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2.0 out of 5 stars Suffers from poor framerates, November 9, 2009
This review is from: Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition - PC (Video Game)
It has been quite some time since I have reviewed a game, but this game has 'forced' me to come out of my hiatus ;)

First off I didn't see the system requirements, so here are the more pertinent specs:

Minimal system requirements
* CPU: Dual-core CPU with 2.4 GHz (Intel core 2 Duo or Athlon X2)
* Graphics card: Shader model 3 with 256 MiByte VRAM (Radeon HD 2900 or Geforce 8800)
* HDD: 24 GByte + 1 GByte swap file

Recommended system requirements
* CPU: Intel core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 5200+
* Graphics card: Radeon HD 4870 or Geforce 9800 GT

I was disappointed when they announced that they wouldn't be releasing this game for the PC, but had the hope that it would eventually be ported. Patience paid off (somewhat) and here we are, a year later and we finally have a PC version. I hate to say it but I wish they would have held off a bit longer so they could deliver a more polished product.

My current system falls within the recommended system requirements and I still suffer poor framerates during gameplay. The game often slows to a crawl and there are moments where the action becomes incomprehensible due to dropped frames. The recommended specs are not nearly high enough. I believe the limiting factor is the processor, where the demands come largely from the physics engine. I wouldn't attempt to play this game on anything short of a 2.8 GHz quad core processor. The recommended specifications imply that a dual core would suffice.

There are no options in the graphics department, other that choosing the resolution before launching the game. No ability to lower detail, draw distance, shadows, effects in an effort to boost performance on lower end machines. All or nothing.

Any in-game menu (changing audio levels, assigning earned skill points, etc.) require loading time, which frankly is a bit baffling in this day and age. I guess I've grown accustomed to menus that are readily available.

I don't have much to say as far as gameplay is concerned. I figure the game has been out for over a year now, so most people will have an idea of what the gameplay is like. I wanted to focus mostly on the technical aspects, given that this is a PC release and the technical aspects must be discussed given the poor performance.

If you already own the console version and are considering a PC purchase you may want to know what the differences are. Firstly, they haven't addressed any issues that exist in the console version. The star destroyer level is still as annoying as ever, the targeting is just as random as it was. So what's new?
1) Keyboard and mouse controls, though I only recommend playing with a 360 controller. Other gamepad controller support is spotty at best.
2) Jedi Temple and Tatooine levels are included, though these were available for the console. A new Hoth level.

Not really worth a purchase if you've already played the title on a console, if anything the experience is likely to be lagged down and worse as a result.

Four stars for fun, because it's a blast when running smoothly. Two stars overall due to technical issues. You'd be far better off if you were to install three other games for the same amount of real estate that this game takes up (a whopping 24-25 Gig). If you are really determined to play this you may wish to wait for either an official patch that addresses performance, better graphics card driver releases that boost performance for this particular title, or until after current high end PC components become commonplace.
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Initial post: Jan 29, 2012 10:28:10 AM PST
Maul says:
Your computer is too old to play highest setting. I have 9600 GT and it play smooth. Why do you rated 2 star because of slowest on your computer?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012 11:37:32 AM PST
JBT says:
At the time of release this game was running poorly on machines that far exceeded the recommended system specifications. Not the minimum specifications, the higher ones.

They addressed some performance problems in a patch but the game still plays like a poor console port.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012 11:41:57 AM PST
Maul says:
That is your computer problem. Not game. Because I playing this game on my computer and it work fine after update patch.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 6:14:50 AM PDT
awsomekid27 says:
The stardestroyer level was easy for me. The part I thought was really the part when you fight Darth Maul.
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