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[GC07] Preview: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

The Star Wars films may have been all done and dusted, and George Lucas may well have said that there will be no more films, but what about the games? Could they continue the legacy of the films? Lucas Arts certainly think so, and with their upcoming non-Lego Star Wars game, they hope to make a game as good as the films.

Is it possible though? Can a film really be replaced by a video game? Can something as huge as Star Wars ever be carried on through a gaming medium? Well the team have George Lucas on their side, providing all the necessary input to make the game as good as it can possibly be so that the game can stand side by side with the other films. There will be a whole new story to go with the game of course, with Lucas having a lot of input.

To make the game appear even more realistic, two new technologies have been brought in. Digital Molecular Matter (DMM) by Pixelux Entertainment and euphoria by NaturalMotion Ltd. Both affect the whole gaming environment in ways you may never have seen before. DMM is exclusive to Lucas Arts until September 2008, and it basically allows objects to react in ways never possible before. Glass will break differently every time you smash it, boxes break up differently depending on where you shoot them and so on. It means that all objects will react as their real life counterparts would do in the same situation. euphoria (no capital letter is deliberate) does something similar but for character models. It means that gone are the ridiculous rag doll physics, and in their place are realistic movements. If a character falls off-balance, it will try to re-balance itself in a way not seen before. The official site has a lot more information to look at, as well as a video on each of the technologies.

It means that when The Force is used, things will react differently each and every time you exert your force. This has the potential to be very fun indeed; watching people fall and stumble in ways not seen before will always be amusing as it is unpredictable.

The story itself casts players as Darth Vader’s “Secret Apprentice”. It hopes to bridge the gap between Episode III and Episode IV to better explain the transition from one trilogy to the other. There will be new characters to meet along the way, but rest assured the old familiar ones will also be featuring at one point or another.

The game does, as the title suggests, focus a lot on The Force. It’s very powerful, and instead of just Force pushing someone into a wall, you’ll actually push them right through it (and with DMM, the wall should crumble nicely). The three other Force abilities include grip, repulse and lightning. They can then all be combined for mega combos that will no doubt be very pleasant on the eye. There was also a trailer shown (available on the official website) that demonstrated the affects it could have. Towards the end there is some early gameplay footage too, however it’s not quite as stellar as some may have hope.

The game will also have some replay value. There will be alternate endings depending on what you do during the game. There will be key decisions at certain points that will greatly alter the outcome in the end. Multiplayer too will add to the longevity, however no information was divulged as to what that would be.

The game still has a long way to go. The expected release is Spring 2008, so there is plenty of time to get the graphics up to scratch. Having seen what they can do with Lego Star Wars, it shouldn’t be too foreign for them to get this looking just as good. Roll on 2008.

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Comment by Number13 on 2007-08-26 01:17:30 | Reply

Dunno about you guys, but I can’t wait to force-push someone through a wall :D

Comment by SilentAssassn87 on 2007-08-26 01:50:54 | Reply

This looks promising. The last Star Wars game I really enjoyed was Jedi Academy III because of the all the force powers. This should really show the extent of the force while not holding back.

Comment by HoLyWooD444 on 2007-08-26 02:11:53 | Reply

looks pretty dam sweet , hopfully after this they can get started on the next KOTOR

Let’s hope they, you know, actually do these things.

Comment by Darkhosis on 2007-08-26 06:38:48 | Reply

man I can’t freakin wait!!! Star Wars anything FTW

Comment by KultiVator on 2007-08-26 11:36:20 | Reply

I’m still hoping LucasArts bring back the Rogue Squadron series (or somethign akin to it).

One of the strongest urges for many Star Wars fans is to fly the space vehicles - and recreate some of the classic battles (The Death Star trench run / the Hoth ice-planet battle against At-AT walkers, and take on those huge destroyers) - and playing these out in super-smooth frame-rate hi-def is a dream of mine.

Comment by Number13 on 2007-08-26 11:54:42 | Reply

I’d love to see a proper next-gen remake of TIE Fighter. That would be the sweetest thing ever :)

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-08-26 14:55:06 | Reply

but we’ve all done that many a time with the other ones

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-08-28 03:32:44 | Reply

And you don’t think it’s just the littlest bit sad on your part that the best thing to do with your time is try and annoy someone you have never met over the internet (which by the way is getting laughable) a little sad if you ask me but you go, have the time of you life.

Comment by nuknuk on 2007-08-26 19:17:09 | Reply

a next-gen battlefront would be great.

Comment by krimsonomen on 2007-08-26 21:41:38 | Reply

This game and Fracture with all of the new technologies they use will not only make awesome games but also move the whole game industry forward in terms of realism and interactions with the environment.

Comment by Spark on 2007-08-27 19:41:46 | Reply

All Star Wars games look really good but then when yo get your hands on them they suck monkey balls

Comment by Lone goat on 2007-08-29 18:20:21 | Reply

What??? battlefront rocked my balls

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-08-29 18:24:40 | Reply

I thought KOTOR 1 & 2 was a couple of good little games too.

(comment by the real Glovner not my sad little imposter)

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