This is from OXM's review of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: "With its non-branching storyline and no multiplayer, Force Unleashed is certainly less ambitious than the classic Jedi Knight games- and ultimately, its design makes it feel more videogame-y and less of an all-engrossing Star Wars experience than Xbox entries like Jedi Knight II or Jedi Academy." People... How the hell is The Force Unleashed more videogame-y than the "all-engrossing" Jedi Knight 2 or Jedi Academy? I'm sure we all remember the frantic jumping matches the Jedi Knight series has. The Force powers in TFU feel a lot more powerful and natural than the JK series' wimpy powers. TFU lets you use the Force to throw your enemies through doors (breaking the doors), meanwhile doing that in JKA would just open the doors a little more creatively. Lightning actually stuns people in addition to hurting/killing them, rather than in JK, where it would just hurt them a bit- it didn't feel too satisfying to see enemies withstand your fully powered storm of lightning in JK... And just overall, in the JK games, using lightning for a few seconds would deplete all of your Force points and likely leave your enemy alive. Well, what do you think? And I suppose I could have put this in the General Console Discussion forum, but it wouldn't get much attention there at all.
22nd December 2006
I tend not to even look at reviews anymore, for that reason. They suck. I havn't played TFU yet, but i don't see how they can compared it with the JK series..
1st January 2005
I think in a nutshell what they're saying is TFU departs from the traditional use some actual skill via several methods style of the JK series vs this new I am God eye candy title. Players whom have seen what's coming in TFU have said the same, it's nothing new.
The JK series did involve some tricky saber battles, but on the other hand it wasn't really a button masher. It just took some good strategy and timing in certain fights in the game.
Like FireStormz said, it doesn't really make sense to compare TFU to the JK series. They are two totally different types of games and the new elements in TFU will either appeal to players or it won't.
The thing with TFU is that it's actually not a half-assed attempt to make playing as Jedi fun. At this point in gaming, I am confident that TFU is much better than the JK series. In TFU, well, Jedi feel powerful, part of it thanks to use of the Euphoria engine.
They compare TFU with JKA because they are both Star Wars games. Plus, I loved JKA. The force powers can kill you easily. You're just focusing on the shitty ones, aka, lightning, heal, speed, and drain.
Well, with push for example, let's not forget how painfully annoying that power could get, considering the AI saber-wielding could almost always block it. And that push block thing didn't work too well in multiplayer, though I must admit, it is endlessly fun to push people off of stuff, ESPECIALLY when they're in the air. But TFU seems like that same thing can happen a lot. Pull? A little cheap if you ask me. And in JK saber duels, ever notice how people online crouch a lot with their saber on and try just rolling and stabbing you (a lot of the time). Not much strategy was needed. And there was a hell of a lot of jumping just trying to avoid the other player's attacks. When did Obi-Wan and Vader do all of that? Luke and Vader? Anakin and Dooku? Obi-Wan/Qui-Gon and Darth Maul? JK's Jedi experience was hardly Jedi-like.
Pull+jump kick rapes. And Grip+Jump kick does too. Drain works well in FF duels. That's about all it's good for.
Rolling stab is easy to avoid, and then you can cut right down the middle of them with a Red style overhand swing.
Well, now that you put it that way, I suppose the games can't really be compared. JK worked more on the saber combat (but didn't work as well as it could have; they need to try JK again, the new technology and hardware would help a lot), meanwhile TFU focuses a lot more on Force Powers. I wish they could put the fun of saber combat mixed with the fun of using the Force, instead of focusing on one or the other... maybe this says something about the depth of the Star Wars franchise... Damn, I am analyzing this waaaaaay too much.
Yea, you are. :p There are still a lot of people who play JKA, they would love to have another game come out in the series. I would too for that matter.
I wouldn't mind. It would be sweet if there was something like Movie Battles II on Unreal Engine 3... lol, just another one of my nerd fantasies.