We’re still a few months off release (September 16th) but Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is looking better and better every time we see it. As a self-confessed Star Wars fanboy (born in 1973 I had little choice) I have been disappointed with all (wait let’s just think….yes, all) previous Star Wars games. None have managed to truly capture the drama and feel of the films (not including Episode 1) and some have been pretty shoddy as games also.
We’ve seen plenty of screenshots and footage from the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of The Force Unleashed, but not much in the way of seeing what the Wii and DS versions are all about. Enter this video, which shows gameplay action from both versions along with the developers explaining a few things on top.
As mentioned earlier, SpikeTV has been running a series of ‘making of’ videos this month. In case you’ve missed them, they’re also available to watch in the Media Gallery of the game’s official site, and they’ve revealed some rather exciting developments.
For those who haven’t been paying attention, SW:TFU is canon (i.e. it officially continues the story, which immediately raises the excitement level) and is set between Episodes 3 and 4. You play the role of Darth Vader’s secret apprentice who has been tasked with hunting down and destroying the remaining Jedi. For reasons that are yet to be revealed the Force has been “amped up” as Project Lead Haden Blackman puts it. This means that you have an awesome array of powerful force moves which include the Force push (slam objects and characters through walls), Force lightning (as used by the Emperor in Episode 6, but now it chains between enemies), a light saber that you can throw and impale enemies with, and Force grip to pick things up and crush them.
This all happens in a massively interactive game world that is frighteningly realistic thanks to making things like as Digital Molecular Matter, Euphoria Bio-mechanical AI and the Havoc physics system work with each other. Although the biggest piece of recent news as far as I’m concerned is that you will get to play the entire first level as Darth Vader on the planet of Kashyyyk and you will be able to Force choke the Wookies.
If they get the story right, and the gameplay is not too repetitive then, this could be the one we’ve all been waiting for.
[See also: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed gallery]