Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

Xbox 360

Review

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (Xbox 360)

If Jedi Were From Krypton...and Were Super Saiyans...and Clones

by Veggie Jackson

 

When gamers first popped in their copies of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, they expected to see plenty of destruction as delivered by cranked-up versions of Force powers, and that’s exactly what they got.  For all its technical shortcomings and balance issues, the game featured some frenetic, intense combat sequences, and some of the best looking destructible environmental elements we’d ever seen.  What fans didn’t expect was a Star Wars story that was not only thoroughly entertaining, but also fit seamlessly into the existing continuity and added an interesting and impactful new wrinkle to the story of the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance.  The fact that the game’s narrative structure and script delivered so completely was a big but welcome surprise to Star Wars fanatics.  With the sequel, The Force Unleashed II, LucasArts has decided to take a slightly different approach; give us roughly the same combat experience, make it bigger, louder, and more nonsensical, and ignore everything that made the first game’s story so cool.  It’s not a total failure, and there are some improvements worthy of note, but  the way it so callously steps on the toes of the previous title’s story is a huge disappointment

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