Truly amazing

User Rating: 8.5 | Star Wars: The Force Unleashed X360
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is an action beat-em-up set in the Star Wars universe. It takes place between episodes 3 and 4, so it fills in the gap between then. The game has its flaws, but they do not stop the game from being an intense, awesome game.

You control Starkiller, Darth Vader's secret apprentice. You start the game playing as Darth Vader invading Kashyyyk, where the apprentice is found. The story goes from there, with Darth Vader sending the apprentice on missions to rid the galaxy of the last remaining Jedi. The story has plenty of plot twists, and is easily better imagined, acted, and written than episodes 1, 2, and 3. It contains two endings, a light and dark side ending. Amazingly enough, though the light side ending is the official one, the dark side ending is better. While most games with dark side endings, like KOTOR, make the dark side seem all-powerful and give you no guilt of your choices, The Force Unleashed's dark ending shows the true evil of the dark side, and shows that in the end, it bears no reward. In short, the story is nothing short of spectacular.

While playing the game, you run around wielding a lightsaber and an arsenal of force powers. These powers make the game fun, as you are able to kill your enemies in many different ways, and the environment reacts differently every time you play. Plus, the force powers are completely out of control, making playing the game a blast. The boss fights in the game are pretty good too. At the end of a difficult opponent, you will be prompted to press certain buttons. When doing this, your character will thoroughly decimate the opponent, and these sequences are extremely fun to watch.

The graphics and audio of the game are great. There is no blockiness of the graphics, and the sounds and explosions will make your speakers rumble. The voice acting is done well too, and even though Darth Vader is not voiced by his original actor, this one does a decent job of imitating him.

So the game has an amazing story, stellar gameplay, and super technical aspects. However, there are some problems with the game. One, it is much too short. It can take between 8-10 hours to beat the game your first run through, and this just isnt long enough. Thankfully there are two endings. It also is fun to play older levels with newly unlocked and upgraded force powers and cause destruction.

The game also has its frustrating pars. For the most part, the difficulty has a nice curve with the first levels being very easy and fun, with the last one being very difficult. However, around the end, some bosses get very frustrating. I won't spoil them for you, but on a few I spent almost half an hour just sitting there.

Another problem is aiming. When you grab an object with the force, you can throw it at an enemy. However, the throwing aim is kind of frustrating, as sometimes you throw it in the wrong direction. You get used to it, but in the beginning this will make you try to avoid using force grip too often. This is a pity, as mastery of this skill can result in truly awesome destruction.

One minor problem is cutscene bugs. Very rarely, the audio and video will go out of sinc, with the audio clipping and the video freezing. For the most part, however, the game runs at a smooth framerate and lets you enjoy it.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is an amazing game. While it has its flaws, its stellar gameplay and story more than make up for it. The cool moves you get to do, such as lightsaber impale and force repulse, truly make this game pure destruction and fun. Anyone with an Xbox 360 needs to get this game.