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.