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.

VideoGamer.com: 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.

VideoGamer.com: 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!

VideoGamer.com: 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.

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VideoGamer.com: 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.

VideoGamer.com: 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.

VideoGamer.com: Force Unleashed is coming to every platform going, except...

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

VideoGamer.com: No PC...

CS: No PC as well, yes.

VideoGamer.com: 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.

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VideoGamer.com: 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.

VideoGamer.com: 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.

VideoGamer.com: 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.

VideoGamer.com: 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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this must have been the best game since jediknight and they have screwed up i hate lucasarts
Posted 09:05 on 24 August 2008
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So my rig, that I build whith so much love nad care and that I'm upgrading everyfew months won't be able to run their "marvellous" piece of code? I'll put theur claims to test: I'll get me a pirat copy of the game and run it on emulator and when I find out that it runs great like that I'll find a way to make as much as posible PC gamers know how to do it too.

And if they release the game for PC I'll again get a pirate copy, becouse it seems that all the PC gamers are pirates, aren't we? Then I'll just buy some better game from Steam and enjoy it too.
Posted 12:57 on 19 August 2008
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Interesting how the console kiddies (And by kiddies I mean all you children that have your parents buy you your toys or on the other hand lack any assembly skills) can generally only be belligerant in their posts - If you pull back from your close mindedness for a second and stop making this a console versus PC war you'll realize the arrogance and stupidity of the excuse given by the lucasarts rep.
Posted 21:31 on 12 August 2008
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i think they should make all the good star wars games put on a console like empire at war on the xbox 360! let take all the good games from the pc and put them on the xbox 360..we dont need pc games anymore! buy a console and stop crying!
Posted 16:41 on 11 August 2008
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so what if it aint coming out on pc...NEVERMIND just give me my 360 copy on release day and ill have it in the face of all ur pc loving jerks
Posted 20:16 on 10 August 2008
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I can't believe it. It's his first game he's developing and only 4 years in the business. Oh my god. We're being screwed over by a newbie. Mr. Cameron, you are screwing Lucasarts customers who have been playing for over 10 years. And what is the excuse with the $4000 computer? Almost 99% of all newer computers are at least better than the DS and Wii and those who have older computers know that they need to upgrade. SO STOP WITH YOUR EXCUSES AND MAKE THIS GAME FOR THE PC ALREADY!
Posted 19:52 on 09 August 2008
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I would like to unleash the force on that guys head.

Maximum profit + Minimal Efforts = LucasArts
Posted 20:54 on 03 August 2008
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PC are lame console rule
Posted 03:28 on 03 August 2008
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I have one those "low-end" pc's. I'd rather play a frikkin watered down version of the game than not at all.
Posted 23:19 on 01 August 2008
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That dude is just a glorified console snob.

To claim that the PS2 is going to be able to put out a better experience than a low-end $300 PC is total bull -- a mid-range PC with a decent video card can emulate the PS2 at full speed in very high resolution, because PS2 hardware is about equivalent to a seven or eight year old PC.

These people need to stop their lying. Honesty would at least allow us to respect their decision.
Posted 06:19 on 01 August 2008
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sib277

I just read elsewhere Force unleashed is coming to the iPhone? (Maybe I just read things wrong...)
If that's true.... And this stupid game can't play on a PC? Lucas Arts sucks...
Posted 18:06 on 17 July 2008
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I got no issue with them bringing it out for multiple platforms, sales will rise etc. But I am just annoyed that they don't even consider the pc as a choice. From what they said the game uses quite alot of features that are intense but what game does anyone play that doesnt have graphics to turn down. Crysis when it first came out was one of the most intense games out there and few people could run that on high without decreased frame rates. Heck i played crysis on low graphics on my xps laptop which had a geforce go 7900 gtx. In fact with all this thing about dual core and quad cores it should run even smoother on pc than the console games.

Ever since KOTOR came out I have been waiting for a good follow up and this looks really good I am just disappointed that Lucas didnt think that there pc fans needed to play this on there systems. So Lucas please stop neglecting us we been waiting for this for a log time.

As for a 4000 dollar system, i just built a powerful system and it only cost me like 1.5 grand us and I can run crysis on high without framing. So whoever builds ur pc has ripped you off.
Posted 18:04 on 16 July 2008
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we'll just get a pirate copy of a 360 version with an emulator - I see no issues. :D
Posted 10:50 on 03 July 2008
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I like how some people here are saying their not buying this game because they don't want to have to buy a console JUST to play. I can understand that but I doubt LA gives a sh*t. If this game DID come out for the PC and not a single PC gamer bought it they would still make MILLIONS just because the majority of gamers have consoles now. By not releasing this game to their loyal fans though is a dick move. I don't game on the PC because right now I have a sh*t computer and I don't think I'd be able to upgrade it or anything due to lack of funds, but hey WTF do I know. Like I was saying, I game on the consoles, the majority of people do, and even if the PC is the better platform for gaming I doubt ranting on this forum will change anyones mind. IMO they should release this game to the PC. If the PC gamers have been loyal this long they deserve it. I don't know much about how much money it takes to make it for the PC or anything but if they would be losing money by putting it on the PC then that would be a fair reason NOT to put it on the PC. BY lying to everyone though just goes to show they don't give a sh*t about the PC gamers. Im still going to buy the game for my 360, regardless of what anyone says. Good luck to all the PC gamers out their. I have nothing but respect for you, hopefully sh*t like this stops.
Posted 19:33 on 24 June 2008
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I have a XBOX 360 and PC too but i will never buy this GAME because i hate MERCANTILISME!!!
Posted 04:23 on 17 June 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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