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« on: September 09, 2008, 02:17:37 AM »

Looks like EGM wasn't too happy with Force Unleashed. They gave it a C, C, and B-.

Negatives:

Powers are gimped by enemies having Force power negating defenses
Sloppy Combat Mechanics
Unresponsive controls
Clunky Camera Controls
PS3 has sound issues and both titles have Clipping Issues

Not much on the positives
Force Powers are cool when you can use them
Attractive game
Story is acceptably good


As well, Penny Arcade doesn't seem to thrilled with it.

I was really interested in the game until the demo hit, I hate the idea that the regular enemies take 4 or 5 lightsaber swings to kill. Then add on to the fact that they have enemies that can negate your force powers and it seems more tedious than what I expected. I really expected the ability to become a total badass and rule the roost and to have to fight inventive and creative enemies, not storm troopers and rebels who auto-magically created force negating shields that have never existed in Star Wars before.

I wonder if the Wii version has the same issues in gameplay. No reviews on that one yet.
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2008, 02:31:01 AM »

This stuff is already kind of being discussed in this demo/impressions thread.
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2008, 02:52:59 AM »

Star Wars : FU  (eff you) was my take after the demo. Looks like I'm saving myself more Lucas donations.

It just wasn't ... fun.
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2008, 04:02:53 AM »

Play the demo a couple of times and you get all the highs and none of the lows of the full game. Sort of like the demo for Ninja Gaiden II. I want to violently slaughter ninjas in five minute intervals. Fire up the demo = problem solved.
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2008, 04:30:37 AM »

So it turns out my heathen prayers went unanswered.

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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2008, 05:19:24 AM »

Quote from: gellar on September 09, 2008, 04:30:37 AM

So it turns out my heathen prayers went unanswered.

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« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2008, 09:44:40 AM »

Quote from: Tebunker on September 09, 2008, 02:17:37 AM

As well, Penny Arcade doesn't seem to thrilled with it.

So you're saying it's probably good, then?  icon_twisted

When I first played it I was mostly disappointed.  But after playing the demo a few times it became apparent that it was they type of game that wasn't a button mash and required learning the controls.  Once I did so the demo became immensely entertaining to replay figuring out new ways to deal with each encounter.  Certainly, the full game might not be perfect, but I also discount Star Wars reviews these days due to the popularity of bashing the property (not undeserved in some cases, but still not outside the tar-and-feather mentality).

Yes, my avatar naturally suggests that I'm a Lucas apologist...but I also think the prequels were crap.
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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2008, 12:29:49 PM »

I should see a final copy of it soon myself - I'm hoping that ALLLLLLL of these other people are wrong...but I kinda doubt it.
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« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2008, 12:46:39 PM »

This isn't looking good.  Sounds like I should go change my pre-order to something else.
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« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2008, 02:51:29 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 09, 2008, 12:29:49 PM

I should see a final copy of it soon myself - I'm hoping that ALLLLLLL of these other people are wrong...but I kinda doubt it.
 

I'm looking forward to your impressions; any chance they're letting you put up the review before the release date (if you get a copy before then)?
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« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2008, 03:18:03 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on September 09, 2008, 02:51:29 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 09, 2008, 12:29:49 PM

I should see a final copy of it soon myself - I'm hoping that ALLLLLLL of these other people are wrong...but I kinda doubt it.
 

I'm looking forward to your impressions; any chance they're letting you put up the review before the release date (if you get a copy before then)?

I'm hoping so.  I'll know any embargo info when I get the code. 
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« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2008, 06:00:14 PM »

Quote from: WalkingFumble on September 09, 2008, 12:46:39 PM

This isn't looking good.  Sounds like I should go change my pre-order to something else.

Rental FTW.
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« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2008, 06:13:28 PM »

Quote from: Purge on September 09, 2008, 02:52:59 AM

Star Wars : FU  (eff you) was my take after the demo. Looks like I'm saving myself more Lucas donations.

It just wasn't ... fun.

yeah, just another disappointment of the year. there's more disappointments this year than GOTY candidates. what a crappy season this turned out to be. i figured the game was going to blow when they announced no MP and no PC version. 2 strikes and you're out for me!

make a proper jedi knight please.
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« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2008, 07:07:36 PM »

Being wholly unimpressed with the demo, I'm not surprised at all that the final product is mediocre.  When people were saying the demo was the most exciting part of the game, I knew it was in trouble.
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« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2008, 09:36:08 PM »

Got the game today along with a big sheet of paper that says "All reviews embargoed until September 15th, unless otherwise approved by LucasArts".  Guess that is that.
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« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2008, 09:43:05 PM »

This has completely been taken off my play list.  I don't even want to rent it.  Went from being #2 this year to off my list altogether.  The blessing/curse of the demo.
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« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2008, 09:49:36 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 09, 2008, 09:36:08 PM

Got the game today along with a big sheet of paper that says "All reviews embargoed until September 15th, unless otherwise approved by LucasArts".  Guess that is that.

