Video Game Cat Review
Date of Review: July 29, 2012
Format Reviewed: Xbox360
Language / Country of Origin: English / USA
Online Capability: There is downloadable content (DLC) available for this title.
Prequels: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Equipment Needed: None needed.
Maintenance Required: None required.
The Star Wars story gains new depth as Starkiller returns from the grave in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2. Shortly after the conclusion of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, the first title in the series, we find Starkiller survived by his clone, a debauched attempt by Darth Vader to create a perfect assassin for the Empire. This Starkiller has all the virtues of his template – even possessing the burning in his heart for Juno Eclipse, his predecessor’s lover, who has been kidnapped by the Empire in order to lure the surviving Starkiller out of hiding for termination. May the force be with you as you journey to rekindle lost love, help the rebellion, and stop Darth Vader from succeeding with his diabolical plans.
Cultural / Historical Value:
This game is the second installment in the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed series, and again, is part of the official Star Wars canon – taking place six months after the first Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and one year before Star Wars IV: A New Hope. Just like its predecessor, it received greatly mixed reviews. The positive reviews praised the enhancements made to its graphics and sound quality, as well as the expanded gameplay features, including the increased fighting options and larger interactive environment. Critics, however, pointed to a disappointing storyline and repetitive gameplay.
Teaching / Learning Characteristics:
There is not much to learn from this game, unless you are researching the official Star Wars canon and want to find out what happened in between the two film trilogies. Game designers can also look to this game as an example of a highly successful franchise that was not able to produce a highly lauded game (i.e. as something to be avoided).
Just like Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, this game allows the gamer to pick their own fate – concluding with the main character choosing between the light and the dark sides. This alone gives the game some replayability, as players will want to see the varying endings. Optional expansion packs add to the title’s depth.
Obviously, Star Wars fans will want to play this game as will those interested in sci-fi or action adventure games. Overall, the game was intended to be highly accessible, picked up by even the most casual of gamers. It is a decent title to suggest to new gamers.
About the Author:
Ben Bigalke is an avid traveler, bicycle enthusiast, lover of animals and video gamer extraordinaire. He grew up taking the stories and virtues told by the Nintendo of his childhood to heart. As an adult, he continues to appreciate the entertainment and learning experiences that videogames offer and studies the technological and artistic advancements they have made throughout his lifetime. As a videogame reviewer, he enjoys both observing and experiencing the cultural impact that these games have on his generation.
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