New Releases: What upcoming games are you looking forward to?
One thing you can say about Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on the PlayStation Portable is that it lives up to its bigger console cousins. Like those games, it makes an attempt to tell an impressive story, but the gameplay betrays it. Luckily, there are a few additional ways to play this stripped-down port of the PlayStation 2 and Wii versions that keeps it from being a total loss. The basic plot involves a young boy raised by Vader as his secret apprentice. Once he's grown up, Vader sends him out to hunt down fugitive Jedi, but he also seems to be doing a little inter-Empire subterfuge on Vader's behalf. Hence the opportunity to slaughter Stormtroopers left and right. But behind these machinations, you'll find some strong characterization of the different players, including the apprentice, his droid sidekick, his pilot/love interest and even Vader himself. The genius of the Force Unleashed storyline is that it taps into the things that made Star Wars good back when it was good: shame, ...
What's Hot: Historical scenarios; Basic lightsaber hacking-and-slashing
What's Not: Lots of UMD thrashing; Watered-down storyline