56 people found this review helpful 2 people found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 10, 2017
Similar to the previous game in the series Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Edition, I would give this a neutral rating and only a recommended rating if you can get the game at a discount price. The game takes place after the events of the first game and gets you to reunite with General Kota and Juno.
Compared to the first game, this game does a few things better and a few things much worse.
For starters the graphics is much improved and the overall gameplay is still tedious but not as tedious.
The force upgrades are simplified and most of the lightsabre combos are unlocked at the start
Lightsabre combo animations have been improved
Dual wielding lightsabres is super badass, you can change their colors too! 😃
Character models are vastly improved
They added a God of War-like Rage Ability for those dicey situations.
The game is incredibly short my finish time is 4 hours, exactly half the time of my time in FU:1
A lot of graphical glitches, more than FU:1, I had to estimate my jumps on invisible platforms on the Kamino cloning facility
Still no quick recover when knocked down
Locked at 30fps, tried using the 60fps patch but encountered more crashes
Non-rendered cut-scenes causes my fps to shoot through the roof at 8000+ fps. This is annoying because at this fps level it causes my gpu to exhibit coil whine. Forcing V-Sync through my Radeon software doesn't work, the game ignores it.
Even when locked at 30fps, the game still exhibits screen tearing, wtf? 😐
Overall gameplay is great, but the sheer amount of technical issues that people will have to deal with will probably turn off a lot of people. I wouldn't pay full price for this game at most I would grab it at $5 or $7 dollars.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II is an action-packed, over-the-top hack-and-slash game. If ever you wanted to slice right through an AT-AT with your lightsaber or fling Storm Troopers around with your force powers, then this might be the Star Wars game for you. Unfortunatley it does suffer many techincal problems, framerate issues, and does not play well with Radeon-based graphics cards.
The game picks up where they first title left off. You play Starkiller, the apprentice of Darth Vader as he struggles with his own personal identity, and his place in aiding the Rebellion.
There are multiple endings, but the game is short and at times frustrating, so the replay value is low. It only takes around five hours to play through the game and much of is taken up by repetitive boss battles that start off interesting, but become an exercise in frustration afrer repeating the same mechanic four or five times.
87 people found this review helpful 1 person found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2013
So last week I wrote my review on Force Unleashed 1. I was impressed with the story and how well it fit in the Star Wars universe and the only major complaint I had was that the controls sometimes felt clunky, that the game could have been a LITTLE bit more than it was.
I finally got around to playing this, and it feels like my opinions flipped. You play as Starkiller again, and the introduction gives a good start to WHY you are there. If you didn't play the first game before this I recommend you do, otherwise you will be totally lost. Anyway, I'll go through each section.
Story: 5/10 The only reason the story is this high is because the first game did a magnificent job setting things up. You know your story from the first, although the Starkiller in this game doesn't remember much about his past (minor spoiler, don't worry you find this out in the openning cutscene, Vader tells you that you are a clone). You basically spend the game trying to get back to your beloved Juno's arms, that's about it. No major plot development like in the first one, nothing that helps you define yourself as a Sith or Jedi. In fact, Starkiller feels a little bit less of a badass and a bit more angsty than I would have liked.
Graphics & Sound: 8/10 The sound is easy, they did a good job with music, it fit in well, and the whole Star Wars lightsaber/force sound effects are amazing, exactly what you expect. The graphics are polished and the cutscenes are really well done from what I could tell. There are 2 very major reasons why I don't give this game a 10/10 (keeping in mind that the game was released over 3 years ago). First of all, most of the cutscenes actually involve your character model, thus including your dual lightsabers and the crystal color you chose, which is good. The problem? The fully CGI cutscenes that are videos, they just had him with dual red lightsabers. It felt really lazy and removed me from the experience a little bit. Other games make sure their full cutscenes include the specialized weapon and armor you are wearing, don't switch me back to the original, it is really annoying. I took 1 point off for that. The second thing, while the game looks great and everything, the characters look different than from the first. General Kota and Juno specifically, and Starkiller as well but not to the same extent. They just LOOK like different people with similar features. That bothered me slightly, yes they are WAY MORE polished than before, but it detracted from their original look.
