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  • Summary: With Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, the epic story continues as players once again assume the role of the devastatingly powerful Starkiller - Darth Vader's secret apprentice set during the largely unexplored era between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IVWith Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, the epic story continues as players once again assume the role of the devastatingly powerful Starkiller - Darth Vader's secret apprentice set during the largely unexplored era between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 59
  2. Negative: 6 out of 59
  1. Dec 22, 2010
    85
    With precious few of those quality gameplay moments and a plot that limps along in need of focus, unfortunately Force Unleashed 2 ultimately fails to live up to the interest of its broken but far more compelling predecessor.
  2. A shadow of its former self. The graceful gameplay offers a higher level of excitement, but the plot and characterization - two large components from which I expect great things from any Star Wars journey - makes this experience one of 2010's biggest disappointments. [Nov 2010, p.92]
  3. Dec 22, 2010
    73
    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.
  4. Oct 26, 2010
    60
    Though occasionally enjoyable, this Force-powered sequel is a mere apprentice to its superior predecessor.
  5. Jan 5, 2011
    60
    Star Wars fans will enjoy it, but the rest will keep wondering why is Lucasarts wasting such an attractive franchise.
  6. Jan 11, 2011
    50
    TFUII feels like a series of unfulfilled and broken promises that could kill the franchise, even for Star Wars fans. [Christmas 2010, p.92]
  7. Jan 28, 2011
    10
    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II is just terrible.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 58
  2. Negative: 25 out of 58
  1. Oct 26, 2010
    10
    This is a simple review for anyone interested in buying this game. The first game was an amazing story and fun, but sometimes glitchyThis is a simple review for anyone interested in buying this game. The first game was an amazing story and fun, but sometimes glitchy gameplay. This game does a little bit of a flip. The story is a little weaker this time around, but the gameplay is much improved. It's simply a much more fun game to play, despite the weaker story. Other improvements include MUCH faster loading times and MUCH cleaner graphics. Seriously, if you play The Force Unleashed 1 right before #2 you will see that the improvement are actually rather impressive. The world is a crazy place when games like this and Enslaved get average reviews, and broken games like Fallout New Vegas get stellar reviews. If you like Star Wars this is a must buy. If you like good action games with an above average story, definitely give it a shot. Expand
  2. Oct 26, 2010
    9
    i dont know why critics are slamming this game?? the PC version is perfect! it fixed all the problems with the first one, shy of actual saberi dont know why critics are slamming this game?? the PC version is perfect! it fixed all the problems with the first one, shy of actual saber dueling ala jedi knight outcast fame (GRR)
    but seriously... its an amazing game. beautiful, fun, challenging (who the hell plays this game on normal? you're already a god, play hard)
    i think the critics just got one thing right: it is a little too short. but not enough to knock the rating down to a 6.5/10 !!? something i LOATHE in the game they didn't even mention: Quick Time Events. or QTE.
    its lazy game design. its not a bug or a glitch and alot of games do it. but there's better ways to execute finishing moves than rubbing my thumb raw because the devs couldn't come up with something creative. this is a design decision that most consolers just accept these days, however, so i wont count this in my scoring.
    the shorter length, lack of combo list /incentives brings this thing down from a 10 to a 8.5 or 9.
    and i whole heartedly mean that. i signed up to meta critic just to write this thing. bottom line: just go play it yourself. its an amazingly fun game to play on the PC.
