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

Right about then is when Starkiller breaks out, blowing a hole right through the wall. This corresponds with the cinema we’d just watched. He’s apparently on Kamino, the rain-slicked planet where the clone army was birthed, and sets out to prove he has the same giant balls as the original Starkiller by making a run for the landing pad and stealing the only ship he knows is docked on the planet: Darth Vader’s own Tie Fighter.

He succeeds, and heads to a planet that has appeared only briefly in previous Star Wars lore: Cato Neimoidia, a desert-like planet characterized by huge arches of red rock, from which hang entire cities, like Cloud City in reverse. He’s seeking his old mentor, General Kota, who is being held captive here. When he arrives, he finds Kota has been fighting in gladiator games for seven days straight. Starkiller isn’t having any of that, and carves his way through a space casino on his way to the battlefield. Once there, he and Kota take on the arena’s biggest monster, the Gorog. It’s basically a Rancor the size of King Kong, and in fact our heroes defeat the monster by punching their out from inside the creature.

This somehow ends with Starkiller and Kota in freefall (hanging cities, remember?), but Starkiller is able to summon the Rogue Shadow, his ship from the first game. He breaks in, but to his disappointment, Juno Eclipse isn’t there.

Finally, Kota and Starkiller have a moment to talk. Kota explains that the Rebellion is scattered, and the Empire still very much in power (obviously). He casts doubt upon the idea that Starkiller is a clone – he’s far too strong to be a clone, Kota says, and nobody has yet successfully cloned a Jedi. Kota doesn’t tell Starkiller where Juno is, but he does let slip the name of one particular planet – Dagobah, where Blackman admits he will “have a fateful encounter.”

The Gameplay

Finally, it was time for the gameplay demo. This was the same Kamino level that we’ve seen before, but we saw more of it this time. For example, the wall Starkiller blasts through at the start of the level is actually a tower, so you begin the level in headfirst freefall, blasting tie fighters with lightning, dodging massive energy discharges, and pounding right through massive platforms.

Finally, he crashes through a glass dome and sets about shredding an entire army of stormtroopers. He’s dual-wielding two sabers (because, Blackman says, this is The Force Unleashed TWO. They’ll also be customizable as you find new crystals, including black crystals). He uses the new mind trick move on a stormtrooper, who promptly leaps through a huge plate glass window. Nice. Higher level enemies will apparently be converted to fight for you by this power. Even nicer.





  • 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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