IGN: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 Review

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 is immediately engaging. It's strikingly beautiful, with fantastic vistas and superb character animations. Sadly though, its pretty face can only carry it so far when the rest of the game is comparatively weak. Repetitious combat and level designs, a shoe-horned in story, and a lack of depth to the experience overall keep this from being anything more than an adventure for the most hardcore of fans.

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Fat_Dude2915d ago (Edited 2915d ago )

I cant Believe That This Is A 6.5,....I'm In Disappointment

BiggCMan2915d ago

do you buy your games based off of reviews? if so, then that just sucks, and i feel bad for you.

mushroomwig2915d ago

It's a good place to start, I know reviews are mainly opinion pieces but the biggest thing that stands out for me is how most of the reviews have stated how the game is short, now that's something that every gamer needs to be aware of.

But hey, if you want to spend $60 on a singleplayer only 4-5 hour game then feel free.

Downtown boogey2915d ago (Edited 2915d ago )

Mushroomwig is absolutely right. There are a LOT of other factors other than the length too like polish (bugs, glitches), story and repetitiveness/variety that you CANNOT JUST KNOW from a demo or gameplay vids!

DaTruth2915d ago (Edited 2915d ago )

Generally when I buy a game, I like to know what someone else thinks of it first!

Renting a game to buy it after immediately adds $10 to the already $60 pricetag. And with a four to five hour campaign, there wouldn't be much reason to buy it after!

vickers5002915d ago

I feel envious of you, because apparently you have enough money to throw at whatever peaks your interest. Me? I have to use reviews to decide between which of the two games I want to purchase.

But good for you that you don't have to make that choice and can go ahead and buy both.

Spydiggity2915d ago

you mean the sequel to a VERY crappy game turned out to be crappy? i'm shocked!!!

deafwing2915d ago

it could have been a contenda ... I will gamefly it though for trophies :D

RedDead2915d ago

Anyone ever play th Psp version of the first one? It was so much better than the console version, I dunno why, but for a psp game it was good, up there with my fav psp games surprisingly. Console version was boring though.

tacosRcool2915d ago

I don't base my game purchases off any reviews but I rather play the demo or actually buy it myself to see for myself.

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jeseth2915d ago

After playing and loving the first game (also being a super Star Wars nerd)I am very dissapointed in the length of this game.

There is such a massive universe and story to expand upon that it is a shame the game is so short. This game, for me, is one of those "well if you're fan of the genre" games that I would buy. I can get over repetitive gameplay, etc. as long as the game builds upon what made it great.

I would have bought this game this week (Best Buy has a buy 2 get 1 free that I was gonna take advantage of) but after hearing this review and reading others, I don't think the devs earned their moneuy. Sounds like they took a great product, re-hashed it a bit, then puked out a sequel to make some $$$ instead of building on the original and making a memorable sequel.

Guess I'll wait for a buy 2 get 1 free USED sale!

jadenkorri2915d ago

bought it today, played the first level, kinda repetitive and boring, stopped to eat, but im gonna play cod mw2 after wards, that says a lot right there.

OneSneakyMofo2915d ago

I will be renting this regardless of score. I'm a Star Wars nerd.

Suck it, Trekkies.


If you guys are so skeptical about the game why not just rent it? Personally, even though the game is a little repetitive I really really like it. In fact this is the only Star Wars game that I have been able to get into. I generally lose interest in games, but I only put this one down when I have to (work, eat, etc).

Guess what Im trying to say is, I would have not been able to enjoy this game if I listened to reviews/reviewers which is why I don't pay them to much mind.

Moentjers2915d ago

just don't look at ign for reviews.
try metacritic for other opinions.

Sheikh Yerbouti2915d ago (Edited 2915d ago )

If you played the first game and enjoyed it, don't be disappointed. Much of his criticism could be placed on the first game, which was 7 pointer imho and I enjoyed it. People overlook the first game's flaws because the story was awesome.

So it short and repetitious, but how repetitious can it be if it is short?

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Bass_fisherman2915d ago

IGN must be really happy to give such low scores this year....i just cant wait for their black ops review >:(

plb2915d ago

you know it's coming..

jeseth2915d ago

God of War 3
Mass Effect 2
Red Dead Redemption

as contenders I hope...

badz1492915d ago

will score AT LEAST 9.5 from IGN! Kotick knows this already

mrv3212915d ago

COD: Blackops review summary

Short singleplayer 4 hours on normal
Shoe horned story
Mediocore graphics
Mediocore voice acting
No character developement
Little enemy variation
Much of the same multiplayer
Little improvements over MW2

And don't disagree, I emplore you to replay MW2 and your see just how few enemy type there are in that game, how poor the graphics are, the voice acting etc.

Is it unfair to base a sequel on the original? Mostly.
Is it unfair to base a sequel on the what we've seen of the sequel and it's similarities to the original? No.

Liamario2915d ago

Completely and totally accurate. The same thing with Fallout New Vegas. That was even worse than the original.

I think the best example of all is Halo. Very little change amongst the series, but if any other game doesn't change completely, they get marked down because of it.

mrv3212915d ago

Uncharted 1 to Uncharted 2

No co-op-3 player co-op

Yet it's too much like Uncharted 1 according to gametrailers... adding multiplayer and co-op isn;t enough.

TheBlackSmoke2915d ago

Uncharted 2 had to literally push the boundaries in every aspect of game design in order to achieve its perfect scores. IF Uncharted 2 even had just one of fallout NV bugs they would of slaughtered it.

despair2915d ago


well in all fairness the graphics look good, not sure how good yet though lol.

I agree with that though they always say MP this and that with COD as if its supposed to be everything for the game and use it to justify the small SP mode and then MP only games like MAG they say its MP only and gets repetitive. Every COD game I've played since COD 2 MP gets repetitive after 2-3 games in each mode(which by the way have never been new or different from things I've been playing since UT days).

The enemies in COD are as generic as they come with the gameplay staying the same with a few vehicles or slightly different ones thrown in (by few i mean 1 or 2). Its always shoot everything that moves, run, die from random pop up enemy and repeat. Don't even get me started on "story". 10/10 right?

gypsygib2915d ago

I agree, MW2's SP story was terrible. COD4 had one of the best for a MP centric FPS game but MW2 was really short and really bad, but none of the reviewers complained about it's lack of quality aside from saying it was short.

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Der_Kommandant2915d ago (Edited 2915d ago )

They said the same about Medal of Honor and i enjoyed it

IGN has finally lost me

jeseth2915d ago

but the MP is broken and when you are competing against other established FPS juggernauts you can't screw up the MP.

HungPHATx2915d ago

Dude IGN lost me years ago ! They burry ever game that doesn't come with a check , that's why I go by demos ! I like it , I buy it , never listen to reviewers this game is made for Star Wars fans ! Look at the last 3 movies , reviewers dissed it , Fans loved it

hennessey862915d ago

i think there reviews are pretty good compared to some like edge for exsample. I played the demo and wasnt impressed, i loved the first one but it didnt seem the same to me they somehow made it worse

badz1492915d ago

finally? they did with me LONG LONG time ago! see scores for earlier Tom Clancy's games this gen on 360 and PS3 and then Lost Planet, Bioshock and then FFXIII!

gillri2915d ago

was never hyped for this game, not one bit

Vanquish or Assassins creed is getting my money over the next 2 months

Dark_Energy2915d ago

I don't go with reviews, I choose myself which game I purchase. Just remember this another persons thoughts and everyone else's will be different.