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Battling the Force Unleashed

I can feel the hate swelling in you

By Robert T. Trate     September 18, 2008

Darth Vader on Kashyyyk by Amy Beth Christenson
© Lucas Arts
The day was already not starting off on the right foot. To begin with, the game store where I had reserved my Star Wars: The Force Unleashed did not have a midnight sale. This was really disappointing because I drove by when Madden was released and there were hordes of people outside waiting for the store to open at midnight. To add to the misery of an eight hour delayed start time, my store also did not have the special edition Stormtrooper Commander action figure (see gallery). All this was quickly washed away however when I threw my light saber into a Wookie and stabbed him through the chest. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed arrived and it was glorious. Until…
In battling the Rogue Jedi (first level boss) I noticed that there was no beating this guy. Now for the Wii Star Wars: The Force Unleashed there is a Darth Vader level that trains you to use the force with the Wii remotes. You are guided through the first level battling Wookies but when you fight the Jedi the training ends. I discovered this brutal move where Vader would lift the Rogue Jedi into the air and slam him to the ground. However, this move leads the Rogue Jedi to counter it with a healing maneuver. More often than not I found myself doing that move and then trying to stop it in the process because its outcome kept repeating. After fighting the Rogue Jedi for over an hour I decided that maybe the game was stuck in a loop. I couldn’t figure out what was going wrong. Maybe it was the cut down palm tree that was floating in the arena that might have something to do with the fact that I had died ten times in a row and failed to kill this Rogue Jedi?
After restarting the game I played the entire first level with no problem. I practiced and memorized a few moves and took on the Rogue Jedi again. Another hour later and a lot of swearing I was ready to resort to a good blaster to take this guy, and the game console, out (not an actual option). I even stopped using the secondary Wii remote and let him come to me so that I could hack and slash him with my light saber. It came as no surprise that Vader’s pounding into the ground maneuver happened anyway, followed by, of course, the Rogue Jedi’s rejuvenation.
I could have a faulty disc. I could just be missing something. I could also just be really bad at this game (doubtful but probable). For the first three hours of playing I was already bored and my arms were tired. Now that I was at the seventeen minute mark (game time) I was ready to call it quits.
I took it back to game store and talked with Rob, who sold me the game. He said I was not the first person to come back with the same complaint. We flipped through the players guide and learned that there were six moves that the Wii remotes had to do to finish off the Rogue Jedi. Moves that once completed, end with Vader slamming him into the ground, stealing the Rogue Jedi’s light saber and killing him. I told him I would give yet another chance but that he would probably see me tomorrow. The thought of trading it in for the Xbox 360 version crossed my mind, but that would mean I couldn’t play the duel mode. This would only insure my defeat in the makeshift tournament that my friends and I have planned.
After erasing my game, watching the opening scroll and starting all over again I do the six moves and finish the Rogue Jedi in seconds. I guess Rob the game store employee was really just Yoda in disguise. The Wii remote, though exhausting, is apparently a precise instrument. Now I must return to the game, the galaxy waits.

Starkiller is Knighted a Sith by Darth Vader

Must have figure of the week:
This week DC Direct is releasing four new figures at comic shop and one is definitely worth picking up. The All Star Batman and Robin and All Star Superman figures will have their first series premiering with Batman, Batgirl, Superman and Super Lois. The Frank Quitely and Jim Lee renditions of the characters are perfect but why didn’t they release Robin in the first series? Batman looks great and outshines DC Direct’s Hush Batman that was also based in Lee’s artwork, making him the must have figure of the week. I just hope the series of figures will one day have a figure based on Lee’s Green Lantern or Quitely’s two Kryptonian astronauts.

DC Directs All Star Series 1 line

now from neca
At the International Toy Fair back in February I saw a lot of Bobble Heads. There was one company called Funko in particular that specialized in nothing but. Their Bobble Heads were more on the retro side in both properties and likeness (see their Sleestak). NECA produces several different Bobble Heads or Head Knockers as they like to call them, which outshine Funko’s in both appearance and detail. This week NECA released their Beetlejuice and Morgan from The Exorcist Head Knockers in preparation for Halloween. The heads are great but NECA takes it one step further and makes the base just as incredible.

Beetlejuice and Exorcist Head Knockers

New From Dark Horse Deluxe Imprint:
Since 1937 he has populated newspapers and pulp magazines. In December Dark Horse Comics will release their very first Prince Valiant bust. The oversize statue measures nearly 12 inches in height, stretches almost 15 inches deep and is practically 10 inches wide. There will be a limited edition of only five hundred made.

