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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 Demo Impressions

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II the sequel to 2008’s moderately successful offering from LucasArts comes out October 26. But while you wait the fine people at LucasArts were nice enough to throw a playable demo onto the Playstation Network and Xbox Marketplace. The big question becomes, “Should you go download it?” The answer: dude, its free. Why the hell not!?!? But is it worth it?

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I bet his cell phone always stays charged

When we start off we see a nice little cinematic showing Darth Vader talking to Startkiller. I use the name Starkiller because as LucasArts has already gone out of their way to state that the big question in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 is whether it is Galen Marek or a clone. What is 100% certain is that in the demo whoever this guy is that he is 100% pissed and so full of the Force he has it coming out his ears.

As the combat begins you fight a few droids (very similar to PROXY) to get your bearings. The addition of twin lightsabers adds a certain flair and penache to the combat that is very pleasing to the eye. The training begins to show you the ropes of your force powers as you chase after Galen’s love interest in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Juno Eclipse. It’s only a PROXY style combat training droid but it helps to show us that Starkiller is pretty much coming unhinged because he has no idea what these memories are.

As you run through your Force powers at the start what’s amazing is not the amount of them you have off the get go, but how powerful they are. Granted to make them as weak as possible would make the demo hardly any fun but some of these could damn near bring two Death Stars down on top of a Star Destroyer making one nicely perverted image at the base of a large forest on Endor. It’s not 3-P0 but something tells me they will wind up worshiping the Force Phallus all the same.

The style used in executing the Force powers in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II is absolutely a vast improvement over the original. What strikes me most is the Force Lightning. It actually seems to arc instead of just hit everything in its path. It’s a simple pleasure now to force lightning a group of Stormtroopers…gaggle of Stormtroopers….cloister? Anyone? Little help?

After defeating the PROXY droids you’re met with another cinematic leading into the much talked about free fall on Kamino where you’re essentially bringing down the side of a building before Force punching your way through a roof and Force ass kicking everything within a 40 foot radius. In a word…AWESOME!!!! This is the wet dream of any Start Wars fanboy and wannabe Force user. In the first three minutes of the game you begin to see that LucasArts has decided to actually make the game live up to the name Force Unleashed instead of the previous outing that would have been more aptly labelled “The Force Kinda Ramped Up but Nowhere Near Truly Unleashed”. Just doesn’t have the same ring to it did it?

As we continue on we get to catch our first glimpse of the new “Mind Trick” power unleashed by LucasArts. This is very easily my new favorite way to dispatch Stormtroopers. Whether they jump out a window or into a barrier shield or simply begin to shoot one another it is simply fantastic to finally get that pimp feeling of Obi Wan when he first uttered the phrase “these are not the droids you’re looking for.”

As you start hacking and Forcing your way through Stormtroopers we start to see that the complaints of Star Wars fans have finally been seen. The lightsabers in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II actually cut off limbs of people. You see arms, hands, and heads being lopped off in an amazingly satisfying and visceral experience.

The biggest complaint from the first game was that targeting with force grip and force push was a pain in the ass. This seems to have been made more intuitive and easier to use. This is shown numerous times when you grab the throw Stormtroopers into one another and again when you’re picking TIE Fighters out of the sky like you’re grabbing apples from a tree. The really fun part about force grabbing the TIE Fighters was when they begin to crumble in your grip before you throw them.

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Insert Tom Petty lyrics here

Near the end we finally get to take a glimpse at the truly fantastic and amazing “Force Fury”. Let me break it down to you this way. Have you ever wanted to see lightsabers fly around someone while they beat the hell out of everything near by? Yeah…yeah its pretty much like that. Only when you see it you will scream with delight and you mind will blank at the sheer awesomeness of it all.

Granted there was one major flaw that I kept having with it. For some reason my demo would lock up. I’m curious as to why this happens and hope we don’t have some Heavy Rain style problem where an otherwise fantastic game is marred by a frequent freeze problem. But demo’s are one thing and with luck the release will go off without a hitch.

So the big question becomes “Should I download Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II?” Well let me ask you this? Are you a Star Wars fan? Did you like the first video game? Do you want to see someone flip out using the force and completely destroy everything that gets in front of him? If you said yes to any of the above then you need to stop what you’re doing and go download this game. But a warning needs to be issues…there’s a damn good chance you will want to pre-order the video game.

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