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  3. Jan 1, 2012
    7
    Fun at first. Crisp graphics and plenty of enemies to face. However, once all of the new mechanics are introduced game play really becomesFun at first. Crisp graphics and plenty of enemies to face. However, once all of the new mechanics are introduced game play really becomes just a series of button mashing and quick time events. To add to the repetitiveness, many enemies and animations are continually recycled making combat quickly become mundane. All in all, it's still a fun, mindless game that is pretty well polished. I'd only recommend this title only if you can pick it up cheap. Expand
  4. Apr 25, 2014
    5
    Would you have liked a few more levels to the original The Force Unleashed game? Well here it is. Very short, pretty much the sameWould you have liked a few more levels to the original The Force Unleashed game? Well here it is. Very short, pretty much the same environments that you'll be traversing, and repetitious QTE to the max. Overall a dull gameplay experienced. I kept getting distracted by other things in my house while playing this game, and took days to get back to continue it. Although you can finish it in one day if you have six to eight hours. I did enjoy jumping back into the Star War's universe, but the story upsets the Star Wars lore and leaves a lot of questions that won't get answered. Can you actually clone Jedi? Is that really Starkiller you were playing? The first game/story handled the issue of having the most powerful Jedi ever by killing him off as a martyr. Now how are you going to explain how the most powerful Jedi in the universe is alive during the time of episode IV-VI? Where was he? What happened to Gen. Kota? This game demonstrates that, to fans, lore matters a great, great deal and handling it poorly makes a poor reception. The good? You get more light saber crystals that are easier to find. Bottom line, it's overall play feels like a weak dlc that goes on too long. Expand
  5. Feb 12, 2015
    4
    the first game was a masterpiece, but this..... this game fails to be like the first one because the game is unbelievably short, i beat it inthe first game was a masterpiece, but this..... this game fails to be like the first one because the game is unbelievably short, i beat it in a couple hours. this game lacks any challenge and the plot is almost yawn inducing. while the controls are still good, the force ability's in the game feel extremely limited. if they ever make a third game [i doubt they will] they better make it a little bit challenging. and try to make the plot more than 3 hours. all in all it has good graphics, a yawn inducing plot, good controls, and moderate gameplay. Expand
  6. Dec 31, 2010
    3
    This game is a huge disappointment. Despite the shortcomings of the original Force Unleashed, it offered a compelling story and Jedi gameplayThis game is a huge disappointment. Despite the shortcomings of the original Force Unleashed, it offered a compelling story and Jedi gameplay that has been seriously lacking since the days of Jedi Knight: Outcast and Academy games for PC.

    Force Unleashed 2 fails to build on the solid foundation created by its predecessor and sets a new low in product quality for LucasArts. The game is not polished and feels rushed -- there are bugs galore and, in the case of the PC version, some are game-breaking where you need to restart entire levels to bypass a glitch. The gameplay, while improved, becomes boring after the first level because there are no dynamics. It's a slightly improved hack-and-slash like the first one -- but unlike the first one, nothing is new. The story is weak and transparent. You don't feel engaged or immersed like you did in the first. I found it incredibly easy to hate the protagonist (Starkiller): his dialogue and actions are much like a whiny Hayden Christensen in Episode 2 and 3 and the supporting cast does nothing to balance the overwhelming "emo" theme of this game. The story attempts to portray a classic archetype of a "troubled knight" rescuing a "damsel in distress" (Juno) but it fails miserably. The attack combos are stripped down, perhaps for simplicity (in contrast to the original Force Unleashed) but this depth isn't replaced by anything new. While the physics and combat were refined, it still boils down to spamming Force Lightning or push while you slash and slash and slash away. There are few, if any, puzzles to the game levels and the levels have an overwhelmingly linear feeling. There aren't alternate paths or dynamics left for the player to explore and "hidden areas" are far from hidden and even less rewarding than you would expect for risking more combat to get to them. The combat itself becomes boring after you've faced each foe at least once or twice. The same strategy works every time. The "God of War-style" finisher combos, something which brought awe to the player in the first game, are recycled and are repetitive. If you fail to execute a combo, you just have to keep trying it and memorize the sequence and it's a piece of cake. It would've been much more challenging (and fun) if the button sequences to finish a foe changed if you failed. The finisher cut-scenes are all the same, never any new "kill animations" for the same foe or unique executions. There are a few bright spots. There's an epic boss fight that actually felt fun (despite few consequences for making mistakes) that lasts about 10-15 minutes which requires you to make use of almost all of your abilities. It's well executed and your imagination runs wild throughout. Sadly, it's about the only fun boss fight in the game (and that includes the lackluster endgame showdown). Die hard Star Wars fans will find enjoyment in this game, but it will come with great disappointment, frustration, and sadness of "what could have been" instead of "what is". The game is certainly not worth the money to buy it though -- rent it, or "obtain it" through other outlets.
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  7. Jan 2, 2011
    0
    (for wii version) Totally ruined franchise! I thought the first game was a lot of fun, but this game is TERRIBLE! First off, the graphics were(for wii version) Totally ruined franchise! I thought the first game was a lot of fun, but this game is TERRIBLE! First off, the graphics were terrible. Low quality, mediocre graphics. Second of all, they changed the controls and I kept forgetting you couldn't shake the remote to attack (as well as other powers). Third, the list of force powers was drastically shortened from the first game. Instead of around fifty force powers, you get ten! Fourth, this game is way too EASY! I beat it in TWO HOURS! REALLY! Poor visual quality gets it like, a 5. controls makes it a 4. shortened list gives it a 1. and easiness gives it a -17! Expand

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