The Star Wars® Saga continues with Star Wars®: The Force Unleashed™ II, the highly anticipated sequel to the fastest-selling Star Wars game ever created.
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Release Date: Oct 26, 2010

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The Star Wars® Saga continues with Star Wars®: The Force Unleashed™ II, the highly anticipated sequel to the fastest-selling Star Wars game ever created. In Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, the world was introduced to Darth Vader’s now fugitive apprentice, Starkiller—the unlikely hero who would ignite the flames of rebellion in a galaxy so desperately in need of a champion.

In the sequel, Starkiller returns with over-the-top Force powers and embarks on a journey to discover his own identity and to reunite with his one true love, Juno Eclipse. In Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, Starkiller is once again the pawn of Darth Vader—but instead of training his protégé as a ruthless assassin, the dark lord is attempting to clone his former apprentice in an attempt to create the Ultimate Sith warrior. The chase is on – Starkiller is in pursuit of Juno and Darth Vader is hunting for Starkiller.

With all-new devastating Force powers and the ability to dual-wield lightsabers, Starkiller cuts a swath through deadly new enemies across exciting worlds from the Star Wars films - all in his desperate search for answers to his past.

Key features:
  • Continue the galaxy-altering journey of Starkiller, Darth Vader's fugitive apprentice, that shapes the key events between Star Wars: Episode III and Episode IV.
  • Unleash the Force with more power and precision through improved controls and new powers, such as the deceptive Mind Trick, which turns enemies against their allies.
  • Discover the true power of Starkiller with Force Fury, where his attacks and Force powers are exponentially increased.
  • Improved targeting system enhances precision use of Force powers and greater interaction with puzzles and the environment.
  • Take combat to the next level with the ability to wield dual lightsabers and punish enemies with all-new combo attacks.
  • Experience the most life-like interactions with Pixelux Entertainment's Digital Molecular Matter (DMM) coupled with euphoria from Natural Motion Ltd and the powerful Havok Physics system.
  • Expanded customization options such as new costumes and power-enhancing lightsaber crystals.
  • Fight through all-new challenge levels designed to test and hone your fighting and Force power skills.
  • Skillfully manage your combat techniques to defeat a variety of brand-new enemies, which will culminate in epic boss battles.
  • Immerse yourself once again in the story that was honored with awards from the Writer's Guild of America and the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista® SP2, or Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 5200+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM (XP, Vista, or 7)
    • Hard Disk Space: 10GB + 1GB Swapfile
    • Video: 256 MB Video Memory with Shader 3.0 support; ATI Radeon HD 2600 / NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
    • Sound: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible Audio Device
    • Direct®: DirectX 9.0c (March 2009)
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 6000+
    • Video: ATI Radeon HD 4800 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
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Menace
68.6 hrs
Posted: August 22
This game is shorter, but more fun to play than the original. The controls are more responsive as well. Like the original though, the if the controller disconnects, I still had to restart the game.
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Savitas Vitae
4.2 hrs
Posted: August 22
İlk oyunun havasından kesinlikle uzak. Bir türlü Star Wars hikayesi olarak adapte olamadığım bir oyun oldu. İlkini muhakak oynayın ama bu 2. oyun için serinin fanatiği değilseniz alın diyemem. Yine de ışın kılıcı var, force var...
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Jerwin
1.5 hrs
Posted: August 19
(Same review I gave the first one) As a Star Wars fan it's surprising that gameplay full of lightsabers and force powers can be so dull. However, the characters and story are very interesting. In fact it appears the story used to be part of Star Wars canon. As such I recommend this game with reservation. Buy the game on sale to support the game's development, play until you've had your fill of the gameplay (may not be long), then watch the rest of the story on youtube.
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Al3x
6.7 hrs
Posted: August 17
Star Wars - The Force Unleashed 2 was slightly dissapointing, but a cool, short game to play nonetheless.

I am a Star Wars fan, which is the main reason I liked this game. I have played the first Force Unleashed on XBOX 360 and PSP years ago, and I definitely enjoyed it as a kid. It was very intruiging and I completed the games many times, over and over. I have been looking to get this second one upon release as well, but that never ended up happening, and I kind of just forgot about it... But I finally decided to get it, 6 years after its release.

