Friday, 7 August 2009

The Force Unleashed Coming to PC

I’m a bit late to the post on this one, but just today I noticed that the Star Wars game “The Force Unleashed” is coming to PC (and Mac) this fall.

The Force Unleashed was originally released September 2008 for pretty much every current gaming platform under the sun… except for the PC. The original excuse the developers made was that PC weren’t good enough to pull off the physics. Which was decidedly strange because the game was coming to PS2 and Wii as well and many a game PC even at the time was already more powerful than the X360 and PS3.

So nobody really believed them and the general consensus was that they didn’t because of piracy on the PC.

Now whether they feel that enough time has passed since the original console launch or whether they realised that not releasing a game makes less money than releasing a game that gets pirated, or maybe they suddenly are able to do the physics on PCs, they are now releasing the game on PC as well with a couple of extras.

As per IGN’s announcement article:
US, July 24, 2009 - Aspyr Media and LucasArts will bring the hit game Star Wars®: The Force Unleashed™ to PC and Mac gamers for the first time ever with the release of Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition this Fall. Developed for PC and Mac and published in North America by Aspyr, Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition combines the original Star Wars The Force Unleashed videogame with three new levels set in iconic Star Wars locales and a host of new costumes and character models. This special edition of the game will show players the deepest, darkest side of the Force in a story that puts them on a collision course with Luke Skywalker himself.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed completely re-imagines the scope and scale of the Force and casts players as Darth Vader's "Secret Apprentice," unveiling new revelations about the Star Wars galaxy seen through the eyes of this mysterious new character, who is armed with unprecedented powers. Originally released on multiple platforms in September 2008, the game quickly became the fastest-selling Star Wars game ever, and has since sold six million units worldwide.
There is a bit more on the extras in the game as well there (Jedi Temple mission and two Sith missions against such characters as Obi-wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker).

To be honest, I'm not all that certain if I'm really interested though. Sure, it was the fastest selling Star Wars game ever (though I've got a feeling SWTOR might top it when it's out), but the reviews weren't that stellar and the kind of gameplay doesn't really interest me that much. And I don't like that it doesn't give you the option of choosing a gender (as far as I'm aware).

But who knows, it might be a fun game. Will wait for the reviews once it's out and see if I'm not already too busy with something else (like Dragon Age: Origins).

Oh, and to get a little bit more recent news, here's the trailer (showing some of the extra content):

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