Quick summary: You play Starkiller, a Jedi in training, kidnapped by Darth Vader when he was younger and becomes his apprentice. You go through the game doing Darth Vader’s bidding until **SPOILER** he tries to kill you… twice lol.
Hearing all the wonderful things my friends told me about this game, I was quite excited to play it. Now, maybe it was all the hype and positive reviews that got me a little OVER excited (I love Star Wars) but once I finally got my hands on this to play it (a few years later mind you) I was kinda disappointed. It definitely was no Knights of the Old Republic.
The graphics in this game weren’t that great. I mean I’ve seen worse, but it reminded me of the CSI game that I had rented and played a few months before (ok, ok, not that bad but STILL). The story didn’t get me that enthralled (although interesting at times) and the characters didn’t get me that attached. I did however, beat this game all the way through but I felt as though I was forcing myself to finish it. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Star Wars but that’s pretty much the only reason I finished this game.
I did like the very first level when you play as Darth Vader. You are pretty much invincible and can blow almost the whole environment to pieces with the Force. When it came to combat because you had your enemies with the health bars over their head and you could run up and hit them with your light saber or use the force to throw things in the environment at them. The rest of the game was fun for the first few hours but quickly got repetitive.
There were little holocrons and things you could collect throughout the game that would allow you to upgrade your force powers, learn combos, light saber powers, etc. There were some cool combos and force powers you could earn later on in the game as well as finding different light saber colors (never did find the pinkish purple color though :()
There were only about 10 levels (if I remember right) and they were relatively short. Each world you went to had their own species that lived on them and there was always a boss fight at the end. I did experience a glitch on one of these boss fights that ended up being quite annoying. The glitch was during the final boss fight with Darth Vader. You encounter him and have a fight outside where he then busts open a door and Vader jumps over (lava?) to the middle of the room on a platform and you have to shield from him throwing pieces of things at you. I would get him to the point of where it would almost go onto the next part of the fight (he would jump from the middle platform to a longer platform to where I could fight him with my light saber) and it would freeze. He would just stand there on the middle platform as I ran around him. I could jump over and hit him, throw things at him, try to blow him off into the lava, but he would just stand there. I would have to kill myself by jumping in the – (lava stuff?) – or restart the game which sent me all the way to the beginning of the Vader fight. This glitch happened to me about 10 times. Did anyone else have this happen?
Overall, it was entertaining I guess. Definitely wouldn’t buy this game even though it’s about $12 on Amazon unless you’re a very avid Star Wars fan. It was a decent rent however. It took me probably about 8 hours or so to beat it and get a good amount of achievements. But, it wasn’t one of those games I would want to play over and over again. Although, the replay ability of this game is good because there is a light and dark ending as well as achievements you can rack up through several play-throughs and some DLC.
I will probably try Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 just to see what improvements, if any, have been made and I’ll let you know what I think! Did this game live up to your guy’s expectations?