A number of developers have attempted to offer Nintendo Wii gamers the definitive sword-fighting experience, from Red Steel to Dragon Quest, but none have really been able to pull it off brilliantly. LucasArts hopes to change all that with Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, for which we learn today the first details of its motion controls, as well as information on the Wii-exclusive Dual Mode.
If you’ve been following the coverage of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, you’ll know that the Nintendo Wii version features the Dual Mode, not available on other builds. Essentially a one-on-one beat-em-up, it allows players to re-create pretty much any one of the franchise’s most famous battles. Nearly 30 characters are available to choose, from Obi-Wan Kenobi to Darth Maul, battling it out in famous environments from the Star Wars universe including Raxus Prime, Hoth and the Jedi Temple.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed will make extensive use of the Wii Remote and Nunchuck’s motion-sensing capabilities. As you’d expect, swinging the Wii Remote left-to-right, right-to-left, up, down or jabbing to forward all re-create the basic light saber actions. As we already discovered it isn’t 1:1, but GamePro reports that it is still a satisfyingly immersive experience. Other more elaborate attacks include Force Power (pushing the Nunchuck forward); Force Repulse (Hold Z+A and swing the Wii Remote and Nunchuck downwards), and the Wii-exclusive Force Malestrom (Simultaneously press and hold Z+A, then swing down with the Wii Remote and Nunchuck continuously).
“Star Wars: The Force Unleashed casts players as Darth Vader’s “Secret Apprentice” and promises to unveil new revelations about the Star Wars galaxy. The expansive story, created under direction from George Lucas, is set during the largely unexplored era between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. In it, players will assist the iconic villain in his quest to rid the universe of Jedi - and face decisions that could change the course of their destiny.”
With individual controls, new levels and the Dual Mode, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on the Nintendo Wii is shaping up to be significantly different to its Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 counterparts. Here’s hoping it all comes together brilliantly in the end too.