Overall, this isn't that good of a game. It doesn't have the best graphics (released 6 years ago, understandable, but even so, many graphical glitches, and Juno looks ugly af in this game), the storyline is horrible (unlike the first Force Unleashed, which I would say had a great storyline!), the game itself is very short (only took 6 hours to complete, collecting all holocrons + both endings + most force upgrades), and the gameplay is also repetitive.

I definitely enjoyed the first game tons more, and only mildly liked this game because I liked the first one and because I am a Star Wars fan. They definitely could have made this a much better sequel to the first game. But ehhhey.. story doesn't matter now anyway because its not canon THANKS DISNEY!

I don't recommend this game to people who are not big fans of Star Wars.

BUT HEY - YOU CAN CHANGE THE COLOR OF YOUR DUAL LIGHTSABERS SO BUY! BUY! BUY! 23/10!

but really... 6/10
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tonyhighwind
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 17
Not as engaging or fun as the original, plus just buggy as hell. Not worth playing.
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JamesTheRipper
4.5 hrs
Posted: August 16
I love the combat style and throwing stormtroopers around like nothing but the game is only worth about 15$ because the sotry does get boring towards the end. I would not let that stop you from playing though still plenty of hours you can have fun with the game.
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Reyja 187
4.9 hrs
Posted: August 16
[NO SPOILERS]
I honestly can't say if I can recommend this game or not, so imagine that this review is Neutral.

Story:
The story is kind of all over the place, as if they wanted to throw in as many concepts and characters as possible, which, can, with enough time, work, however, in a 4 and a half hour game, there just is not enough time. Because of this, nothing feels fleshed out, everything is just a kinda' cameo, with little to no-reason-given. This is extremely saddening,
because I love Star Wars for the storys, everything has meaning and a reason for it's existence...
[SPOILER BELOW]
For Example: Boba Fett is in the game, and you see him Kidnap Juno, but there is no reason for him, once the game is completed, his ship comes out of hiding and he flys towards you, then the game just ends, really abruptly.

[NO SPOILERS]
On the plus side, the story captures your emotion, you feel for the main character and want his journey to come with success, you feel his pain and his reasoning behind all of his actions.

Gameplay:
The game plays pretty much exactly like the first, just with two Lightsabers... The same powers, the same combat and the same enemies, it gets dull very quickly. I mean, yeah, slicing StormTrooper's limbs off is fun and all, but after around 30 minutes, you've seen everything that the game has to offer. If you played the first game, then you know of the Rancor missions, in which you pretty much have to spam lightning until you can activate a quicktime event. This game also has these events, however, you will experience it behind every second door instead of it being 30 minutes apart as it was in TFU I.

Graphics/Port Info:
Graphically, the game doesn't hold up by todays standards, but, that's OK, because what it loses in texture quality, it makes up in Architecture... Every environment is beautiful, with awe-inspiring backdrops and planet design that just makes me want to slow pan and take hundreds of screen-captures. In contrast to the textures within the game, however, the cinematics are stunningly realistic, with faces that just look real and action that just bursts with excitement.
But, as always, there are some drawbacks, the game is capped at 30fps, which just doesn't give it justice, so I would 100% recommend downloading the FPS unlocker online, it just makes the experience tenfold better. To add to that, the PC controls work horrendously, much as TFU did, so, I would recommend you play with a controller.

Conclusion:
The Force Unleashed II is a short, flawwed title that is repetative and suffers from too many Quick Time Events, however, underneath is a reasonably solid story with much power and emotion that is able to drive the player to continue to the end. The game didn't add much over it's predeccessor, however, my fondness for it enabled me to see through it's cons and focus on what is in the game, rather than what is not.

6/10.

[P.S. Vader's voice actor sounds more like Oprah Winfrey than Darth Vader.]
[P.P.S [spoiler]Dark Side Ending is ♥♥♥♥, not worth at all, don't even bother.[/spoiler]]
[P.P.S Music was good, reminded me of that tram mission from JKJA.]
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Ashbringer
8.1 hrs
Posted: August 15
This game could have been really good, its frustraiting instead not because its difficult in terms of skill or playstyle rather the camera angle will blind you to the majority of enemies and incoming missles ect.... it can't be changed so your stuck with dodgy camera angles that we thought we had left in the 90's.
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WoodenDOOM
0.7 hrs
Posted: August 15
Clunky as ♥♥♥♥ controls. could have been a great game.
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Syndigold
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 14
i have lag
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
(Same review I gave the first one) As a Star Wars fan it's surprising that gameplay full of lightsabers and force powers can be so dull. However, the characters and story are very interesting. In fact it appears the story used to be part of Star Wars canon. As such I recommend this game with reservation. Buy the game on sale to support the game's development, play until you've had your fill of the gameplay (may not be long), then watch the rest of the story on youtube.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
[NO SPOILERS]
I honestly can't say if I can recommend this game or not, so imagine that this review is Neutral.

