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Games Thirst Review: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2

by Joshua Tompkins on November 5th, 2010, under Lucas Arts, Written Reviews

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 is the sequel to the best selling Star Wars game of all time, but can it compare to its predecessor. The easy answer is no. In fact, it almost fails in every aspect of the game.

In the game, you again take the role of Starkiller, who has been cloned. He keeps having visions of his former love, Juno, which will not stop haunting him. Due to this, Darth Vader finds no use in him and is going to kill him, but Starkiller figures this out and escapes. He then goes on a quest to find Juno. Starkiller uses his dual lightsabers, and his control of the force to complete this quest.

Once you begin the game, you will notice that the graphics are much improved. The settings really fit well into the Star Wars universe, and they are built on a large scale. The character models are great, and the lightsabers are amazing. You can see the lightsabes pulsing, and you can even see steam coming off of them when rain hits the sabers. The force power effects look great too. They actually affect the environments around you. When using force push next to a wall, it will cause the wall to crack or the ground break, showing how powerful the attack is. They did a great job on the force and weapon effects.

They improved the gameplay greatly. It is much smoother and quicker. There are plenty combos that you can perform, and there are even some grab moves that are pretty cool. There are some problems with the targeting system, which they did not improve from the last game. The biggest problem, though, is that the gameplay becomes repetitive. You will end up doing the same attacks over and over. In fact, I did not use my lightsabers much. I mostly used the force powers to take out the enemies.

The enemies are repetitive as well. You fight the same people over and over. There are a few different enemy types and you quickly figure out how to take them down. Some of them you need to attack with the lightsabers and some with the force. Also, some of the bigger enemies become boring to fight because you either kill them from long range with the saber throw, or you can deflect their attacks back to them.

Not only did the fighting become repetitive, but also the game was repetitive all together. As I was playing, I noticed that they recycled the levels. Once you have reached half way through the game, you have pretty much seen the whole game. All they did was change them up a little to make them seem different.  There was also a formula to the game. Every couple of levels, there was a scene where you were flying through the air dogging things. It just becomes boring and repetitive.

They also took some of the exploration out of the game. In the first game, some of the holocrons where well hidden and you really had to search to find them, but in this game they are pretty much in the open. I almost found all them in one playthrough. I really felt cheated as I was playing this game.

I also found some other problems with the game.  There were some noticeable sound glitches throughout the game. At times, the sound would be so low that I could not hear it, or there would be no sound at all. I also experienced some graphical glitches in which I would turn invisible. There were also some smaller things that I encountered that could frustrate you at times.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 can be completed in 4 to 5 hours with little replay value. By the time you get into it, it ends, and you do not feel like you really did anything. The story is okay, and has good ending and leaves a nice set up for a sequel, but if the sequel is like this game, I am not sure if I want to play it. It does have great characters and voice acting, and some other fun aspects, but the negatives out way the positives. For this to be the sequel to the best selling Star Wars game of all time, it is truly a disappointment.

Overall: 7.0

6 Comments

  1. Sat, 6th Nov 2010 at 12:03 am

    i really quite enjoyed this.
    yea, the gameplay is still broken and really is not a massive improvement over the original, but its a step in the right direction.
    the gameplay is seriously repetitive, fighting the same enemies from the first level stright to the last level.
    besides that, i thought it was a good game, not great but it was allot of fun, more fun than i have with allot of games.
    thing that disappointed me most was the storyline, i mean star wars is famous for its storyline, no one does stories better than star wars!
    so i was expecting the same with this, but its so thin.
    never answers any questions either, i mean you get to the end and dont get any answers to the questions raised in the game.
    who were those things in those pods?
    what happened to the original starkiller?
    what happened to juno and proxy?
    the sequel sets off right after the original, but it feels like it sets off years after the original.
    they really need to fill in the gaps from the first and the second, id say they did that as a excuse to do a new one, but that still does not excuse leaving the gaping ends!
    id give it a 7.5 because it does have great graphics, impressive physics engine and the lightsaber effects OMFG i thought darth vader was right behind me it sounded so good!!!!!

  2. Sat, 6th Nov 2010 at 12:13 am

    I loved the first one. It had its problems, but the story was better, and I had a lot more fun with it. I think the reason this was such a let down was because I had such high hopes after the first. I had fun with this one, but it should have been much better. If I did not have such high expectations it might have gotten a 7.5. I think they made some good steps forward, but it felt extremely rushed. If you love star wars you should at least rent this, and if you do not love star wars, then I would still probably recommend renting this.
    @NIck
    I totally agree with everything you say. The story begins 7 months after the original.

  3. Sat, 6th Nov 2010 at 7:32 am

    Whoa Josh, massive review there. Never was a big fan, but I’ll try and get into it by first renting this one.

    And the score’s deserving, not a great game but a good one.

  4. Sat, 6th Nov 2010 at 10:13 am

    biggest problem is its a star wars game, whenever you slap that name onto something people are expecting gold.
    id be nice to see a star wars game, hopefully TFU3 with a huge budget, like GOW3 big now that will finally be a game to do the series justice!

  5. Sat, 6th Nov 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Well I expected such big things from it because I thought that the first game was amazing and I was looking forward to this being even better.

  6. Sat, 6th Nov 2010 at 2:29 pm

    “biggest problem is its a star wars game, whenever you slap that name onto something people are expecting gold.” True.

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