It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a video game (Guitar Hero/Rock Band included) that has actually made me want to own a PS3 or Xbox 360. With that said, I think I’d be overwhelmed by playing Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
This is old news in the gaming industry, but this sounds like it could be (insert lame movie comparison here) of video games. Vanity Fair took a look inside the making of the game.
On a projection screen in a darkened auditorium, I watch as a digitally animated Imperial stormtrooper, the comically doomed cannon fodder of Lucas?s Star Wars universe, is lifted by an invisible force and dropped in various ways?on his head, on his back?and over various objects such as steel and wooden crates. Each time he is lifted, he struggles mightily, and then, every time he drops, he reacts differently. Dropped on his head, he grabs it with his hands before going still. And after being dropped on his back, on a metal box, he arches it in a way that suggests he is in agonizing pain.
His reactions are eerily lifelike, and I am told that what I am seeing is not animation but a kind of artificial intelligence generated by Euphoria, which enables the stormtrooper to react with an almost human uniqueness?in real time, no less?to obstacles and attacks. Dropped 100 times, the Euphoria-imbued stormtrooper will react differently 100 times, unless he is dropped in exactly the same way twice.
And perhaps most important of all, the game has a compelling, movie-like story line, involving a secret apprentice to Darth Vader and the formation of the Rebel Alliance, which provides a visual and narrative transition between Star Wars: Episode III?Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV?A New Hope. It is being billed as the ?next great chapter? in George Lucas?s space saga, one that, according to the project?s art director, Matt Omernick, ?aims to convince players that, ?Oh my God, I?m actually, finally, in a Star Wars movie.??? And not only that: it will be a Star Wars movie with a life of its own.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed should hit shelves sometime this summer. Take the jump for an awesome making of video.