Force Unleashed sells 1.5M in first week

Despite mixed reviews, the Sith-centric action game becomes fastest-selling LucastArts and Star Wars game yet.

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After over a year of being hyped as a full-fledged installment in the Star Wars saga, The Force Unleashed finally shipped to stores last week. So far, though, the game's reviews have been decidedly mixed. While the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Portable editions garnered mild plaudits from critics, the Wii, DS, and PlayStation 2 versions received unflattering write-ups.

Despite the less-than-glowing praise, The Force Unleashed has been a huge success at retail. Today publisher LucasArts--which self-developed the ambitious game before trimming its payroll--announced that over 1.5 million copies of the game were sold worldwide in the game's first week on the market. So far, LucasArts has shipped 4.3 million copies to retailers internationally, but is ramping up production to meet "unprecedented demand."

The Force Unleashed's retail milestone makes the game the fastest-selling title in both LucasArts and Star Wars history, according to the publisher. "The record-setting sales of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed shows the undiminished power of Star Wars and its popularity across all media types, including video games," said LucasArts president Darrel Rodriguez. He succeeded longtime president Jim Ward, who oversaw the expansion of LucasArts' internal development team for Unleashed. Ward resigned suddenly in February, citing personal reasons.

Set between the films Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, The Force Unleashed casts players as the secret apprentice of Darth Vader. Tasked by the Sith lord to rid the galaxy of Jedi Knights, players must use a host of Force powers to hunt down and rub out the rebellious do-gooders. However, along the way, they are faced with choices that may lead them to wonder if the dark side of the Force is all it is cracked up to be.

For more on The Force Unleashed, read GameSpot's full review of the game.

Discussion

319 comments
CBENOIT1979
CBENOIT1979

STAR WARS FORCE UNLEASHED IS GREAT. I HAD A LOT OF FUN PLAYING THIS GAME. ANY REAL STAR WARS FAN WILL ENJOY IT.

antogall
antogall

I am really hoping for a revolutionary game from bioware here...a sort of 'serial' mmo that is intensely story driven in which the players take part in the story. That is the only sort of thing that will convince me to buy/pay monthly for an mmo.

shaheermian
shaheermian

@ Hardly_Alive solving those puzzles in God of War requires brains! ...plus... since God of War was such an awesome release, hence everyone liked it! (or at least the majority of the gamers worldwide did)

Ychi
Ychi

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Ychi
Ychi

Everyone forgets the most important thing: that is combined sales so divide that number by the number of platforms they released it on. Now the numbers for a single platform do not look so good for what is supposed to be a four star title etc. The money machine made a fast cash grab as quick as possible before word got out that its *not* so great of a Starwars game.. The best way to show real interest/drive demand is to work on that down loadable content and turn it into environment to play in vs a one shot deal.

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

What!!! Did not think this game would do so well. Its graphics and gameplay were just average compared to other games in the action genre eg. Ninja Gaiden 2. Oh well, guess the Soul Calibur 4 stunt worked out better than they'd hoped. It was the reason I wanted to play Force Unleashed...Because the character is cool with that Red Saber.

Deekyo
Deekyo

Yeah i know this game got hype which is good, but they didnt deliver quite what we expected.

rktPYZQShWz
rktPYZQShWz

Its kinda of sad when you look at it the story wasn't as great as many thought it to be and was very predictable. There was also too much frustration and glitches. I'm surprised this game is the fast selling Star Wars game seeing how there are many that are far better. Battlefront and KotOR (1) have way more replay value even though I did quiet find this game okay. Not worth a buy though.

MacBrother
MacBrother

Are you kidding me Hardly_Alive. God of War is a much much better francise than this crappy Forced Unleashed game.

Hardly_Alive
Hardly_Alive

I'm not sure why reviewers disliked this game so much. I thought it was phenominal. It's all just opinion I guess. I played through this game twice without getting bored, yet couldn't even stomach one pass through God of War, a pretty much universally lauded game... I just hope that the numbers aren't misread, leading to a flood of actually mediocre Star Wars games...

jonbynoe
jonbynoe

All I can say is that I am completely baffled about the score and the review on the Force Unleashed. Most people can be right that different games sites can't write a review properly. This game is worth the wait. Krome Studios worked hard on this game and the game was reschedueled their release date a couple of times. I think they took their time and did a good job. I have the game, but I haven't played it yet.

