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More an expansion pack than a full game

  • Dec 19, 2010
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was an imperfect but fun entry to Star Wars video gaming. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II has its moments, but overall it's a disappointment. Here are some thoughts on the Wii version:

The graphics are a LOT better. They're still not up to Xbox or PS3 standards, but the characters no longer look like laughable polygons. And the levels are a lot brighter. Visually, the game is appealing and looks like Star Wars.

The story is also not bad, but probably comes across better in the book Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II than the game.

I do appreciate that you can replay levels in this game. The lack of a stage-select option was a major flaw in the first one.

Gameplay. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed had fun gameplay, especially when you could swing your Wii remote like a lightsaber. It seems Lucasarts sucked the good out of the original and left us with a what is essentially a button masher. Rather than swing, you now press the "A" button to use your lightsaber, so the game becomes a repetitive exercise in pressing that button. Even worse, there are new Force "powers" that amount to gameplay gimmicks, like using the Force to pull platforms (of course, with a big glowing hand icon on them so players know to draw them).

As other reviewers have noted, the game is also very short and easy. I played on "normal" mode, but beat it in two short sittings. The original was short, but at least I felt like there were some difficult moments or tough fights. I don't normally complain about how easy a game is, but this game seems almost idiot proof. It comes across more as an expansion pack than a full game.

Unfortunately, it seems as if Wii users were cheated by Lucasarts once again. The original Star Wars: The Force Unleashed had an expansion pack for Xbox and PS3, but not Wii. Once again, the Xbox and PS3 versions have what look like awesome extras, including an alternative timeline mission to Endor where you get to kill Ewoks. I'd love to have have some of that! By contrast, the Wii doesn't have anything so special or unique. I really just get the sense that Lucasarts has given up on the Wii as a console and simply refuses to put the time and effort into making a serious game for Wii users.

I didn't pay full price for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, so I don't feel too cheated. Still, it seems lie Lucasarts just got lazy and turned a franchise with promise into one that lost its promise.

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II is an action game for Wii and sequel to 2008's Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Following a unique storyline revolving around Darth Vader's secret apprentice, that parallels the events of Star Wars: Episode III and Episode IV, The Force Unleashed II revels in addictive and over-the-top Force-based gameplay powers which include those seen in the first game as well as new powerful additions like Force Fury and the Jedi Mind Trick. Additional features include dual-wielded light sabers, increased puzzle-solving gameplay, expanded customization, all-new combo attacks and 4-player mulitiplayer support designed for Wii.

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In the sequel, Starkiller returns with over-the-top Force powers and embarks on a journey to discover his own identity and to reunite with his one true love, Juno Eclipse. In Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, Starkiller is once again the pawn of Darth Vader-but instead of training his protégé as a ruthless assassin, the Dark Lord is attempting to clone his ...

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Developer: Lucas Arts Entertainment
Console: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Action

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