Short game with sci-fi action set in a galaxy far, far away.
Common Sense Media
12 December 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II is rated "Teen" for players 13 years of age or older because of its violence. However, the action takes place in the Star Wars universe rather than real-world locations and there is no blood or gore.
Review: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (Microsoft Xbox 360)
12 December 2010
Summary: With a never-ending stream of same-ness, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II fails to impress in every way that really matters. This could have been a twenty-dollar expansion pack for the first game instead of a full-priced release.
Conclusion: So what can be said about The Force Unleashed II ? Well, overall it is solid. The gameplay falls in the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mantra (though it’s nothing to write home about either), and visually the game is pretty impressive.
Excerpt: In the original Star Wars trilogy, it was considered significant that Darth Vader could choke a man out telekinetically, or that Ben Kenobi was capable of short-lived mind control. It was a big deal when Luke levitated a starship or yanked his lightsaber across the room and into his hand.
Excerpt: HIGH: Using a Jedi mind trick to get a stormtrooper to commit suicide. LOW: Everything else. WTF: You know what this level needs? More walkers. A long, long time ago, I posted a review to the GameCritics forums in the hopes of getting it published... And it was.
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.
Conclusion: The Force Unleashed 2 looks fantastic and most of the time it sounds great. When you compare it to the first game in the series it just takes a big step back when it comes to the story and game length.
Conclusion: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 is something of a blot on LucasArts track record, which encompasses an extensive library of brilliant games we've cherished for years. C'mon guys, you are the reason we have excellent games such as Monkey Island, Knights of the Old Republic, Sam & Max, Indiana Jones,...
Pros: Great visuals, great voice acting and cool (very familiar) Star Wars soundtrack, tossing enemies and objects around is still fun;
Cons: Unacceptably short campaign, little to entangle players beyond the usual destructive and overpowering abilities of the main character, weak story and characters.
Excerpt: I’m going to come swinging right out the gate here and say I wasn’t much impressed with Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. It’s repetitive, the combat is frustrating and unresponsive, production values are all over the place, and it’s a very short experience.