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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Obviously the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions look stunning; think Star Wars meets Gears of War levels of detail and you won't go too far wrong. However, Wii owners have something special in store as well. Admittedly, the Wii version has to do without all the DMM and Euphoria stuff, not to mention the gorgeous HD graphics, but there is more than a little recompense. First, the Wii version of The Force Unleashed has been designed from the ground up around the Wii's motion sensitive controls. The nunchuk controls movement and force powers, while the remote is - naturally - your light sabre. Secondly, the Wii version follows the same storyline as the 360 and PS3 versions, but gets its own Wii-specific levels. Finally, the Wii version comes with its own dedicated duel mode, giving Star Wars fans their dream of proper light sabre battles with the aid of the Wii remote.

I had some hands-on time with duel mode and it really is rather special. You can pick from heroes, villains and locations from across the Star Wars galaxy, including Obi Wan, Anakin, Qui-Gon Jin, Darth Maul, two versions of Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade of Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith fame. Your Wii light sabre is nice and responsive, and you can use force lightning and hurl objects around with your force powers if you're the sort who doesn't fancy a fair fight. The game even fits in those signature moments when two light-sabres lock in combat, as you frantically twist the remote to fit the onscreen position and break the deadlock in your favour. The Force Unleashed might not be the new Tekken, but I can see it keeping a lot of would-be Jedis and Sith lords glued to the sofa this autumn.

The Force Unleashed is out on the 19th of September, so we still have an anxious summer to go before we see whether the game, the story and the whole experience hold up throughout. For now, however, I'm optimistic. There are no surefire bets in gaming, but this has the potential to be the strongest Star Wars title since Knights of the Old Republic. You can't really ask for more than that.

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