Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: B
ESRB rating: T (Violence)
PEGI rating: 16+
OFLC rating: M
Widescreen supported natively
Progressive scan supported
Hardware rendering is supported
Languages supported:
English: SLES-54658 & SLUS-21614 & SLUS-21614GH
Japanese: SLPS-25888
German: SLES-54659
French: SLES-54659 & SLUS-21614 & SLUS-21614GH
Spanish: SLES-54659
Italian: SLES-54659
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-21614
SLUS-21614GH (Greatest Hits)
Release date: September 16, 2008
2009 (Greatest Hits)
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-54658
SLES-54659/P (Platinum: The Best of PlayStation 2)
Release date: September 17, 2008 (Australia)
September 19, 2008
2009 (Platinum)
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPS-25888
Release date: October 9, 2008
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Krome Studios
Publisher(s): LucasArts (US, AU, EU), Activision (JP)
Genre: Action, Shooter, Arcade
Wikipedia: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Game review links: Metacritic68/100
Game description: The Star Wars saga continues in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. You are Darth Vader's Secret Apprentice! The Dark Lord of the Sith himself has trained you to use a lightsaber and unleash the power of the Force, but now your destiny is your own. Will you join Vader as the next great Sith, or will you choose to defend peace and justice as a noble Jedi Knight?
The game bridges the first two Star Wars trilogies, acting as the origin story for both the united Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Civil War depicted in the Original Trilogy. Introduces a new protagonist, "Starkiller", as Darth Vader's secret apprentice, who is tasked with hunting down Jedi while killing rebels and Imperials alike in order to hide his existence from the Emperor, but soon starts to slowly redeem himself to the light side of the Force.

Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7-4700MQ @2.4 Ghz w/ Turbo Booting
  • Nvidia GTX 770M 3072 MB
1.1.0 GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v01.60(7/02/2002), preset 3 with MTVU, none, Seems to play fine, FPS sits around 60fps., Visuals broken in bottom half of the screen on hardware mode, works in software, all backends. No HP or Force bar is shown in any backends.
NTSC-U Windows
  • AMD dual core 3.2Ghz
  • AMD Radeon hd 7770
1.2.1 GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v01.60(7/02/2002), Framerate and most of the visuals function properly in software mode, but quicktime events are impossible to get through because the prompts do not show on the screen., Quicktime prompts do not show up on the screen.
  • AMD Athlon II X2 240 @ 2.80 GHz
  • AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB
1.2.1 r5873 GSdx r5875
  • SPU2-X r5830 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Strong CPU is recommend when using software mode. Pyr0
PAL Windows 10 64-bit
  • AMD FX-8350 @ 4 GHz
  • AMD Radeon HD 7770
1.5.0 r2427 GSdx 1.1.0 SSE41
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
Playable with solid performance. QTEs work as expected. Minor issue: missing realtime shadows EmperorStarkiller


  • Original names: スター・ウォーズ・フォース・アンリーシュド (SLPS-25888)

Known Issues

Missing real-time shadows in Direct3D 11 and Direct3D 12 Hardware renderers

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Real-time shadows are completely missing from the game when using Direct3D 11 or Direct3D 12 Hardware renderers.
  • Workaround: Set Hardware renderer to "OpenGL" or to Software renderer in Config > Graphics Settings.

Fixed Issues

Half-Screen bug

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Major
  • Description: Only half of the screen is displayed or corrupted.
  • Workaround: Fixed in build v1.5.0. For older versions: Use Software mode.

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