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Star Wars: TFU Ultimate Sith Edition (PC)

Star Wars: TFU Ultimate Sith Edition (PC)

The Force Unleashed was a big seller for Lucasarts when it was originally released with Star Wars fans buying it in their droves. While we wait patiently for a genuine successor however they have released their latest “Ultimate Sith Edition” which features a brand new exclusive level and a ton of extra content.

This collectors edition boxed set contains all the downloadable material released to date so you get the original game, the Jedi Academy, Tatooine and the Hoth Levels as well as a collector’s card and a tin case to put it all into. While an attractive idea, it is a somewhat overused concept to appeal to people who like shiny things. The collectors card is also just a thick piece of paper with some artwork on it and really isn’t that impressive if you study it up close.

The Force Unleashed was missed on the PC with the original release and Lucasarts stated at the time that they felt it might not ever get a PC airing in future. Obviously they changed their minds and it is a good thing they did because this conversion is good – even if they didn’t iron out the console bugs which annoyed me. It would have been nice to see some physX support with objects taking realistic damage under ‘force influence’ or something else exclusively PC based but unfortunately its a pretty standard port.

The main highlight of the game is the use of the excellent force power methodology and if you wish to recap as to how this all works, then head over to our earlier review.

The PC version improves upon the core game by adding more content, however the niggling issues which were present still rear their ugly head. The three additional environmental settings are able to be played as standalone options so you don’t need to wade your way through all the levels to reach the new content. Obviously with this system however all your force powers don’t translate over into the main game after you earn them.

The Tatooine level starts off after the main game and follows the path that you are now the Emperors apprentice after killing Darth Vader. The evil forces of the empire know that R2D2 has the plans for the Death Star and they are out to stop him. You go to Jabba’s palace and kill a few people then have to battle the Rancor beast under his throne and then escape to find the droids at Mos Eisley. With the aid of an invincibility orb in the room it proves to be not much of a challenge and you can cut it to pieces without much effort. For the remainder of this mission you have to basically kill everything in sight with your vast array of forcepowers and when you finally reach Boba Fett and Obi Wan Kenobi they prove to be not much a challenge, especially with the lightning powers at you fingertips.

Jedi Academy was a downloadable expansion pack on the consoles and it is a fun experience as you wander the academy to achieve personal goals. This isn’t really connected to the secret apprentice storyline and is more a personal quest mission which revolves around some basic puzzle solving and changes the pace from previous experiences.

The Hoth stage is an exclusive part of the Ultimate Sith Edition and I found it to be relatively enjoyable but nothing really out of the ordinary. You run through a variety of rooms and corridors linking them together and the action is fast paced as you battle through the enemy forces while fully utilizing your force powers. After some time you get to fight Luke Skywalker and he was one of the few boss characters to give me a real problem – especially when he uses some special attacks which apparently can’t be blocked or stopped – its made all the more difficult when soldiers in the vicinity keep firing their guns and knocking you off any rhythm you manage to sustain.

Sadly the buggy elements of the original console games carry over into the PC version which means you still experience dodgy physics elements and enemies which like to cause unstoppable additional damage when you take a fall – that is always annoying and rather unfair.

Star Wars: Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Edition is a wickedly fun game to play but if you own the console version and the downloadable content then it seems to be a hard game to recommend – nothing much has been added to make the deal attractive again. That said if you never played the game before, or don’t own a console then I would say this is a good value package to spend some time with. The force powers alone make it worth an investment.


The force powers never get boring but there are some buggy issues from time to time which get annoying.
The engine unfortunately hasn’t had an overhaul and nothing much has been added at all – which is disappointing.
The full gamut of Star Wars effects and music. Excellent.
The main game is not very long but all the downloadable content combined gives a long span of playable game time.

If you are new to this game, then get it, otherwise give it a miss.

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Stuart Davidson

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