Story:
The story is kind of all over the place, as if they wanted to throw in as many concepts and characters as possible, which, can, with enough time, work, however, in a 4 and a half hour game, there just is not enough time. Because of this, nothing feels fleshed out, everything is just a kinda' cameo, with little to no-reason-given. This is extremely saddening,
because I love Star Wars for the storys, everything has meaning and a reason for it's existence...
[SPOILER BELOW]
For Example: Boba Fett is in the game, and you see him Kidnap Juno, but there is no reason for him, once the game is completed, his ship comes out of hiding and he flys towards you, then the game just ends, really abruptly.

[NO SPOILERS]
On the plus side, the story captures your emotion, you feel for the main character and want his journey to come with success, you feel his pain and his reasoning behind all of his actions.

Gameplay:
The game plays pretty much exactly like the first, just with two Lightsabers... The same powers, the same combat and the same enemies, it gets dull very quickly. I mean, yeah, slicing StormTrooper's limbs off is fun and all, but after around 30 minutes, you've seen everything that the game has to offer. If you played the first game, then you know of the Rancor missions, in which you pretty much have to spam lightning until you can activate a quicktime event. This game also has these events, however, you will experience it behind every second door instead of it being 30 minutes apart as it was in TFU I.

Graphics/Port Info:
Graphically, the game doesn't hold up by todays standards, but, that's OK, because what it loses in texture quality, it makes up in Architecture... Every environment is beautiful, with awe-inspiring backdrops and planet design that just makes me want to slow pan and take hundreds of screen-captures. In contrast to the textures within the game, however, the cinematics are stunningly realistic, with faces that just look real and action that just bursts with excitement.
But, as always, there are some drawbacks, the game is capped at 30fps, which just doesn't give it justice, so I would 100% recommend downloading the FPS unlocker online, it just makes the experience tenfold better. To add to that, the PC controls work horrendously, much as TFU did, so, I would recommend you play with a controller.

Conclusion:
The Force Unleashed II is a short, flawwed title that is repetative and suffers from too many Quick Time Events, however, underneath is a reasonably solid story with much power and emotion that is able to drive the player to continue to the end. The game didn't add much over it's predeccessor, however, my fondness for it enabled me to see through it's cons and focus on what is in the game, rather than what is not.

6/10.

[P.S. Vader's voice actor sounds more like Oprah Winfrey than Darth Vader.]
[P.P.S [spoiler]Dark Side Ending is ♥♥♥♥, not worth at all, don't even bother.[/spoiler]]
[P.P.S Music was good, reminded me of that tram mission from JKJA.]
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
UPDATE: Yep, just finished it, loved it. I played an hour or so offline as well, though you may consider it short I'd rather a game that's consistently enjoyable throughout than a game that goes on for 90 hours and I'm ♥♥♥♥in' sick of it by the end. I'm looking at you MGS V. Not every game needs to be 50+ hours long, in fact I'd go as far as to say games with a short and sweet campaign are more needed.

Much, muuuuuch better than the first one. So far at least. I'll update if I feel it necessary once I've finished it but I'm enjoying it a lot more than the first. The graphics are obviously better, the scope of the levels is bigger and more detailed, the combat is more fluid and looks better. It's just better. You start already quite powerful but not in a way that makes it too easy, just in a way that makes it fun right off the bat.

The story seems very good so far, I've experienced only very minor issues. The very occasional and slight graphical glitches and the worst one, when I first loaded it up I struggled to change the settings because you can only do it by mouse and it was slightly out of sync with the actual cursor. It was fine after a reboot though.

How the first one got a sequel: Understandably.

How this one DIDN'T get a sequel: Mystifying. Or at least a spinoff.
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264 of 303 people (87%) found this review helpful
53 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2015
I love the combat. It never gets old throwing stormtroopers off buildings.

