The saga continues in Star Wars™: The Force Unleashed, casting players as Darth Vader's "Secret Apprentice" and unveiling new revelations about the Star Wars galaxy. Set in the era between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope, players must assist the iconic villain in his quest to rid the universe of Jedi, and face decisions that could change the course of their destiny.
- The power of the Force: The core powers of the Force can be upgraded throughout the game. Use Force push, grip, repulse, and lightning in powerful combinations. Force grip an enemy in mid-air, zap them with lightning, then throw them to the ground.
- Familiar and new universe elements: Interact with familiar characters such as Darth Vader and new adversaries such as fugitive Jedi and Force-sensitive Felucians. Visit locations including Episode III's Wookiee homeworld Kashyyyk, the floral Felucia, the junk planet Raxus Prime, and an Imperial TIE Fighter construction facility.
- New technologies: The game debuts Pixelux's Digital Molecular Matter system that incorporates the physical properties of items in the environment, making wood break like wood, and glass to shatter like glass. The game also features Natural Motion Ltd.'s euphoria, a revolutionary behavioral simulation engine enabling characters to move, act, and even think like actual human beings.
Just got my Game Informer mag last night and it looks like we get a new Star Wars game for the 360 console. If you remember E3 last year, there was some "closed door" footage that showed some Jedi just laying the smack down on the Empire:
Well, it looks like this November we'll get to play it; aptly name Force Unleashed, you play as the aprentice to Lord Vader himself as he trains you to overthrow the man who made him who he is. Set between Episodes III and IV, the main character (named Apprentice in the article but noted that this will not be the real name given) builds his force powers up as he hunts down the few rogue Jedi that are left in the galaxy.
From what the article says, they are using the same engine that Lucas Arts is using for the next gen Indiana Jones game. Since I can't remember the exact names I'll just describe them:
The first engine focuses on the enemy AI, allowing them to react realistically to their environment. One example given is that if a catwalk is collapsing, a trooper may grab for the ledge and attempt to hold on, if his strength is high enough, he may even pull himelf back up; if another trooper is falling, he may try to grab onto his buddy to save himself which could pull them both down. Another example said that a trooper was following the Jedi into a room intentionally designed with tons of crates. As the Jedi tossed crates at the trooper, he would duck and jump if he anticipated the objects coming towards him, but if he was too late he would pull his arms up to try blocking it. Also noted is that the trooper would get knocked off balance and would try to correct himself.
The other engine says that it will allow for real-time shifting of the enviroment. If you force-pull a beam from a catwalk (there was alot of catwalk mentions in the article) it would fall or break apart; if you force push a character into a stone piller it may shift a little or crack a bit, but if you throw a AT-ST cockpit into it then it'll shatter and the cockpit may dent a little.
All-in-all the game sounds sweet, but it also sounds like it's very linear and your Jedi freedom may be a bit bound. For example, they described one scene in which you fight against a Jedi that has a bunch of Rancors; in order to defeat a Rancor, you have to toss somthing at it to disorient it, then get close to it and have it eat you, then do a force power to explode it from the inside ... not sure I like having to kill something ONLY one way.
I really wish LA would bring out a Star Wars game in a sandbox environment. It'd be damn sweet to cross breed GTA with Star Wars to give players a deeper gameplay experience. Either way, I'm sure I'll be getting this game, from the sounds of it it'll be freaking SWEET!!!
Lucas Arts Force Unleashed Page: http://www.lucasarts...forceunleashed/
IGN Game Announcement: http://xbox360.ign.c...4/764558p1.html
Edited by LinkinPrime, 16 September 2008 - 05:08 PM.