Review: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 is the follow-up to the runaway success Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.  People are wondering how the story plays out though regarding the ending of the first game, respectively.  All of the core gameplay is there with major updates to the engine and I’ll go in-depth in the full length review below.

What’s different?

Not much, they stayed with the formula if it isn’t broken don’t fix it. The engine (most noticeably the A.I.) got a major update.  This game has some of the best A.I. I have ever seen.  The graphics engine has been slightly tweaked but the cinematics are still not in-game.  Starkiller now dual wields his light sabers instead of a single wield like in the games predecessor.

Gameplay

The gameplay is very solid and well put together. The game combines elements of platforming, combat and Star Wars signature force powers seamlessly. Controls are tight and well thought out and when in combat you feel like you’re having an impact. The semi-destructible environments and interaction with the environment itself is great with examples such as pulling tie-fighters out of the sky being most notable.  The A.I. in the first Force Unleashed was already great and with the tweaks to the engine the A.I. in this game is even better.  Every class of enemy fights different and thinks different from the other. They also have different strengths and weaknesses; this encourages different fighting and not relying on one tactic constantly.

(9.5/10)

Graphics

The graphics are crisp and clean. Though, some of the texturing is not well done at some points it is hardly noticeable unless you are looking for it.

(8/10)

Story

The story is very good as is every Star Wars story. Well written, well thought out and cannon. You start out in confinement put there by Vader and being told you are a clone of Starkiller. Although, this soon comes into doubt as you are having a little too vivid of flashbacks and remembering things that feel too real.

(8.5/10)

Overall

This is defiantly one of the best Star Wars games out. The game is cannon to the movies bridging the gap between episodes 3 & 4 and showing the founding of the rebel alliance. Although, the game is very short I would not buy this game at full price. I would wait for a price drop or pick up for a weekend rental if you have some spare time.

(9/10)