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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Discussion in 'Other Games' started by embraceuk1, 13 July 2007.

  1. embraceuk1

    embraceuk1 Original Member Since 2001

    30 December 2001
    Indiana USA (Scottish)
    Nottingham Forest
    E3 Impressions

    Ever want to be Darth Vader's secret apprentice and learn the intricacies of the Dark Side of the Force? If you can wait until an undetermined date sometime in 2008, then you'll get your wish. Lucasarts gave us a sneak peek at what this will be like in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

    The story is set in between Episodes III (Revenge of the Sith) and IV (A New Hope), and your character is tasked with the dirty job of mopping up all of the remaining Jedi around the universe. Nothing rubs out those dirty Jedi stains like the Dark Side, now available in a convenient gel form.

    Granted, the image of someone bringing down an entire Star Destroyer with the Force is pretty darn cool, and apparently you'll be doing stuff like that in the game. According to the press release, "The Secret Apprentice won't just Force push enemies into walls -- he'll Force push enemies through walls. He'll Force grip them in midair, zap them with lightning, then drop them to the ground to explode like a bomb." Ouch.

    The graphics look shiny and next-gen, and there's a whole lot of Forcin' going on, as you can tell from the above quote. You'll encounter a lot of familiar figures to the Star Wars universe, including Darth Vader, and countless Stormtroopers (in the classic white uniforms, not the Clone Wars / Boba Fett-prequelitis armor).

    Our look at the game was extremely brief, but it does look pretty cool. they'll be showing the same trailer and gameplay footage that they showed us tonight on TV during Entertainment Tonight, so look for it on a tube near you, and then the internets about .000067 seconds later.

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  2. embraceuk1

    embraceuk1 Original Member Since 2001

    30 December 2001
    Indiana USA (Scottish)
    Nottingham Forest
  3. Placebo

    Placebo Ԁlɐɔǝqo

    3 May 2003
    Esmoriz, Portugal
    Sheffield Wednesday
    Can't say I'm overly impressed thus far, maybe when I see more of the game.....
     
  4. ash

    ash DeMinistrator

    21 March 2004
    London
    Man Utd
    What console, or is it PC?
     
  5. embraceuk1

    embraceuk1 Original Member Since 2001

    30 December 2001
    Indiana USA (Scottish)
    Nottingham Forest
    PS3 and Xbox 360 probably PC too
     
  6. Placebo

    Placebo Ԁlɐɔǝqo

    3 May 2003
    Esmoriz, Portugal
    Sheffield Wednesday
    PSP and DS too, IIRC :)
     
  7. embraceuk1

    embraceuk1 Original Member Since 2001

    30 December 2001
    Indiana USA (Scottish)
    Nottingham Forest
    LucasArts caused a bit of a stir last E3 with a series of innovative tech demos showing off new gaming technology the company was developing for next-generation games based on LucasFilm's most popular properties--properties such as, just maybe, Star Wars. Almost a year later, we've finally gotten an early look at the first Star Wars game for the Xbox 360 and PS3, subtitled The Force Unleashed. The game will make extensive use of those systems LucasArts showed off last year, which will give diehard Star Wars fans a chance to play around with some deliciously over-the-top Force powers in a previously unseen period of the franchise's timeline.




    Your quest to exterminate the Jedi will take you to worlds such as Kashyyyk, Felucia, and Raxis Prime.
    The coolest part of the E3 demo showed off a new system that will give non-player characters a sense of self-preservation and the means to act accordingly based on their situation. For example, a character who is knocked off a ledge could intelligently grab onto the ledge with one or both hands rather than blindly plummet to his doom. This sort of intelligence will greatly benefit the legions of hapless troops you'll face in The Force Unleashed, since you'll have a whole arsenal of telekinetic Force powers (not to mention your trusty lightsaber) to use against them in battle. If you've seen the leaked concept footage that hit the Internet not long ago, you'll have a pretty good idea of the sorts of explosive moves you'll be able to pull off in the final game.

