By Adrian Pascua
By Adrian Pascua
Nothing says “fun” more than throwing an exploding wookiee at a group of stormtroopers.
The “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” video game is a hit for those who are strong with the force. The story takes place in the time before the Rebellion, between episode three and four.
You play the part of Starkiller, assassin of the Empire and the apprentice of Darth Vader. The game begins with Starkiller hunting out the last the Jedi.
You travel from system to system, doing Darth Vader’s bidding, killing anything and anyone that gets in the way of his objective.
After Lord Vader’s betrayal, you’re next mission is to use all the power of the force to bring birth to the rebellion.
Throughout the game, Starkiller spends his time teetering between the light side and dark side of the force.
The objective of the game is to use any means necessary to complete the mission.
If it isn’t bolted down, use the force to throw it at the bad guys: rocks, boxes, starships, stormtroopers… wookiees.
As long as you can target it, you can use it to hurt your enemy.
Even though wookiees are sometimes helpful at disposing of imperial guards, throwing them at enemies can also be useful.
As the game plays on, you gain the use of more powers in the force, including the power to use the force to pick up objects, electrically charge them and throw them at enemies.
You gain the use of new combos that you can use to neutralize your enemies with extreme prejudice, including the ability to combine Starkiller’s use of the force with the use of his lightsaber.
The game itself falls short, because if you just like to sit down and grind through a game, you could probably burn through it in a day.
A huge disappointment, considering that the game is phenomenal and leaves you wanting more.
The graphics and gameplay take advantage of the X-box 360’s and Playstation 3’s capabilities and potential. Although the game is strong it’s not without faults.
The camera is controllable, but it doesn’t exactly help with being able to see your blind spots, and it also causes some gamers to get stuck in walls. This game is abundant in enemies; stormtroopers and creatures of all types attack you.
The camera angle sometimes causes enemies to almost appear out of nowhere and hit you from faraway places leaving you with that, “what the heck just hit me” feeling.
The endless amount of enemies makes you feel like you’re a one man army and with the force at your disposal, you leave nothing behind but a bunch of dead stormtroopers and whole lot of collateral damage.
The downside is that sometimes it feels like the normal grunts in the game just seem a lot harder to defeat than some of the bosses.
That’s pretty sad considering that a Jedi master can’t match up to a stormtrooper, but with so many different ways to destroy your enemies, it becomes harder to notice.
Unless you’re a huge Star Wars fan or someone who plans on replaying the game again if you beat it, “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” is definitely a game that you should rent before you buy it.
For those of you who aren’t exactly attuned to the force (i.e. bad hand-eye coordination), you can read the comic book that runs almost exactly in line with the game.
Reading the comic, you have the chance to live through “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” in another way.
But if you really want all the action, the game is the only way to go.
The game is truly strong with the force.