But it is not worth 20 bucks. I would pay 5-10 for it, so wait for a sale.
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165 of 202 people (82%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
115.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
This game is 4 years old now, and I believe it is time for a new review. My standards for review scores are 10 starting points, and -1 point for everything done wrong. Before I continue, I need to state that I am not biased towards any particular gaming company or extended universe/lore. I review the game as it should be reviewed -- as a time waster. Things done right in this game are below:

Great Graphics

Lightsaber Combat and Force Powers Done Right

Many Customization Options (Including several costumes [Just for aesthetics] and many lightsaber crystals which give you different upgrades)

The game has done a good job with capturing the atmosphere of the environments, especially Kamino

Things done wrong are below:

The Story is atrocious, no debate. And with the story being a major point of any game, an extra point is taken off. -2 points.

The player character is a mix of blandness and unoriginality, however, at times, you can feel like an indestructible god, choosing who lives and who dies which provides a fun experience. Not enough to keep a point, however, so -1 point.

Finally, Quick Time Events (QTE's) are abundant, and repetitive. -1 more point.

The final score for this game is: 6/10. While being a good Star Wars game, it still has enough flaws to put it at an average rating. In my opinion, if you haven't gotten this game yet, get it. Even though it doesn't have the highest rating, it can still be a lot of fun if you don't play a game for the story, but to waste time and have fun.
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119 of 142 people (84%) found this review helpful
187 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2015
Saw a lonely Stormtrooper, so I thought he needed a friend.
I mind tricked him and he followed me until we ran into some more Stormtroopers.
He was never lonely again.

Would help anti-social Stormtrooper again. 8/10
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89 of 100 people (89%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 3, 2015
It is fun to unleashed the force: stormtroopers are in air, AT-Ats get fed up with their own rockets and Vader is a nervous Sith Lord. The con of this game is that it doesn’t last long.
This game is high quality. The cinematics are better than the movies, the art style is gorgeous, everyone looks better(except for Juno) your force power are higher and in turn, the havoc you’ll create. The story is simple and there are some very discreet subplots(the biggest one is unlocked in the challenges). Some people have reported bugs, but they have submitted fixes as well. I for one didn’t have a problem with this game. Except for one thing. It was too short. It was like sex with someone really hot, one a day when you’re so full of energy and into it, but for a reason, it’s so short it will strike you like the Death Star.
A good question would be: “Is the game worth buying if it’s short?”. I’ll tell you what this game has and it will be your choice if you’ll take it or leave it.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=436790249
Fans of its prequel will notice that old moves are still there, many unlocked from the start. You have the typical force powers: force push, force lightning, force repulse, saber throw and a new one: mind trick. They all feel powerful when used, they’re designed to be enjoyed rather than used tactically. Whether you push, stun, impale them or make them commit suicide, it’s still the same, you are unstoppable. However, they are more detailed than you can see at first glance. Mind trick makes troopers attack the others or jump to their deaths in a humorous way, lighting will overheat the jet of a trooper, resulting in his flying around without control to an explosive end. Also new to the series, there is the body dismemberment, making the sword combat more satisfying. Having two lightsabers instead of one make the protagonist to fight in a more agile and aggressive way. Force fury is an ability that amplifies your power for a limited time. In that stance, enemies are pulverized by your power. The game itself is not hard. Unleashed mode will present something that could have been old school challenge, but gaining full health whenever checkpoints are reloaded simplifies things too much. Skydiving is fun and has its place, there are three sequences anyway. The QTE’s are the type that can be failed, but most are optional, boss battles being the only ones that require them. Boss battles themselves are well designed, as there are multiple stages with key moments that make the real differences. The gameplay itself is one of the best.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=436786831
The story is incomplete. Even if it doesn’t show, reading the novel(which proves the story’s potential) proves how much more there was to say. Even if you go through Kamino, Cato Nemoida, Dagobah, aboard a big rebel ship called the “Salvation” that will later engage in a space battle and facing Vader on your return to Kamino, it’s not enough. What is there is spectacular, but the canon end makes way for a sequel that will never be made.
In the story, you are the clone of Starkiller who inspired the creation of the rebellion. You are made stronger than the original to suit Vader’s more demanding commands. As you retained the memories of the original, you’ll find yourself fighting the empire and looking forward for reuniting with your old love. This time around, Starkiller is the hunted one, but he has enough power to face whatever Vader is throwing at him. However he is delayed and at the end, Vader proves he can make him do his bidding.
Vader is portrayed as the menace he is in the books: manipulative and hard to take down. He has the intellect from the original trilogy and the fighting skills from the prequel trilogy.
There are two endings, the light side one where the rebellion earns a major victory because of you and the dark side one, where you die, Vader stands victorious, with the perfect dark side clone at his side.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=434687427
If you want to spend more time in the game, there are several challenges that make you use your force powers in certain ways, there are all kinds of outfits and skins to unlock(and they are worth it), holocrons to collect for getting new saber crystals(that change the sabers color and add an effect in combat), cinematics revolving around the dark clone subplot and that’s about it. If you look for more of the lore, there is a databank and concept art available.
It’s a well designed game, high quality, but low quantity. Star Wars fans and gamers in general(casual and hardcore) should buy this if they have the money to spare.
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86 of 99 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2013
So last week I wrote my review on Force Unleashed 1. I was impressed with the story and how well it fit in the Star Wars universe and the only major complaint I had was that the controls sometimes felt clunky, that the game could have been a LITTLE bit more than it was.

