DEMO: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

These Star Wars games always promise a great deal, which gets geeks such as myself all moist and jittery, only to let us down at the last minute.

To be honest The Force Unleashed is about as good as could be expected. 3rd-person adventure games are – with a few notable exceptions – usually pretty drab compared to a thundering FPS or sports sim. TFU does have an interesting storyline (you’re a Sith apprentice working for Vader) and the combat isn’t that bad. You have the usual ‘saber mechanic, but also various force powers such as that crazy lightning that so crippled Luke in Return of the Jedi.

However, while the game is well executed, it still fails to engage. Maybe it’s me, but I don’t feel part of the action in a 3rd-person perspective shooter. Gears of War gets around this with over-the-shoulder zoom and the incredible cover-mechanic, and GTA4 delivered because it was just so much fun, but in the main these sorts of games just wash over me without ever really pulling me in. It’s a shame really, because I was a huge fan of Tomb Raider 1 & 2.

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