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5:00 AM on 10.06.2009

GTA IV, Street Fighter IV, more are now 360 Platinum Hits

Microsoft has announced today that a bunch of titles have been dubbed "Platinum Hits" based on their top-ratings by critics and sales. The games Microsoft have deemed are both good and have sold well are:  ...

Nick Chester



Preview: The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition photo
Preview: The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition
by Ben Perlee

If you played Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, you probably know that there were good things and, well, bad things with the game. However, that has not stopped the game from selling well enough (six million copies) for there to be a special edition for the game to be released, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition. This version includes the just released Tatooine DLC, as well as an exclusive non-canon Empire Strikes Back-themed level. For fans of Star Wars, this is all grand and good.

One thing people don't necessarily realize is that a PC and Mac version of this game is coming out, with all the DLC and special features of the console version. Aspyr, the team behind this port, is busy preparing this new version of the game.

I had an opportunity to check out how things are coming along, and find out what exactly is different with this port. Hit the jump for my impressions.view full story + comments


12:40 PM on 07.20.2009

The Forced Unleashed 'Jedi Temple' DLC price slashed

Microsoft’s latest Deal of the Week is stellar. People who missed the first batch of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed downloadable content can now download the “Jedi Temple Mission Pack” for 400 Microsoft Bana...

Brad Nicholson



Bad reviews made Force Unleashed devs unhappy photo
Bad reviews made Force Unleashed devs unhappy
by Jim Sterling

Nobody likes to get a bad review, not least the team who worked on last year's Star Wars hopeful, The Force Unleashed. It's clear that the team worked incredibly hard on making the game look impressive with believable Force powers. Unfortunately, they forgot about the gameplay part, and the team was pretty let down when some game reviewers felt that was an important oversight.

"I'd get these reviews, and I'd be like, "Aw, these guys are irresponsible. How could they say this?" explains LucasArts' Haden Blackman. "... but part of it, as you said, is that I'm watching this team that has worked so hard on this game for two, almost three years. And they're reading this stuff ... all the air gets sucked out of the room. People were miserable for the whole day. It's hard to keep them focused. And we were working on DLC already at this point, on Jedi Temple, so I'd say, You guys need to keep focused. Come on, it's just one review."

The closer you get to the industry and the people who work in it, it's harder to write a bad review without thinking about the people you're potentially upsetting. Unfortunately, a bad game is a bad game and a reviewer needs to say what they think without worrying that a developer is going to get the violins out. So yes, bad news for LucasArts, but if a game isn't very good, it isn't very good. Limited sympathy is in order.

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5:42 PM on 09.24.2008

Force Unleashed sells 1.5 million units, on track to be the best-selling SW game

Just like the demo, the retail version of Star Wars: Force Unleashed is breaking records. According to LucasArts, Force Unleashed has sold over 1.5 million copies in its first week and apparently is on track to become the bes...

Brad Nicholson



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Destructoid review: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
by Dyson

One of the many things that can tie a generation together is their shared memory of pop culture. One can easily distinguish another person from their generation by comparing such things as movie quotes, theme songs, cartoon knowledge, or even commercial jingles from their time.

The Star Wars franchise is one of those generational watermarks. Beginning in the late 70s, the original trilogy left an indelible mark on most of the moviegoing world. Adults and children alike shared in the knowledge of the Force and how it aided a young Skywalker in his quest to save a princess and redeem his father.

While the original trilogy will always bring about certain memories to the people from that era, the Star Wars franchise didn’t end with Return of the Jedi. Countless books, graphic novels, toys, and even four more movies have provided continuation to the universe that George Lucas built, and it has all kept alive the Star Wars mythos for newer generations. Along with these additions, there have also been many entries to the Star Wars canon in the form of videogames, which brings us to LucasArts’ latest release, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

Set in the time between Episode III and Episode IV, The Force Unleashed details the adventures of Darth Vader’s secret apprentice and the events that led to the forming of the Rebel Alliance.

Hit the jump to find out if The Force Unleashed lives up to its heritage while still providing a worthy videogame experience. 

[This review contains no spoilers]

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11:40 AM on 09.11.2008

Force Unleashed breaks demo record, also people like Star Wars

In a mere eight days after its demo release, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed has reached one million downloads over Xbox Live. According to Edge (via OXM) this is a record. I would like to meet the man that keeps track of thes...

Brad Nicholson

12:13 PM on 08.21.2008

First Jimpressions: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

As we announced earlier today, a demo for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed has arrived to Xbox Live in downloadable demo form, and we were eager to snap it up and get our hands around this delightfully destructive game. After s...

Jim Sterling

7:43 AM on 08.21.2008

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed demo hits Xbox Live

Microsoft has just announced that Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is now available in demo form. The demo has already won praise over at Penny Arcade for its incredible physics and ability to turn everything into a playground ...

Jim Sterling

11:35 AM on 08.17.2008

Force Unleashed demo unleashes soon

According to 360fanboy, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed will be available on the Xbox Live Marketplace August 21st. Despite all of the recent issues with staffing, it seems as if LucasArts is still on schedule with the game co...

Brad Nicholson





6:54 AM on 08.05.2008

Force Unleashed heading to iPhone with fingersaber action

If you're a fan of ridiculously expensive gadgets designed to make you look like the trendiest douchebag in town, then you will no doubt own an iPhone, and might be interested to learn that LucasArts is porting over its highl...

Jim Sterling



Hands-on with Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (DS/PSP)
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

After the marvelous Dyson and I got done playing through the Wii version, we were moved to the handheld versions of the game. Dyson made a mad dash for the PSP version, which is the version I wanted to try out. I didn't want to make a fuss, so I let Dyson play the PSP. I would later have my revenge by spitting in his Philly cheese steak sandwich when he wasn't paying attention. 

I'm just kidding, Dyson; I didn't care which version I got to play (but I still spat in your sandwich). While Dyson engrossed himself in the PSP version, I got to check out the DS version. Hit the jump to check out our previews on the DS and PSP versions of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

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Hands-on with Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Wii/PS2)
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

So, as you read earlier, Dyson and I got to preview Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for every platform. The game is going to be relatively similar for each platform, with a few notable differences here and there.

The most evident variations are in the Wii version, and there are a couple of things that really set it apart from the other versions. Obviously, the Wiimote motion sensing is the main difference, but there's one other thing that the Wii version has that the Xbox 360 and PS3 won't have: a versus mode. 

*Waves hand* You will click the "read more" button for my preview of the Wii version of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

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1:18 PM on 07.07.2008

Hands-on with Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (360/PS3)

The other day, the handsome CTZ and I went over to LucasArts studios, located in the Presidio of San Francisco, to go through a comprehensive hands-on with the multiple versions of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. While Hamza...

Dyson

11:39 AM on 06.27.2008

What? LucasArts lays off key members of Force Unleashed team

A few weeks ago, LucasArts announced that it was laying off some internal staff as part of its restructuring plans. Yesterday, however, we were shocked to learn that those cuts included key staff that's been working on The Fo...

SRVSLPS

10:01 PM on 06.12.2008

New Force Unleashed video spoils us silly. Can you resist the urge to peek?

If you are like the majority of gamers who shun anything resembling a spoiler, then you are going to want to skip this video -- however overpowering the impulse to watch it may be. Those of you willing to throw caution t...

SRVSLPS