Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed screenshot Moving on to the next-gen versions of the game, Force Unleashed uses Euphoria and DMM, which isn't about physics, or is it?

CS: Havok is the physics engine that drives everything. Havok is of course incredibly robust and an incredibly well done physics solution. Euphoria and DMM are more like elements of the world. They have to behave within Havok. That was definitely the largest challenge of the entire game, was getting Havok, DMM and Euphoria to hold hands and stick along together, because they didn't want to at first. Euphoria is definitely not a physics solution but it implies some physics information. It has to be transferred to Havok, how fast is this body being thrown through the air moving? DMM the same thing, as these objects tear and break apart, each one of those objects individually has to be controlled by Havok. So it was something that was very difficult for us to do.

Euphoria is in the purest sense an animation system. It's a system of simulating the way the body reacts. The really cool thing about Euphoria that I always love is we say that it's simulating how the human body reacts to stress but Euphoria actually comes from the film industry. What you want in the film industry is not how a human body actually reacts but how a stunt man would react, because we've all learned by watching movies how someone reacts to force. That's all stunt men. So when you see someone actually reacting to force in a candid video it's not anything like it looks in the movies and it doesn't register as real. We've got to the point where films feel more real than reality. So we have the Euphoria actors behaving like stunt men. So they're actually simulated stunt men, not simulated people. That was an interesting distinction that we had to make.

DMM is the other side of the coin, it's a simulation of physical objects, how they break and they tear. That was something that was very difficult to get Havok to understand. Finally we've got to the point where they all play hand in hand nicely. I know that it was mentioned that there is no difference between the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, but that sounds really processor intensive...

CS: It's incredibly processor intensive! Does that mean the PS3 with the Cell is the better version?

CS: It was a little easier with the PS3. However the Xbox 360 is a very capable machine and in the end they behave in exactly the same way with the exact same performance with no drop in frame rate. Small things like loading time we were able to optimise across each system. So although they're not identical they appear identical to the user which is the end result we wanted.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed screenshot I wanted to ask you about the story, and how you've gone for the gap between the two trilogies and implemented an apprentice for Darth Vader. Have you been keeping an eye on what the hardcore Star Wars fans have been saying about it in forums?

CS: Absolutely. Here's the thing about the hardcore fans. They know Star Wars better than almost anyone. However, that almost anyone is a couple of guys that work at Lucas Films in the licensing department, where they have a massive database where absolutely every element of the story, Lando's eye colour, and where was Princess Leia at a certain point of time, all that information is tracked very meticulously. I mean they know the name of characters who were wearing a helmet in the back of a canteen suite. All that stuff is understood and it's a known quantity. They won't let us do anything with the story unless it fits. And if they're a little concerned about it then we figure out a way to make it work. So the story is actually going to fit.

One of the main concerns I hear people say is how can Darth Vader have an apprentice? It breaks the rule of two. He's already the Emperor's apprentice, that's not how it's supposed to happen. But we know that the Sith aren't very good at following their own rules, because we've seen that the Emperor had two apprentices before Darth Vader approximately at the same time, Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus, and Darth Maul. And we know that Count Dooku, with the Clone Wars cartoon, had an apprentice of his own at the time that possibly the Emperor was unaware of. So we know that they're already breaking the rules. That's again why we had a secret apprentice. So everything in the story has been carefully passed through licensing so we understand exactly the impact on the plot. Last question. We've got a release date. Are you guys planning a demo on Xbox LIVE and PSN?

CS: I'm not certain about the specifics, but we definitely want to get this game out into people's hands. There are people who are excited about it, who are going to play it right away, whether they play it (the demo) or not. But I think that something that is wonderful is that the gameplay itself is so engaging, people who aren't Star Wars fans or who aren't even hardcore gamers, once they get their hands on some of the gameplay and how it works, are really going to be won over by it. So you guys are planning a demo?

CS: Yeah. We definitely want to get it out there. Great. Thanks for your time.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is due out for Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii and Nintendo DS on 19 September 2008.

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that's full of donkey nuts I'm sorry i don't have a $ 4k PC but u know whats funny my PC is still better the PS3 and 360 and by the way all games can be pirated PS3 360 Wii and PC.
Posted 05:36 on 01 March 2009
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The fact that they dont want low end pcs to miss out on this great game is bs...BS. If somebody doesn't have a pc capable of running TFU then they most likely can't run any game that has come out within the last 4 years. So what are they missing out on? I mean seriously they made it for the DS... the PS1 has better graphics than a DS. And if they are worried about pirating then they can take their franchise and shove it up their @$$es, every company has to worry about pirating, not just them. If every company didn't make games for the pc becasue they dont want them pirated then there would be no pc gaming.
Posted 23:00 on 27 November 2008
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dreamhunk@ mr addicted

Originally Posted by mr addicted
this game is amazing. i think this has to be the best star wars game in history!!!!!!!! when i play this game its to addicting i cant stop playing it. this game is addicting
you wish it was the best star warsgame. Here is a history of the best starwars game ever made.
Posted 16:30 on 01 November 2008
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mr addicted

this game is amazing. i think this has to be the best star wars game in history!!!!!!!! when i play this game its to addicting i cant stop playing it. this game is addicting
Posted 14:19 on 01 November 2008
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Darth PC

After all, it is cheaper to upgrade a PC than to buy a new console!