    While a game that lets you cut loose with a bunch of nearly unstoppable Force powers might sound like it could sell itself, The Force Unleashed will also explain your access to these powers with a storyline that will fit in with the six movies of the series. The game is set in the time period betweens Episodes III and IV, during which the Empire scoured countless star systems to exterminate the last remaining Jedi and finalize its hold over the galaxy. You'll play as an as-yet-unnamed Force-adept character toiling secretly under the auspices of none other than Darth Vader to seek out and destroy the Jedi stragglers who could threaten the Empire's power.

    LucasArts isn't revealing too many specific story details yet, but we gleaned what we could from the presentation we saw. We had to get especially nerdy and ask how Darth Vader could take on an apprentice when he is himself the Sith apprentice to Emperor Palpatine. While your character is plenty evil-looking and wields a red lightsaber, company reps were quick to point out that he isn't a Sith at all. In fact, concept art shows the character wearing a sort of shackle on his wrist that Vader apparently uses to control him, so from the sound of it, there will be some ambiguity regarding your true motivations over the course of the game. You'll even have some control over the appearance of your character, possibly extending to the color of your lightsaber, though again, LucasArts isn't talking hard details about this yet. Reps did confirm the absence of a specific light-side-or-dark-side meter that measures the morality of your actions, a la Knights of the Old Republic.




    Your ship, the Rogue Shadow, will serve as both a stylish ride and a home base for your nefarious doings.
    Star Wars is a character-driven franchise at its core, and The Force Unleashed will give you an assortment of new and old personalities as it spins its yarn. Darth Vader and the Emperor are two confirmed familiar faces that will show up in the game, but we'd expect there will be more in the final product. In fact, we do know of one more: Shaak Ti, the female Jedi who was killed in a Revenge of the Sith scene that ended up on the cutting room floor. Apparently deleted scenes are deleted for a reason, though, as official Star Wars canon states Shaak Ti is alive and will act as one of your marks in the game.

    Your Jedi targets will typically serve as the bosses for the respective levels they appear in, and we learned about a couple of new ones during our demo: General Kota, an aging Jedi commander with a samurai-looking white 'do, and Maris, the female Jedi seen in the game's concept art wielding a pair of lightsaber tonfas. Some of the game's new characters will be on your side, though, such as the lithe, blonde Imperial pilot Juno Eclipse seen in previous concept art, and a new unnamed droid who looks more than a little like C-3PO and will act as the comic relief to your character's rather serious mission. Lastly, you could say the ships of Star Wars are characters in themselves, and you'll have a unique new one, the Rogue Shadow, to convey you from one mission to the next. The ship is said to be a bit larger than the Millennium Falcon and will act as a gameplay-relevant home base similar to the ship used in KOTOR--though again, we didn't find out any specifics of what you'll be able to do inside the ship.

    Star Wars' diverse and colorful environments have provided almost as much personality to the franchise as its characters, and The Force Unleashed will feature a good mix of those as well. You'll visit locales from the films like Kashyyyk, the wookiee homeworld which you'll see devolve into an Imperial stronghold over the course of the game. Then there's Felucia, the planet with the giant mushrooms featured briefly in Episode III. We saw concept art of the indigenous Felucians, who look like some sort of fungal bipeds with suckers for hands. Another level will be Raxis Prime, a junk planet from the extended universe, and LucasArts says its massive piles of scrap metal will serve as the perfect "Force playground." As you'd expect, some new areas will be designed for the game as well, such as a very Imperial-looking TIE fighter construction facility.




