WGA award loosed onto Force Unleashed

LucasArts actioner beats out Fallout 3, Red Alert 3, Tomb Raider, and Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble for Writers Guild award.

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In late 2007, the Writers Guild of America announced a new category dedicated to game writing in its annual awards. However, the following February, the Hollywood trade association got off to a questionable start by bestowing the honor onto the tepidly reviewed Dead Head Fred. The D3 Publisher game beat out such higher-profile nominees as Vivendi's Crash of the Titans, Electronic Arts' The Simpsons, CD Project Red's The Witcher, and World in Conflict, also from Vivendi.

One year later, the WGA has bestowed its second award for game writing to the team behind Star Wars: The Force Unleashed--writers Haden Blackman, Shawn Pitman, John Stafford, and Cameron Suey. The LucasArts game, billed as the seventh chapter in the two-trilogy Star Wars film saga, beat out several high-profile contenders, including Eidos' Tomb Raider: Underworld, EA's Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, and Bethesda's Fallout 3, GameSpot's top role-playing game of 2008. The casual PC game Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble! was also among the nominees, which must be written by WGA members to be considered.

Developed internally at LucasArts, the best-selling Force Unleashed is set between the ending of the movie Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and the beginning of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. The secret apprentice is tasked by Vader to rid the world of the scourge of the Jedi, and the game adds a new layer of backstory to the Star Wars saga.

For a detailed breakdown of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed's gameplay and storyline, read GameSpot's full review.

Discussion

92 comments
Maj_Wood
Maj_Wood

Get this game on the sliver screen please!

adam111111
adam111111

Well, the game was harshly reviewed. But the story was superbly written. No surprise it won.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

It was better than the prequels, I'll give it that. Loved the story, pretty good acting as well.

rebel_punk34
rebel_punk34

Force Unleashed really did deserve the award, I've been a fan of the star wars saga for years. And the story just made it even better, filling in that 20 year gap. Hopefully we will see more games like this in the future.

buft
buft

the story in this game was pretty good , i really liked it ,that may just be cause im a big starwars fan

ShadowXStorm
ShadowXStorm

Awesome I really loved this game, I give it a thumbs up with this award it really deserved it.

tidyspidey
tidyspidey

Deserving award - fantastic story, even if the game itself had a few very minor weak moments, this didn't impact the story. Nice to see TFU got some praise as I thought some people were a little too harsh on it. I really enjoyed it.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

RE Force Unleashed movie... Remember the live action Star Wars TV series that's in development set in the same time period? Remember the appearance of characters in TFU are modelled on their actors? I doubt there will be a movie but if the live action series does get off the ground I wouldn't be surprised to see some TFU characters even if it is just cameos.

Darth_Nater307
Darth_Nater307

Wula_ Posted Feb 11, 2009 8:53 am GMT -12 Am I still one of the few hoping for another republic commando game? No sir, you are not.

HD360gamer
HD360gamer

not surprised actually. I am a huge fan of the game but the story of the force unleashed is definitely better than the main story of that game or any other that came out recently. and i am not being that biased as far as being a star wars fan either.

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

Wow, i would never have seen that coming

saturo123
saturo123

It thought it was pretty fun, I wouldn't be surprised to see another star wars movie come out of it. They can call it episode 3.5 or something

Wula_
Wula_

Am I still one of the few hoping for another republic commando game?

Amir29
Amir29

A good Star Wars game... FINALLY!! Now, that it's got recognition, how about a sequel announcement?! PLEASE?!

msharki
msharki

I have heard talks of a Force Unleashed movie on IMDB. George Lucas would be crazy to not want to capitalize on the success of the game.

delcidanddarth
delcidanddarth

What a load of tripe. Any "award" that requires you to be a (paying) member of the group that sponsors the award is just terribly self-indulgent. As my favorite protagonist in a Russel Crowe gladiator movie once said, "The time for honoring yourself will soon be at an end."

Buttonio
Buttonio

I would love to see a force unleashed film, though it wud need a different name and they shud definately have the same guy as starkiller ,i thought he was pretty good, i noticed hes in the mist aswell

sdkingsht
sdkingsht

dapoochiman...if it's written by a WGA member it's eligible. MGS4 is not. it's written by the people who have always handle the series.

sdkingsht
sdkingsht

man...am i the only one hoping they make a movie out of this game? someone should get on that.

INMATEofARKHAM
INMATEofARKHAM

I think any award that's given out where you have to pay dues to get it (75.00 dollars a year) has some serious questions about its integrity... Which is only confirmed by the games nominated. (Not all of them mind you but the list in general; I'm looking at you "Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!") I personally, thought that the story in the Force Unleashed was a joke... I say this as a true fan who has read more than his fair share of Star Wars comics and novels over the years and most of the TFU story contradicted what has already been accepted. If it had been released under more of a "What if" story I would probably be more accepting of it but as is its just another piece of a very forgettable game. (Which still makes it a decent Star Wars title.)

Moop25
Moop25

GJ Lucas Arts, the story was infact badass and a great game in itself IMO.

