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You play Galen Marek (Starkiller), Darth Vader's secret apprentice, as Vader sends you out on various missions as your resentment towards him, stemming from your father's death, grows. Eventually, you choose either to turn to the light or take Vader's place by the Emperor's side as an agent of evil. In the second game, you play as a clone of Galen as you make a daring escape from the clutches of the Empire.
Play involves exploring levels and using your lightsaber and force powers, which include push, lightsaber throw, levitate, and force lightning, to kill enemies. Combat is fast-paced, and as you face off against large groups of enemies, you move from one to the next, destroying each in a matter of seconds with your powerful moves. You upgrade your abilities as you progress, increasing your strengths to ever-greater heights until you're so powerful you can pull even a Star Destroyer from orbit.
There are several different versions of the games, each with varying graphics, level designs, and abilities, but the core gameplay is largely the same in most. In the DS games, you use the touchscreen to perform attacks, abilities and jumps as you progress through slightly simplified levels. The iOS games, however, are a string of rooms where you swipe at enemies to attack them from a locked-off camera perspective. The Switch version, which is a remaster of the Wii game, features motion controls that allow you to perform lightsaber and force moves using a Joy-Con, and also has a Duel Mode where you battle as one of many different Star Wars characters against a friend in shared-screen local multiplayer.
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008) DS, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Playstation Portable, Xbox 360, PC, Mac, Wii and Switch.
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (2010) DS, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC and Wii.
The result is a series of games that give you direct control over your character The sense of power from the in-depth combat and force abilities creates an experience that's not only fun and engaging but also rewards experimentation in combat as you use your powers in ever greater and more ambitious ways.
Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 19 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 months ago.
You can play this game in the following styles:
Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Mild Blood and Violence. Players use light sabers and "force powers" to defeat stormtroopers (human-like soldiers depicted in white, robot-like armor) and fantasy creatures in frenetic melee-style combat. Light saber strikes often impale enemies, and some attacks cause dismemberment to stormtroopers—though in a non-gory, non-bloody manner. One character is briefly depicted with streaks of red blood on his face and clothes. Explosions, frequent laser fire, and cries of pain can be heard throughout the game.
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The combat is fast-paced and you quickly push buttons to dodge and attack as well as execute frequent quick-time-events.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
While the original releases had extra content available to purchase like new cosmetic items, in most cases this has now been bundled into the game as the Ultimate Sith Edition of the game. While not called the Ultimate Sith Edition, the Switch version also has no in-game purchases.
Release Date: 16/09/2008, updated in 2022
Out Now: DS, Mac, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Switch, Wii and Xbox 360
Content Rating: PEGI 16
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Accessibility: 27 features
Components: 3D Third-Person