I finally got around to playing this, and it feels like my opinions flipped. You play as Starkiller again, and the introduction gives a good start to WHY you are there. If you didn't play the first game before this I recommend you do, otherwise you will be totally lost. Anyway, I'll go through each section.

Story: 5/10
The only reason the story is this high is because the first game did a magnificent job setting things up. You know your story from the first, although the Starkiller in this game doesn't remember much about his past (minor spoiler, don't worry you find this out in the openning cutscene, Vader tells you that you are a clone). You basically spend the game trying to get back to your beloved Juno's arms, that's about it. No major plot development like in the first one, nothing that helps you define yourself as a Sith or Jedi. In fact, Starkiller feels a little bit less of a badass and a bit more angsty than I would have liked.

Graphics & Sound: 8/10
The sound is easy, they did a good job with music, it fit in well, and the whole Star Wars lightsaber/force sound effects are amazing, exactly what you expect. The graphics are polished and the cutscenes are really well done from what I could tell. There are 2 very major reasons why I don't give this game a 10/10 (keeping in mind that the game was released over 3 years ago). First of all, most of the cutscenes actually involve your character model, thus including your dual lightsabers and the crystal color you chose, which is good. The problem? The fully CGI cutscenes that are videos, they just had him with dual red lightsabers. It felt really lazy and removed me from the experience a little bit. Other games make sure their full cutscenes include the specialized weapon and armor you are wearing, don't switch me back to the original, it is really annoying. I took 1 point off for that. The second thing, while the game looks great and everything, the characters look different than from the first. General Kota and Juno specifically, and Starkiller as well but not to the same extent. They just LOOK like different people with similar features. That bothered me slightly, yes they are WAY MORE polished than before, but it detracted from their original look.

Gameplay: 9/10
Gameplay is magnificent in this. They changed the combat system and leveling system, the menus are more fluid, fighting is more fluid, FORCE POWERS ARE MORE FLUID. This was my problem in the first game, not so in here. You basically have most of your kit from the first game, and as you gain experience you unlock more force powers along with being able to upgrade them up to a maximum level of 3. This is beautiful, and being able to rapid fire Force Push (even though I never used it) is amazing. Also, put a point into Jedi Mindtrick, it is the most fun part of this game. The game felt more fluid, and I died maybe a few times to mis-timed jumps, but never because the camera screwed me or things not being responsive.

Overall: 8/10
The story was kind of lame, and it was the only thing to take away from it. The game is short, it took me 6 hours (theres like 8 levels) and I didn't feel like it took forever. The action was amazing and the fights were fun. Everything else aside, I enjoyed this A LOT more than the first game.
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387 of 546 people (71%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2015
Starkiller is back and this time it is personal. Waking up from what seems to be a long sleep, the obscenely powerful force adepts finds himself on Kamino in servitude to his old master. Bereft of his friends, memories and purpose, Starkiller is left with questions and he goes on a rampage to find people who can help him. Now, with 100% more lightsaber and 400% more cutscenes and quick-time events the force is unleashed once again...to much less fanfare and considerably more issues.

