Friday, July 11, 2008

Review:The Art and Making of Star Wars:The Force Unleashed

Review of The Art and Making of Star Wars:The Force Unleashed by W. Haden Blackman and Brett Rector

Publishers Summary:
The Star Wars saga continues! The Force Unleashed: Art of the Game chronicles the four-year development of the anxiously awaited, action-packed video game (releasing April 2008) developed by LucasArts from conception to completion. The book reveals innovative game design concept and images, three-dimensional renders, and behind-the-scenes photos. The Force Unleashed game 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 unexplored era between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The game re-imagines the scope and scale of the Force by taking full advantage of new technologies that will be seen and experienced for the first time, such as Digital Molecular Matter (DMM) by Pixelux Entertainment and euphoria by NaturalMotion Ltd., paired with the powerful Havok Physics (TM) system. These new technologies create gameplay only possible on the new generation of consiles. DMM incorporates the physical properties of objects in the environment so that every element reacts exactly as it should--wood breaks like wood, glass shatters like glass, Felucian plants bend in their unique way, and more. Meanwhile, as a revolutionary behavioral-simulation engine, euphoria enables interactive characters to move, act, and even think like actual human beings, adapting their behavior and resulting in a different response every single time. Well before its release, The Force Unleashed game is already buzzing on blogs and gamer websites, at gamer conferences, and among Star Wars fans. LucasArts is fully backing the promotion of the game to the tens of millions of Star Wars fans around the world.

Yes, Virginia- I am reviewing a Star Wars book in advance. This book happens to be The Art and Making of Star Wars:The Force Unleashed, covering the art and production of this long-pushed back and very anticipated game. What was once hailed as "The Star Wars event of 07" has now been pushed back to an early September release.

The story, if you live under a rock and don't know, follows Darth Vader's Secret Apprentice. Often described as the photo-negative of Luke Skywalker, this should make for an interesting game.

Now onto the book itself. It is obviously, see the word Art in there, has a lot of concept art in it, ranging from things in the game, all the way to crazy ideas for the game that never came to be. I wish I could talk about these ideas, but I don't know what is allowed or not as far as content goes on this, which leads us to our next topic.......

Spoilers. Yes, words fans either crave or fear. Don't worry-no spoilers here. No spoilers allowed to be here. Everything is really top-secret, so obviously don't keep sending me emails asking me to tell you what happens. Honestly, it's harder knowing now. My inner fangirl wants to talk about it so badly, but........alas, there is a reason why I can't, all will be revealed in due time. and then I can talk about it w/ my fellow fans.

Honesty, the game looks awesome and this book furthers my ideas on that. Hearing W. Haden Blackman and Brett Rector talk about the project is really humbling, both where very devoted and cared for the project as much as any fan would. I really hope this game isn't pushed to the side because of The Clone Wars. I mean I'm as excited for both of them, but somehow I wish it wasn't like *bam* The Clone Wars *bam* The Force Unleashed.....

Does anyone else think it's ironic that Anakin gets a padawan and Vader gets an apprentice all in the same year- Ironic.

In Conclusion: all fans excited for the game should pick this up. It's fresh and gives a great insight into the game and gives us fans an insight into what could of been. And the eye candy ain't too bad either

In Addition: Speaking of eyecandy.......Hayden Christensen wrote the foreword. His picture..I mean foreword was very nice to look at.... I mean read. All joking aside, it's a very nice foreword-I agree Hayden, Star Wars is Forever

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