Have any good games had review embargoed? Did GTAIV have reviews embargoed or is this basically a confession by the publisher that the game sucks? Or can this happen if they make a deal with magazine guaranteeing first review?
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« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2008, 10:35:03 PM »

I am going to get this game and ,despite the reviews, I will probably like it.
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« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2008, 10:37:03 PM »

Quote from: Teggy on September 09, 2008, 09:49:36 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 09, 2008, 09:36:08 PM

Got the game today along with a big sheet of paper that says "All reviews embargoed until September 15th, unless otherwise approved by LucasArts".  Guess that is that.

Have any good games had review embargoed? Did GTAIV have reviews embargoed or is this basically a confession by the publisher that the game sucks? Or can this happen if they make a deal with magazine guaranteeing first review?

Most games are embargoed to some degree.  In a few cases however, the publisher is willing to lift the embargoes if the score is sufficiently high enough (Assassin's Creed is one example of that- Ubi would only let reviews be posted early if they were above a 9 or something like that).  

I would say,  however, that embargoes that expire the day of release intead of a few days before are a potential warning sign. 
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« Reply #19 on: September 09, 2008, 10:52:22 PM »

Quote from: mikeg on September 09, 2008, 09:43:05 PM

This has completely been taken off my play list.  I don't even want to rent it.  Went from being #2 this year to off my list altogether.  The blessing/curse of the demo.

Same. I'm not a fan of console controls to begin with. Give me a mouse and a lightsaber anyday.
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« Reply #20 on: September 09, 2008, 11:47:26 PM »

Quote from: Jag on September 09, 2008, 10:52:22 PM

Quote from: mikeg on September 09, 2008, 09:43:05 PM

This has completely been taken off my play list.  I don't even want to rent it.  Went from being #2 this year to off my list altogether.  The blessing/curse of the demo.

Same. I'm not a fan of console controls to begin with. Give me a mouse and a lightsaber anyday.

Asctually, with a lightsaber, I feel like a controller is a better fit.  The mouse doesn't move in the right way.  Granted I'd love to see a stick lightsaber (or, of course, a 1:1 wiimote saber) versus buttons, but the mouse always felt odd to me.
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« Reply #21 on: September 10, 2008, 01:46:34 AM »

One of the legit reasons for embargos are if there is a problem that requires patching that they don`t have 1000 reviews out there bashing them for something they fixed.

That may just be an excuse though, but it would make sense to me.
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« Reply #22 on: September 10, 2008, 01:56:34 AM »

Quote from: Purge on September 10, 2008, 01:46:34 AM

One of the legit reasons for embargos are if there is a problem that requires patching that they don`t have 1000 reviews out there bashing them for something they fixed.

That may just be an excuse though, but it would make sense to me.

But if reviewers already have their copies they will probably have the review written and ready to go before that patch even hits. 
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« Reply #23 on: September 10, 2008, 01:43:57 PM »

Embargoes are good for folks who can't afford to fly somebody out to XYZ office to play the game for review on-site.  It lets sites like this one 'catch up'.  Rock Band 2, as an example, has an embargo for the 15th.
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« Reply #24 on: September 10, 2008, 06:05:58 PM »

my final take/words on all things star wars (courtesy of bill murray)...

just let it go, kids smile ...
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« Reply #25 on: September 11, 2008, 12:50:50 AM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 09, 2008, 09:36:08 PM

Got the game today along with a big sheet of paper that says "All reviews embargoed until September 15th, unless otherwise approved by LucasArts".  Guess that is that.

Loophole ^^^^^   Call George and ask....
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« Reply #26 on: September 11, 2008, 03:17:57 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 09, 2008, 09:36:08 PM

Got the game today along with a big sheet of paper that says "All reviews embargoed until September 15th, unless otherwise approved by LucasArts".  Guess that is that.

Would you like to review SW:FU in a "party setting" as well?   icon_twisted
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« Reply #27 on: September 11, 2008, 03:24:30 PM »

well, cancelled my pre-order yesterday.  If impressions are decn't I'll probably still pick it up, but between STALKER, Witcher Enhanced and Warhammer On-line (traded Mercs 2 yesterday) the rest of the month is pretty full for me gamewise until Silent Hill Homecoming comes out.
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« Reply #28 on: September 11, 2008, 04:35:08 PM »

Is there not a way to combine these two posts into one?
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« Reply #29 on: September 11, 2008, 05:32:36 PM »

down she goes.  another prospect lies face down in it's own excrement.  too bad, i had such high hopes for this one when they first started talking about it.

gamefly queued, but i won't be upset if they ship me something else.
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