Star Wars Force Unleashed II - deep gameplay impressions: Boba Fett, clone Starkiller, stealing Vader’s tie

Publisher LucasArts knows how to please a crowd. At today’s Comic-Con panel on Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, speaker Hayden Blackman could barely get a word in edgewise between the bursts of spontaneous applause that regularly broke out like waves on the world’s geekiest beach. It probably helped that Blackman was in the process of dishing severe new information on SWTFU2 – starting with a cinema that appeared to be the game’s opening, then moving straight into a verbal walk through the first few levels’ plotline and ending with an eye-shattering gameplay demo. Here’s how it all went down.

The Cinema

Vader stands, looking down upon a kneeling Starkiller (wait – isn’t he dead? We’ll get to that). “Well done, my apprentice,” Vader intones, “but I have no further use for you.” At which point, Vader turns and walks out of the room, pausing only to give the guards the order, “Kill him.”

At that point, the stormtroopers make what might be the dumbest move in history and actually come closer to Starkiller, gathering in a circle around him. He tenses, and suddenly, the lights go out. A few errant shots bounce off the ground where he knelt, and just as one trooper says, “Where did he go?” the light of a saber igniting emerges through the front of his chest plate. Starkiller carves through the rest of the troopers like a buzz saw through a cereal box and blasts into a hallway, spreading destruction and death the whole way. He encounters a huge robot that extends its hand and blasts a flame toward him, but he just knee-slides under it and chops into its fuel tank from behind. It’s done for.

Moving outside onto a raised catwalk piled high with soon-to-be dead troopers, Starkiller’s dual sabers spin almost faster than the eye can follow. Then, when he seems to be surrounded, he levitates into the air and blasts out a blue globe of pure force power, which reduces the front few rows of troopers to ash and concusses the rest back. This guy is clearly a badass of the highest order.

A massive, four-legged spider-bot appears and discharges a huge beam of yellow lightning directly at Starkiller – but he blocks it with his hand. That was the droid’s one chance; Starkiller throws his saber, slicing through one leg, then lifts the entire mech into the air, force-rips off all its legs, then leaps up and slices the main carapace in two.

At that moment, the camera cuts to a dark room. But it’s only dark for a slit second. A light snaps on, revealing a person who looks just like Starkiller floating in what looks like Luke’s bacta tank from Empire Strikes Back. Then, lights flick on in at least nine more tanks. They all contain identical beings, clearly clones of Starkiller. And Vader stands watching over them, his mechanical breathing the only sound.

The Story

At that point, Blackman gets up and acknowledges the one thing anyone who finished the first game was thinking: “How exactly is Starkiller alive again?”

Apparently, the game opens six months after the first game, with the same scene of Vader and Starkiller talking that the cinema portrayed. However, the thing that we didn’t see in the cinema was that Vader actually told this Starkiller that he was a clone. In fact, he’s apparently a failed clone – because Vader has been using experimental, accelerated cloning methods and memory dumps, this Starkiller is haunted by the original Starkiller’s feelings for Juno Eclipse (the original Starkiller’s girlfriend, who piloted his ship, the Rogue Shadow). He can’t even pretend to kill a holographic projection of her. Vader explains that means he’s a broken clone. Useless and broken.




  • LordKreeka - October 25, 2010 10:25 p.m.

  • tacoman38 - October 8, 2010 1:29 p.m.

    @Jesse1066 well vader could have a tie, it's probably just underneath his armor suit. And in reality, this whole section about stealing his tie was a fashion war between master and apprentice to find out who is the most stylin' now stealing vader's TIE is a different story. I'm guessing that there's only cut scenes and no actual flying in game.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - July 25, 2010 11:18 p.m.

    I don't get why this little preview seems suprised by the lightning grenade. It was a stable piece of badassery in the demo, especially while cannonballing the unlucky punk in your force grip.
  • Samael - July 24, 2010 3:44 a.m.

    @TheWebSwinger From the IGN article I mentioned: "With a demo promised to be coming around a month before the game goes to retailers (the game has a hard release date of October 26, 2010)..."
  • TheWebSwinger - July 23, 2010 6:27 p.m.

    will there be a demo?
  • Skykid - July 23, 2010 2:18 p.m.

    Hey Jesse1066, Vader is 'DarkHelmet' Captain Obvious.
  • Skykid - July 23, 2010 2:16 p.m.

    Epic Force pownage. That is all.
  • GamesRadarJoeMcNeilly - July 23, 2010 2 p.m.

    The first Force Unleashed was not perfect, but was clearly under appreciated (especially by Charlie Barratt.) Can't wait to have a go at this one =)
  • Samael - July 23, 2010 8:07 a.m.

    Color me excited. And yes, I read an IGN article that says it has dismemberment, which is indeed quite necessary and sweet. And I don't really care about effing with the canon that much. I'm one of the few geeks who didn't hate the prequels as much as everybody else (They are still VASTLY inferior to the original trilogy, but ROTS is worth watching for the lightsaber fights, if nothing else). As long there are no huge additions (Starkiller meets Luke or Obi-Wan, etc.), it's fine by me.
  • CurryIsGood - July 23, 2010 7:16 a.m.

    finaly they make it right
  • nitecraller - July 23, 2010 6:29 a.m.

    Are the dual lightsabers optional? and are you gonna have a lot of costumes like in TFU 1? Also is there any bonus for having TFU 1 memory on your xbox?
  • mahabat - July 23, 2010 6:24 a.m.

    HYPE! we need more HYPE! that definitely worked out well for the force unleashed one oh... nevermind, wrong game...
  • Jesse1066 - July 23, 2010 4:22 a.m.

    Don't worry, the Force Unleashed 2 does have dismemberment! It's gonna be Great!
  • Rodrigo90 - July 23, 2010 4:01 a.m.

    That looks great and all, but if the lightsabers don't chop peoples' body parts off and it takes more than 1 hit to kill a guy (or at least a standard stormtrooper), then it's worthless to me. If you want to make an awesome beat 'em up that's great, but if you want to make it in the star wars universe, make it realistic for that universe. Jedi Outcast did it years ago, and it was great. There's no excuse for not doing it now. recaptcha: Resurface of Resurface of what?????? D=
  • Nazcom555 - July 23, 2010 3:38 a.m.

    their effing with the canon again... I hate that... I just hope that Starkiller doesn't meet up with Yoda, that would be annoying and I'm sick of Boba Fett getting his ass handed to him by everyone who crosses his path, I'm hoping the fight will come out as a draw. (if there is a fight)
  • BlindMarksman - July 23, 2010 3:25 a.m.

    It had some flaws, but TFU was one incredibly fun! So i am actually excited about this one and i hope they correct those flaws.
  • Blastotron - July 23, 2010 3:08 a.m.

  • Jesse1066 - July 23, 2010 3:07 a.m.

    Vader has a tie? I thought only Dark Helmet had a tie.

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