“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
“The galaxy is on the brink of total darkness. The evil Galactic empire has overthrown the Old Republic and now holds countless worlds in the grip of fear.
“The Jedi Knights have been all but destroyed. Only a handful have escaped Imperial forces, disappearing into hiding across the galaxy.
“The Emperor’s spies have located a lone Jedi Knight on the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk. The Sith lord, Darth Vader, has been sent to destroy him.”
The Game In Review:
A boy was kidnapped by Darth Vader on the planet Kashyyyk during the extermination of his father, the lone Jedi Knight.
Darth Vader accepted the boy as his own personal apprentice and vowed to teach him the power of the dark side.
The boy had a destiny.
His name: Starkiller.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is an action-packed game that allows gamers to use the force like never before. The sound, graphics and characters all tie into the Star Wars universe with ease.
The story takes place between Episode III and IV as Vader is completing Order 66, the command to kill every Jedi.
As Vader’s apprentice, Starkiller’s duty is to carry out his master’s orders, and doing so in the game makes Star Wars fans as giddy as a kid on Christmas morning.
The presentation of the game is clear and makes use of brilliant lighting and great graphic elements.
The sound: brilliant.
Star Wars fans can reminisce over the many different theme songs they hear in the movies, along with several new compositions.
Each planet that is visited has unique characteristics and parallels to what viewers see in the six Star Wars movies.
Felucia is crawling with life and everything that is touched moves vivaciously.
Kashyyyk is all fans could expect from the Wookiee planet.
Overall, the game does a great job in each area, excluding replay value. The 12-14 hour game is fun for about two run-throughs, but once every upgrade and all of the different lightsaber power and color crystals are won, it becomes a little dull.
The sheer amazement that one experiences when wielding the force like an excited infant is the best feature this game has to offer.
Whether it is force lightning, force push, throwing the lightsaber or using a combination of each, this game has much to offer to Star Wars and video game fans alike.