedly pressing the X-Button makes me take steps forward which launches him off of a ledge, which means you start the fuck over. The controls are also quite unresponsive, in the middle of a battle you'll be trying to target onto someone but can't, and if you target onto something you'll often grab onto some rock or boulder. Pressing your Force Attack buttons like lightning often won't work unless your character is in zero motion, same with the enemy you're attacking.

The combos are also an awful part of the control scheme, there are about 20 different combos that you have to memorize, but they're not easy.... often it's like "x,x,x,b" but then you get to some complicated ones like "x,x,x,x,LB(a+y)"...srsly....wtf is that. I honestly don't have the patience to figure some of these combos out, so I just unlock them for the shit of it because I have the points, so whatever; never used 'em.

The level designs are also a flaw, with a jumping/platforming game like this, you'd think there would be a shit-ton of things to land on...right? Well no... instead you just slip off something if the game doesn't want you to land on it. The level designs are way too linear, really doesn't give you much room to explore; other than to go find Jedi Holocrons to give you more force points or lightsaber crystals. Often times stormtroopers will get stuck in the layout, you'll think you cleaned an area but you will still hear "ptew...ptew....." but can't find the motherfucker, so you can't just leave him there.



PROS:

What was pretty cool was the fact that you could customize your character based upon lightsaber colour and outfit. When it came to the lightsaber colour, you could get "compressed, regular, or unstable" in any certain colour. Difference? Fuck if I know, I didn't see anything different about them, and I really don't care to google it. The outfits were pretty neat, about 14 or so in the game, but what sucked about them was that you couldn't change it during a level or else you'd go back to your last save point.

The alternate endings were pretty neat, the only choice you had at the end was to either attack the Emporer or attack Vader, one way is good the other is bad if that makes any sense.




40 comments:

  1. Looks kinda gay.
    But then again...I watch GLEE.

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  2. i played the wii version and it was something very different in terms of gameplay. quite enjoyable, but got bored after a while because i dont like wii in general (mysister has one).

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  3. Never played it and I dont intend to, seems too shiny to me.

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  4. Eh the cons for this game too heavily outweigh the cons so not gonna get that game... thanks for the heads up mate

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  5. I preordered the new starwars MMO... it looks pretty good..

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  6. Sweet looks awesome dont normally like starwars tho

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  7. i wanna play that game where i can buy it

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  8. If you want to buy it, I provided amazon.com links in the blog for the Wii, PS3, and XBOX 360.

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  9. I too know the pain of playing this for 360.

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  10. That was a nice review, man :)

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  11. I'm getting it soon. Looking forward to it!

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  12. Its always like this...Hope we get a game that will actually blow of our heads soon.

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  13. I liked this game but thought there was a lot of room for improvement.

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  14. one of the best star wars games

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  15. Awesome review! Love your writing style! Keep up the good work!

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  16. I don't like when games have more cons than pros

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  17. I've played battlefront II, I don't know if this game any any similar to that. Nice review!

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  18. This looks like a good game, I've never really played a Star Wars game despite being a fan

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  19. another game i loved, not a fan on the films but the games are sick

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  20. I liked this game but I really hated the 2nd one.

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  21. I'll have to give the 2nd game a try.

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  22. Well, i'm going to be honest with you, i've heard great things, and bad things about this game. Mainly, i've heard that the camera sucks ass which is really like looking at a painting without your glasses on not only that but bad camera controls are sure to drive you insane.

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  23. Ooh, I remember this game! I prefer Battlefront when it comes to SW games on the PS2. I wanted to try SW:TOR but I'm not even sure if it came out yet :S Great post! :)

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  24. Super indepth guide man! Im really looking forward to this game

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  25. ive been DYING to play this game, but im so darm broke ahhahaa

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  26. Like you said, one of the best third party games on Wii, 10/10 in my opinion.
    Maybe if the Motion Plus has worked better...

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  27. I tried it but i couldnt get the gameplay right. I did enjoy it for the most part though

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  28. I never seem to get on very well with Star Wars games so I'm a little reluctant to buy this one. I'm gonna check a couple more reviews and see if a demo is available before I cough up my hard earned.

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  29. I am a great fan of the sw series. This includes naturally the games to, but i am thankful for your review.

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  30. this is one of my faveorite games! :D

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  31. Sadly... SW:tFU part 2 isn't as good as the first one. If you really want a challenge, go for it on extreme mode. It's almost impossible to finish even the first boss.

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  32. I dunno, everyone seems to like the game, I will give it a try! :D

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  33. Definitely a rental game for me! I did enjoy it thought, managed to pirate the second one on PC and got stuck in the hangar level :(

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  34. @Hurleydare
    A rental game is a perfect way to describe this! I'm curious about trying the 2nd game, wasn't aware that it was on the PC. Maybe I'll wait until the game drops in price to about $20 and I'll consider picking it up used. Too bad that the game wasn't that good, it was pushed back forever so you'd think they'd have it feel more complete.

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  35. Big star wars nerd... this game looks EPIC! I'd love to see some of the jedi/sith battles. Great info, thanks for posting!

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  36. it looked insane! But i didn't get into it :(!

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