If the LEGO Stars Wars: The Complete Saga and LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars releases were too child-friendly for you, then LucasArts’ two Star Wars: The Force Unleashed action-adventures should do the Jedi trick.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is set between the Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope movies and is about Darth Vader’s secret apprentice Starkiller who hunts down and kills Jedis. The name might sound silly, but someone who can use the force to bring down a whole Star Destroyer should probably deserve it. Playing as the bad guy is a refreshing departure from all the hero stories the Star Wars franchise has put out over the years, although there’s obviously more to Starkiller’s character development than first meets the eye, as he has to decide if he wants to stay loyal to his master and the Emperor or maybe join the Rebels and follow the light side of the Force.
No matter what one chooses, the gameplay is similar to the God of War hack-and-slash action series, complete with quick-time-events, although one shouldn’t expect much gore. Still, throwing stormtroopers aside and slicing through enemies with a lightsaber looks satisfying, and while it’s not the next Jedi Knight, there are still a few upgrade abilities to make the button smashing less repetitive. Graphics-wise it still looks rather good, especially with the cinematic cutscenes.
The Ultimate Sith Edition also includes the three re-imagined classic trilogy levels Tatooine, Jedi Temple and Hoth, which were only available via download after the game was originally released on consoles. The PC port doesn’t come without problems, though, as loading times and a 30 FPS cap are still leftovers. However, using a gamepad to avoid awkward controls and most bugs since the PC version launch fixed, this should still be good fun, especially with the 66% discount that lasts until the end of GOG’s Winter Sale.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II continues the story of the first game and again puts the player into the role of Starkiller who is torn between the light and dark side of the Force while trying to reunite with his love Juno Eclipse (another unintentionally funny name). It doesn’t help that Darth Vader hunts him down and wants to create the ultimate killer in Starkiller’s image as a clone. So far, so ridiculous, but what counts is that the game delivers the same over-the-top action as the original.
Being now able to wield two lightsabers at the same time and also to use new powers like the Mind Trick that turns enemies against their own (something that was already in the first Jedi Knight game, though) should provide even more opportunities to wreak havoc amongst stormtroopers, AT-ATs, and other smaller or bigger Imperial adversaries. It might not be the most sophisticated game in the galaxy, and technical problems of the PC port seem to still rear their ugly heads, but for the same 66% launch discount one can’t even buy a movie ticket, so it might just be worth a try.
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