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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
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Developer(s) LucasArts (PS3, X360)
Aspyr Media[1] (PC)
Red Fly Studio (Wii)
Publisher(s) LucasArts
Engine Ronin
Release date NA October 26, 2010[2]
EU October 29, 2010[3]
Genre Action
Mode(s)
Age rating(s)
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360,[4] PC (Microsoft Windows),[5] Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS,[6] iOS[7]
Media Blu-ray Disc, DVD, DS game card, Wii Optical Disc
Input Keyboard and mouse, gamepad, Wii Remote and Nunchuk
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II is LucasArts' sequel to 2008's Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game.[8] A trailer announcing the game was shown December 12, 2009, at the Spike Video Game Awards.[9] The game will be released across multiple platforms on October 26, 2010 along with a collectors edition of the game.[10]

Gameplay

The Force Unleashed II will refine gameplay elements from the first Force Unleashed, and add more variance with such features as puzzle solving and, at one point, piloting a TIE fighter.[11] Combat will be modified to include the ability to wield dual lightsabers and more Force powers such as "mind trick" and "Force fury".[11] New combos and enemies have been added as well.

Plot

The game will take place about six months after the events of the first game,[12] and a year before Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.[13][8] The Force Unleashed II will be the "dark entry" in the series,[14] and a more personal story for the game's protagonist than the first game.[12]

Players will once again control Starkiller, Darth Vader's secret apprentice and the protagonist in the first game, who believes he is a clone.[11] Starkiller escapes from captivity on Kamino where Darth Vader has again betrayed him by placing him in shackles and ordering his execution. After eliminating his stormtrooper captors, Starkiller embarks on a quest to understand his identity and to find his love interest from the first game, Juno Eclipse.[13][11] Meanwhile, Darth Vader has hired Boba Fett to track down Juno Eclipse to lure Starkiller out of hiding.[15]

Development

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Haden Blackman, who served as executive producer for the first Force Unleashed game, was the executive producer and writer for the sequel until his July 2010 resignation from LucasArts.[16] LucasArts considered but decided against using a different protagonist for the sequel.[12] The developers hope the story "stands on its own" and will be enjoyable even by people who have not played the first game.[17]

Like its predecessor, The Force Unleashed II's engine uses Havok, Euphoria, and Digital Molecular Matter for motion and physics.[13] Blackman feels the second game takes better advantage of the powerful engine than does the first game.[18] LucasArts acknowledged players' frustration with the first game's targeting system, and worked to revise it in the sequel;[11] Blackman said fixing the Force grip feature was the developers' top priority.[18] The game will also include fewer enemy types, instead focusing on making enemies more "'special and unique'"; the game will also have "epic" boss battles.[18] The game will allow players to dismember enemy characters.[19] The developers have improved menu speed.[11] The Nintendo Wii version will have a multiplayer mode in which four players can challenge each other in a fighting-style combat game.[15] A version for the Sony PlayStation Portable was cancelled.[20]

References

  1. Scalzo, John (2010-05-28). Star Wars: Force Unleashed II confirmed for DS, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360. Gaming Target. Retrieved on 2010-06-17.
  2. Fahey, Mike (2010-05-04). The Force Unleashed II Dated Just In Time For Star Wars Day. Kotaku. Retrieved on 2010-05-14.
  3. Stuart, Keith (12 July 2010). "The Force Unleashed II preview: 'We're trying to reinvent Star Wars'". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2010/jul/12/star-wars-force-unleashed-2. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  4. The Force Unleashed II. GameTrailers. Retrieved on 2009-12-31.
  5. (flv) E3 2010: Force Powers Interview. [Interview]. GameTrailers.com. June 17, 2010. Event occurs at 3 minutes 30 seconds. http://www.gametrailers.com/video/e3-2010-the-force/700387?type=flv. Retrieved 2010-06-17. "The Force Unleashed II is coming out on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC." 
  6. Anderson, Rain (2009-12-14). The Force Unleashed II platforms confirmed?. That VideoGame Blog. Retrieved on 2009-12-31.
  7. Reilly, Jim (2010-05-04). Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Given Release Date. IGN. Retrieved on 2010-05-05.
  8. 8.0 8.1 LucasArts (2009-12-31). "LucasArts Announces Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II". Press release. http://www.lucasarts.com/company/release/news20091212.html. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  9. Faylor, Chris (2009-12-12). Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 Revealed. Shacknews. Retrieved on 2009-12-12.
  10. Fahey, Mike (2010-05-04). The Force Unleashed II Dated Just In Time For Star Wars Day. Kotaku. Retrieved on 2010-05-14.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 McInnis, Shaun (2010-05-21). Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II First Look. GameSpot. Retrieved on 2010-05-24.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Dransfield, Ian (2010-05-20). Star Wars: TFU II - Haden Blackman Q&A. NowGamer. Retrieved on 2010-05-24.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Lynch, David. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2. NowGamer. Retrieved on 2010-05-21.
  14. Lynch, David. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2. NowGamer. Retrieved on 2010-05-21.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2. LucasArts. Retrieved on 2010-06-14.
  16. Force Unleashed Producer Resigns. IGN (2010-07-29). Retrieved on 2010-09-06.
  17. Dransfield, Ian (2010-05-20). Star Wars: TFU II - Haden Blackman Q&A. NowGamer. Retrieved on 2010-05-24.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Lynch, David. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2. NowGamer. Retrieved on 2010-05-21.
  19. Gallegos, Anthony (2010-06-11). E3 2010: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 Strikes Back!. IGN. Retrieved on 2010-06-13.
  20. Force Unleashed II PSP Cancelled. IGN (2010-08-09). Retrieved on 2010-09-06.

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