29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2010
My review is for the Collector's Edition and in specific the added content for the additional $15-$20 you are going to pay for it.
I just picked mine up today and let me say the Collector's Edition is quite disappointing. First, there is only 1 disc in the steel case, not two as pictured. The steel case itself is pretty cheap and lightweight, as opposed to previous steel case releases. It feels like a aluminum pop can, and probably can be dented quite as easily. The outer case holding everything together is pretty cheap, and the plastic scratches easily, causing the outer artwork to come off. Over time, the outer case's artwork will deteriorate with wear and tear. So basically, you get a cheap steel case, a flash drive and piece of paper with codes for the added content for an extra $15-$20 depending on where you buy it. Collector's edition it is not.
36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2010
This is my personal opinion of the game. Take it at that.
Having been a gamer for a long time, and a huge fan of Star Wars, I was really looking forward to this game. Add in that the first game re-ignited my passion for Star Wars, I thought this game was going to be a MUST!
I was severely wrong.
They made improvements on the targetting system, the graphics, and incorporated some interesting ideas into the saber crystal system.
The new XP system is a little easier to deal with, than the previous level system.
The secondary lightsaber makes for some interesting ideas.
Very little actual story, amounting to about 20 minutes.
Game play is about 5-8 hours, IF you are trying to find everything, and not skipping the few story scenes. There is no online multi-player component to justify such a lack, unless you count the challenge levels.
The Force Fury system allows you to increase your powers, but really does little, besides being able to beat certain enemies with your force powers, that you would have to use your lightsabers, instead.
Beyond a couple of enemies that you HAVE to use your lightsabers to fight (if you fight them without using Force Fury), you can pretty much walk through almost all levels, using only your force powers.
The promises made by Julio Torres (LucasArts Executive Producer on the game), about this being Starkiller's version of 'The Empire Strikes Back' are very much unfulfilled, as this game is little more than a glorified 'Hack-and-slash', with Force Powers.
The challenge levels are not very challenging.
The interesting ideas I refered to about the second lightsaber, were not taken advantage of, except when using the grab that uses the lightsabers.
This seems to be just a VERY poor rip off of the Batman:Arkham Asylum set up.
The story that is there, is very weak.
The challenges are mainly repeats of each other.
The main point seems to be to cause wide scale destruction as you go through a level.
The Digital Molecular Matter system seems to have been downgraded to an earlier, less functional version, from the version in the original game.
This is very disappointing, just based upon what was given in the previous game. While they did make improvements, the improvements actually add to the disappointment. Kind of like most sequals, in movie franchises, the second installment was no where near as good as the first, even taking into account the problems that the original game had. Overall, the game gave a very poor showing of itself. The ending is probably the most disappointing aspect. And while I will not give you spoilers (I don't like games spoiled for me, so I dont do it to others), I will say that the only thing worth seeing in the light side ending, is Starkiller realizing that he controls his own destiny. Personally, I say read the book, instead. Far less disappointing.
If you have to buy the game, wait until you can get it for less than $15-$20. As bad as I feel for Amazon, and anywhere else that sells games, for saying this, I do not feel that the game is worth paying full price.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2010
I had an immense amount of fun playing through the campaign. Unfortunatly, it was a very short game, only taking about 5-6 hours of play to beat. The graphics were better than in the first, which is always a plus. I also thought the combat system was more streamlined and it was easier to control Starkiller.
I recommend NOT buying the collectors edition. The challenge levels aren't nearly as much fun as the campaign, so you are essentially paying the extra money for a 2GB USB drive. Of course, it is a pretty sweet USB drive...
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2010
For all the hype that The Force Unleashed 2 got, it wasn't nearly as long as it could have, and should have been. Clocking in at roughly 5-7 hours (if you take your time through the game, look for the holocrons, etc.) it feels a little...cut off. The story itself is excellent, but the way the game ends leaves a little to be desired. The challenge missions add a little replay value, but many of them are so difficult as to be frustrating.
