The Force Unleashed II takes place six or seven months after the original game. You play as a clone of the original's hero, Starkiller. Realising he's a clone being held captive by Darth Vader, this new Starkiller escapes Kamino and sets out to find his love from the first game, Juno.
Starkiller encounters classic Star Wars characters such as Boba Fett and Yoda, but these meetings aren't as epic as you'd expect. In fact, the story as a whole is less gripping and engaging than the original.
The controls feel as tight as they did in the first game. All your lightsaber commands are on the Remote, while your Force powers are mostly on the Nunchuk. Attacking enemies with the lightsaber is a simple case of pressing A. The force controls can be a little iffy as they require you to both point the pointer on the screen and, while holding a button, flick either the Nunchuk or, annoyingly, the Remote. It's hard to aim at something then flick the Remote and expect the aim to remain dead on, and while it's accurate for the most part, there are times when it messes up.
The camera is also a bit of a nightmare at times and, though you can rotate it using the + and - buttons, it's far too sluggish. It's a shame because when everything's working perfectly like it does 90% of the time, it's all very satisfying.
The main issue however isn't the controls, but the game length. If you're a decent player, you can get through it in five or so hours, and that's just not acceptable for a £40 game. There's also a multiplayer mode for up to four players, but though we appreciate the effort, it's just an average attempt at a Smash Bros. clone that doesn't really have much meat on its bones.
The Force Unleashed II is the ideal rental game. It's fun enough, but once the solo adventure's complete and you're bored of multiplayer, there's no reason to go back.
This is an edited version of a review that will appear in the Christmas issue of Official Nintendo Magazine which goes on sale on 25 November. For more screenshots and analysis, buy the magazine.