A long time ago in a theater far, far away...
Star Wars came out and it inspired an entire generation of scfi. I would be lying if I said I wasn't a huge star wars geek. As a matter of fact, star wars was the reason I got into scfi culture. From it's brilliant story, it's wonderous visuals, and it's unforgettable characters. Star Wars was, shall I say it, the shit! We fast forward into the year 2000 where George Lucas ( who apperently does not have his original crew to them him what ideas suck and what doesn't) launches the prequels. I went into the theater hoping to see the beginning of another great trilogy, however movie was somewhat of a dissapointment. To tell you the truth, I can bring myself to hate the prequels. Its not that their bad movies, its just that they make too many mistakes. I mean I will watch the phantom mence just to see the fight at the end. And I did liked episode III, it had its problem, but it was obviously the best of the three. And it pains me to say that the Clone Wars the 2003 micro-series was the best of the prequels. The movies may be gone, but the star wars video games have been doing great. Games like Kotor, Jedi Knights, Rogue Squadron, Battlefront, and Lego Star Wars has keeped my faith in star wars. So you wouldn't be surprised that I couldn't wait to get my hands on TFU. And when I got it, people everywhere say that its horrible.
I look on wikipedia and was shock by all the negitive reviews. Especially X-play giving it a 2 out of 5, now that was kind of harsh. Despite the reviews, I play the game anyway and I am here to tell you that the game is okay, just okay. So let get do to the review.
Not surprisingly, the story is the best part of the game. Its no Kotor, but its still pretty good. You are the secert apprentice of Darth Vader, codename Starkiller. You are tasked to hunt down the last remaining jedi and eventually help Vader kill the Emperor. Without giving any thing away, there are many twist and turns that make many thing canon in New Hope. You will see old and new faces on your quest including one of my favorite jedi from the prequels, Shaak Ti. When it come right down to it, the storyline is movie quality and probably should have been.
The graphics are alright, not the best on a next-gen console, but their pretty standard. The environments of the planet you go to are very impressive, especially Raxus Prime. The stages do often repeat themself, but thats hardly a complain. The faces on the characters seem somewhat messy and a little clay-like, but I got over it. There much better than the CG Clone Wars models.
Very true to the series. All of the songs are Star Wars gerne and are do very well to make you feel like your in the star wars universe.
Now to get to the core of the negative feed. Think of a mix of god of war and psi-ops and thats kinda what this is. You can use your lightsaber to cut down your foes, use force to grab or fling objects at your enemies in amusing ways, or use lightning to fry them. As you defeat more enemies, you gain experience and unlock new powers and combos. The gameplay is fun, but it has some problems. For one, you have to get very close to the object or person you want to grab and that is sometimes difficult when troopers left and right are shooting at you, especially since you can't defend yourself when you are grabbing something or someone. The foes you fight from stromtrooper to rancors yet they serve little to no stratgey to kill them. When you fight a big baddie and get it to a low health can preform a button matching mini game, however, sometime its not responsive and are not very rewarding. The boss fights are more like powered up enemies then epic adversaries, but I have to admit, the finishing moves are fantastic. In the end, its just an average hack'n'slash with telekinesis. Not that its a bad thing, but its just not as good as I had hoped it would be.
Its kinda of a mixed bag. It isn't a great game, but is still did like it. I think guys like X-play and Gamespot are being way to harsh. I agree with them on many points, but this isn't as terrible as they are saying it is. I was hoping for this to be a very in-depth and very exciting game, but in the end, it ended up to be just a very average game. I would say rent it because the game is very short (about 10 hours if you don't rush), and it really isn't worth it's $60 or $50 price tag. If you are a star wars fan, rent it and you will have fun for awhile.
3.5 out of 5
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