GWN Preview: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed


''Few games plan simultaneous releases across every console and not the PC, yet include the PS2 while not being a sports game. That means that this one is the first. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed will be different on all but the next-gen consoles, and I had the pleasure of testing it out on the Wii.

As the only version with online multiplayer (which still makes no sense unless Lucasarts wants people to buy two versions of the same game…sneaky!), TFU for the Wii is essentially the same as it is on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, except for the controls and graphics processing. Obviously the physics engines (DMM and Havok) aren't going to be as potent, but you'll be able to use the lightsaber like never before. Seems like a fair trade.

I played TFU for 30 minutes, completing the first level as Darth Vader easily, which may have been on purpose. As Vader, all the force powers and strength are at your disposal, so making a mess of the Wookie homeworld Kashyyyk is rather easy. Vader has a hard time ever getting hurt, doesn't run because everything waits for his darkness to spread, and isn't nearly as badass as it seems he should be. Maybe it's just the low polygon count and somewhat higher-pitched voice than I remember from the original series.''

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