Cert: 16+
Platform: Xbox360, PS3, NDS, Wii
Genre: Action/Adventure

A darker incarnation to it's predecessor, The Force Unleashed II picks up only months after the events of the first game. Taking the role of Darth Vadar's secret apprentice, Starkiller, the player must battle through impressively rendered and weather-beaten locations from the Star Wars mythos. In fact, the gloss and polish of this particular galaxy far, far away, is one of the finest seen, not just from any Star Wars title, but any of the releases of the last two years.

The game looks stunning, the characters all realistically rendered and animated, and it's this that immediately draws you into the title. It's hard not to be swooned by the bellowing score we've all heard so many times before playing over a world as pretty as this.

But unfortunately it's when more time is spent and more of the experience absorbed the Force Unleashed II reveals to be a rather a shallow affair whose impressive face really deserves so much better. The game itself is just too short, which goes some way to mask a rather limited gameplay experience. The combat just becomes a series of button-bashing after a while, and, most criminally of all, a story that just doesn't really go anywhere.

For die-hards only.

Rent or Buy: Rent
Graphics: 4/5
Gamplay: 3/5
Replay Value: 2/5
Overall: 3/5

Reviewed By: Simon Rubbathan