The Force Unleashed was a Star Wars breed of it’s own back when it first saw the light of day. I can remember enjoying the countless hours I spent playing through the game and countless dlc’s that followed after. Now, not so spoil anything for the first time players, but the ending for the previous game seemed very well executed. The epic battles that can go on with either side you choose, it just tops it all. The Force Unleashed II picks you up from where you were left off, and the first few minutes of the game will really throw you headlong into what the game has to offer.
The Force Unleashed II starts you off within the cloning facilities on Kamino. Darth Vader has been keeping you contained for several days and has finally come to evaluate your mental state and willingness to abide by the dark side. The only thing that you can be told is that you are nothing but a clone of the original Starkiller. During the beginning confrontation with Vader, several memories start to flood your mind and cause you to hesitate on your given commands from Vader. The dark lord eventually deems you are a failed experiment and that you are a lost cause. Before Vader is able to strike you down, a memory of a past betrayal returns to you and you soon find yourself making an exit from the chamber. Expect to get some bugs in your teeth… that is all I’m going to say. As far as how the rest of the story plays out, it is very fluid and very fulfilling. Expect to meet some friendly faces and far better, prepare to continue an epic quest that does well to complement the original.
Being down to Earth, the general gameplay still feels like that which was shown to us before. For them to both be a “hack and slash” title, it only makes sense they would play the same. The force powers you are granted are pretty much the standard from The Force Unleashed. There is a new Force Rage mode however. For a limited amount of time, you can go into a super-charge mode and your force power level will remain unlimited as well as adding a special kick to all of your attacks. It’s very useful if you find yourself in a sticky situation. You should be wary with how you use Force Rage though. Once you are drained on the special ” juice”, it takes time to get it charged back up again.
For most of the game, you will be battling Vader’s army of prototype robots (specifically designed to kill you). Stormtroopers and special troopers will also be around for you to dispose. On top of that, you will be taking on Vader’s “freaks of the force”. I can’t go into much detail on how they exist but you will be fighting dark saber-wielding sith as well as sith harbored in the use of the force. This makes for a great assortment of enemies. Overall, the gameplay is still as homey as it was from the first game. I can also say that with the inclusion of several boss battles, your mind should be screaming from the amount of awesome that this game will deliver you.
If the game says “Star Wars” on it, you best believe I’m playing. I’m not a die-hard fan however and I will be honest and say that I take no account of the name on the box. If you think I’m praising the game due to any “fanboyish”, leave that idea outside. Many reviews await this game, and maybe just like you, I’m eager to see the other numbers that get thrown onto this game. While I don’t think the game deserves a 10 or even a 9, the lasting impression the game has put upon me let me settle for a nice and cozy 8 (out of 10). The Force Unleashed II is one of those games you must simply play for the epic experience. While like most games, it is short, don’t let that discourage you. You can easily get 6 hours for your first play through and even then, that is not counting the Unleashed mode and/or future dlc. My final say on The Force Unleashed II? Buy it. If you want to have an epic Star Wars experience, this title is just waiting for you to go pick it up. (So don’t deny yourself of the experience!)
Overall Score: 4 out of 5
Star Wars: Force Unleashed II (XBOX 360) Review