The Dark Horse Prince Valiant bust

RETRO Toy Commerical of the week:
This week I will be adding a new feature to the toy column and that will be a retro toy commercial. This week’s is for Maniac galexia who commented last week that he or she always wanted a Jabba the Hutt Kenner play set.
Video Game Releases for the Week:
PS3, PS2 and PSP
Armored Core: For Answer by UBI Soft (PLAYSTATION 3)
B-Boy by South Peak Interactive (Sony PSP)
Dance Dance Revolution X by Konami (PlayStation2)
Dance Dance Revolution X with Dance Mat by Konami (PlayStation2)
Madden NFL 09 en Espanol by Electronic Arts (PLAYSTATION 3)
Namco Classic Fighter Collection by Namco (PlayStation2)
Naruto Ultimate Collection by Namco (PlayStation2)
Pac-Man Power Pack by Namco (PlayStation2)
Pure by Disney (PLAYSTATION 3)
Speed Racer: The Videogame by Warner Bros (PlayStation2)
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed by Lucas Arts Entertainment (Sony PSP)
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed by Lucas Arts Entertainment (PlayStation2)
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed by Lucas Arts Entertainment (PLAYSTATION 3)
Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS
Animal Paradise by Empire Interactive (Nintendo DS)
Crazy Golf by Bold Games (Nintendo Wii)
Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2 with Dance Mat by Konami (Nintendo Wii)
Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen by Square Enix (Nintendo DS)
Drawn to Life: Spongebob Squarepants Edition by THQ (Nintendo DS)
IGOR The Game by South Peak Interactive (Nintendo DS)
IGOR The Game by South Peak Interactive (Nintendo Wii)
Line Rider 2: Unbound by Genius Products (Nintendo DS)
Rebel Raiders: Operation Nighthawk by XS Games (Nintendo Wii)
Red Bull BC One by Ignition Entertainment Ltd (Nintendo DS)
Slingo Quest by Mumbo Jumbo (Nintendo DS)
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed by Lucas Arts Entertainment (Nintendo Wii)
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed by Lucas Arts Entertainment (Nintendo DS)
Super Pick Ups by XS Games (Nintendo Wii)
Yggdra Union by Atlus Video Games (Sony PSP)
Xbox 360
Armored Core: For Answer by UBI Soft (Xbox 360)
Battle Fantasia by Aksys (Xbox 360)
ION Drum Rocker Premium Drum Set by Ion (Xbox 360)
Madden NFL 09 en Espanol  by Electronic Arts (Xbox 360)
Mazes Of Fate by Graffiti Entertainment, LLC (Nintendo DS)
Pure by Disney (Xbox 360)
Rock Band 2 Standalone Drums  by MTV Games (Xbox 360)Rock Band 2 Standalone Guitar by MTV Games (Xbox 360)
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed by Lucas Arts Entertainment (Xbox 360)
TNA Impact! by Midway Entertainment (Nintendo Wii)
Unsolved Crimes by Empire Interactive (Nintendo DS)
Zoids Assault by Atlus Video Games (Xbox 360)
Zoo Hospitalby Majesco Sales Inc. (Nintendo Wii)
Crysis Warhead by Electronic Arts (Windows Vista / XP)
Dead Mountaineer's Hotel by Lighthouse Interactive (Windows Vista / XP)
Discovery by Mumbo Jumbo (Windows Vista / XP)
Dungeon Lords Collector's Edition jc  by Dreamcatcher Interactive (Windows 2000 / 98 / Me / XP)
Hell's Kitchen by Ubisoft (Windows Vista / XP)
IGOR The Game  by Southpeak (Windows Vista / XP)
Line Rider 2: Unbound by Genius Products (Windows Vista / XP)
Magician's Handbook by Valusoft (Windows Vista / XP)
Mount & Blade by Paradox (Windows 2000 / Vista / XP)
Naked Brothers Band by Valusoft (Windows Vista / XP)
Paws & Claws: Australian Adventures by Valusoft (Windows Vista / XP)
The Price is Right by Ubisoft (Windows Vista / XP)
Pure by Disney Interactive Studios (Windows Vista / XP)
The Settlers VI Gold Edition by Ubisoft (Windows Vista / XP)
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky by Deep Silver (Windows Vista / XP)
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning by Electronic Arts (Windows XP)
Warhammer Online 60 Day Prepaid Game Time Card  by Electronic Arts (Windows Vista / XP)
Wheel of Fortune Super Deluxe Sb by Encore (Mac OS X, Windows Vista / XP)
The Witcher Enhanced by Atari (Windows 2000 / 95 / 98 / Me / Vista / XP)
World of Mahjongg by Viva Media (Windows 2000 / 98 / Me / Vista / XP)


