Wednesday, October 27, 2010

How much has Star Wars: The Force Unleashed been played?

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (SW:TFU) was released on all the home consoles on September 16, 2008.  The Wii version of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed was developed by KROME Studios, and published by LucasArts.

The Wii version originally released with a MSRP of $49.99, while the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions I believe released with a MSRP of $59.99; but all have since seen price drops, as just yesterday Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 was released on the current generation consoles.

The play-time data shown below is only for the Wii version of SW:TFU, and it reflects play-time reported for the United States of America, not all of North America.

With 770 days of game-play data reported for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, how many hours have Wii owners reportedly used their digital force powers?  Let's take a look...

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Approx. Number of Players Reporting Data:
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed has 347,477 players reporting their play-time data, through the Wii's Nintendo Channel.

Average Hours & Total Game-Play Hours Reported:
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed has 6,000,364 Total Hours of game-play reported.
The average play session for SW:TFU is right over 1 Hour 57 Minutes per session.

Sale Rank & Advertised Price:
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed appears to be selling pretty well still, considering it was released more than 2 years ago.  Currently, its sale rank is #436, and is selling for $19.20 directly from

Review Score Averages:
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Wii version has a review score average of 73.56%, based on 16 "professional" reviews on

I find it odd that the Wii version has only 16 reviews for its average, when compared to 67 reviews for the Xbox 360 version and 36 reviews for the PS3 version; but this seems to be the way most multi-console releases are reviewed now, with the emphasis on the "HD" consoles.

SW:TFU's customer review score average is a 3.5 out of 5 Star rating based on 171 reviews, putting it basically at the same percentage as the "professional" average.

I am a Star Wars nerd.  I enjoy the movies, I have read some books, and I have played many hours of Star Wars video games.

I purchased SW:TFU on the Wii, within a week of its release in 2008.  I have played through the game four complete times, and I thought KROME did an excellent job with implementing motion controls into the game.

My reported play-time on the original Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is just over 70 hours, which is right in line with how long completing the game four times would take, plus I played the local multi-player the original game had a few times as well.

If you are a Star Wars fan, and have not played the original SW:TFU, I definitely suggest you give it a try now that you find it for under $20.

I have not purchased Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 yet, though it is on my "to buy" radar.  A friend purchased the PS3 version yesterday, and he sent me a text message this morning about it.  In the message, he said he would give the game a 7 out of 10, because of annoying mobs AND it's a short game...he beat it in under 6 hours!

I haven't read any reviews for the Wii version of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2, but I really hope the Wii version's single-player campaign is longer than 10 hours, as the original's was.

Did any of you play the original Star Wars: The Force Unleashed?  If so, which system did you play it on and did you enjoy it?  If you are a Star Wars "nerd" like myself, do you plan on picking up Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, or have you already done so?

You can see the Wii versions of SW:TFU and SW:TFU2 priced on linked below:


  1. I've played the Force Unleashed on the Wii and PS3. I actually enjoyed the Wii version a little bit more since the motion controls were actually more fun that the button mashing I did on the PS3 version. The choke move with the Nunchuck was my favorite one. Also they talked so much about the tech in the HD versions and all the physics going on was so new, but the Wii managed to simulate those effects well without all that nonsense and honestly I didnt notice a ton of difference.

  2. @Brad Jerger (The Butcher):
    Yea, I believe when SW:TFU was originally announced, it wasn't even planned for the Wii, because the Euphoria engine couldn't run on it...I'll have to search for that though.

    The difference between the Wii and Xbox 360/PS3 versions from what I saw, were the levels on the HD consoles were more open, whereas the Wii had a more linear levels.

    I for one, really enjoyed the motion controls in the game, and that's what made it so fun to me; plus it had an alternate ending which was awesome to have.

    Thanks for the feedback! Anybody else have any thoughts on these?

  3. I haven't played any of them. Are they like Jedi Academy for the PC? Like 3rd person?

  4. @Charlie Chang:
    They are 3rd person, but you use no weapons other than lightsabers and force powers.


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