A video game sequel traditionally follows a particular pattern: More of that and then some. Not The Force Unleashed II. No. This game is much less than its predecessor. It is shorter, less interesting in terms of plot and story. Barely changes up its gameplay formula and feels generally cheaply made. Dissapointing is the core word used to describe the overal impression of The Force Unleashed II's content and gameplay. The original had issues, but instead of addressing them, the sequel just kept a lot of them in there and added some more.

In this installment, we find a clone of the original Starkiller in Vader's service. Vader has managed to clone a jedi; something thought to be impossible. However, most clones succumb to madness from residual memories from their original self. Hellbent to not fall to insanity, Starkiller escapes to find the only two people in the galaxy left alive who can tell him who he is: General Kota, and his former love: Juno Eclipse. Starkiller hops between a few planets and even visits Yoda before finding his way back to Kamino to end up right where a started...dead.
The very premise of the story, Starkiller's amnesia, is a massive turn-off. Where before the story involved intrigue, betrayal and rebellion; it now merely rests on goose chases and damsels in distress. A notable improvement though is Starkiller's broadened emotional spectrum. Instead of mysterious and angry, he can now express sadness, sarcasm and joy, as well as a range of angers such as irate, furious, enraged and vengeful. A nice change up, but it is too little and too late. By the time you witness the juicy plot twist, the game ends.

To be honest, when I started the game I was biased against it. I had played it before on the PS3 and was sorely dissapointed in it. However, when I was making my way through the first few stages I noticed that the environments were signficantly more detailed, the physics worked better and the different levels of force powers were more defined. So the noticable improvements to gameplay and presentations are noticable from the start, and they capture you. John Williams' inspired score accentuates the action at the right moments and the voice acting is more convincing because the actors are a little bit more acqainted with their roles. However, the sound editing is spotty. Certain effects, such as Vader's breathing is superimposed over the score, making it an awkward ambient sound. Additionally, some hit effects were just cheaply taken from the stock sound pack and sound horribly out of place. While I was seriously considering forgiving the game for many of its flaws I couldn't overlook the glaring instability of the game. The game crashed on me more times than I care to count. Either during gameplay, or during loading. Regardless of the moment of the crash, the game would send me back to the beginning of the stage and let me do the whole thing all over again. Annoying, and sometimes infuriating, as some segments are not particularly enjoyable.

The gameplay follows the same standard as the original; combat sections and the occasional force puzzle with some platforming. It is a tested formula; God of War has thrived on it. However, The Force Unleashed II lacks the variation and excitement. The sequel introduces many new enemy types that require a more distinct approch as opposed to simply slashing and shocking it, but once you find that shocking and grabbing is just as effective you quickly make short work of enemies that were supposed to make life hard for you. Boss fights do not fare much better. Mindlessly hacking away at them is the preferred method of dealing with them. When you're not hacking though, the game will simply let the cutscenes handle the action and force you to either press buttons on prompt or simply witness awesome stuff that you are not doing yourself.
This becomes glaringly obvious toward the end where set-pieces, corridors, bosses and cutscenes appear back to back. The final boss, Vader (screw your spoilers, you saw this coming) is a joke on many levels. Not only is he a complete pushover, he is also not even remotely like Vader. This is purely speaking as an invested Star Wars fan, but the final boss fight just rains on the entire parade.

When the credits roll after a measly four hours you can really feel the bad taste in the back of the mouth. The game is rushed. It is polished in appearance, but the content was cut; cut with a cleaver and left on the side because there was not enough time to fully finish it. Particularly the Dagobah stage shows signs of time constraint. It feels like there should have been a stage, while the only thing there is a cutscene. Other distinct ommissions include a battle with Boba Fett, who is set up to be fought. And the most startling missing element is probably the DLC. While the consoles got another what-if story; this version doesn't even get a single costume.

The overal final product is just such a dissapointment it would incite buyers remorse within no time. Couple that with the crashes and the lack of DLC and you have a game that cannot justify its pricepoint outside of a sale. I can't reccomend it and I would even go as far as to completely dissuade Star Wars fans to play it, because it does such a poor job with Vader that it makes his appearance in Revenge of the Sith acceptable. In retrospect, I'm happy that I cancelled my pre-order all those years ago. A strong sign of the force. A sign that the force is weak with The Force Unleashed II.
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5.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2015
45 minute boss fight with vader
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