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Reviewed: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Producer:Lucasarts
Required System:PS3, Xbox360: Alternate version on PSP
Overall Rating:
Author: Michael Ahlf
Date: October 27th, 2008

 

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed was certainly an interesting ride for gamers - not the game itself, but the waiting game of seeing bits and drips and drabs, and then a flood of interviews and advertisements and editorial pushes in every imaginable newspaper and magazine and website that Lucasarts could push its game towards. Some have summed up Lucasarts' latest creations (this game and the ongoing "Clone Wars" toy advertisements-cum-movie/tv shows) as proof that Lucasarts is no longer making stories, but merely "leveraging a property."

After playing the game, I get a feel for what the Lucas detractors are on about. There are things about TFU to enjoy on the surface, but ultimately the experience leaves a gamer unfulfilled, as if they were given only the top bun of a full hamburger and told "Enjoy! Isn't that the best burger you ever ate?" And it saddens me to pen this review, too; once, I was a Lucasarts devotee. I enjoyed Monkey Island, Maniac Mansion, Zak McCracken, X-Wing and Tie Fighter and all things Star Wars.

Now, in the wake of the latest few Star Wars travesties it's almost as if the fans - as if the millions of voices who had grown up loving and enjoying Star Wars - suddenly screamed out, and were suddenly silenced.


Added:  Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
Score:
Page: 1/3

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