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Star Wars The Force Unleashed Review

By , on February 28, 2010

Star Wars The Force Unleashed
3 out of 5


  • Great gestural controls.
  • All the usual Star Wars audio/visual trimmings.
  • Some replay value in Survival mode.


  • It's Star Wars, let me use the lightsaber.
  • Flinging gray pixelated blobs can eventually start to look weird.


It's easy to recommend The Force Unleashed to more than just Star Wars fans as it's a great action game that boasts gameplay features still unmatched by other Apps.

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (TFU) is THQ's port of the Triple-A title of the same name for major consoles from 2008. TFU was originally released at the same period as the console game and had a lot to live up to compared to its technologically advanced big brothers.

Each level of the story campaign will have you scrambling to execute gesture controls to eliminate your enemies. At the time, TFU's console version made a big splash for its complex physics and AI models, so a lot of time also went in to the controls for the touch device version. Detection of gestures isn't as smooth as more modern Apps, but for a game solely controlled this way it's easy to get accustomed to.

One major feature that many other apps are yet to replicate is its immediate switching between portrait and landscape gameplay, which is entirely up to the person playing the game. Much of the artwork is digitally hand drawn, which is beautiful, but the 3D models are extremely low resolution and hurt the aesthetics. Sadly the game is all too short and ultimately so simple it's almost like a toy. Battles with Jedi's will provide some challenge needing you to use your powers creatively, but it's otherwise not much of a challenge.

Despite its age, TFU is still an immensely fun game and with its recent price drop there's no reason to ignore it any more. There's some replay in the Survival mode, but ultimately this is a game for Star Wars fans and those after a new gameplay experience.


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