Star Wars: The Force Unleashed DLC Hands-On

The Sith apprentice has gone to Tatooine, and we're there to help him torment Jawas.

With the one-year anniversary of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed looming on the not-too-distant horizon, LucasArts has been hard at work on new downloadable content for fans hoping to squeeze a few more adventures (and perhaps some Jawa punting) out of the Sith apprentice. When this DLC arrives, you'll once again take control of Darth Vader's soft-spoken underling as he travels to a pair of worlds near and dear to fans of the original trilogy: Tatooine and Hoth. We recently played through the Tatooine half of the storyline to see what you can expect when this content arrives in the fall. Warning: This preview contains significant story spoilers regarding The Force Unleashed.

The Tatooine story picks up after the end of The Force Unleashed. As you may recall, just prior to the game's conclusion you were given the choice of going after either Darth Vader or Emperor Palpatine. For the sake of simplicity, the new DLC focuses on one of these choices by assuming you've elected to kill Darth Vader. This takes the apprentice down a new career path as the personal assassin for Emperor Palpatine, which sets the story for the Tatooine mission. As the game explains, highly secretive plans for the Death Star have gone missing courtesy of the Rebel Forces, and the apprentice has been dispatched to Tatooine to deal with them accordingly.

After the traditional Star Wars intro sequence of yellow text scrolling into the horizon, you're brought down onto a remote cliff on Tatooine. A cutscene shows the apprentice, cloaked in tattered desert survival wear, approaching a pair of Jawas fixing a droid. He takes them out with his lightsaber, then takes a moment to chat with his new master, Emperor Palpatine, via hologram. Palpatine orders the apprentice to go to the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the closest thing there is to a decent source of information on this particular wasteland planet.

To get there, the apprentice has to do battle with Jawas, Tusken Raiders, and Gamorrean guards. In our build, all the Force powers were unlocked from the very beginning, so it doesn't look like you'll have to go back and relearn the abilities that you've already unlocked in the original game. The core gameplay and controls are more or less identical to those in The Force Unleashed, which means that all those strengths (a wide assortment of terrific combos and powers) and weaknesses (finicky targeting system) that were present the first time around are still here. However, LucasArts seems to have recognized the criticisms of some of the larger gameplay sequences, meaning that you won't see anything on the order of the frustrating star destroyer set piece from the original game.

After meeting with Jabba--we won't spoil how that particular encounter goes--you're sent on a quest that throws you into fights with rancors, droids, plenty more Gamorrean guards, and a handful of other enemy types. The end of the DLC is capped off with a pair of boss fights. The first one has you fighting against a very powerful Boba Fett, and the second one whisks you away to Mos Eisley for an encounter with a very familiar face that we won't spoil for you right here.

Who would you put your money on?

This latest DLC for The Force Unleashed looks ready to put a big grin on the faces of fans of the original game. It has added some slight refinements to the experience while adding in a bunch of very familiar characters from the original Star Wars trilogy. That said, those who were put off by the original won't find anything remarkably different about the way this game plays. You can expect the DLC to be released this fall.

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Discussion

155 comments
aromack
aromack

Just started playing this game on the PC and I have to say I got chills right when I saw "a long time ago in a galaxy far far away..." and double the chills when I dawned on me that I got to play Darth Vader in the beginning. I would love to see a game where you get to take on the roll of Han Solo pre-rebel, as a rogue, space pirate and smuggler.

siarhei
siarhei

Force Unleashed was a good game. Sith Edition should make it even better. PS: I did go for Darth Vader at the end =)

smelly555
smelly555

does the force unleashed ultamite sith edition have the original game included

green_dominator
green_dominator

@fromal There are tons of books, anything by Timothy Zahn is amazing. It would be awesome if they made a game based off one or some of those. I'd so love to play as Mara Jade or Talon Karde or one of the Nohgri warriors but it won't happen because most folks only see the films and figure there isn't anything else available...... Shadows Of The Empire was good, it wasn't perfect but it was fun, one of the best N64 games out there......

mrclutch87
mrclutch87

i think lucas arts should team up with a studio like team ninja or ea to make the light saber wielding fun to do . right now star wars game dont live up to thier potential at all kinda the way a lot of super hero games are but batman arkham is an exception

idontexist
idontexist

I love the Force Unleashed! I bought the Jedi Temple DLC, but was disappointed at how short it was. I now hesitate to buy this one. I do expect that, at some point, a new DLC containing all the extra's will be released.

fromal
fromal

They have books covering what happens after the movies

dvddingdang
dvddingdang

Why cant they just make jedi academy 4?? And Jaden is the bad guy and chose the dark side. There is so much unexplored in the star wars galaxy that they havent put into the game. They are just thinking about the story line from star wars episode 2 and 3 and add som story beetween the two movies. They cant just make another star wars game continue from the last star wars movie?

Zero_robot
Zero_robot

Toooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Short. With This DLC Make looks Edward Tall

Beawolf
Beawolf

@ JiminycricketX It's not a blanket statement if the material of the expansion AND one of the two alternate endings derails from the main story arch of Star Wars. So, no need to get all supercilious about it.

