|System: X360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: LucasArts||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: LucasArts||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sept. 16, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
That said, there is a real sense of charm about the game that stems from the fact that you're given a lot of freedom what with the force powers and all. The game has no qualms about throwing hordes of enemies at you, but it also encourages you to get creative with how you dispatch them. Hurling foes around, tossing them into each other, and bringing down lightning on their unsuspecting heads is sickeningly satisfying. But ultimately, it's not enough to make up for the fact that, as a game, The Force Unleashed lacks any real depth in terms of gameplay.
In fact, that sense is present in other facets of the game as well and, at times, The Force Unleashed feels rushed even though it's been worked on for quite some time. For example, there are a number of oddities present in the game that feel really out of place, from a ridiculously glitchy boss fight to some issues with targeting certain force powers. It's not that anything's broken, rather, the game lacks the polish it deserves.
Even the graphics feel a bit neglected, despite the fact that The Force Unleashed is generally touted as a technical spectacle. Yes, there are some very cool visual effects and watching your character wreak havoc is undeniably awesome. But the Wii version of The Force Unleashed doesn't look as good as it should; of course, it's not going to look like the PS3 or 360 versions, but even so, it's not quite the visual powerhouse I expected. Graphical glitches pop up occasionally and issues tend to be more pronounced with lots of action on-screen at once.
Despite some really irritating problems, The Force Unleashed isn't a bad game. The Wii controls are solid, and blazing a trail of destruction with the Force powers is a great game premise. But there are just some aspects of the game that feel half-baked and poorly-done. For example, the character development sections where you upgrade various aspects of Starkiller feel tacked-on and don't seem to have any real bearing on gameplay. Ultimately, it's a game that's going to appeal most to hardcore Star Wars fans, thanks to the solid storytelling and high-quality music. If you're looking for a basic action game, though, you could do a lot worse than Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
CCC Freelance Writer