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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II: Game Review

"Short is the story of Unleashed, it is" as this game can be beaten in as little as 5 hours. I had high expectations for this game and the one thing that bugs me the most about it is the length. If there was just a little more I would have been more satisfied with the overall product. Now that I have gotten that out of the way let's talk more about the game itself. For those of you who have played the first installment of this Star Wars adventure then you know the premise of the story. However for those who are just getting into this tale, well....you continue the story of the protagonist Starkiller as he fights his way to the "truth". Starkiller, once the secret Apprentice of Darth Vader is now under the impression that he is indeed a clone and that the true Starkiller died at the end of the first game. Whether or not this is true is up to you to find out. I loved the first game and being the hardcore Star Wars fan that I am, I did like this game but the first is better. There are several things about this sequel that leave you wanting and only if the creators kept a few things from the old and added them to the new, things would have turned out a lot better.

You literally jump right into the thick of the story as the extremely beautiful and well crafted world of Unleashed is presented to you. The graphics for this game are much better than the previous and the few planets you do visit look amazing. However, there is not much exploring that can be done as this is no widespread trip around the galaxy as presented in the first game. I wish that was not the case as adding more exploration to each world would have in turn added to the immersible quality of the game as well as increased it's overall length. You can't deny that this game is stunning and that the voice acting is stellar to say the less; but both of those things are muted by the lack of immersive gameplay that you experience. The combat can be somewhat repetitive as well and the inconsistent difficulty throughout the game is also noticeable. Boss battles range in difficulty and are long just for the sake of being long. I found that the final battle against Darth Vader was actually much easier than let's say the battle of Starkiller versus the Gorog. I have completed two playthroughs of this game, one on medium(normal) and one of hard. On medium this games plays rather easily and fast; however on hard I struggled with boss battles and died a lot of times trying to make it through. After finishing it on hard I doubt I will try the Unleashed difficulty as I can only imagine how frustrating it would be.

Starkiller is extremely powerful, one might even say stronger than Darth Vader when it comes to the force but I guess that is the whole dynamic around Unleashed. You have many of the powers which Starkiller attained in the first game, so you are given a lot of power to start off with. I know for some that may be off putting but being as this is the sequel to a continuing story it is only right that you have all the powers which you would have gained already. I do think though that the upgrading system, though simplified this time around did take away from the game as there was no longer that personal challenge to level up as fast. Finding Holocrons didn't seem as important as before and therefore this installment lacked that experience that many of us liked in the first game. The developers simply needed to keep more of the old formula and just re-jig a few of the missing parts, they didn't succeed in doing that and because of that the game suffers.

I found the acting and the visuals to be the best parts about this game. I can't say enough about them as they really bring this story to life. The gameplay is fun and even though repetitive I didn't find that it took so much away that I was disappointed. Yes, this game could and should have been a lot better. Sometimes I wish I could talk to these developers. It's not about producing a game that appeals to hardcore gamers appetites nor is it about producing a game that appeals to most gamers. It's simply about producing the game that you should produce. With all the tools at your disposal and with the success of the first game this game should have been the best game of the year. Now I think it might just be the biggest letdown for some.

Am I disappointed? Yes, to a certain point but I did enjoy the game. I will play this game again and I will not trade it in. Like I said before I am a hardcore Star Wars geek so even with this games short comings I found it fun and even challenging on the hard difficulty. If you go into this game with no expectations, then you will love it otherwise....I have a feeling you will be left wanting.


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