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ponyboy76 9/18/2008 3:52:31 AM
Well, I don`t know your skill level at playing this sort of game but I think it was maniac hanso who said that he beat the game in 6 or 7 hours and that it was a waste of money. I`m not sure what version he has. I think I`ll just rent it.
hanso 9/18/2008 4:51:18 AM
Yea it was me with the comments Pony, but I didn't beat the game. I said the reviews I had read said the game was like 6-7 hours long so I couldn't justify paying $60 for it. I did buy the game (PS3) version but I will return it to the store unopened for some credit and buy another game down the line. I'm gonna do the same as you and rent it cause the reviews it's gotten is basically a C game with little replay value. On the PS3 demo, battling the boss from that when you almost had him beat you had to press some buttons in order that would appear on screen like they do in God of War and then Starkiller would cut it in half with is lightsaber. Sounds like this is done in all the major boss battles. On the Wii, I dont know if they pop up on screen to tell you what to do, I'm sure they won't make you buy the guide just to beat the game so I'm thinking this guy missed something when he was playing. My advice to you sir is return it anyway if you can and rent it, save yourself $50.
manjisan 9/18/2008 5:21:02 AM
I bought the Wii version and have to say that I am conflicted. I WANT to love this game but find myself just liking it. The graphics aren't on par with the higher end consoles but I wanted to see how the Wii did handling the movements and it is close to a massive fail. I was able to beat the Rogue Jedi without a problem as well as some other major baddies that I will not reveal. It is challenging, offers duel mode (which can be a little disconcerting at times with awkward camera angles interfering with gameplay), yet is missing what Wii owners truly wanted; one-to-one lightsaber movements. Why in the hell should it be reduced to a right-left, left-right, upward, downward, and thrust?? Especially when Nintendo has an addition to the Wiimote that is supposed to give one-to-one matching? Yeah, I have to say I feel ripped off and am not getting Clone Wars Lightsaber Duels and give this game a 7 out of ten with a 3 out of ten for the lightsaber movement restrictions.
ponyboy76 9/18/2008 5:40:48 AM
Yeah, I have to thank you guys for the Wii reviews so far because I don`t have a Wii, but if there was one reason to get one, it would have been for this game. From what I am hearing and reading though, it doesn`t seem to be worth it. I`ll wait a little longer to buy a Wii.
hanso 9/18/2008 5:49:12 AM
There's plenty of reasons for the Wii if you like Nintendo. Super Mario Galaxy, Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Metroid Prime 3 just to name a few. I also enjoy Mario Kart. Haven't used my Wii in a long time though.
AMiSHPiRATE 9/18/2008 6:04:18 AM
So what you're saying, Hanso, is the reasons to buy the Wii (Mario, Zelda, Mario Kart, Metroid, and the unmentioned Smash Bros) are the same reasons to buy the Gamecube (Mario, Zelda, Mario Kart, Metroid, and Smash Bros), which are the same reasons to buy the N64 (Mario, Zelda, Mario Kart, Met-er, rather, Goldeneye, and Smash Bros)? I want the fucking batgirl action figure.
hanso 9/18/2008 6:06:32 AM
Exactly. Nintendo's 1st party titles are excellent.
manjisan 9/18/2008 6:17:13 AM
Other games for the Wii such as Godfather (a great port), Bully (another awesome port), No More Heroes are good reasons to get a Wii. The others mentioned especially Mario Kart make the Wii a fun party console. I use my Wii a lot and the wife and family enjoy it. The PS3 is really for myself and a few buddies that used to have LAN parties back in the day. Nintendo, I love your product, but damn your processors need a kick in the ass. Give us GTA!!!!!
AMiSHPiRATE 9/18/2008 6:26:31 AM
LAN parties? NERD!!!!
hanso 9/18/2008 6:30:27 AM
You want a Batgirl action figure and you are calling Manjisan a nerd?
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