Review: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

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Was there something weird going on with the quality of the video? Maybe on my end? It didn't look particularly spectacular, not that I mean to fixate on graphics but most mediocre (as I understood from this review) atleast look to cater the same graphics as the prequel and there seemed to be a bit of an issue with the framerate or something.

Meh, probably on my end since it wasn't mentioned.

Yeah, I agree that the two lightsabers seems a bit stupid, having one makes using the abilities look much better in my opinion. =]

While I do love the lightsaber acrobatics in Outcast/Academy, the Force combos in TFU are really too good (and different) for the two series to be comparable.

you're the best reviewer on this site, period

Steve Butts:
Yeah, the beginning of Jedi Outcast is so obnoxious but once you get the lightsaber... it doesn't get any better than that.

It gets. In Jedi Academy IMO. That's Jedi Outcast with additional fun added, and even better lightsaber combat. And Kyle's there too.

The demo is interesting and gave a good impression. I will buy both when they are for a low low price. I heard the first one was mediocore as the review pointed out.

Anyways, thank you!

The forced unleashed has no soul no creativity. Its a highly polished sanitized theme a bland film experience regurgitated as an interactive audio/visual thing... to many games these days are this.....

No, you're not the only one who misses Kyle Katarn. I miss him too.

If only we could get a proper Jedi Knight game to be released...

I LOVED TFU up until the end, so I might still pick this up. All I care about is the physics!

I miss Kyle, too. I so looked forward to the original Force Unleashed, but as I didn't have any of the next gen systems, and it had no computer release for 2 years, it was a huge letdown, even when I did get to play it.

Naturally, I was dubious of this one, too, but it fails me, too. I have a great computer, meets the rec-req and then some, but the graphics still bug out on me, and there's even some funny glitches. My favorite so far is when he turns his sabers off, but they don't go fully off, burning a trail in the ground as I walk around. Some videos didn't even start, and others had no visual. The graphics often bugged out and disappeared, too. And I don't get the obsession developers have with Quick Time Events. They're not fun, they're repetitive.

I do miss Kyle. Jedi Outcast was a superb game. Hell, bring back Jaden Korr, even! Jedi Academy was one of my favorite games. It was the first time you got to choose what light saber style you wanted to the point of double or staff, or stick with the tried and true single. It had a (somewhat) non-linear storyline, epic saber battles, and an end boss worthy of the game, no matter which side you chose. (Personally, I think fighting Kyle was the hardest of the two. Bloody force heal!)

Man, I miss Outcast, played it again earlier this year, one hell of a great game. The way you controlled tyour lightsaber also felt so much better. Especially in duels, it was kick-ass to swing your lgihtsaber like a pro and remember to not let your guard down while getting a slash at your enemy.
Also, I didn't quite like the way Starkiller was holding his lightsaber in the first game, but then TFU2 was announced, with TWO lightsabers, held the same emo-loking way? no way...
If they make TFU3, will it have 3 lightsabers, all held the same stupid looking way?

Jandau:

Steve Butts:
Am I the only one who still misses Kyle Katarn?

No, you are not. And you are also not the only one sick of all the "Dual Wielded Lightsabers BRO!" crap that's been getting more and more pervasive in anything Star Wars related.

If you want a proper light saber fight you need only to look towards NO MORE HEROES 1 & 2

All this talk of Kyle Katarn made me install Jedi Outcast again. What a wonderful game. I just love the multiplayer even with bots on Bespin streets map.

Well, I played it yesterday. Not really what I'd call a good game, but then again it was a rental with the simple mission objective "Distract and entertain me for a few hours", and it did exactly that. It's certainly not worth more than 20 Euros as purchases go, but seeing how I paid less than 5 for the one-time opportunity to see how the story continues I have nothing to complain about.

That said, the story was definitely weaker than that of the first game. Oh well.
I did like the customization capabilities granted by the exchangable saber crystals. By the way, what's with all the purists? Fighting with two sabres is simply more fun than just one... although I do prefer the Darth Maul saber staff myself.

Steve Butts:
Review: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

Am I the only one who still misses Kyle Katarn?

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You most certainly are not!! I will never forget, the fight agains Desann was awesome! Also, his student.. some Twi'lek girl with purple skin colour... she was awesome too.

Shoggoth2588:
I played the demo and wasn't really impressed. It looked good but it just raised the question, 'why does my lightsaber cut off limbs now?'

Really my biggest issue (feel free to call me a fanboy for this) is that you can't use the Jedi Mind Trick to make someone kill themselves. Half the time I used it, the Stormtroopers would jump off of platforms. It's cool to get them to fight for you but there's no way (in the demo at least) of getting them to fight for you all the time.

I played the demo too, and I think the result of the mind trick is all chance. Most of the time, the clones would run into those forcefields or jump to their death, but two out of five would turn on their allies and fire away.