01_855403
01_855403

as a single american game TFU deserves it but on the whole world MT all the series have the best story.

dapoochiman
dapoochiman

MGS4 is a Japanese game Therefore they would not be eligible for the American WGA nomination.

otanikun
otanikun

That's not surprising in the least, I'm still playing through the game because I just got it recently, and the story is amazing. The game it's self is worthy of a fill in movie between Episode 3 and 4.

super_csa
super_csa

Ok, its true that the story of TFU was good, but the story of MGS4 was waaaaaaaaay better

DeadnBuried
DeadnBuried

Not that this award matters at all, but still, TFU? Best writing? It was awful, there was hardly enough dialogue to hold the game's plot together at all, let alone be given an award for it ¬_¬ The gameplay wasn't half bad, but the game was supposed to be the missing chapter of the saga and it just didn't hold up at all. But seeing as the only competition it had was from Fallout 3, i can't complain, because that's another game with a pathetic storyline. It's good that you can choose what to do, but the story ALWAYS suffers dramatically for it. But again the gameplay's awesome...I wish western studios would focus more on their story-telling skills, maybe then we'd have some REAL good games coming out.

moose_knuckler
moose_knuckler

Well I'm not exactly sure why people say this story was better than prequels, which at some points I can agree. Seriously though, the dialogue like jmartin mentioned wasn't great at all and it was missing a little too much background story even though they had 2 extra years to write about that. I just feel like Hayden Blackman actually bought a membership for just before they presented this award just so he can feel special about himself. Sorry to get pissed about this but you can't really blame me, I'm sure half of you guys that have and will post on here could've made-up a more complex and deeper story.

DangerClown
DangerClown

Fallout 3 was campy where it should have been cool.

pwnzord
pwnzord

Of the crap games they put up for nomination it had the least offensive story (parts were utter crap in TFU but overall it wasn't too bad). Fallout 3 was awful, Bethesda butchered a great IP with its horrendous storyline and since that's all this award is about I won't go on any further about the myriad of disappointments from that game. So in the end as another user mentioned who cares? The WGA has little influence in gaming, just another "participation" trophy to put on their mantle. On a side note did anyone else think the title of this article was just as bad as the writing in Fallout 3? Loosed onto Force Unleashed? Listen Tor maybe it sounded better in Norwegian, but honestly I clicked on the article headline to see what the hell he was trying to say, it made little sense (Maybe this article will be up for a WGA award).

Cohenat
Cohenat

jmartin1016: Yes i have, about 20 hours gameplay. But its not about what game have better dialogues, becose they both have them bad, and i dont choice the better from two bad. On the other hand, the story from FU is better than the one from F3 (not to mention that FU is only an action game and the F3 is an RPG and that should be epic).

makchady
makchady

the story was the only good aspect about star wars the force unleashed and it didn't have much competition this year as far as quality game plots are concerned. but like baystatethrashr said, who honestly cares?

jmartin1016
jmartin1016

The Dialogue in The Force Unleashed almost made me vomit several times. Not saying Fallout 3 had the best script in the world. Just that F3 had a superior story and script than TFU. But MGS4 had the best of 08. You can debate me all you want, but imo thats the way it is.

jmartin1016
jmartin1016

Cohenat: Have you played The Force Unleashed?

Cohenat
Cohenat

jmartin1016: You really dont know what you are tallking. Fallout 3 has very shallow story. If someone give it a writing award, then it must be someone who dont know what a good story is. Yes the F3 got a good gameplay (i know it, i have played it about 150 hour from now), but the story is like it is for kids, and thats very bad for an RPG. And the dialogues are poor as well.

TruthOpinionSpk
TruthOpinionSpk

Also, how awesome is it to just pull out an anti-tank missile from your ass only to discard it after the single shot and pull out another!

TruthOpinionSpk
TruthOpinionSpk

And yeah, MGS4. But my personal enjoyment of the game is not affected by it missing out on some award. : P

TruthOpinionSpk
TruthOpinionSpk

To me, the Force Unleashed was a radical departure from Star Wars as I know it. Despite the newer trilogy's gratuitous amounts of CG, which irritated the hell out of me, those movies still FELT like Star Wars. This game just didn't feel like Star Wars.

jmartin1016
jmartin1016

Wow. The Forced Unleashed was ok at best. The story arc was decent, but the dialogue was poor. Whoever gave TFU a writing award over Fallout 3 is not qualified. Also MGS4 must not have been nominated, it was better in every way.

CapedCod
CapedCod

Well, Force Unleashed did have a good story going for it.

MartinCaillou
MartinCaillou

This award lacks credibility, the Force Unleashed gameplay and storyline is nothing to celebrate. It´s a collective masturbation for WGA members.

slipknot61174
slipknot61174

Heh, oops, just saw that. "Must be written by WGA members to be considered." Well, that's that.

slipknot61174
slipknot61174

Um, agreed... where's MGS4?! TFU was cool and all, but nothing mindblowing.

Zoldaire
Zoldaire

TFU was one of the best SW games so far, after KOTOR of course. The Jedi Knight games were okay, but they didn't have a great story to them, since they didn't really follow the books written after RotJ. I have to agree that this award went to the right game. Fallout 3 had a flop-out story.

LordelX
LordelX

Force Unleashed may have been a mediocre story compared to other games' stories, but it was the best Star Wars story involving the main characters since Empire Strikes back. To the 40-something writer's guild members that judged this category, it probably blew their minds.

FrancescoT
FrancescoT

While I agree their choice of awarding TFU with "best writing" is questionable, I really despise your comment on Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble. It shows how little respect you have for indie games... and, for the record, indie =/= casual. It shows you didn't even play the game. I wouldn't give it an award but the comment "which must be written by WGA members to be considered" really was uncalled for.