โพสต์: 27 มกราคม
The Force Unleashed is good, clean fun. But, being a console port, it does have some issues.
The story really hits things off well. You get to play as a certain sith lord (Vader), where you get to completely decimate the...sniff...wookies. This gives a nice taste of what a fully powered character feels like, and it's glorious! Anyway, during the killing of a jedi, a young boy is found who has great force powers. And this is where it gets interesting, That boy (Starkiller) becomes the apprentice of Vader. And of course, he sends him off on secret missions to kill jedi. I will say no more because there are some nice plot points along the way... Suffice to say, it could almost sit well as Star Wars canon. ;)
Moving on, let's get the bad points out of the way. The 29GB install. I don't understand why it was so big. The graphics/textures didn't appear to be anything special. And it's not like there's a huge game to play through (9 hours max). Needless to say, now that I've finished it, I'm glad to have reclaimed that space back!
The controls... at times, they work fine. Others? Not so much. I have to admit... I started yelling at the game very loudly in frustration, twice, today! Honestly, the amount of times I would press jump and nothing would happen, only to get picked up, shot, smacked, etc. etc. In fact, this would happen with other stuff, too, e.g. force lightening not activating, force powers not activating, etc. etc. I don't know if it's the same on the consoles, but, it's hugely frustrating when you can't land a hit due to the game not picking up on button presses. This really should've been fixed.
Next, the amount of graphical pop-in during levels was ridiculous. I'm talking about 8ft in front of the character and elements of a bridge (that you're currently walking over) would load in. Or, when walking through a jungle like level, the plants would shift or appear in a similar "pop-in" way. This could be very distracting at times.
And my last point is a simple one. Fairness...or lack of. When you get knocked over by a blast, explosion or punched, you can be attacked on the ground. Yes...when the animation of your character getting up, plays out, any blasts will hurt you. And if you get hit with a 2nd blast while getting up, there's potential to get knocked over again, even killed. Or, my favourite, when you're getting up, the burly bots (as I call them) will grab you and smack you to the ground. *shudders*
Anyway, that's the bad. Now, for the good. The Force Unleashed can be a lot of fun. I mean, come on - force powers, lightsabers, familiar characters, getting to play as the bad guy(!) - it's all good. The amount of times I would smile as I used the force to pick a trooper up and throw him over a bridge or smash him into a wall, was too often! Even just picking them up with the force and lightly pushing over other enemies with that same trooper, was just the best kind of silly fun! The levels are pretty linear, sure. But the battles at the end of them remind me of classic games like Punch-out, i.e you have to learn each jedi's pattern to best them. And there's a decent amount of challenge due to that.
It's also worth noting that some of the graphical effects are nice. Indeed, using "force push" to blow open a door could look very nice and left me with a very satisfied feeling. Or even simple little puzzle points that require you to "force grab" a piece of scenery and bend it into a platform, felt inspired. Nice touches.
I just want to note that this port has some definite issues. It crashed out during a level, but, only once, I suppose. Also, (mainly in the later levels) the sounds would sometimes mess up, e.g. music would disappear, sound effects would disappear, etc. Not great.
Overall, The Force Unleashed is still worth a look as, it holds a very nice Star Wars story that is better than anything from episodes 1-3. If only it was longer. Thumbs up!
P.s. There are two endings, so... choose wisely. Woooooooo... :)