That being said, this is a VERY pretty game. The graphics are much improved, and the environments are as interactive as you've come to expect from this series. The thing that got me the most, is that many of the cutscenes are rendered using the game's engine, so when you see Starkiller interacting with whoever he is in a given scene, he's wearing whatever costume you put him in prior to the start of it.
Basically, I'll put it this way. If you're not a Star Wars fan (and even more specifically, not a Force Unleashed fan), this game deserves a rental at best. If you ARE a Star Wars fan, you should get this game.
Also? A quick note; There was some trouble surrounding the pre-order and Collector's Edition bonus content, with people's codes not working and such. This should hopefully all be sorted out soon.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2012
Gameplay and story line are excellent, as is the new powers that Starkiller wields. I love the double sabers.
Unfortunately, the game was a bit short, and that's why it gets only 4 stars overall. Granted each stage was quite long, there were only three of them. Escape from Kamino>Cato Nemoidia>Return to Kamino.
I also like the little Starkiller flash drive. It makes me want to purchase one of the other characters available in the Mimobot flash drive collection.
You can also download extra content via xBox live. I haven't gotten a chance to obtain the content yet, but the fact that it is available is also pretty neat.
If you are an avid Star Wars fan and collector, I highly recommend this Collector's Edition. Short game or not, it's well worth it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2012
This game is fun to play, got to love the star wars stuff. However, I will say the replay vaule just isn't there like in the first installment, and the story made me wanting more. Overall I am glad I bought it when I did at the price point it was. Believe it or not when I bought it the special edition was cheaper then the standard version. Now that I played through it though it just sits in it's collector tin.
on March 20, 2011
I am a huge Star wars fan. The first Force Unleashed game was awesome. I even bought the Sith Unleashed version with extra content. The story had its good revelations and bad points, but it was really fun!
So I picked up FU2 special edition. It has a few extra challenges and a Ralph Mcquarie Starckiller costume. And a thumb drive with graphics and stuff for your computer. Not as packed with actual game content as the FU1 SE...
OK. On to the game review. I played it on hard and it was fun and challenging with dual light sabers. The graphics are outstanding. The in-game models, backgrounds and special effects are incredible. A true next gen game. And the highlight of the game IMO.
Sound effects are fantastic. A constant treat to any SW fan. Music was good, too. Good to hear the original FU1 theme again...
Combat was fun and engaging. There are a few nice variations of enemies, too. Very nice and very challenging on hard difficulty.
Now, on to the bad.
The story is very weak. Almost like a half of a story. Or maybee a setup for FU3. I wont spoil the few solid plot points. But it started and ended very quickly. And the reward was not as meaningful (or revealing about the SW universe) as FU1...
Starkiller is a fun character to play. He's fast and very powerful. But the voice acting was either constant yelling or simple minded cliche. Sure he's mad, but I didnt hear much of anything I didnt already know...
Cota is back. And a fun supporting chacter to hear again. How a blind man can walk around and battle stormtroopers is beyond me, but he's cool with me...
If your a Star Wars fan, you will need this. But buy the cheaper version. If you like Sci Fi adventure, be prepared to fight for the course of a weekend... You can beat this in just over a day...
Just downloaded the bonus Endor mission. Nice mission. Realy fun amount of homage to ROTJ. Graphics are outstanding. Sounds were great, with a special voice actor playing a surprise character from the SW universe. A treat to any SW fan...
I beat the level on hard but I'll need to go back in on easy to collect all the holicrons... I had no time to explore while getting blasted from snipers and jumptroopers...
And I'll need to dropkick a few more ewoks to get an achievement...
In order to have some small shred of continuity with the story, I recommend you play the FU1 Hoth level before this mission. I know these are like alternate realities, but Hoth is lightly mentioned by a major character in the Endor mission. And I think they should be tied together in some small way...
on January 7, 2011
I enjoyed the first game and I enjoyed this one too. The mechanics are more or less the same as they were in the first game, with a few minor differences: there seem to be more saber combo variations and it seems to take less time to do fully charged force attacks. The bigger differences are the story (obviously), some new enemies (spider bots & the "Terror" enemy variants), and Force Fury.
