Star Wars: The Force Unleashed left its mark on the franchise when it released back in 2008, at least as far as video games are concerned. Many still hope Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 3 is announced someday, as unlikely as that is. That doesn’t mean the sub-franchise is entirely dormant, though, as Star Wars: The Force Unleashed makes its way to Nintendo Switch on April 20.
In it, players take on the role of Galen Marek, better known as Starkiller. As Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, Starkiller trains to become a full Sith Lord and to help Vader usurp Emperor Palpatine, but of course, that plan goes awry. There are Light and Dark side endings to the game, but Star Wars: The Force Unleashed made waves at launch for letting players become a Sith. This resulted not only in a unique game but also a strong and fervent fanbase.
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This makes putting Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on the Switch an intriguing prospect, especially because players can view the galaxy far, far away through a different lens. It may not be canon, but many nostalgic fans would love an excuse to return to it. Newcomers would get a chance to see Starkiller and his raw power unleashed for the first time. On paper, it all sounds great, but unfortunately, the execution is incredibly flawed.
What fans should be aware of from the get-go is that it’s just a port complete with motion controls—not a remake or even a remaster. More specifically, it’s based on the Wii version of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, which made a few changes from other platforms due to its technical limitations. Many consider it weaker than the PlayStation or Xbox versions, and unfortunately, that bleeds through in this Switch version.
Many visuals in the Switch version of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed come across as muddied, especially when playing in handheld mode. It’s a little better…