The Return Of The Force Unleashed

Arep | 30 September 2008 | 0 Comments

A week ago I posted a review of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed which came down pretty hard on it. In my eyes, its main flaws were that it was short with very little re-playability. I really wanted to love this game because it was Star Wars and you got to toss people around like confetti. That should have been a winning combination. I’ve heard two things in the last week that made me want to revisit my thoughts on the game. The first of which was a comment by LucasArts project leader, Hayden Blackman, hinting that George Lucas has thought about making the game into a movie. One of the elements I liked the most about Force Unleashed was its excellent story. I think it would lend itself perfectly to the big screen, either live action or animated like the Clone Wars. Without spoiling it, there are quite a few things that happen in the game that impact the events in Episode III and A New Hope. It does a good job linking the two movies together in a way that the books never could since none of them had the official nod from Lucas.

The second bit of info came out just a little bit ago. Again, Hayden Blackman was speaking about the game and revealed that there will be downloadable content coming for it. He mentioned extra characters and, more importantly, an extra level. The level will be set in the destroyed Jedi Temple on Coruscant as Darth Vader’s secret apprentice takes a detour to look for more information about his background. (You can read the interview here) The extra characters, which provide only cosmetic changes and join a host of playable characters already in the game, are expected to arrive next month with the new level coming out sometime this year. Blackman also hinted at the possibility for additional episodic content in the future. Now, while I have an issue paying extra for something that should have been part of the game to begin with, I do admit I am looking forward to the new level. Here’s hoping that it will be worth the download and that some kind of multiplayer is in the cards. “Difficult to see...always in motion the future is”

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