Even after its so-so reviews and overall reception, I bit the bullet and order the SE of the force unleashed II and just completed the game (uncluding DLC campaign) last night and found it to be an awesome sequel that while lacking some of what I enjoyed about the first was a worthy addition to my game library and also would recommend to those on the fence that also liked the first game.
It is true that the devs turned what was a action/adventure title into essentially a pure action hack-n-slasher but I would say that this streamlining worked for part 2 soley due to the narrative: i.e. the characters journey focused more on a sense of self discovery that lended itself well to a more focused mission structure instead of the first game more sweeping narrative and scope. With that said though, I would have preferred the 2nd game be more like part 1. I do like the challenge missions though as they do add a reason to play and replay outside of the campaign.
The bonus mimbot usb2gb flashdrive was a neat albeit ho hum bonus that included some pics and game script but generally I have no use for the device so its attacthed to my bluray player in the living room for extra storage but others might find it more useful so I really cant complain.
In summary, the game was a great ride and I would like to know what others thought of it after having completed the main story.