    There's some mystery surrounding your secret apprenticeship to Darth Vader in light of Sith traditions.
    Finally, we got to see some sample gameplay from an extremely early version of the game, set inside the TIE fighter shipyard. This level tasked the player with seeking out and destroying General Kota, who was holed up somewhere in the facility. This involved the player (who was certainly not us) ripping his way through waves of stormtroopers and regular uniformed guards with his red lightsaber and Force powers. We asked why Darth Vader's errand boy would be killing a bunch of Imperial troops in the service of the Empire, and were told that since you're a secret agent, you can't leave anyone behind to talk about what happened. But since the troops were shouting taunts at the player indicating they knew why he was there and that he wouldn't be allowed to reach Kota, we have to wonder what else is going on with the storyline here.

    We didn't need to grasp the plot to get a load of the moves being performed onscreen, though. The final game will give you Force powers in four basic categories: grip (which lets you telekinetically pick up objects or enemies), push (which should be self-explanatory), lightning (ditto), and repulse (a 360-degree Force push all around you). You'll start the game with basic versions of these powers in your arsenal, and they'll level up through usage to become more powerful. Of course, you'll also be able to use your trusty lightsaber if you wish, but the LucasArts rep playing through the demo seemed to enjoy the explosive Force powers quite a bit more.

    LucasArts' design goal with The Force Unleashed is basically to give you a bunch of Force-driven tools and then allow you to attack a given scenario however you wish. In one instance, the player was taking on a number of troops firing at him from a catwalk, so he used the grip power to pick up a large crate and fling it into the catwalk's supports, causing it to rip from the ceiling and drop the enemies to their doom. If you enjoy the lightsaber, you can use the Force to fling it from afar. We saw one instance where the player sent his saber hurtling at an enemy and impaled him before quickly summoning the blade back to his grasp. Finally, at the end of the demo, we were shown how you could conceivably re-create the last shot of last year's concept footage by flinging a stormtrooper into an incoming TIE fighter.




    If LucasArts can bring the final game up to the level of quality shown here, we could be in for quite a Star Wars game, indeed.
    The Force Unleashed is currently in a very early stage of development, so many of the final visual effects and gameplay systems are still missing right now. Primarily, we were hoping to see the materials simulation system that will, for instance, cause a metal pipe to dent inward or a pane of glass to shatter when you fling an enemy into it. But the other basic components of LucasArts' ambitious design seem to be falling into place, and we're hoping the internal development team can bring them all together to achieve the impressive gameplay we saw in that CG footage last year. The Force Unleashed was originally slated to hit stores this November, but the game's release date was just recently pushed back to early 2008, so it's comforting that the publisher is hopefully giving the team as much time as it needs to get the game right.
     
  8. Hello

    Hello Drop D, Not Bombs

    4 August 2006
    Err umm i dont know to be honest
    Arsenal
    Its now coming out on Wii as well

     
  9. Plan M

    Plan M Banned

    27 September 2007
    Manchester United
    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (360, PS3)

    I saw a feature on this game last week on a Sky tv games channel. It looked amazing. Anyone know much about it?
     
  10. mjp

    mjp Premiership

    15 October 2002
    Liverpool
    Liverpool F. C
    Re: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (360, PS3)

    Judging by the official website it looks quite tasty.

    http://www.lucasarts.com/games/theforceunleashed/#

    Shame we have to wait 'til "Spring 2008".

    I hope it has more of the platform element that the PS2 Phantom Menance game had - the more recent games have just been shoot-em-ups with a Star Wars theme.
     
  11. Placebo

    Placebo Ԁlɐɔǝqo

    3 May 2003
    Esmoriz, Portugal
    Sheffield Wednesday
    Re: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (360, PS3)

    From what I've seen so far it looks like a one trick pony, doesn't impress me over much, but time will tell :)
     
  12. Placebo

    Placebo Ԁlɐɔǝqo

    3 May 2003
    Esmoriz, Portugal
    Sheffield Wednesday
  13. Tim7

    Tim7 Retired Footballer

    6 May 2003
    Gravesend
    Charlton Athletic FC
    Heard about this today on the radio. Might be quite good multiplayer co-op? They reckoned spring/summer release date this year.
     
