Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2, LucasArts' sequel to 2008's Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game. The game takes place around seven months after the events of the first game and a year before a New Hope. Starkiller returns once more to kick some ass but according to Darth Vader, he may possibly be a clone. Starkiller manages to escape custody on Kamino in a kick ass way which sets up Starkiller to embark on a personal mission to understand his identity and to find his love interest from the first game, Juno Eclipse. Meanwhile, Darth Vader hires Boba Fett to track down Juno Eclipse to lure Starkiller out of hiding. Throughout the game Starkiller on occasions will start having flashbacks about his past the flashbacks are events that took place from the first game. The presentation itself is just gorgeous and breathtaking a very impressive improvement over the first game, not to say the first game didn’t look good. Certainly like the opening credits with the classic Star Wars intro, “Vintage” Star Wars as Michael Cole would say but enough of wrestling references lets get to the meat and bones of this game!
The gameplay, part of the problem with the first Force Unleashed was not the story, certainly not the characters but the gameplay, it was just too repetitive and redundant but with Force Unleashed 2 it manages not to suffer from the same flaws that its predecessor went through it manages to mix it up and add new elements to the game levels. It’s done in a way where just pressing one button for example the “X” button for striking your enemies with your dual lightsabers won’t guarantee you an automatic win against all of your enemies it requires you to mix up your attacks depending on the enemies that you will be encountering throughout the game and it really adds more of a challenging element to the game than a frustrating one in which the previous game there were a couple of good examples where the number of enemies that came at you were really overwhelming. Fortunately, Force Unleashed 2 doesn’t suffer from these problems it’s a bit more organized this time around, reasonably challenging. Also, for players who have played the first game on either the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, if the game detects your game save file from the first game it will unlock several costumes that Starkiller can use in his quest in The Force Unleashed 2. The costumes that are unlocked are the costumes that he wore from the first game.
I would like to take this opportunity in praising LucasArts for listening to the feedback from the gamers and really taking into account the problems that gamers had with the previous game and not sticking to the same formula from the first game which would of resulted in not changing a damn thing its really something that I’m just not a big fan of these days but luckily we have developers like Bioware, LucasArts and other developers who really care about the gamers and encourage gamers to give them there thoughts on what they didn’t like about a previous game that is a part of a “trilogy” for example like the Mass Effect series Bioware listened to the gamers feedback about Mass Effect and that resulted in a great game that I know and love which is Mass Effect 2 .
Anyway, enough of me kissing Bioware’s ass on a couple of reviews that I have read from different video game sites some of the issues people had with the Force Unleashed 2 was the short single-player campaign in which if you really get hooked you can beat the game in about 6-7 hours I will agree that the game feels like it went by fast and I don’t have a problem with that but I will have to take off some minor points for that. Also, I will agree on the lackluster appearances of Boba Fett and the great Yoda it was a bit disappointing but hey, what are you going to do?
Overall, I will have to say that Force Unleashed 2 is a vast improvement over the first game in terms of gameplay, the story wasn’t bad but not as good as the first game. If you are a fan Star Wars and what LucasArts did with the first Force Unleashed you will enjoy this very much. As for my rating I will have to give this game a Rental just for the fact that it’s a short game and it’s a perfect rental game in my opinion I don’t think I’m putting the game down for saying that it’s a rental I’m just saying you won’t be disappointed in paying a small amount instead of purchasing it.
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