Regarding claims that Force Fury makes the game too easy: on the harder difficulties, a well-timed Fury can be the difference between life and death, but even if you do use it strategically, you're likely to die at least a few times. On lower difficulties, the game is very easy for the duration of your Fury, but if you're looking for a challenge, then you shouldn't be playing on a low difficulty setting (if you still think Fury makes the game too easy, just don't use it). I hoarded my Fury on my first play-through, but used it as often as I could on subsequent plays (it's a blast when messing around).
Regarding omplaints that the game is short: this may be a Star Wars game, but it's still a hack 'n' slash/action game and games of this genre are always somewhat short(Dante's Inferno is a great game with high reviews, but it took me about the same amount of time to beat on my first play-through). Those who've said the game only takes 4 hours either exaggerated or rushed through it (in which case, you can't really complain about the shortness); my first play-through was about 9 hours on medium difficulty and that was without hunting down all the holocrons (I think I found all but 5 without really looking for them).
I really only had 2 problems with this game: the first is that some of the challenges are just dull (ie, the ones where you just dash to the finish) and the tank-breaking challenge (#9, I think) has a forced camera angle that's kind of awkward (which was annoying); the second was a bug in the DLC that caused the fight to get stuck & not proceed to the final stage - the boss just kept jumping around, taking damage, & not attacking me (but the DLC is only $1 and I was able to fix this by using costume select to revert to the beginning of the 2nd stage of the fight).
The Collector's Edition is currently only $10 more than the standard, which I think is worth it. For me the flash drive is more of a novelty (I've already got 8GB & 16GB drives), but I do use it occasionally. Buying a 2GB Star Wars drive directly from Mimobot would cost you at least $39. If you don't want the drive, you could sell it (the Starkiller drives generally go for $20 on ebay, meaning you'd wind up having the metal case & DLC for $10 less than the standard edition).
on December 3, 2013
This game is awesome! But first on the physical condition of this product. The outer sleeve for this game was a little scratched up but I guess this was due to packaging. The game disc has a few slight scratches on it which sometimes my Xbox 360 can't read because of it. I don't remember which vendor I bought it from but I guess it was the luck of the draw. The physical conditions didn't detract from the game itself too much. I just like my stuff to be in very good condition and scratches like that just irks me.
The storyline for The Force Unleashed II feels a little too short for a game of this epicness, but overall the user interface is an improvement over the first. I should note that I've played the first game and this second one on the Wii first before buying the Collector's Edition for the Xbox 360. The Xbox version is steps beyond the Wii version overall. There are both pros and cons for each platform. The Wii versions were of course is more interactive but the Xbox 360 version looks much more gorgeous and fluid on the big screen. I am primarily a computer gamer and I have played SWTFU: Ultimate Sith Edition on Windows. The console versions of course doesn't allow the fine tuning of the settings like in the computer versions, but this game still feels pretty nice playing on my 42" TV via either HDMI or RCA cables. There are also some differences in the gameplay for the core game excluding the extras between the Wii and Xbox 360 versions. Overall the Xbox version adds to the Wii version so if you have already played the regular version on the Wii, getting the Xbox version will feel like a "director's cut" of the Wii version.
on April 26, 2011
The force unleashed 2 is a true sequel it has all the same characters and picks up right were the last left off. The game has a very unique story and for people who truly love star wars it is a great game because it fills in a time period that until now has been empty of information. The game play its self is a lot of fun and if you like the first one you will love this one, they took all the great parts and enhanced them. The collectors edition its self how ever did leave something to be desired. The usb drive is a 2GB and it work fine and is cool looking but the content the you get on it is not much it is a scrip and about 15 pictures all of the same thing. The only other thing you get is an outfit that in my opinion is not very cool looking, you also get a crystal for your lightsaber that is some what powerful. The game it self is a lot of fun but does have its flaws the fact that in such a modern game they still use check points that don't allow you to save when and where you want is very annoying. Also if you want to do something as simple as change your outfit it reverts you back to your last check point that is very pointless.Aside from that if you like star wars or just love to destroy any thing and every thing then is a great game for you. It will give you more than you can handle of both and do it with fantastic graphics.