Review: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (Microsoft Xbox 360)
16 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. There is evidence that a lot more was planned in this game and that it just never materialized. Everything feels like it is a rehash of the first game, but at least they still managed to improve on, well… they added a second saber. That’s it.
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. Plus, the story clearly puts players on the side of good in a fight between the Dark and Light sides of the Force.
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. But the experience is so short, and the story seems so unnecessary. It’s still fun, but much like the first game you have to hope the issues are resolved in a follow-up.
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. So began a long, arduous journey that resulted in these words being rendered on this internet website place.
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.
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. Short games seem to be common anymore but I don’t like it when a gaming series almost takes a step backwards. The total cost for this game way too much, it would be best to buy the first one and wait for the third game in the series.
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, the Jedi Knight series and so on. Surely, you can do better than produce a half-baked franchise-milking action adventure.
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.