Breathtaking The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings illustration by Jian Guo also known as breathing2004
As a Star Wars fan it was surprising that I hadn’t played this game to the very end before, but not that surprising. With interesting gameplay mechanics and a repetitious combat system the game itself fell short of the potential it had.
SW:TFU was the first showing of Natural Motion’s Euphoria engine, which would later be used in the majority of Rock Star Games titles. The chaos that is able to be created at times with the natural breaking glass and wood plus the hilarious rag doll effects were spectacular when the engine would allow it, which at times wasn’t always reliable. The engine looked nice, but if too much chaos was happening the engine would chug and struggle to catch up with everything. Don’t get me wrong though, it added charm to the semi barren halls of star destroyers and junk yards, where you spent far too long in.
The world of Star Wars always felt robust and never ending with mystery at every turn; this game does not. The re-using of locales, much like old cartoons, made Force Unleashed seem rushed. When you did return to the same planet or ship (Kashyyk, Felucia, etc.) LucasArts did at least change up some of the areas that you were in. Kashyyk, for example, went from being a vibrant and full of life ocean side location, to a war torn and near forgotten city that was all but destroyed. These changes of appearance did mask the repetition of the same locales, but it still was obvious.
The controls were, for the most part solid with only a couple small gripes. The camera felt too loose, at times and I did run into a couple scenarios that, due to the camera getting caught on set pieces or walls, I was killed. But other than that, the purchasable combos that required proper timing and avoiding button mashing made the fights interesting, but I didn’t find myself using that many of the ones I had purchased. Force lightning, once you had acquired it, seemed to be the crutch in which I leaned on the entire game. More difficult mini bosses would appear, but would pose no threat due to my lightning hands of doom. It made the combat repetitious and boring getting closer to the end of the game.
Speaking of boss fights, talk about a bag of cats. Some were so easy that I barely had to even do anything, and others, even right near the start of the game, were rage inducing. There is one that sticks out in particular; the second major boss of the game. He was a Jedi, much like every other boss, and he shouldn’t have been as tough as the game made him be. The story claimed that age was taking its toll and that he was an easy opponent. Obviously that was not the case. Some can say that the decision to make him not fall into the easy side of the fights, but the canon to the story is broken with this decision. The intel that Juno, Starkiller’s pilot, would give was almost always 100% spot on. Then this boss just threw everything out the window and defied the intel, it was odd.
This brings me to the story. One comes to expect a certain level of greatness of story when it comes to Star Wars related stories, especially ones that take place within the original trilogy. The Force Unleashed’s story falls short. It’s not saying that the story was bland and uninteresting, but it was predictable and non-satisfying. There were things within the story that went against basic Star Wars canon, such as Love and the status of Jedi’s. Now I am a fan of the Star Wars series and some of the smaller inconsistencies can be overlooked since the game is clearly targeted towards everyone and not the hardcore fans. However, that does not block the fact that the main reason why Anakin turned to the dark side was because he was in love, which was forbidden. Yet Starkiller falls in love, and in a way, is encouraged forward with his love, which goes against the Jedi code. Not to mention all of a sudden he becomes a Jedi. Just completely out of nowhere he is now deep in the Jedi code and has the coinciding powers that go along with the titles. These are nit-picky things, but they did cause me to get taken away from the story. The overall story was decent by trying to tie the new trilogy to the old one, but there wasn’t enough substance to hold my attention throughout the game. The lack luster ending also left a bland taste in my mouth.
Overall the game wasn’t bad. It was fun to play, and the Ultimate Sith Edition had some pretty hilarious skins that you could play as (my personal favourite was C3P0). Unfortunately the short comings of the story and the chugging engine were enough to leave a negative memory of the game with me.
This is my current Steam Catalog. As of Feb. 3rd, these are the titles I own. The games highlighted with the green border (Batman, Bioshock, etc.) are the ones that I had completed previously. Those are the games that will have to be completed on a harder difficulty the second time around. When one of the games is completed a lovely red “X” will go through it’s box.
An image of my Origin Catalog will appear soon, along with my physical game collection.
This is getting more daunting by the day, but I’m a good way’s through my first title of my challenge, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. I’m behind my schedule of having the game completed by tonight, but the review will appearing soon!
I have a problem; I have way too many games. It’s true. Like many of my PC brethren, Steam is the major contributor to my scrolling game library. My only real dilemma is: I’ve played only a handful of them, and I’ve only completed less than half of those.
I realized my silly compulsion this past Winter Sale and tried to limit my spending, which really didn’t happen. I have over 200 titles and well over 50% of them have not been installed. Ever. My entire gaming “career” I have only completed maybe 15 games. I have what most doctors, mainly myself, have diagnosed as “Game A.D.D”; so I have decided that something must change.
I’m issuing a challenge upon myself to complete every title on my Steam, Origin, uPlay and any other physical version of PC/PS3/PS4/360 I own. The total listing is currently roughly 260 titles across the listed platforms. I have completed some of the titles already (Bioshock: Infinite, Spec Ops, Max Payne 3, etc.) but to add to the challenge I’ll complete those I’ve completed on a harder difficulty, if there is an option for that. Any of the titles that include a single player campaign of any sort will be what I will need to complete to classify the game as “completed”.
Now there are some oddities that pop up on these lists: MMO’s, online only titles and sandbox titles. With MMO’s I will reach max level on at least one character. Online only titles such as Battlefield, Team Fortress 2 and Chivalry I will achieve either at least 50% of the achievements or reach top level of “ranking” for the title. Sandbox titles like Garry’s Mod are unique. I will attempt to reach 50% of the achievements for titles like this as well.
This list will also include all new titles that I add to the list regardless of the type of game, all falling under the proper categories. There will be some new additions fairly soon such as South Park, Infamous, Final Fantasy, etc. For anyone that wishes to join me, or monitor me on my adventure follow me on twitter: @neverfraid, join me on Steam, Origin, uPlay: neverfraid. Battle.net: neverfraid#1633. Finally Ps3/PS4/360: theinternat.
If you wish to watch what I do head on over to http://www.twitch.tv/neverfraid where I’ll be streaming all of my PC endeavors.
Another thing I will be doing for each game that I complete is writing a review on the title. I’ve always been an avid writer and what better way to pair the two of my passions together. You can find my reviews here, or on the blog: http://corgis-and-games.tumblr.com/
I will warn you, I don’t do horror games very well (there are a couple) and I yell a lot at my games pretty consistently, just ask my fiancée. So if you want to hear me scream like a girl or yell at everyone ruining my “experience” feel free to laugh at, or rarely, with me. I’d be happy to have you along for the ride.
Let’s get with started!
- Pat! (neverfraid)
With all the current status updates and everything about “What Are Your Top Five Games of the Year?” I started thinking; what are my favourite games? Not like “what games do I think are deserving as the best games ever?” but more of what games did I enjoy the most? what ones did I have the most fun with, or just really fall in love with. So I decided to make….A LIST! These are not in any particular order, but just the games that, to this day, I still think about or continue to play.
Someone doesn’t understand how to share a pillow.
He doesn’t care what, but he needs to suckle something to fall asleep; even a hat. #cute #corgi #puppy #welshcorgi #dogsofinstagram
Killing time with the dog. #corgi #corgivideo #cute #dogsofinstagram
Hiding. Poorly. #corgi #cute #puppy #dogsofinstagram #welshcorgi