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At this point, a massive cannon blasts out the rest of the windows in the hallway. Starkiller leaps down to a lower level – this, we’re told, is the stormtrooper training ground, which explains the huge number of troops he’s carving into armor-coated meat. Here, we also see the Riot Trooper – a specialized enemy who can parry most of your saber slashes with a special staff-like weapon, but who is quickly felled by your massive force powers.
The Cannon has been scanning the area this entire time, but Starkiller has something bigger to worry about – a new enemy called the Carbonite Battle Droid. It’s a biped about two stories tall, with a shield in one arm and a carbonite-spouting cannon in the other. It’ll essentially freeze you if you get too much on you, but it also freezes any other troopers that get hit by it as well.
The massive droid is difficult to damage until the demo-er uses Starkiller’s Force Grip power to rip away its shield. He then throws the shield right back at the droid and whips into it with his saber. Soon, we see another brutal killing blow – Starkiller chops off one arm, covering the droid with its own carbonite and freezing it solid. Was there any doubt his next move would be to shatter it into chunks? Nope.
Moving outside, Starkiller starts running down a long raised platform where he’s attacked by not only stormtroopers, but also strafing TIE Fighters. Starkiller shows off one of his new “grapple” moves – he stabs a trooper behind him with one saber, then with the other, then swivels, launching the poor bastard forward and right off the platform. He follows up with what Blackman calls a “lightning grenade” – he uses the force to levitate a trooper, infuses him with lightning, then heaves him at another trooper. It is, in any sense of the word, overkill. And also awesome.
Speaking of overkill and awesome, Starkiller meets up with two newly designed Jump Troopers, who are more aggressive, has a faster-firing gun, and can dodge most force attacks. Except, as it turns out, Force Lightning. One blast, and the troopers spin comically out of control, smoke pouring out of their jetpacks.
After shredding another Carbonite Droid, Starkiller encounters what Blackman calls a “run for your life” moment, sprinting down a glass-walled hallway as a ship strafes hot laser right behind him the whole way.
Starkiller exits the hallway and finally spies his destination – Vader’s Tie Fighter! But it’s guarded by three AT-STs and, more importantly, is on the next platform over. This is Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II’s idea of a “puzzle”. The solution? As Tie Fighters strafe by, you have to Force Grip them, crumble them into balls, and heave them at a nearby tower like massive metal snowballs.
Three fighters in and the tower crumbles, crushing one AT-ST. The other two follow shortly thanks to Starkiller’s “Force Fury”, which turns all his powers up to 11 for a few seconds. It also makes his basic saber combos into ranged attacks, which he uses to dismember an entire squad of stormtroopers at once.
Finally, he boards the Tie Fighter and takes off, just as Vader steps out of a nearby building into the rain. He watches in silence and walks back inside, where the demo’s final surprise is revealed: Boba Fett is waiting in the wings. Vader instructs Fett to chase down Starkiller, and some beastial reinforcements are seen in the shadows. End demo, minds blown, applause explodes from the audience again.
Above: The premiere trailer for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
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