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Oh my. That was my first reaction upon seeing the graphics in the Nintendo DS version of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: Oh my. It only goes downhill from there. It's tough to figure just what the developers were thinking with this atrocious attempt at bringing LucasArts' epic storyline and lightsaber hack-and-slash to the DS as a 3-D game. The action in the top half of the screen looks utterly terrible, with absurdly blocky characters and environments. It's hard to tell what's going on when anything is more than a few feet away from your character, at which point everything dissolves into clusters of shuffling pixels. Instead of helping, the fixed camera is more often a problem, with enemies straying off-screen to attack you from where you can't see them. The levels are often closed in by invisible walls, giving the gameplay a "rat in a maze" feel. It's not that the Nintendo DS is incapable of 3-D action games. The DS version of Metroid demonstrated very well how it can work, and inde...
What's Hot: Turns off quickly
What's Not: Graphics; Gameplay; Controls