Yesterday, LucasArts announced that it has released a new single-player level for its most recent action title, Star Wars: the Force Unleashed. Available through XBL and PSN, the new level allows for the “Secret Apprentice” — a name I could never type without laughing on the inside — to examine the ruins of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Sifting through the remains of the destroyed complex, he discovers more about his father while confronting his “inner demons”. My guess is that some stormtroopers whom you can throw against a wall or choke to death show up too. Star Wars games are at their best when they’re not introspective.
I’m holding out hope that this new level is less underwhelming than the original game was. Don’t get me wrong, beating up idiotic stormtroopers was great. But the boss battles were so-so, as were many of the environments. And many of the big, showy moves that supposedly expanded the use of the force get used over and over. I was hoping for an updated Jedi Knight, and given the new physics engines available, it could have been mindblowing. Instead, it was gimmicky and a tad repetitive. If we’re lucky, LucasArts has learned its lesson and tweaked the gameplay.
The DLC also brings a pack of costumes, allowing the player to dress like Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn, and a couple of others.