Sokol4ever
Sokol4ever

Good game, looking forward to DLC.

SloLynx
SloLynx

@iceman_dan1979 Yea, the jedi knight series really made you fell like a jedi especially when you encountered another jedi.. But the force unleashed is also great, tough not as great as the jedi knight series

Czech895
Czech895

force unleashed was a little to much button mashing and nothing else...

iceman_dan1979
iceman_dan1979

i miss jedi outcast 2. at least it madev you feel like a jedi. force unleashed was weak and pathetic. a sub standard game what were they tyhinking

opoolo3737
opoolo3737

/sigh . . . yet another Sat Wars game with a Tatooine and Hoth level. It's like they can't stop themselves.

Trygve
Trygve

I think this was a really great DLC! Top notch, in fact. Brought me straight back to Return of The Jedi. But what is disappointing is the simple fact that this isn't a new and complete game. As long as they're making a different approach on the classic trilogy, I would have wanted to play everything Darth Vader went through (maybe even with the ability to choose Darth Vader over the new sith character). From entering the rebel ship in ANH, searching for the secret plans, to fighting Luke Skywalker on Death Star 2. When there's just 1 level, you can't help wanting *a lot* more at the same time. That said. I can't wait for the Hoth level to arrive. It will be awesome. And if they don't make a sequel, I hope they continue making DLC's for it.

fatkid22
fatkid22

I'd like to see them do a remake of Jedi Power Battles for the PS3. That would be nuts!

fatkid22
fatkid22

Instead of making a bunch of games about stories in between the movies LucasArts should make a game that plays out the story of the actual episodes from 1 to 6 for the next gen consoles. All the games that follow the actual story are for ps2 and ps1 and they were classics. That said the Force Unleashed is still one of the best Star Wars games.

geokes76
geokes76

PC!!!! It better be good -.-

Fusion32
Fusion32

Heh! After A Long Time It comes to pc. But hey Guys...Its A Port.Because Aspyre always port. i hope its not a Bad port and they make a flexible Game that doesnt Tax the Hardware too much. bythe way I Have a question.does anybody know that this vesion has the First one or not?

kamikazen
kamikazen

hell yeah saga continue........

akmex
akmex

i'd play it i guess....

Kh4led
Kh4led

yeah, the story goes on

Kh4led
Kh4led

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sguint-eyed
sguint-eyed

that is stupid, why is it available for PC if the original game wasnt?

punisher41542o
punisher41542o

so just a review, rebuy the game with a few new level less then a year after i blew 60 bucks plus 10 for the first few dlc's. this game better come with a real life slave leia if it hopes to get me on board

Kh4led
Kh4led

is it really downloadable? and the 1st one as well?

Kh4led
Kh4led

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darthdano1970
darthdano1970

this game will be base on an alternate story line that has the dark side wining.you will fight both boba fett and obi wan on the tatoonine level.you will also face luke on hoth.these characters can be killed off because of the alternate story line

beau_x
beau_x

@Battleraven: Thanks!

beau_x
beau_x

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Kh4led
Kh4led

"...hard at work on new downloadable content" will we be able to download this game on the ps3? what about the 1st one? I was going to buy it.. if yes, i won't.

JeffreyCor
JeffreyCor

Same here, DLC for PC when the main game isn't, that makes no sense. Did Gamespot mess up their artical yet again?

beau_x
beau_x

This is a PC feature article...did I miss something? Is TFU on the PC now? Or just the DLC? I'm confused.

Blood_Diamond
Blood_Diamond

Nothing saying fett won't escape, not before hitting you with a net

rade983
rade983

i really can't wait for this game to be relesed.fett is dead, i saw it (in my head of course : )

conartjumper
conartjumper

also, in the Luke battle image mentioned below, Luke looks like He-Man with a lightsaber.

conartjumper
conartjumper

If you take a look at the image section, you'll see a Luke Skywalker battle at Hoth and a Obi-wan battle in Mos Isley... but I guess gamespot was correct in saying "an encounter that we won't spoil for you right here" -- I on the other hand have no qualms with pointing it out.

OF-5
OF-5

Well even if Fett loses he obviously survives unscathed which is a pretty big accomplishment.

Transilvanien
Transilvanien

that would be a good fight to watch and play. I am really looking forward to the sith edition pack for all the dlc and game; since I just rented and wanted to buy it, but I knew it was short as hell. It still is the most awesomest star wars, pairing up with the KOTOR games.

zRO_degrees
zRO_degrees

i hope its longer this time that 8 hr gameplay needs some improvement but I'll say this... the game is crack and i regret selling it

dinoczar
dinoczar

@AgentPix *turns on nerd* Yeah Boba Fett escaped the pit of Carkoon and is seen in several other expanded star wars stories *turns off nerd*

Axcel_94
Axcel_94

i bet Obi-Wan's the other boss. :)

gamergalore333
gamergalore333

@ AgentPix actually Boba didn't die yet, he still lives after return of the jedi... try looking up Boba Fett in wookiepedia