Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed cover
Developers
LucasArts
Windows Aspyr Media
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
Publishers
LucasArts
Disney Interactive Studios
Russia 1C Company
Engines
Ronin[1]
Release dates
Windows November 6, 2009
macOS (OS X) November 6, 2009
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed guide on StrategyWiki
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on Wikipedia

Warnings

The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Subseries of Star Wars
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2009
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II 2010

Key points

All PC releases are the Ultimate Sith Edition which, includes all DLC.[2]
Capped at 30 FPS, with physics issues at higher frame rates.

General information

Aspyr Media support page
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM v7.40.0009 DRM disc check[3]
Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
Gamesplanet
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
Origin
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Included with Origin Access Basic.
Windows
Steam
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Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intro videos[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\FMV\
  2. Delete or rename FMV-GoldGuy-WMV9_HD_STEREO.bik and Aspyr.bik.
  3. Start the game.

Notes

For languages other than English FMV-GoldGuy_XX-WMV9_HD_STEREO.bik (where "XX" is replaced with adequate "FR", "DE", "IT", "PL", "RU" or "ES") also needs to be deleted or renamed.

Patches[edit]

GOG.com and Steam users are already patched to the latest version

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Aspyr\Star Wars The Force Unleashed\[Note 1]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\aspyr\star wars the force unleashed\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Preferences/com.aspyr.swtfu.steam.plist/
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/32430/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Aspyr\Star Wars The Force Unleashed\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Star Wars The Force Unleashed/SWTFU.BIN/
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/32430/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
If an option doesn't appear it can be forced by going to config.xml (See Game data) Make sure to mark the file Read Only after making any changes.
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Resolutions above 1920x1080 can be forced in the config.xml file. See the WSGF entry.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See Forcing anisotropic filtering.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See Forcing Anti-Aliasing.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See Forcing Vsync.
60 FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS; see High frame rate.
120+ FPS
Frame rate is tied to refresh rate if unlimited FPS cap fix is used; see High frame rate.

High frame rate[edit]

Use Patched EXE[citation needed]

Use the FPS cap fix. Available options are 40 FPS, 50 FPS, 60 FPS, and unlimited.

Notes

Some force-gripped objects and enemies will constantly move upwards when using the 50 and 60 FPS exes;[4][5][6][7] if this happens, use the 40 FPS exe.
All cutscenes, both pre-rendered and rendered in-engine, will continue to run at 30fps.
May cause occasional crashes.[citation needed]
You may need to open compatibility settings for the patched SWTFU.exe and set the game to run in Administrator mode for the higher FPS cap to work.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Doesn't change on-screen prompts.
Mouse acceleration
Reverse mouse acceleration, can't be disabled.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Both axes can be inverted independently.
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Launcher requires at least one mouse click or key press.
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Both axes can be inverted independently.
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Input Device needs to be set to Xbox 360 Controller in launcher before being visible in-game.
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Game is advertised as supporting surround sound; however, surround sound support is heavily broken and results in background music only playing out of the front-left speaker.[8][9]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Polish
Also available in Steam version; see enabling unsupported languages.
Russian
Also available in Steam version; see enabling unsupported languages.
Spanish

Enable unsupported languages in the Steam version[edit]

Steam version of game includes Polish and Russian languages in game files disabled by default and without option to be enabled from Steam properties menu.
Enable Polish or Russian language in the Steam version of game (Windows)[10]
  1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\aspyr\star wars the force unleashed\.
  2. Set language value to pl for Polish or ru for Russian.
  3. Right-click the star wars the force unleashed key and select Permissions.
  4. Click Advanced and then click Add.
  5. In the Enter the object names to select field type Everyone and then click OK.
  6. In the next window click the checkbox in the Deny column for Write Owner.
  7. Click OK in each of the three opened windows.

Issues fixed[edit]

Cloth simulation inactive[edit]

Cloth simulation is not active by default, leading to some visual bugs.
Set ClothLevel[11]
  1. Go to configuration file(s) location.
  2. Edit Config.xml.
  3. Change <s id="ClothLevel">0</s> to <s id="ClothLevel">1</s>
  4. Save your changes. The game now runs with cloth physics activated.

Missing Sounds in Raxus Prime and Death Star levels[edit]

The Steam version of the game is missing sounds for the Raxus Prime and Death Star levels.
Replace Missing Sounds[12]
  1. Download the missing sounds fix.
  2. Decompress with 7-Zip.
  3. Extract files to <path-to-game>\LevelPacks\
  4. Overwrite all files when prompted.

Missing Sounds in Tie Factory level, specific to the French version[edit]

The French Steam version of the game is missing sounds for the Tie Factory level.
Replace Missing Sounds for the French version[13]
  1. Download the missing sounds fix.
  2. Decompress with 7-Zip.
  3. Extract files to <path-to-game>\LevelPacks\
  4. Overwrite all files when prompted.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
32-bit only.[14]

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok Also uses Digital Molecular Matter (DMM) for destructible environments.[1]
Audio Miles Sound System 7.2c
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.9g

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista SP2
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 5200+
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 2600
Nvidia GeForce 8600
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Sound (audio device) Directx 9.0c compatible
Controller Microsoft Xbox 360 Wired Controller
Other Windows XP/Windows Vista compatible mouse and keyboard, 8X DVD-ROM drive
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.5.8, 10.6.2, 10.7, 10.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB + 1 GB Swap File
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2600
Nvidia GeForce 8600
256 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/32430/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (32430) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References