What is Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II about?
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed was the fasting-selling Star Wars game ever; it introduced us to Darth Vader’s apprentice Starkiller, a hero who ignites the flames of rebellion in the galaxy.
In The Force Unleashed II we see the return of the vastly powerful Starkiller (at least in clone form) and follow his journey of self discovery and his search for his true love, Juno Eclipse. Starkiller yet again becomes the pawn of Darth Vader, but this time the dark lord is searching for Starkiller who escaped after being cloned but before the dark lord could create the ultimate warrior out of the clone. Confused yet? I am!
So what is Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 actually like?
I must admit that the stunning graphics on the TV commercial do a great job enticing the public to buy this game; and as you begin playing it on the PS3 you are not disappointed as the graphics are just as good as they look on TV, with stunning sceneries and amazing character animations. However, is this simply make-up over a bad game, or does the game live up to the quality of the graphics?
Well I remembered why I’m not a particularly huge fan of action oriented games like this; while there is a fairly good storyline, there really is a surprising lack of depth and imagination, especially in the levels and the fact that most of the combat is repetitive, albeit lovingly drawn!
OK, so for the uninitiated, essentially this is a hack-and-slash game similar to the God of War type games, where you kill and maim a multitude of bad guys and the occasional really bad guy – this is done in a graphically fantastic way.
You soon realize that you’re not in a movie though as your character has far more powerful ‘Force’ than anything you’ve encountered watching the movie, allowing you to create havoc and simply cause so much mayhem and destruction that even the Hulk would be happy with you.
As you follow the exploits of Starkiller (the clone) you begin to realize that the plot really is shallow, and pulls in characters from the first game, rather than creating some new interesting characters. The storyline isn’t bad, it just isn’t up to the standard that you have come to expect for a Star Wars movie or video game.
Having said that, the graphics are simply stunning at times. The levels are amazingly ‘drawn’ and really do capture the atmosphere of Star Wars, creating real and impressive environments. The Boss battles are near DVD quality at times, and from a visual perspective, and despite the fact that the terrain is often irrelevant, it is stunning.
Combat is just as fun as it was in the first game, giving you plenty of different ways of defeating your opponent; the variety of different ‘force’ methods you can use is good, and perhaps a little daunting at times, but you always have your dual wielding light-saber combat to fall back on! Players looking for more in-depth game play will probably be a little disappointed by the constant hordes of enemies, but hardcore hack and slash fans will love it! There is more variety in the way you have to kill some enemies – some are immune to light-saber etc, and this does make it a little more challenging to play, and strategy does play a small part in the game.
One major flaw for me was the amount of time it takes to complete the game – most gamers should be able to finish in 12 hours or less; this may seem quite large, but when you consider than many of the modern role-playing games take at least 100 hours to complete, then the $50+ you just forked out on the game doesn’t really provide you that much value for money – sure you can go through tougher modes, but it’s all repetition in the end.
In short, this game looks fantastic, but really is only going to please hardened Star Wars fans. Players who are looking for a detailed and in depth game should look elsewhere, or wait until it goes on discount. It’s a great way to pass away an afternoon, but beyond that, it’ll end up collecting dust.