Darth Vader - You don't know the power of the dark side!
Posted 15:21 on 29 October 2008
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I understand what you guys mean about the not making it because it isn't fair, but (not to be rude) but if you just look around, they make INCREDIBLY cool games that just won't work on low-end PC's. That being said, those low-end PC owners may save up their money and go but a high-end PC because they wanted to play cool games like that. So if you would make this for the PC, you will see that you won't be dissappointed.

Thank you for your time
Posted 20:11 on 28 October 2008
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Darth PC

Lucasarts have got their head up their asses. Not creating a PC game is rubbish. A new PS3 costs about 300 Euro and a new processor maybe 100 Euro. They are playing with fire by doing this, and are risking losing their PC players. In my opinion, they should have released for PC and made a second version that comes complete with a new video card and CPU. That way, they can be sure that the PC fans have an opportunity to play the bloody game.

May the Force be With you.
Go sith and go pc!
Posted 19:30 on 28 October 2008
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Gustavo Garcia

Console has half hardware and older than any actual PC even the older ones for pit's sake! If they just were honest about they just want to push you buy a console is ok with me! but those political chit chat just doesn't convince anyone! Just for that I'd suggest to not buy any console and just donĀ“t play a game just built thinking in inferior and obsolete hardware consoles have nowadays..
Posted 20:10 on 26 October 2008
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So, let's see, they develop the game on PCs (be it Windows or Unix, or whatever). Most average gaming Desktops blow by the gaming consoles. PC gamers have been supporting LA games since day one. But let's give our PC fans the shaft, and release for every platform except PC. Sure.. Makes sense to me... NOT!
Posted 06:04 on 24 October 2008
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Pc gamer will end up using emulators to play the game. What she had to say is also false info. 3 000 fourm posters wrote on the topic.
Posted 17:29 on 04 October 2008
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Ok, so they dont want to release because piracy on PC, well thats about to change, I didnt want to void my warranty but like hell im going to let them win.

I would gladly buy the PC game.... since thats the only way to get the best image possible on the game.

Ohh no PC? ur only offering us a crappy watered down version on the xbox? ohh sorry then im not going to waste my money on your watered down game, whenever you can offer a real version ill spend the money, for now.......

Grats console manufacturers, welcome to pissed off gamers, with the money im going to save from buying all those sub-par graphics games i can replace any damaged console hardware many times over.

Xbox DVD Drive reflashing in progress...

Welcome to free console games for me.

See yas!
Posted 05:17 on 03 October 2008
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How can you say this is a lie, most pcs cost about 4000, and the graphics arent great with my pc, and my pcs slow and i wouldnt want to play this game on my computer. Give a guy a break.
Posted 18:02 on 27 September 2008
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LoL - what do you think is going to happen here? A $hitload of people will find the ISO of the game somewhere online and then find an emulator to run it. Deal done. This was a complete disregard to the entire populace who has PCs and have help up LucasArt games since the days of Windows 3.1 and 95. Simple and plain, they produced this game for mass distribution purposes.

Since some time has passed, and reviews have been done, most people think the game was good, but was over quickly. That tells you something there - mass produced game to appeal to the console kiddies - a quick buck and nothing more.
Posted 02:59 on 27 September 2008
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I like Star Wars wery much ! :D
Posted 12:33 on 26 September 2008
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"Most of you punks here have no idea about what a pain in the butt it is to develop for PC."

SO TRUE! I mean anyone who's tried developing on both Windows and XB360 will definitely agree. It's a whole different thing..</sarcasm>

Tried both the PSP (way less than $200 retail) and NDS (also, way less than $200 retail) versions, and even ran the PS2($50?)-title on an emulator with my laptop ($600), and can honestly say, that these versions are definitely on par with what the PS3 can offer.. (damn it, I thought I already turned sarcasm off..)

And as we all know, there's pretty much no piracy on consoles, right?

Yeah, no bullcrap here, totally intelligent decision.
Posted 15:24 on 24 September 2008

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Release Date: 19/09/2008
Developer: LucasArts
Publisher: LucasArts
Genre: Action
No. Players: One
Rating: BBFC 12
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