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Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 41
  2. Negative: 3 out of 41
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  1. Dec 17, 2010
    90
    In the end Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II is a straightforward linear game.
  2. 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.
  3. Oct 28, 2010
    85
    A good sequel with superior controls, some new features, a steady pace and a lot more action compared to the first game. With its short playing time of roughly five hours it fails to create as much atmosphere as The Force Unleashed 1 though and there are still some technical issues, e.g. the mediocre collision detection. Overall The Force Unleashed 2 will satisfy both Star Wars-Fans and those who enjoyed the first game.
  4. Dec 17, 2010
    81
    To summarise if you liked the first game then you'll love the second. Whilst the game is extremely short (having me finish it in a single sitting), quite repetitive in places and the mere eight challenges do little to add the much desired replay value, it's a blast whilst it lasts.
  5. Dec 22, 2010
    80
    While the last game impressed with the variety of enemies, TFUII takes a "less is more" approach, reducing the variety but upping the intelligence. The result is a frequently challenging (if disappointingly linear) journey to some truly epic boss battles.
  6. Oct 26, 2010
    80
    The Force Unleased II is a good game. However, I would be hesitant to call it a good Star Wars game. The original Force Unleashed did a good job building on Star Wars' mythos in a way that was interesting but non-intrusive. It presented a simple story that featured plenty of thematic elements seen in both the original and prequel trilogy. However, the follow-up just doesn't capture the original's spirit, and that is what ultimately holds this title back from being something great.
  7. 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]
  8. Dec 22, 2010
    77
    But ultimately The Force Unleashed II is let down most by the short campaign mode which most people will be able to plough through in around 5 hours with time added for a couple of unlockable Challenges thrown in.
  9. Jan 13, 2011
    73
    Unleashed II is a decent enough effort and will please fans of the series, but the expectations were far higher.
  10. Jan 9, 2011
    73
    The graphics, audio and voice-overs are great and the gameplay got a few improvements. It looks like a good game, but the game does end halfway through the story and the gameplay can be too easy and repetitive. The game is also way to short. With a few hours you've completed the game.
  11. Jan 15, 2011
    70
    Star Wars the Force Unleashed II makes up for most of its predecessor flaws, and delivers some terrific action sequences. It's a shame though that the story is simply non existent and the whole adventure lasts some 5 hours. It really seems like the developers can't make this saga right, leaves us waiting for a new hope.
  12. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Dec 17, 2010
    70
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  13. Jan 15, 2011
    68
    There were high expectations for this game, however it is inferior to the first one, shorter, more monotonous, not replayable and with a really forgetable story.
  14. Jan 4, 2011
    68
    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II can't get quite past its predecessor in terms of gameplay, atmosphere, plot and combat. No freedom for exploration is granted, the story is pretty lame, and so we're still waiting for a great Star Wars game.
  15. Dec 17, 2010
    67
    Star Wars zealots should enjoy it - especially the Yoda cameo - but sequel we hoped for, this is not. A shame, it is.
  16. Dec 22, 2010
    66
    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II is up against all new competition in 2010 and although some of the new stuff is cool, it just doesn't take the necessary steps. Sorry, SW fans.
  17. Dec 22, 2010
    65
    It's disappointing that The Force Unleashed 2 not only fails to tell an interesting yarn, but also somehow manages to make the cool combat mechanics feel relatively pedestrian by failing to have enough variation in combat, or enough outside of combat to break up the pacing.
  18. Play UK
    Dec 17, 2010
    61
    It is, we have to say, something that feels quite rushed, chopped down or half-hearted. [Issue#199, p.78]
  19. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Jan 25, 2011
    60
    Clocking in at a paltry five hours to complete on 'hard', The Force Unleashed II feels shorter than an Ewok's genitals. Length hang-ups aside, Lucasarts has tightened up almost everything iffy about the original game, but they also managed to drop a hydro-spanner into the parts that were working fine to begin with. For example, TFU had a stellar, award-winning Star Wars plot – this sequel's storyline comes dangerously close to breaking established canon and, like Jabba's Sarlacc, it sucks you in, only to take you absolutely nowhere. [January 2011 p74]
  20. Jan 15, 2011
    60
    Any fan of the Star Wars brand will probably enjoy the 6 hours campaign, but if you're not among them you surely won't be able to ignore the game's technical flaws and inconsistent gameplay. Better luck next time, Jedi wannabes.
  21. Jan 13, 2011
    60
    A major disappointment. We got a rush job with a game that is way too easy, repetitive and frustrating at the same time. Star Wars fans might enjoy the act, but wait until the price dropped.
  22. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Dec 24, 2010
    60
    A linear brawl that's over in less than six hours. [Christmas 2010]
  23. Dec 22, 2010
    60
    It's not a bad game by a long stretch - just a game that's over in a flash and almost entirely devoid of any memorable moments.
  24. Dec 22, 2010
    60
    Force Unleashed II isn't a bad game, far from it actually. But its very short adventure, lack of polish, and imprecise gameplay prevent it from being anything more than a cheap steam-venting endeavor. Despite some nice ideas (usually borrowed from the killer apps of the genre, but poorly implemented). From a fan service standpoint, though, it clearly works with customizable light sabers, a ton of alternative badass-looking costumes for Starkiller, and additional challenges to have players compete over the internet.
  25. 60
    When the final Stormtrooper is slain, only one word comes to mind that describes Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II: disappointing.
  26. Dec 17, 2010
    60
    With The Force Unleashed II, LucasArts has made notable improvements regarding visuals and combat. However, the story is so short and lackluster, you'll quickly wonder why you're playing.
  27. Oct 29, 2010
    60
    Few franchise titles in recent memory have failed to deliver on their inherent promise in so spectacular a fashion. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II is a scant, uninspired action adventure which never properly captures the magic of that galaxy far, far away.
