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Video Review of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2

Luke, Your going to find many of the truths we cling to, depend greatly on our own point of view” …Obi-Wan Kenobi

Last December, at the 2009 Video Game Awards, we were treated to our first glimpse of The Force Unleashed 2 with this Teaser Trailer.

With a release date of late 2010, all the folks in the Star Wars Gaming community could do was wait…

Everyone is still waiting…

Before I start my review, let me tell you all what a huge Star Wars fan I am. I have a small warchest of action figures!, I have self-made costumes that have won me $$$. I was, for 3 years, the Director of Operations of “The Phantom Menace”, a chapter of In short I LOVE me some Star Wars.

So I made sure to reserve myself as the reviewer of TFU2 for

I wish I had not done so.

When I started writing this review nearly a month ago, and had a fair amount trouble finding my own footing, I had lots to say but found that lots of other writers had already said it, but none had done so to my satisfaction. In truth, most can’t. Developers tend to not give review copies to people who are overly honest with their products. I, on the other hand… have no such restriction.

So I thought I’d bring something new to the review process. So this review will feature a video edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly…

As you can see, The Force Unleashed 2 is a mixed bag. Some of it is great, some is good, but a lot of it is just… not up to the standards of LucasArts prior offerings.

After finishing TFU2, I was left with many feelings. Happy, Angry, Sad, and Cheated.

Happy, because I, once again, got to play inside George Lucas’s creation.

Sad, because this game, from a world of great storytelling, didn’t have a great story.

Angry, because I think the game went wrong due to people who wear suits, not people who write code.

Cheated, because I, like many others, was sold a different game than the one I paid for.

Now I don’t expect every game to be an epic. If we held games to that kind of standard, nothing would ever be released.

But it has been a long time since LucasArts’ last epic. Some say it was Knights of the Old Republic (2003), others like myself, say it was X-Wing Alliance (1999). Needless to say, it’s been a long time since LA has made gamers’ heads spin.

A Writer’s Thoughts

Now of all the things that I and other writers have talked about, there is one thing that has, for the most part, been ignored.

That would be the events that happened behind the closed doors at LucasArts. Now, I have no inside source, and reading between the lines is a silly thing to do when your reading the internet, but here are some facts about recent events at LucasArts. I leave it to the reader to decide if these events affected the game.

In May of 2010, Lucas Arts President Darrell Rodriguez suddenly resigned.

In June of 2010, newcomer Paul Meegan fills the opening of President at LA.

In late July, after 13 years at LucasArts, TFU2’s produce,r Haden Blackman, resigned from LA 2 months before TFU2 release.

In early August, TFU2 for PSP was canceled and TFU3’s pre-production was stopped.

On September 1st, it was reported LA had announced the layoff of 80-85 people.

On October 26th, TFU2 is released and followed by harsh reviews.

On November 16th, a press release from LA confirmed that almost all future LA titles will now be made in-house and that more layoffs had been made.

Also, on October 13th, Haden Blackman and Cedrick Collomb (a fellow Ex-LA guy) announce the formation of Fearless Studios.

About the Video.

This was the first time I’ve ever worked on any type of video production. When I started, I had no idea of what I’d need to do to make this, but I knew the PlayStation 3 provides you with all required tools.

With the use of The PS3, PlayStation Eye, the Eye Create software, and the Editor & Uploader software, I was able to do everything you saw in the TFU2 review and It didn’t cost one penny to make.

I have no expectation to win any awards for my 13 minute rant, but I do hope it inspires other writers to include video features in their future contributions.

This review is based on a retail copy of the PS3 version of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 provided by LucasArts.