Star Wars games have made countless appearances on home consoles and arcades in the last thirty years. They’ve been of various qualities, from the amazing Rebel Assault 2 and Jedi Knight to the rather terrible last gen games based off the new license. Is Unleashed one of the duds or is it actually worth the purchase?
First things first. Unleashed is really only enjoyable if you’re a Star Wars fan. Unlike previous original XBOX games like Knights of the old republic and Battlegrounds which were serviceable games in their own rights, Unleashed really does only work as a Star Wars game designed for the Star Wars fans. You can’t really fault the game for that, but it’s worth noting.
The fan service involves more than just throwing in Vader and some force powers, however. The story of the game is available in a full sized novel which should say more than enough about the quality of the plot. The game fills in some major gaps between the end of the original trilogy and Episode I. There are two good things about that – firstly, there’s a great mix of both new and old characters due to the settings. More importantly, though, the game is canon. It’s not just some contrived plot invented by a game studio – it’s got the George Lucas seal of approval.
This fact alone should be enough for most Star Wars fans to run out and purchase the game right now. For the rest of us, there are a few more things to touch on before you consider a full purchase, and not all of them are quite as good.
Unleashed follows a successful formula. It combines force powers with a plot that focuses on using them as much as possible rather than something reserved for special occasions. For the first few hours, picking up hapless stormtroopers and throwing them off various bridges and massive holes in spaceships is good clean fun. However, it gets old quicker than it should due to a lack of imagination on behalf of the level design. Soon you’ll just go back to using your trusty lightsaber because it’s quicker and easier, even if not quite as pretty.
Not all of the levels are bad, and unsurprisingly those based on scenes already familiar to fans are the most entertaining. The spaceship levels lack the vibrant graphical flair of the outside portions of the game though, and there’s only so long you can spend in various spaceships before you start to long for something a little more exciting.
The game is also quite buggy. There are plenty of occasions during play where enemies have failed to move or glitched into a wall. Plenty of players have reported bugs that have forced them to reset their systems mid-level.
All this considered however, Unleashed isn’t a bad game. The hordes of enemies thrown at you make for some truly interesting fights and when set pieces are done well. Towards the end of the game, they really shine. If you’re a Star Wars fan then Download Star Wars Galaxy Heroes APK and don’t mind working through the occasional glitch it’s a more than worthwhile experience, even if you only play for the story.