Review by Adam Fleet:
"Who among us hasn't tried to use The Force on occasion? Remote control just out of reach? Use The Force! Hell, if Yoda can make the X-Wing rise you should at least be able to retrieve six ounces of plastic from the far side of the couch. Or maybe use that Jedi mind trick on the cop writing you a speeding ticket? "This is not the jalopy you are looking for, officer. Move along." Sadly it proves to be much more difficult than the movies would lead us to believe. Fortunately here in the 21st century all things can and will be simulated, which brings us to LucasArts' latest Star Wars game, The Force Unleashed.
In The Force Unleashed, you take on the roll of Darth Vader's secret apprentice, a grimy little moppet who goes by the name Starkiller. The story, which takes place between Episodes 3 and 4 of the movies, starts off as pretty standard video game fare with Vader sending you off to smoke some Jedi general, but eventually through a series of twists and turns winds up telling one of the great previously untold tales of the Star Wars universe and should be considered one of the game's real strengths. Sure it falls victim to some of the usual genre contrivances, but for a video game this is pretty decent stuff, and there's plenty here for even a casual Star Wars fan to appreciate."