I'm actually hyped for this game no matter what. I like Starkiller more than Kyle.

It's an incredibly brainless game, and as such it works. When I turn off my brain to play it I have a lot of fun. Inside, my soul weeps.

Steve Butts:

Am I the only one who still misses Kyle Katarn?

No your not, I miss him too. we need Jedi Knight 4, the combat and force powers were excellent in 2 and 3, so we need a reboot.
If it aint broke dont fix it.

Did they fix his eyelids so it doesn't look like his whole forehead stretches down to cover his eyes?

Aye, we sure miss old God Katarn.
He beat a fucking kell dragon to death with his bare hands, and that was before he gained any of his jedi abilities. No wonder the Star Wars universe runs on FoK. (Fear of Katarn for those not in the know)

Fronzel:

FlameUnquenchable:
The Star Wars Universe needs to be toned down a lot, and bring things back to a low roar. The whole reason the first story was Epic was because they were small not so powerful people doing big things!!!! Making things more powerful doesn't equate to more epic Lucas, and LucasArts, please learn that.

Remember in the first movie when most people didn't even believe in the Force?

Makes you wonder how they managed that when you can apparently see a Jedi pulling spaceships out of orbit wherever you go.

Well, if you think about it, everybody that saw Starkiller in action, died. Plus, many of the people that formed the Alliance in the beginning, like Bale Organa were alive when Jedi where still many in number.

I actually, I think it is a flaw in the story, timeline-wise. Think about it, at the end of the Revenge of the Sith movie, Luke and Leia, were born. Luke in A New Hope was maybe his early twenties. So, it had been only 20-25 years since the world was plentiful with Jedi and Jedi were well known.

To me it boggles the mind that everybody forgot about the awesomeness of The Force and Jedi powers in only 20-25.

It's on the level of everybody in the world today forgetting that the NES existed.

Edit: OT: I like TFU2, but it does feel lacking, though not in graphics, oh they are sweet.

Kurokami:
Was there something weird going on with the quality of the video? Maybe on my end? It didn't look particularly spectacular, not that I mean to fixate on graphics but most mediocre (as I understood from this review) atleast look to cater the same graphics as the prequel and there seemed to be a bit of an issue with the framerate or something.

Meh, probably on my end since it wasn't mentioned.

Yeah, I agree that the two lightsabers seems a bit stupid, having one makes using the abilities look much better in my opinion. =]

Now I only played TFU on my Wii so the graphics were a little lower, then on the 360. But I did watch a friend play the game on his 360.

I ended up buying TFU2 for my 360. Comparing the graphics of TFU and TFU2, on the 360. The graphics are better in TFU2. It is definitely shown in the Yoda cameo cut scene. Heck, if the graphics were any better, I would feel like I'm watching a movie with real actors instead of game graphic animation.

I really wanted this game to be good.

Pity.

I love the Force Unleashed 2! Much better graphics, shorter story yes, but I'd rather have a short but great story mode than a long..... boring..... long story mode any day!

Plus you are a Jedi with awesome force powers and 2 lightsabers. What is there not to like?

I disagree with the point made in the video about having more lightsabers though. If Starkiller had only 1 lightsaber again. Then the lightsaber moves would be similar and not very different to the first game. Having 2 lightsabers adds a new dimension to the combat mechanics.

Also; my favourite part of the entire game....

Mix and match lightsaber colour crystals!

Having red and green lightsabers never gets old.

Ahh, the burly, rugged, badarse voice of Kyle Katarn.

Cut up and re-edited to perfection.


I love the Jedi Knight series.

I agree with the review. However, I must point out one thing: the plural of Jedi is Jedi, not Jedis.

Does anyone else think Starkiller looks like he's made out of dough, with raisins for eyes?

The first game was okay, I suppose, but the character models -- especially their eyes -- didn't look that good, and their animations in cutscenes weren't up to much either. I'm surprised they haven't improved it; Starkiller still walks like he has a stick up his backside.

Am i the only one who thinks the Star wars franchise is now just for money and not for the fans? Sure its "Good" but the dead horse is now just a thick sludge they beat it so much. As for the review its kinda what i got from the Demo but thats what to expect from a sequel.

Goddam Force Unleashed was so goddam repetitive!!!! and only 4 hours!!!

I do miss Kyle.... those times were gold compared to this. But something we must not forget was Jedi Academy, and i have to admit i prefered to play has a costumizable apprentice than with a preset JMaster.

Lucas Arts should go back to 3 great games that hit the industry with a blazing effect. They should Battlefront 3 (i know pandemic did those and EA closed them, but Ea still holds the rights for that game and they could do something in epic propotions about it), The jedi Knights (Jedi outcast and jedi academy, etc), meaning they could make another game using the basis of Jedi Knights gameplay, in wich we could create our own character and have decisions that would impact in the end of the game, and KOTOR (Knights of the Old Republic), Lets admit it the KOTOR serie was so great and so fucking awsome (i guess bioware is going to work in other projects but i do hope they go back at KOTOR.... wait bioware made the KOTOR series didnt they?).