ironscoug
ironscoug

Here's a huge spoiler... DARTH VADER IN THE MOVIES IS NOT ANIKAN

theWanderer80
theWanderer80

The dilemma facing game reviewers is that if they score a game lower than expected there is uproar about how they are losing the point of what it is to be a "good" game reviewer. If they score too high then they are seen as being in the pockets of publishers so they really can't win, can they? However, I'm sure the perks of being a games journo, like getting to play all the hottest upcoming releases before anyone else, mingling with the movers and shakers of the industry, fully paid worldwide trips etc outweigh a few whinging gamers. Gamers really are a whiny b!tch of a bunch aren't we? Back on topic, looks like a decent game, I'm sure it won't rock my world but it'll be a few hours of mindless jedi-slaughtering fun. My copy's on the way! WooHoo!

jedioutkast
jedioutkast

At the end of this article it sounds like a spoiler alert!!!! """However, along the way, they are faced with choices that may lead them to wonder if the dark side of the Force is all it is cracked up to be."""

Wii60Joe
Wii60Joe

I knew this would happen, the game was awesome. It's just apparant that game sites don't know how to rate games anymore. hah yea game sites suck i just go on the Forums..

dimitry0102
dimitry0102

WHAT PROBLEMS are you talking about? is it "hard to play an easy game" because of them?

Marcster1994
Marcster1994

I'll probably get the PS2 version since 1.I still have Soul Calibur 4 on my Gamefly 2. I have no PS3

dungeonboss
dungeonboss

Lately, I've actually been more disappointed with Gamespot's reviews more than anything. A lot of games that ended up being mediocre are getting 9-10 and other games such as TFU get okay scores while I feel like, aside from a few hiccups, are great games. I guess it's all personal opinion. Also, After renting the 360 version and playing Wii version at a friend's house, I decidedly like the Wii version more (despite the crappy graphics). The controls are actually pretty good and not the complete "waggle-fest" Gamespot claims it to be. And dual mode is a lot of fun, but only against another experienced gamer. My wife and sisters can't stand it.

ColeLink
ColeLink

Wow,I expected it to sell well,but not that well. I'll admit,I am a HUGE Star Wars fan,and I loved the Prequel films.But I was a little disapointed with TFU.I expected there to be balancing issues,and sadly I was correct about that.And the DMM and Euphoria engines were not used as well as they could have been.It also wasn't as mind blowing as I thought it would be. Although I did not experience many of the problems I have heard about(I have the PS3 version).I have experienced hardly any slowdown,the only time the game lagged was in Felucia where you fight the 3 Rancors and about 20 Felucians. The sound also never cut out like I've heard.There was a "pop" at the end of the first few cutscenes on my first playthrough but that was it.It also never crashed on me.I did however experience a big glitch where I was knocked down,and as I was getting up a door closed on me,then the enviroment disappeared.But after walking around for a few seconds I entered a door and everything came back. Overall,I'd give it an 8.5.As the critics have said,the best part is the story.Its certainly not the best Star Wars game,more like 5th best in my opinion.KOTOR being number #1 for me,followed by KOTOR II,Jedi Outcast,and Jedi Academy. Its a great rental for fans of action games,but only TRUE Star Wars fans should purchase it.Especially if you want to unlock everything.

betodrums
betodrums

I think the public it is always 100% right about any product, and this is no exception. In the last couple of months gamespot have gone stray out about their reviews and this is pretty bad you know. Guys if you like a game it's your choice, don't pay attention to other people or bad critics because is the worse you can do.

hermes200
hermes200

The game is good if you are forgibing. It is horribly buggy, and on my first playthrough I found several experience-killer bugs (like controller stop working, enemies, walls, floor and objects becoming invisible, enemies freezing, etc...) Hope they plan to release a patch soon.

ferid84
ferid84

Eh gamespot reviewed it as 7.5 which a fair score for it.

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

it is my favorite game right now and is utterly amazing and i give it a 10 out of 10.

Optimus_Prime83
Optimus_Prime83

It's One of the Greatest SW Games ever ! I'm Playin it now and i dont want it to get finished ! in addition the good news is i bought the game 3 days after it's release for Only $7 ! preety cool huh ?!!! ;)

CureForLiving
CureForLiving

Well shows you what brand loyalty can do for you, and over hyping. But it doesn't seem like such a bad game, just heavily buggy. I'll personally wait for a patch or something before I buy myself a copy.

Proman84
Proman84

Well, this should be enough to make up for performance of "Clone Wars".

