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Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Weird Review

This review of The Force Unleashed is very strange.

I've played the game all the way through on the PS3.

The picture chosen is not from the game I played. It might be from the PS2 version, which apparently features different scenes than the Next-Gen version, but it's hardly representative of the game.

The review itself is weirdly unspecific. It doesn't name the central character in the game, or the actor that plays him. It talks about digital lighting effects, but the main draw of the game is the physics engine. It doesn't mention the game's main set piece (the Star Destroyer scene). It doesn't talk about what's annoying about the gameplay, doesn't name any of the planets (says "natural landscapes"), etc. etc. I mean, there are tons of games where you jump around on platforms. This one has loose controls and a bad camera.

It just seems like the sort of generic review that would never pass muster if it was about a film.

That's not to say I don't respect Mr. Schiesel's clear reference to the Clone Wars cartoons.

I know it's really not a big deal, but it was bugging me.

1 comment:

Dan Freeman said...

Is it possible that the reviewer didn't actually play the game? That sort of thing happens all the time.