  14. embraceuk1

    embraceuk1 Original Member Since 2001

    30 December 2001
    Indiana USA (Scottish)
    Nottingham Forest
  15. Tim7

    Tim7 Retired Footballer

    6 May 2003
    Gravesend
    Charlton Athletic FC
    Looks incredible! :shock:
     
  16. DagsJT

    DagsJT Retired Footballer

    29 November 2005
    Warrington
    Liverpool
    Looks good, but a tad arcade-like for me going off an E3 video I watched.
     
  17. Plan M

    Plan M Banned

    27 September 2007
    Manchester United
    Can't WAIT for this!
     
  18. embraceuk1

    embraceuk1 Original Member Since 2001

    30 December 2001
    Indiana USA (Scottish)
    Nottingham Forest
  19. embraceuk1

    embraceuk1 Original Member Since 2001

    30 December 2001
    Indiana USA (Scottish)
    Nottingham Forest
  20. embraceuk1

    embraceuk1 Original Member Since 2001

    30 December 2001
    Indiana USA (Scottish)
    Nottingham Forest
  21. embraceuk1

    embraceuk1 Original Member Since 2001

    30 December 2001
    Indiana USA (Scottish)
    Nottingham Forest
    The Force Unleashed Lego
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    No escaping it. It was Star Wars-related, it's a videogame, so it was always going to get some Lego. This is the Rogue Shadow, and is the ship of one the game's stars, Imperial pilot Juno Eclipse. The set also includes three figures: Juno, a battle-damaged Darth Vader (who looks fantastic) and Vader's secret, probably evil apprentice. The Rogue Shadow, which is retailing for $49.99, should be rolling out to toy stores as you read this.
     
  22. Milanista

    Milanista Mangiamoli! Staff

    19 December 2002
    London & Milan
    AC Milan
    That is awesome!
     
  23. Tim7

    Tim7 Retired Footballer

    6 May 2003
    Gravesend
    Charlton Athletic FC
    I thought you said LOGO and I was looking for ages before I figured it out! :lmao:

    I like Lego and should really buy some Star Wars stuff :)
     
  24. Milanista

    Milanista Mangiamoli! Staff

    19 December 2002
    London & Milan
    AC Milan
  25. andish2001

    andish2001 Championship

    1 May 2005
    so hard to get placebo excited...
     
  26. Chris Davies

    Chris Davies At least, I think I am Staff

    14 May 2003
    Tranmere Rovers
    In fairness, Viagra is banned in Singapore.
     
  27. Plan M

    Plan M Banned

    27 September 2007
    Manchester United
    Can't WAIT for this. I'm not even a big Star Wars fan.
     
  28. embraceuk1

    embraceuk1 Original Member Since 2001

    30 December 2001
    Indiana USA (Scottish)
    Nottingham Forest
    The Force Unleashed ... unleashed on September 16


    After the strain induced by writing such a complex and infinitely witty headline, we think it would be best to stay on target for the rest of the post and merely deliver the facts. LucasArts has announced that its physics-based jedi sim, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, will arrive on September 16th in the United States, September 17th in Southeast Asia and Australia, and September 19th in Europe. That's the plan and, given our anticipation for the title, we can only pray the publisher doesn't alter it any further.

    Developed internally for the Xbox 360 and PS3, The Force Unleashed has players becoming Darth Vader's "Secret Apprentice" and, as the title vaguely alludes to, unleashing the force. Other "equally enthralling" versions of the game releasing on the same date include the Krome Studios-developed Wii, PS2 and PSP titles, as well as a DS game from n-Space. You'll be able to spot exclusive footage on SpikeTV this month, but rather than subjecting you to watching it for hours on end
     
  29. embraceuk1

    embraceuk1 Original Member Since 2001

    30 December 2001
    Indiana USA (Scottish)
    Nottingham Forest
  30. embraceuk1

    embraceuk1 Original Member Since 2001

    30 December 2001
    Indiana USA (Scottish)
    Nottingham Forest

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