Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

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Why should we be interested in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, the latest in the seemingly never-ending factory line of LucasArts games based on George Lucas' spiralling science fiction saga? Because it's the best Star Wars game EVER!!11! That's according to Cameron Suey, the producer in charge of the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game. To find out why he holds his game in such high regard, and why Euphoria, DMM, Havok and all that other crazy tech stuff makes The Force Unleashed, well, unleashed, read on. Would you say Force Unleashed is the best Star Wars game ever?

Cameron Suey: I'm a humble guy so I try not to use a lot of hyperbole, but it's certainly the greatest Star Wars story that we've ever told in a video game. I absolutely love the gameplay. This is the first game I've worked on, in about four years in the industry, in which I still love the game even a year-and-a-half after I've been playing it a little bit every day. Working so closely to it, usually you get sick and fed up of a game, you never want to see it again once it's done, but I still have fun every time I pick up the controller. Early on that was one of our primary goals and we achieved that. So it's certainly the most fun game that I've ever played and it's certainly the greatest story of a Star Wars game. But you won't go as far as to say it's the best Star Wars game ever made?

CS: You know what, I'll say it, it's for me, and greatest applies to value judgement and opinion, definitely the greatest Star Wars game. I'm of course biased! That's great because, being frank, some Star Wars games aren't as good as others...

CS: That is true. Star Wars is one of the greatest licenses for a videogame you could have and in the past we got a little excited about that and we put out games that probably weren't up to the quality bar that we would have liked. That's definitely something we've recognised and we understand. The more Star Wars games you put out and the more you love that environment the more it becomes mediocre and anodyne. We're really focused on telling singular, excellent Star Wars stories with engaging and innovative gameplay and cutting edge technology. That's going to be the future of Star Wars games.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed screenshot So we'll see perhaps less Star Wars games in the future?

CS: You might see less and better. Make it right and do it right. That will certainly please the fans.

CS: I hope so. That's who we make these games for. We can sit in a room and we can make games for ourselves all day long but they're only going to sell five copies. We want to make games for the widest kind of Star Wars fan as possible. Force Unleashed is coming to every platform going, except...

CS: No Commodore 64, no Apple IIE... No PC...

CS: No PC as well, yes. We're a multiplatform website and some of our PC-owning readers have complained about this.

CS: And that's something that every time I read that, we do hear that complaint, it hurts. Our goal was we wanted to get this game to as many people as possible. I definitely wish it had been possible. However the PC being the gaming platform that it is, someone with a $4,000 high-end system would definitely be able to play the Euphoria, the DMM and really technical elements of the game. But someone with a low-end PC would have a watered down experience, they would have to turn all the settings down and it wouldn't be the same game. On the other hand if we made that game for as many people as possible, because we are trying to make mass market games, something that everybody can enjoy, well then it's not taking advantage of what those $4,000 systems can do. So one way or the other depending on how you build that lead PC SKU, it's not going to be for the same amount of people, it's going to be not as good or only for a select few people.

That said we're definitely not out of the PC market. It's just with our choice for this game, with the known quantity for the consoles, and every console is the same with the same processing power, it made sense for us to develop for those consoles.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed screenshot So the decision was purely about the PC being a varied platform?

CS: Exactly. And no matter where you pick that bar somebody's out of luck. It had nothing to do with piracy?

CS: I don't have my fingers in the pot of what goes into the legal part of pirating. I'm not really familiar with the figures. I understand it's a lot more prevalent in some areas than others. Do you guys have any message to your PC-owning fans, because you guys have a heritage on PC?

CS: Absolutely. We started on the PC. Unfortunately that goes back to the point of such a variance of the platform. There wasn't such a variance at that time and it made a lot more sense to develop on PC. The message is that we're not shutting the door on PC at all. Just for this project it happens to be that we don't have a PC SKU. I really hope that everyone can experience this game on a platform eventually. Might there be a PC version in the future?

CS: No. And if there was no-one has told me about it yet! I've got my head in the sand as far as this project goes. We only don't have a PC version for this product.

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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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