Monday, December 2, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 155 - Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is so close to being a perfect Star Wars game. They got the presentation down perfectly and the gameplay is spot on for the most part, but then they'll throw a terrible level at you or make you pull down a Star Destroyer from orbit (sounds cool, is terrible in execution) and the whole thing falls apart. Surely, they'll get it right in the sequel! Keep reading for more on Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and to watch Darth Vader tear up some Wookies.

I loved The Force Unleashed when it came out. It does such a good job of letting you live out your Star Wars fantasies while mostly getting out of your way so you can just have fun with it. You can force push and force pull crap all over the place. Throw enemies off ledges. Use your lightsaber like a badass. And all of it is happening with amazing Star Wars music and sound effects pounding into your ears the whole time. It's freaking amazing. 

Until it's not. Some levels are just boring. Some enemies just aren't fun to fight. And that stupid damn Star Destroyer. Pulling a Star Destroyer out of orbit sounds like the coolest most awesome amazing thing ever, but the way they make you do it is just the absolute worst. By the time you get to the end your excitement is waning and you just want it to be over. 

The story is compelling, at least. It's a shame that it isn't still canon - because Disney wiped the slate clean of everything except the movies like the dumb boring Star Wars ruining hacks they are - because the story of Darth Vader having a secret apprentice who turns against him and helps the rebels is freaking amazing. It's so good! 

Complaints aside, The Force Unleashed is still a ton of fun to play overall. It runs great and looks excellent on Xbox One, too.