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The Force Unleashed detailed for Wii

The Force Unleashed detailed for Wii

The Wii version of The Force Unleashed will feature a unique lightsaber duel mode, harnessing the power of the Wii.

So, I was chatting to my good friend Darth Vader this morning and he let me in on a little secret.

"Joe, you can expect to get much more use out of your Wii next year. It is my gift to you, for your birthday." He told me with a voice like used sandpaper. I asked for details and he outlined how the Wii version of the new Star Wars title, The Force Unleashed, will feature an exclusive lightsaber duel mode.

"That's amazing, Papa Vader! How is it you know what I'll be getting for my birthday?" I asked him.
"I have felt your presents."

Ok, it's a lame joke, but the fact behind it is still true and Lucasarts has officially announced yesterday that the Wii version of The Force Unleashed will let players wield a lightsaber through their wiimotes. The nunchuck meanwhile will be responsible for using force powers and for movement.

The game casts players as Darth Vader's secret apprentice, off on a secret mission to do secret things. We'd love to tell you more about it but, well, it's all a bit top-secret. In fact, all that is known is that the game is set between the events of Episode III and Episode IV and that it will involve killing an awful lot of Jedi and Stormtroopers.

Why are you killing both, I hear you ask. Well, it's because the secret apprentice is so incredibly secret that not even the Stormtroopers know who he is.

According to the official press release, the Wii version is in development by Krome Studios and will allow players to fight each other in Duel mode to determine who is the "Ultimate Jedi Master".

"The Wii is a great platform for The Force Unleashed, because the console's motion-oriented controllers really bring the game to life," said Jim Ward, President of LucasArts. "We've worked hard to make the Wii version of the game unique in order to truly let you unleash the Force."

Unfortunately, the game isn't out until next Spring but in the meantime you can discuss it in the forums and speculate on which is the best Star Wars game ever. Actually, that last bit is a joke too - everybody knows it's Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight.

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[USRF]Obiwan 19th September 2007, 09:43 Quote
"I have felt your presents."

wahahahaaaa
BioSniper 19th September 2007, 09:46 Quote
:o
/me faints
Lightsaber swingey goodness...

Now all I have to do is chop open the hilt of a lightsaber model/replica and put the wii-mote in it for ultimate awesome gamage :D
will. 19th September 2007, 09:47 Quote
development by Krome Studios

ooooo, I've been waiting for someone to announce a lightsaber game!
iwog 19th September 2007, 10:11 Quote
pssssshhheeeewww *fires up lightsaber* whmmmm whmmm

now does the game come with sound effects or do we have to provide our own like when we were children. What am i say we are all still children at heart, which is why this game sounds so cool.
Blademrk 19th September 2007, 10:17 Quote
As there's a speaker in the wiimote it probably will.
konsta 19th September 2007, 10:43 Quote
So happy I could piss myself.
DXR_13KE 19th September 2007, 13:18 Quote
that is awesome..... but not the konsta pissing part
StephenK 19th September 2007, 13:46 Quote
Excellent! I thought I had reached nirvana when the zapper was announced!
Just wondering though, in the duel mode i'm guessing you can wield the wiimote with both hands but it just wont be the same using a lightsaber one handed so that i can move at the same time.
wuyanxu 19th September 2007, 14:02 Quote
is it going to be on PC?
mmorgue 19th September 2007, 14:51 Quote
The lightsabre feature sounds great and I'm looking forward to how it's used -- I hope it's not just pre-determined movements dictated by how you flick the remote but rather a proper 1 for 1 control.

What worries me tho is the rest of the game. The Wii isn't known for it's outstanding or, let's be honest, 'great' graphics, so I couldn't imagine the rest of the game being up to scratch. I hope the sabre feautre isn't the selling point.

That being said, I'd much rather a "sabre only" game - perhaps a split screen/multi player one -- now THAT'd be fun!
FooSai 19th September 2007, 15:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by mmorgue
The lightsabre feature sounds great and I'm looking forward to how it's used -- I hope it's not just pre-determined movements dictated by how you flick the remote but rather a proper 1 for 1 control.

What worries me tho is the rest of the game. The Wii isn't known for it's outstanding or, let's be honest, 'great' graphics, so I couldn't imagine the rest of the game being up to scratch. I hope the sabre feautre isn't the selling point.

That being said, I'd much rather a "sabre only" game - perhaps a split screen/multi player one -- now THAT'd be fun!

The Wii isn't about graphics, it's all about game play. Definitely has to be proper motion sensing control, that annoyed on Zelda with the pre-set sword moves.

I reckon they should add in dual wield with 2 remotes, and let you move around with the d-pad. That would be real ownage!
mmorgue 19th September 2007, 15:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by FooSai
I reckon they should add in dual wield with 2 remotes, and let you move around with the d-pad. That would be real ownage!

VERY good idea! ;) ;)
kempez 19th September 2007, 16:11 Quote
It's scary how much I want this :D
pendragon 19th September 2007, 18:25 Quote
woohoo!! This sounds awesome.. I sure hope it's full-motion swinging of the Wii-mote and no pre-determined swing animations
Vash-HT 19th September 2007, 19:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by FooSai
The Wii isn't about graphics, it's all about game play. Definitely has to be proper motion sensing control, that annoyed on Zelda with the pre-set sword moves.

I reckon they should add in dual wield with 2 remotes, and let you move around with the d-pad. That would be real ownage!

Regardless of what the Wii is "about" or not, the game is supposed to make heavy use of physics for throwing people around. With the Wii having weaker hardware it could be gimped in this department, which would affect gameplay. As for the lightsaber control, hopefully its not a cheap add-in for PR, hopefully they take the time to do it well.
SNIPERMikeUK 19th September 2007, 19:39 Quote
This could be really good, along with the complete saga Lego Star wars this is a good year for the star wars gaming franchise me thinks?
johnnyboy700 19th September 2007, 19:46 Quote
YEEEEEEESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!

Only trouble is I've gotten so used to playing Jedi and FPS games on the PC with much better graphics than the Wii can produce that it might mean this game isn't that great to look at - but you do get to swing the remotes around so I reckon I can put up with that.
Plus I can think of plenty of old PC games that are now graphically dreadful (Duke Nukem 3D) or at least very basic (X-Com games) by today's standards but have absolutly rock sold gameplay that they are still brilliant. The Dark Forces games on the PC were very good for their time and with DF2-Jedi Knght you got to use a light sabre (as far as I'm aware) for the first time - oh boy was that a brilliant feeling.

I am a bit concerned that the actual light sabre combat might be a bit dull as a lot of it does involve some force enhanced acrobatics (think CGI Yoda in Eps 2 & 3), this might be a bit tricky to implement succesfully and the duels might be a bit more like Vader & Obi-Wan in a New Hope - i.e. like two old men having a regular sword fight.

I want to be wrong I really do but I have this nagging doubt.
mattthegamer463 20th September 2007, 03:49 Quote
!!

SO many lamps are getting broken!!
DXR_13KE 20th September 2007, 17:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Vash-HT
With the Wii having weaker hardware

it has weaker hardware, but its hardware is not weak, if you design and improve the performance from a game to a certain specific platform you can gain a hell lot of performance, and about graphics.... if the gaycube had awesome graphics in resident evil i can see the wii have better graphics.
EmJay 20th September 2007, 21:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by mattthegamer463
!!

SO many lamps are getting broken!!

QFT. The cat had better start finding hiding spots ASAP. :D
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