By SpikeDelight 3 Comments
I recently picked up The Force Unleashed from a local game store (I won't tell anyone if you don't), and I have to say that everything I'd said about the game in The Force Unleashed: That is Why You Fail is now almost completely rendered moot. I love everything about the game, especially the excellent story. I completely care about every character and the acting is superb. It feels like a true Star Wars chapter and not like some things (Clone Wars).
Almost every problem is solved by the fact that there really are a lot of combos and powers you can unlock and I'd forgotten the whole game isn't set in the relatively bland backdrop of a TIE Fighter construction facility. The QTEs don't bother me now because 1) You'll continue doing the move without having to initiate it again if facing off against a boss and 2)you can kill normal QTE enemies without engaging the QTE and just attacking more. The set pieces, even in the first Apprentice level are phenomenal, and the level was actually pretty long. The demo was only about half to one third the actual length of the level.
The skill tree is pretty damned deep for this kind of game and it's immensely satisfying to know that you can reset it at any time. There is a lot to collect and I am actually even more engaged trying to find all the unlockables than I thought I'd be. (There wasn't anything near the Clone Helmet I discovered when the demo came out though, which I found a little disappointing).
In short, mostly everything I didn't like about the game originally in a very compressed and small taste is now drowned out by the fact that the biger picture has so much more polish. Plus, the game doesn't quite throw all its cards on the table like the demo does. Overall, all the intensely specific bickering actually helped me like this game more I think because I lowered my expectations SO much after that. But that's not to say it isn't an insanely fun and engaging game, even solely as a new Star Wars Episode. If you're a Star Wars fan like I am, you will LOVE this game.