The Force Unleashed Was the Most Video Game-Ass Star Wars to Ever Exist

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Star War has been a staple of videogamesfor decades. It’s spanned every genre and platform that you can imagine. There are certain ones that have resonated with audiences over time, like the current Jedi games from Respawn Entertainment and the Knights of the Old Republic series from BioWare and Obsidian. Jacob Anderson & Sam Reid

Force Unleashed games. The first installment of the franchise is 15 years old. Its biggest selling point was in its title. It was not the first Star Wars game to allow players to wield the Force. Instead, it gave players the opportunity to unleash the Force’s fullest potential, including telekinetic attacks, mind control and even cooking people with Force Lightning. Narratively, its aim was something a bit more grander as it tried to tie the Prequel and Original trilogies together through an original story and brand new character via Starkiller, who Vader kidnapped as a child and groomed int becoming o his secret apprentice to hunt down Jedi survivors of Order 66. For a franchise with a number of

characters who feel like someone’s playing favorites for specifically them (sometimes to said character’s detriment), Starkiller is the most OC to ever OC in all of Star Wars. Starkiller is the most OC to ever OC in the entire Star Wars. He meets a lot of Expanded Universe characters and mainline characters. His supporting cast includes a love-interest who is also the captain of his ship and and

a droid that takes the form of former lightsaber users in order to teach his master the ways of battle. Image:

Lucasfilm GamesIt’s all very silly in the way that this franchise can often be, even now, but it was also just as endearing. Lucasfilm was trying to sell the idea at the time that Force unleashed was a piece of Star War media equal in importance. This is why the opening crawl and the transition wipes were taken directly from the films. It also wanted to stand out, so it reinterpreted the Force’s abilities. Vader, in the prologue on Kashyyyk, slaughtered so many Wookies as if they were nothing while playing the Imperial March. Starkiller was able to blast enemies across the arena, capture TIE fighters in mid-flight and even bring down Star Destroyers, which was an impressive selling point. As a 14 going on 15-year-old back then, this was the perfect kind of power fantasy game: lightsabers, like all swords, are awesome, and using them in tandem with telekinesis and lightning to slice up monstrs and woefully underprepared soldiers was the coolest thing ever. The original

Force unleashed was a hit at the time. It spawned an 2010 sequel that wasn’t as popular as its predecessor. Both titles left a lasting impression on Star War fans, even after they were declared non-canon. The Force unleashed games were semi-definitive texts for many. Starkiller, the biggest game changer of the Prequel trilogy, was the newcomer that a publisher built an entire event series around. Starkiller is still a fan favorite, and fans have hoped that he will make it back into the official canon in some way. (Many put their hopes on Marrok, a recent Inquisitor-looking character on Star Wars Ahsoka, being a new version of Starkiller, which…didn’t pan out. It’s not wrong to say that Lucasfilm’s decision to reduce the Force’s abilities was partly in response to Unleashed and characters such as Starkiller. You can see that the two games are influencing the future of the franchise: Respawn’s

Jedi games share a commitment to making the Star War feel as real and authentic as possible. They also use pre-existing characters in a considerably more effective way. Sam Witwer, the voice actor of Starkiller in Star Wars : The Clone Warsand Rebels, probably would not have been able to go on and voice Darth Maul. Image: Lucasfilm Games The Force Unleashed is utterly ridiculous, but that gives it a certain charm that’s clearly let it endure over the past decade and a half. This is the kind of game that’s hard to make anymore. Video games based on popular brands, like

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Star War , have to either adhere to larger canons or have a strong enough twist on things to stand alone. S through backward compatibility. At time of writing, The Force Unleashed II

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