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Trash tie-fighters, vie with Vader in ‘Force Unleashed II’

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

While George Lucas endlessly tweaks his six Star Wars films (next stop: 3D Jar Jar? The Republic is apparently not pleased),
another branch of his multi-limbed company is putting the finishing
touches on a brand new adventure in that well-trod galaxy far, far away.

But don't bother looking for it in theaters -- unless it's of the
'home' variety and happens to be powered by a video game console.

Set between Episodes III and IV, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
is the sequel to 2008's multi-million-selling blockbuster, and it's
looking every bit as spectacular. The new game continues the riveting
tale of Starkiller (played again by Battlestar Galactica alum and
self-professed Star Wars geek Sam Witwer), the disgruntled apprentice
of Darth Vader itching to save his love, discover his lost identity and
whack things with his dual lightsabers. Think his imposing name lacks
subtlety? You should see what he can do to Tie-Fighters using a smidgen
of the Force. No, really, you should, because it's awesome. Witness the
power of the Dark Side in this trailer.

I've watched this four times and still can't figure out my favorite
part. The part where he turns into a ball of electricity to take out a
bunch of Stormtroopers? The cameos by Yoda and Boba Fett, both of whom
look spot-on? The part where he freezes a robot and smashes it into
rubble? I'm going with the part where he crushes a Tie-Fighter into a
tin can. Pretty epic stuff, and a pretty solid reminder of why we all
fell for this mythology in the first place -- 3D be damned.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II is due out October 26 for just about every platform.

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