Reviews and Problems with Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
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10 January 2013
Summary: The original Force Unleashed let players harness the power of the Force like never before, and that concept is still at the core of this sequel. In fact, so much of the first game is intact in Force Unleashed II that it hardly feels like you’re playing a new game. Combat feels tighter, but most of the so-called improvements don’t change anything, from the dual lightsabers (which are just cosmetic) to the Mind Trick power (the only new addition to your Force repertoire).
Conclusion: With precious few of those quality gameplay moments and a plot that limps along in need of focus, unfortunately Force Unleashed 2 ultimately fails to live up to the interest of its broken but far more compelling predecessor. With a running time of around five hours on normal difficulty and a dearth of additional content, you might want to think long and hard about whether you're due for another dalliance with the dark side.
Excerpt: As far as sequels to multi-million selling titles go, Force Unleashed II is one of the most disappointing. It's not that the first game was superb - it was merely an entertaining game set in the Star Wars universe - but that the sequel could, and probably should, have been able to better it. While LucasArts has created a fun, and at times visually stunning game, the campaign is over in next to no time at all and there are very few memorable moments throughout.
Excerpt: I should make it clear that I actually enjoyed the original Force Unleashed , unlike the majority of those who played it. Sure, it was a little bit unstable (alright, very unstable), and the combat felt a little detached, but it was saved by a brilliant story and fantastic writing. In this way, Force Unleashed II is almost the exact opposite of its predecessor.
Conclusion: Despite its flaws, I liked the original Force Unleashed, and with all the promises from LucasArts about polishing it up and really focusing on the story for The Force Unleashed 2, I was eagerly awaiting it. Sadly, my expectations were pretty much shattered. The whole title just feels like something brought together in a hurry to bank on the unexpected popularity of the first game.
Excerpt: received only a lukewarm reception from the critics, but the fans loved it. It made perfect sense to do a sequel and given all the feedback they received, one would assume LucasArts would’ve produced a vastly superior follow-up. Well, they certainly worked on the artistry, cut-scenes, story and a few other intriguing facets but too many of the flaws remain and in the end, we get an adventure that feels a little too tiresome and repetitive.