I'm amazed someone who played Jedi Outcast would dare call the story of Force unleashed "good".

TitanAtlas:
Goddam Force Unleashed was so goddam repetitive!!!! and only 4 hours!!!

I do miss Kyle.... those times were gold compared to this. But something we must not forget was Jedi Academy, and i have to admit i prefered to play has a costumizable apprentice than with a preset JMaster.

Lucas Arts should go back to 3 great games that hit the industry with a blazing effect. They should Battlefront 3 (i know pandemic did those and EA closed them, but Ea still holds the rights for that game and they could do something in epic propotions about it), The jedi Knights (Jedi outcast and jedi academy, etc), meaning they could make another game using the basis of Jedi Knights gameplay, in wich we could create our own character and have decisions that would impact in the end of the game, and KOTOR (Knights of the Old Republic), Lets admit it the KOTOR serie was so great and so fucking awsome (i guess bioware is going to work in other projects but i do hope they go back at KOTOR.... wait bioware made the KOTOR series didnt they?).

I agree with everything this guy says. Battlefront, Kotor and Academy. Different, yet incredible games. The kinds I remember from my happy adolescence.

You know something I think it is perfectly fine to have Jedi be as powerful as Starkiller is. The trick is to throw in enemies powerful enough to even things out. Keep in mind that Starkiller is Sith trained. Those guys are way more about brute force.

I prefer the Starkiller character as he is not an "everyman." The "everyman" is boring, a bit of a cop-out. I do think that TFU2 is a step back with respect to his characterization though. The game wasn't long enough to allow the character the time to deal with the possibility that he is not the original Starkiller or the fear of losing Juno. This game felt more like an expansion to the first game rather than a complete story in its' own right.

Complaining about the use of dual lightsabres is just moronic. By that logic single lightsabres are a cliche too. Dual vs.Single blade forms just have different trade-offs. There really is no "impact" involved here. What they were missing was the ability to switch between forms.

I've gotten to the point that I flat out refuse to play another Star Wars game. Why is that, you ask?

One: There is this obsession with the OT's storyline. I don't want to have anything to do with Darth Vader, Palpatine, and god help you if the storyline revolves around a Death Star. It's not interesting; it's repetitive, and it just screws up the canon because you end up having about twenty Force-sensitive badasses that were all contributing towards the destruction of the Death Star.

Two: I do not want to be a Jedi anymore. I'm tired of it. In my eyes, there's nothing less interesting about "normal" people than there is about the aforementioned Force-sensitive badasses. Rather, they're more interesting. Anyone remember Republic Commando? Fantastic game, and no one used a lightsaber in it. It was just you, three other dudes (and a few Wookiees), and a lot of targets in your way. It was glorious.

(On this note, if I get into The Old Republic, I will refuse out of principle to be a Sith or any Force User. In fact, I will make a point out of it to hunt down and slaughter as many of those Force-powered emo brats as possible.)

Three: I am SICK of John Williams' soundtrack. It was fantastic the first few hundred hours that it was playing in the background, but now it's just bad. Write some new music, PLEASE.

Oh, and one last problem. In TFU, the lightsaber does not cut. You might as well be bludgeoning your opponents to death with a shiny club.

It's strange, having your lightsaber the way you want it in a game is a pretty important issue. That's why I liked JK:JA. I mean I get how they're defining Starkiller as a character by giving him his own unique lightsabre style but to be honest the double-reverse lightsabre style... it doesn't look good. It looks pretty crap to be honest. Give me the option to have a good old standard lightsabre and I'll be happy.

Also I wan wondering: with TFU you could change costume and lightsabre colour but the cutscenes wouldn't notice and would just give you the default costume/colour for that stage in the story. That was a pretty big problem in my opinion and it wrecked the whole point of being able to customise your appearance. Have they fixed this for the sequel?

Steve Butts:
Review: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

Am I the only one who still misses Kyle Katarn?

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No. I miss him dearly. The DF series is my favourite SW series of all time. The very reason it is great is because it doesn't involve any of the mainstream SW characters, and weaves a story all on its own.

jedi knight was the best pc shooter experience of that generation, and dark forces was the culmination of the sprite shooters of the previous one\

ah back when lucas arts made real games.....

Here i thought this game would actually have potential...thats what i get for having hopes.

OT: Kyle Katarn is awesome, and i'd love to see another game/movie about him. for as many people say "There is no chin under Kyle Katarns Beard, only another Bryar pistol". aka. He is to Star Wars, what Chuck Norris is to reality.

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