Graphics and Game play Are Stripped For A DS Port, Does Not Hold Up Well Compared To Home Console Releases

User Rating: 6 | Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II DS
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 was quite an enjoyable game on the Xbox 360 when I rented it, but three years later I found it for only $5 in Canada whilst on holiday, and bought it for my new 3DS XL. However what made the Xbox 360 port of the game so enjoyable was missing in this DS port, as most of what was in the home console releases was stripped away as it would obviously not work on the DS system.

Starting the game up, cut-scenes from the Xbox 360 version are gone, and replaced by art-work stills, that destroyed the amazing CGI cut scenes of the other versions of the game. If that wasn't enough, upon actually starting the game-play it was almost impossible to tell what was what on the screen, as the graphics barely existed - your character Starkiller was barely recognizable as a squared, block movement. His enemies were none any better, as I could barely notice them coming towards me, except for their red light-sabers or the armor of the Storm-troopers.

It was ridiculous, being unable to actually see what I was actually doing was not the way to play a Star Wars game, even on the DS - I couldn't tell who I was hitting with my saber, or if I was successfully jumping over an obstacle. The environments were a disaster, as I couldn't spot in some instances where I was meant to go next - and would end up wandering back to the start of the mission again, searching for my next clue.

The Good:

- Nothing good really, other than it being a portable version of the game.

The Bad:

- Graphics barely exist in this game.
- Cut scenes are replaced by game-art stills, and you can barely hear the characters speaking during them.
- Environments are almost indecipherable and end up forcing you to give up on the game, as you cannot see where you're supposed to be heading towards next.
- Game-play is marred by the lack of graphics, making you incapable of actually fighting enemies without jumping over them, or attacking a wall.

I would not recommend Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 on the DS to anyone, unless you can seriously look past it's graphical issues and problems, which I cannot myself, it's just a mess of a game that if they couldn't properly port to the DS they should never have attempted to do it in the first place. I'm just glad I only had to pay $5 for it, and no more - otherwise I would have felt ripped off by Lucasarts.