Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2 (Xbox 360) Review

Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2 is an action game and sequel to the popular Star Wars The Force Unleashed. The sequel was developed by LucasArts and was released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation3, and the Nintendo Wii on October 26th, 2010. The Force Unleashed 2 was one of the games given away for free with the Games With Gold program in May 2017.

Click here first if you want to read my review of Star Wars The Force Unleashed.

The Force Unleashed 2 picks up where the first game left off, you're Starkiller, a force-sensitive character taught by Darth Vader who wants Starkiller to wipe out the remaining Jedi. Nothing new here but the sequel does change up a few things that I'll leave for you to find for yourself. The "plot" of this game is mostly just a simple story used to allow you to kill stormtroopers and I'm fine with that. This game, like it's predecessor,  is a fun game with you running around killing everything with a lightsaber, force powers, and my personal favorite force lightning. The game gets harder as you progress through the story like every game should.

If you're lost just read the title crawl.

As you advance you'll earn so XP that can be used to upgrade your character. Each ability has three levels and they are very basic abilities, like a very lite RPG game. You can enhance your abilities with a lightsaber, force lightning, force push, and so on. One run-through of the game will get you pretty close to maxing your character out.

Speaking of run-throughs, I played on easy and had no problems at all and beat it in two evenings. I had more fun than I thought I would and will be going through it again at a higher difficulty.

During your game, you'll encounter force cubes that will earn you extra XP and also some different crystals for your lightsaber. You have two different lightsabers and can power them with the crystals that you want. Different colors do different things so either pick the colors you want or choose them based upon their effects.

Nothing like firing lightning at an AT-ST.
This game has very few characters that we know from the Star Wars movies. Besides Vader, the only other one I can remember was Yoda but don't hold me to it if I'm wrong.

The sound in this game is incredible as they always are with Star Wars games. Since LucasArts made these games they have all the music and sound effects from the movies and it makes you feel more like you're watching a movie and less like a video game. As far as the graphics go, just like my review of the first game, I thought the game was a bit bland and could have done more. They aren't terrible but they're also nothing to write home about.

To me, it seemed like this game could have been made right after the first game. Nothing major was changed which is both a good and a bad thing. Publishing this game without major changes is the safe way to go and is probably why this game didn't do as well as the first one. On the other hand improving the game engine, graphics, and whatnot would help this game stand out from the original.

Tiny spoiler, at the end of the game you are fighting a lightsaber battle against Darth Vader. When you defeat him you are offered the chance to let him live or to kill him. Of course, you can't kill him or the original trilogy couldn't exist. Each choice has consequences that were to be resolved in a third game but with this game not selling great and Lucas selling Star Wars to Disney I, unfortunately, do not think will be getting the third installment.

In the end, I enjoyed my time playing this game. I do think they could have done more both technically and with the story but despite this, I still had fun with this game. I give Star Wars The Force Unleased a 6 out of 10.

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