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“Poor boy, the Sith always betray one another. But I’m sure you’ll learn that soon enough.” Jedi Shaak Ti to Galen Marak (aka Starkiller) in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

“You really think she’s free? She’ll carry the memories of what she’s done here, forever.” – Starkiller speaking of Maris Brood‘s guilt of attacking him in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Starkiller: “[The Emperor] deserves to die for what he’s done to me.”
Jedi General Rahm Kota: “Maybe so. But, if you kill him now, out of hatred, then you will be right back where you started.” – Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins. Put Me in remembrance; let us contend together; state your case, that you may be acquitted.” – God in Isaiah 43:25-26 (NIV)

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.” – Jesus in Matthew 5:38-40 (NIV)

“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?’  Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.'” – Matthew 18:21-22 (NIV)

Note: The following article contains crucial plot material about the game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

Most of the time, when people associate young adult men with a feeling of invincibility and acting stupid. We believe that we are indestructible and try to prove that we are. We believe that we can jump great distances, have super fast reflexes, and not be seriously injured when we fail. However, what really happens is that we fall down, break our leg, and have to go to the emergency room.

Meet one guy who is invulnerable: Starkiller (aka Galen Malak). He is the main character in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Starkiller was kidnapped by Darth Vader at a very young age, and the prodigy trained as his teenage Sith apprentice. He is number 2 on my “Toughest Man” list, right after Chuck Norris. If you disbelieve me, look at these before and after pictures (taken from the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II “Betrayal” trailer):

Starkiller surrounded by stormtroopers before he attacks.

Starkiller surrounded by stormtroopers laying on the ground after he attacks.

However, Starkiller, like most teenagers, is naive. Not heeding Skaak Ti’s warning, he is surprised by Darth Vader’s betrayal and the Emperor’s attack. Through the rest of the game, Starkiller has to choose if he will forgive his master and not take revenge.  Furthermore, Starkiller does not just have a hard time forgiving others; he has a hard time forgiving himself. His comment after he forgave Maris Brood for attacking him proves that he still feels guilty for what he did as Vader’s apprentice.

While we cannot throw Stormtroopers around like rag dolls, we still need to learn to forgive. Like Jesus says in Matthew 5, we need to forgive others that hurt us in any way. We need to not hold onto a grudge, which might be worse than actually taking revenge. We might need to forgive them multiple times, like Starkiller had to forgive Vader for betraying him twice. We do not have to trust them immediately: we just have to forgive them.  We also need to learn to let go of our guilt after we ask others and God to forgive us, as He said He would in Isaiah 43. While our relationships with others takes time to heal after we hurt others, the first step is truly giving or accepting forgiveness. If we do not, we may just carry a stupid act that we did in our youth until we die.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed:

PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, XBox 360, Wii, PC, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, mobile phone, iPhone

Genre: Action

Rating Teen: Violence

Note: The versions of the game are different across different game consoles. I own the Wii version and have played 1 level of the XBox 360 version, which is very similar to the PlayStation 3 version

Wii Version:

Uses motion controls but has worse graphics and not all of the scenes and levels of the XBox 360 version.

My Rating: Overall: 4 / 5

Gameplay: 4 / 5     Story: 3 / 5     Graphics and Sound: 4 / 5     Controls: 5 / 5     Christian Values: 4 / 5

XBox 360 Version:

Has better graphics and more scenes and levels than the Wii version but uses analog controller.

My Rating: Overall: 3 / 5

Gameplay: 2 / 5     Story: 4 / 5     Graphics and Sound: 5 / 5     Controls: 3 / 5     Christian Values: 4 / 5

Note: I own this game and am willing to temporarily loan it to friends.

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