Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II is said to continue in the ‘epic’ story as players once again assume the role of the devastatingly powerful Starkiller – Darth Vader’s secret apprentice set during the largely unexplored era between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.
GameInformer normally gets premier reviews as is the case with few other magazine publications. We have already been treated to some upcoming game scores including Star Wars: The Force Unleashed which only managed a mediocre 78/100. From the moment the score was published you have to wonder what the whole deal was, it has now been revealed and while they are only complaining about two aspects, they happen to be two very important aspects.
GameInformer says Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II is “a shadow of its former self,” which already is a somber note to begin with. Then they say, “the graceful gameplay offers a higher level of excitement, but the plot and characterization – two large components from which I expect great things from any Star Wars journey – makes this experience one of 2010’s biggest disappointments.” Obviously the Star Wars world is largely about the amazing story and characters that George Lucas created, so this summary leaves me a bit cold.
Have Star Wars games ever managed to encapsulate the very aspect that gave Star Wars a cult following in the first place? Sadly I cannot say they have and I had high hopes riding on this one, albeit early days.
Joystiq have now gone quite a bit lower scoring Unleashed II at 60/100. Their closing statement says, “Anyone looking to turn off their brain for several hours and spam some buttons as a ridiculously powerful Force user will do fine. Those who respected the first game for its story, or are looking for quality presentation, combat variety and the feeling like they didn’t just get two-thirds of a full-priced product can find better games now in a galaxy much, much closer.”
Let’s hope the scores pick up as the break in the next few days.