Kno2morrow
Kno2morrow

This game is infinite awesome. Give it enough time and you'll become a master. Some of the targeting is a bit off but otherwise the game is a quantum leap in physics tech & tons of fun at that. It's only "short" if you're playing on "Nub-nub" difficulty. Play it on Sith Lord right outta the gate and there's plenty of good game time in it. This game belongs in any respectable game collection. Give the tech another installment to evolve & this series will be shown to be as memorable and influential as KotoR.

lukes_nightmare
lukes_nightmare

i played it on a friend's PSP and enjoyed it quite a bit actually, so then i figured i might as well buy the game for my PS3. no game is as good as reviews say, i mean, reviews these days state almost all the good aspects of a game, and not as many as half of the bad aspects, so they somehow get peoples' hopes up and then people start moaning and complaining if they see that it's not as good as they expected (a good example is Soul Calibur IV)! i say, just play the damn game if you think its fun, and quit whining! it should be good time killer! right?

YoJim8obaJoe
YoJim8obaJoe

was going to get til I heard how short it was at around 6-8 hours,guess Ill wait until price comes down....alot

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

I would like to try this game out cause I do like good stories but 60 bucks is a bit much, and I hate renting games.

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

I would like to try this game out cause I do like good stories but 60 bucks is a bit much, and I hate renting games.

batsy4life
batsy4life

wow...alot of people like star wars. I knew of the fan base, but had no idea it was like this.

INMATEofARKHAM
INMATEofARKHAM

Well, they got my money and all I got was a decent story and hours upon hours of frustration due to the games touchy controls, horrible camera, and poor game mechanics... (I beat it, on normal difficulty, and will probably never return to it again.) I think they got the better deal...

jeff_srns69
jeff_srns69

Looks like a very good game, Ill get because Im a BIG StarWars fan. Iv played all of the other StarWars and this one u can finally use the force in a more in depth kind of way.

digitalheadbutt
digitalheadbutt

The story (not great,lacking in imagination on many fronts)and the graphics are fine but the gameplay is hampered by it's filthy controls and an AI which is falls back on cheap moves, at the higher difficulties especially, and controls that are imprecise and unforgiving. I was under the impression that you would be engaging in combat with the various bosses (HATE KASDAN P, CHEAP BASTARD) not basically finding an exploit to take advantage of or resorting to rank 2 lightning and running circles. There are plenty of ways they could have integrated all that euphoria and physics tech into gameplay rather than making it gimmicky and clunky, which i is how it feels to me. This will be the firstgame I have ever decided to write a full review, just so other people don't feel liek tehy just threw $60 bucks on teh ground.

styymy
styymy

This game is just good fun, not great but good. We want KOTOR 3! though.

mc_snap
mc_snap

I take the game site reviews as a respected opinion into the insite of the game. I don't take it as them telling me how much I have to like the game based on there score. Their job is to tell you all the ways it could have been better and all the things it did great so you the consumer and make an educated decision base on what you consider to be "fun". It's time for you to understand the difference my young padawans.

mitchconlin
mitchconlin

oooooooooooooooooohhhhhhh myyyyyyyyy gooooooooooooooooooood!!!

Ryusennin
Ryusennin

"Read GameSpot's full review of the game." Nah. You "professional" journalists are not hip anymore.

fluteboy95
fluteboy95

I knew this would happen, the game was awesome. It's just apparant that game sites don't know how to rate games anymore.

Timstuff
Timstuff

Here's to a sequel starring post-ROTJ Luke Skywalker!

eViL_iTo696
eViL_iTo696

i dont see nothing wrong whit the game i loved it a lot i mean i know they promise more than they delivered n they complaining about some minor bugs but hell no game is perfect i just luv it n will always luv starars games n thats saying that im not a star wars hardcore fan

piett56000
piett56000

im playing it, its good, love flinging punk ass felucians, and slappin people with my light saber, people should play the game twice sp you could try all outfits and find all missings holocrons and objectives, lol im halfway done wiht felucia now, gonna fight first rancor but saved before hand .

lamprey263
lamprey263

well, it was ported to the X360, PS3, PS2, Wii, PSP, and Nintendo DS, which is probably why it was able to sell so much so quick; after all, collectively there's like 300+ million of these consoles worldwide

omgitskyrst
omgitskyrst

It's a pretty good game despite all the problems with it. I'm enjoying it so far.

Vasot
Vasot

It is a very attractive game despite its problems...

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

it is a good game not got a copy yet but will pick up the xbox 360 version

RazThePred
RazThePred

It IS a pretty good game. Really fun. I knew it'd do well despite the reviews. Not saying the game is perfect, but I really enjoy it.