I was disappointed with the first Star Wars The Force Unleashed game as it didn’t deliver what I expected it to after seeing the fantastic trailer for it. This time my expectations aren’t as high so let’s see if the Force is stronger in this one this time around shall we?
Once again you play as Starkiller, Vader’s secret apprentice. This time though there’s some doubt cast as to whether you really are him or just a clone after he was apparently killed by Vader at the end of the previous game.
Straight away you escape Vader’s clutches and set off on an adventure to find out who you really are and also rescue your sweetheart Juno. And straight away you’re able to use most of your powers. You can chop through enemies with your dual lightsabers, give them a jolt up the backside with lightning and push them into each other or off ledges. You can also grip onto people and objects and throw them about like a rag doll. It’s all good fun but of course we have seen this all before. In fact, nothing feels very new throughout the entire game so it’s a good job the presentation is so good.
If you’re a fan of Star Wars you’ll feel right at home here because the music and graphics are spot-on. Character animations and voice acting are great, the scenery is to die for and the weather effects are some of the best I’ve seen period. It really is a treat for your senses and there are also some great set-pieces in the game –fighting a massive creature in a battle arena being one of my favourite.
As you play through the game you can upgrade Starkiller’s powers and even mix and match lightsaber colours with crystals you find. These give you extra perks such as health and Force regeneration or extra damage.
I did feel compelled to play this game right to the end which is more than I can say for the first game, however some of my gripes still remain. Locking onto the correct enemy when gripping them can be trial and error and the camera just isn’t quick enough when turning, despite turning the sensitivity up to maximum in the menu. It’s also way too short. Just as the story gets going the game ends, and with only unlockable challenges to play through and no multiplayer it doesn’t give you much bang for your buck.
It’s a good blast while it lasts so I’d recommend a rental. You can finish the game in an afternoon. The Force Unleashed 2 gets a good 6 out of 10.
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