Gameplay: 9/10 Gameplay is magnificent in this. They changed the combat system and leveling system, the menus are more fluid, fighting is more fluid, FORCE POWERS ARE MORE FLUID. This was my problem in the first game, not so in here. You basically have most of your kit from the first game, and as you gain experience you unlock more force powers along with being able to upgrade them up to a maximum level of 3. This is beautiful, and being able to rapid fire Force Push (even though I never used it) is amazing. Also, put a point into Jedi Mindtrick, it is the most fun part of this game. The game felt more fluid, and I died maybe a few times to mis-timed jumps, but never because the camera screwed me or things not being responsive.
Overall: 8/10 The story was kind of lame, and it was the only thing to take away from it. The game is short, it took me 6 hours (theres like 8 levels) and I didn't feel like it took forever. The action was amazing and the fights were fun. Everything else aside, I enjoyed this A LOT more than the first game.
88 people found this review helpful 9 people found this review funny
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 3, 2015
It is fun to unleashed the force: stormtroopers are in air, AT-Ats get fed up with their own rockets and Vader is a nervous Sith Lord. The con of this game is that it doesn’t last long. This game is high quality. The cinematics are better than the movies, the art style is gorgeous, everyone looks better(except for Juno) your force power are higher and in turn, the havoc you’ll create. The story is simple and there are some very discreet subplots(the biggest one is unlocked in the challenges). Some people have reported bugs, but they have submitted fixes as well. I for one didn’t have a problem with this game. Except for one thing. It was too short. It was like sex with someone really hot, one a day when you’re so full of energy and into it, but for a reason, it’s so short it will strike you like the Death Star. A good question would be: “Is the game worth buying if it’s short?”. I’ll tell you what this game has and it will be your choice if you’ll take it or leave it. http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=436790249 Fans of its prequel will notice that old moves are still there, many unlocked from the start. You have the typical force powers: force push, force lightning, force repulse, saber throw and a new one: mind trick. They all feel powerful when used, they’re designed to be enjoyed rather than used tactically. Whether you push, stun, impale them or make them commit suicide, it’s still the same, you are unstoppable. However, they are more detailed than you can see at first glance. Mind trick makes troopers attack the others or jump to their deaths in a humorous way, lighting will overheat the jet of a trooper, resulting in his flying around without control to an explosive end. Also new to the series, there is the body dismemberment, making the sword combat more satisfying. Having two lightsabers instead of one make the protagonist to fight in a more agile and aggressive way. Force fury is an ability that amplifies your power for a limited time. In that stance, enemies are pulverized by your power. The game itself is not hard. Unleashed mode will present something that could have been old school challenge, but gaining full health whenever checkpoints are reloaded simplifies things too much. Skydiving is fun and has its place, there are three sequences anyway. The QTE’s are the type that can be failed, but most are optional, boss battles being the only ones that require them. Boss battles themselves are well designed, as there are multiple stages with key moments that make the real differences. The gameplay itself is one of the best. http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=436786831 The story is incomplete. Even if it doesn’t show, reading the novel(which proves the story’s potential) proves how much more there was to say. Even if you go through Kamino, Cato Nemoida, Dagobah, aboard a big rebel ship called the “Salvation” that will later engage in a space battle and facing Vader on your return to Kamino, it’s not enough. What is there is spectacular, but the canon end makes way for a sequel that will never be made. In the story, you are the clone of Starkiller who inspired the creation of the rebellion. You are made stronger than the original to suit Vader’s more demanding commands. As you retained the memories of the original, you’ll find yourself fighting the empire and looking forward for reuniting with your old love. This time around, Starkiller is the hunted one, but he has enough power to face whatever Vader is throwing at him. However he is delayed and at the end, Vader proves he can make him do his bidding. Vader is portrayed as the menace he is in the books: manipulative and hard to take down. He has the intellect from the original trilogy and the fighting skills from the prequel trilogy. There are two endings, the light side one where the rebellion earns a major victory because of you and the dark side one, where you die, Vader stands victorious, with the perfect dark side clone at his side. http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=434687427 If you want to spend more time in the game, there are several challenges that make you use your force powers in certain ways, there are all kinds of outfits and skins to unlock(and they are worth it), holocrons to collect for getting new saber crystals(that change the sabers color and add an effect in combat), cinematics revolving around the dark clone subplot and that’s about it. If you look for more of the lore, there is a databank and concept art available. It’s a well designed game, high quality, but low quantity. Star Wars fans and gamers in general(casual and hardcore) should buy this if they have the money to spare.