  28. Oct 29, 2010
    60
    At only four to five hours, The Force Unleashed II is hardly worth recommending to anyone. Even diehard Star Wars fans will find it hard to spend $60 on a game that is worse than its predecessor in nearly every aspect, including the one that matters the most, the story.
  29. Oct 26, 2010
    60
    Though occasionally enjoyable, this Force-powered sequel is a mere apprentice to its superior predecessor.
  30. Dec 22, 2010
    58
    A title that isn't all that great and doesn't make a hell of lot of sense.
  31. Jan 5, 2011
    55
    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II unfortunately did not become what many people hoped. The graphics are beautiful, but in almost all other areas the game fails to impress.
  32. Dec 17, 2010
    55
    I'm not a Star Wars fan, but I've had fun with several of the games before. The Force Unleashed II just isn't entertaining, though; as soon as you're able to start having fun with it, it pulls out an obnoxious boss fight or another uninspired level on you. I can't honestly recommend this to anyone but the most obsessive, completist fan of the series, and even he's probably going to have to justify this to his friends.
  33. Jan 12, 2011
    50
    The Force Unleashed II lacks all the story from the original, and is way to short for a fully priced game. This is a rental at best.
  34. Jan 5, 2011
    50
    While technically superior to the first game, this sequel is a lot less interesting than its older brother. After an interesting first part, the game becomes a faceless repetition of the same actions: fight with enemies, and then some more. Frustratingly imperfect.
  35. Dec 22, 2010
    50
    While the original Force Unleashed managed to surprise us with something that was more stimulating then the tech demo we feared and nicely introduced a new plotline, the sequel fails at virtually everything it attempts. The plot feels like a cheap way to extend the series and never delivers any twists, while the game itself is mediocre at the very best of times. A hugely disappointing experience that even the most ardent Star Wars fan will have a tough time enjoying.
  36. Edge Magazine
    Dec 17, 2010
    50
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  37. Dec 17, 2010
    50
    The Force Unleashed was a great concept and a better narrative let down by a handful of mechanical faults and poor design decisions. A sequel was always on the cards but unfortunately what we're presented with fails to meet the high expectations expected of the license.
  38. Dec 17, 2010
    50
    Whilst this sequel may improve some of the technical aspects of The Force Unleashed, the all important narrative is non-existent.
  39. Dec 22, 2010
    42
    What you get here will take you no time at all to complete, and it's hard to feel like there's not a sizeable amount of content missing from this particular game.
  40. Feb 2, 2011
    40
    To top it off, an experienced player can get through the game in five hours, and there isn't much in terms of replay value. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II is a poorly executed, thoughtless game that is best to be avoided.
  41. Dec 17, 2010
    40
    The original Force Unleashed shot for the stars, and fell short, but at least you could commend it for trying. Force Unleashed 2 feels sterile and barren in comparison, refusing to try for anything spectacular, and managing to reuse and recycle its few good ideas countless times over its short run.
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 143 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 143
  2. Negative: 21 out of 143
  1. Oct 30, 2010
    5
    While I absolutely loved the original, the second installment fails to improve in so many ways. As other members have said, the length of theWhile I absolutely loved the original, the second installment fails to improve in so many ways. As other members have said, the length of the game is roughly half the game time of the original, and with only 4 locations you play in (with 2 being similar for the most part - indoors, metallic and dark, and one with no action and only 5 minutes of walking) the beautiful locations you saw in The Force Unleashed are gone. Cato Neimodia is, yes, a very interesting location that isn't seen in the films, but it doesn't excuse the lack of nice, natural, alien environments.

    The way the game ends in both the light and dark ending seems to scream 'Wait for DLC to flesh out the lacklustre campaign'. The storyline is nowhere near as good as the original either, with information you gathered from trailers ages ago being pretty much all there is to it - Starkiller may be a clone, and he is finding out who he is. However, the graphics, sound, cinematics and voice acting are all absolutely phenomenal. Sam Witwer's performance blows his already great performance in the original right out of the water. Every actor puts in an even better performance too - it is just a shame we don't hear that much of Nathalie Cox (Juno). The graphics are even more impressive than in the original, however, as stated before, the lack of variety detracts from this a little, but the action is notably crisp, and runs at a very stable framerate too.

    Overall, I would suggest if you absolutely loved the original, this is worth buying, but simply be aware it may be better to wait for the obvious DLC, a price drop, or a 'Ultimate' version.
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  2. Oct 26, 2010
    10
    overall this game did not disappoint from its predecessor. the only issue I found was the length of the game. I expected it to be a littleoverall this game did not disappoint from its predecessor. the only issue I found was the length of the game. I expected it to be a little longer. Overall great game play and the cinematics are just like watching a movie (which they need to do!!) great game!! Cant wait for the third. m/ Full Review »
  3. Oct 27, 2010
    9
    An improvement upon the original game in almost every way. The combat has a much more fluid feel-- stationary blocking is gone, and you canAn improvement upon the original game in almost every way. The combat has a much more fluid feel-- stationary blocking is gone, and you can also use lightning while moving around. The combos don't seem quite as numerous as the first game, but the overall mix of saber and force power combat in combination with more distinct enemy strengths/weaknesses rewards the player for use of a good strategy.
    The added "challenge" games available outside of the normal campaign add something as well. You can use them to learn combos, and there are leaderboards so you can compete with your friends for a top score (there are challenges based on time, number of kills, etc.).
    The main game is not excessively long, and the story might not be quite as grand as the original's, but the overall experience was very enjoyable, and I'll definitely play through again on the harder difficulties and spend some time pushing my challenge scores up in the leaderboards
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