The Force Unleashed II showed much promise after the release of the first Force Unleashed, which was rather good. But no, they had to rush this one. Make money as fast as possible. *Shakes head in disbelief*
Decent Star Wars games are hard to come by, so why not take a little more time to polish this one then ? I seriously can't answer that.
I was impressed by the graphics. It has that certain Star Wars vibe, which is a definite plus. But there's not much variety in the environments (about 3 truly different areas/worlds), and as a result everything looks bland and boring, and doesn't make you want to explore. As far as that's possible, because it's mostly a linear game, with only one way to go forward.
There's plenty of detail in the characters and the effects look great in motion. One thing that distracted me from the experience though, was the face of Starkiller himself. At times he seemed to show little or no emotion, while the scene led me to believe otherwise. It looked very awkward and weird, and happened at least 2 or 3 times during the entire game.
The story, which is uninteresting but has a nice little twist in it, is still very decent for a Star Wars game. I'm not a die hard fan of the movies, but I do appreciate them and the fact that you can choose between a Dark and Light ending gives the game some kind of replay value. Which still isn't a lot, considering the game can be finished in 4 or 5 hours. But the story still feels rushed and you have the feeling that you missed out on certain things. Maybe because of time or money constraints, I don't know.
The combat is good, with enough enemy variety that require you to use your different abilities and tactics. I've seen games where you have tons of abilities and in the end only used 2 of them, but not in this one. So, again, a plus.
There's not much to upgrade this time. I'm not sure if I remember it correctly, but I thought the first game had much more things to upgrade and unlock. Still, it could be my memory.
Star Wars The Force Unleashed II was made to make money (like pretty much any other game), but in the end it just feels rushed and incomplete. I wish they had taken more time to flesh things out, like the skills and the interface, but more importantly, the story. And despite all these flaws it's still not a bad game. Just a decent one.
23 people found this review helpful 2 people found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2016
This was WAY better than people said. I liked the first one a lot and this one is just as good. Get a deal on it because its not a really long game. Also if you have Win 10, make sure you put the ".exe" file in WinXP sp3 compatiblity mode so it works correctly.
172 people found this review helpful 15 people found this review funny
115.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
This game is 4 years old now, and I believe it is time for a new review. My standards for review scores are 10 starting points, and -1 point for everything done wrong. Before I continue, I need to state that I am not biased towards any particular gaming company or extended universe/lore. I review the game as it should be reviewed -- as a time waster. Things done right in this game are below:
Lightsaber Combat and Force Powers Done Right
Many Customization Options (Including several costumes [Just for aesthetics] and many lightsaber crystals which give you different upgrades)
The game has done a good job with capturing the atmosphere of the environments, especially Kamino
Things done wrong are below:
The Story is atrocious, no debate. And with the story being a major point of any game, an extra point is taken off. -2 points.
The player character is a mix of blandness and unoriginality, however, at times, you can feel like an indestructible god, choosing who lives and who dies which provides a fun experience. Not enough to keep a point, however, so -1 point.
Finally, Quick Time Events (QTE's) are abundant, and repetitive. -1 more point.
The final score for this game is: 6/10. While being a good Star Wars game, it still has enough flaws to put it at an average rating. In my opinion, if you haven't gotten this game yet, get it. Even though it doesn't have the highest rating, it can still be a lot of fun if you don't play a game for the story, but to waste time and have fun.