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Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga brings together all six Star Wars films in a single videogame. My kids received this after already enjoying the Lego Batman game. It was through playing this game that they became interested in watching the films on which it is based. The game lets you control a range of characters from the Star Wars franchise as you progress through different levels solving logic puzzles, finding collectibles and fighting enemies. Now that my kids are too old to play with real Lego, games like this allow them to keep their fondness for Lego alive and hang on to an enjoyable part of their childhood.
A Wii remote and Nunchuk are required to play this game. To start the game, insert the disc and follow the prompts on-screen. From the title screen, you have the option to start a new game or load a previous game. You can have up to three games saved at a time.
The game consists of six episodes in total. Each episode represents one film and closely follows the plot of that film. Each one of these episodes is split into six chapters, and the chapters are played in chronological order (completing chapter 1 unlocks chapter 2, etc.) Some of the levels are completed on foot, whereas others allow you to fly around in a vehicle such as the Millennium Falcon or the X-Wing just as depicted in the films.
The game starts in the Mos Eisley Cantina, which serves as the game's home world where all episodes can be accessed from. This area will be very familiar to anyone who has seen the Star Wars films. When the game begins, only the first chapter of Episode I: The Phantom Menace will be available. Once this chapter is complete, the first chapter of any of the other five episodes is available for you to play, so there is a degree of flexibility about the order in which you can play through the episodes. You may choose to play in chronological order (Episode I through to Episode VI), in the order the films were released (Episodes IV to VI and then Episodes I to III) or any other order of your choice.
Each chapter plays short cut scenes at the start and end as well as a few in the middle to indicate important parts of the plot, which means that if you happen to be unfamiliar with the plot of Star Wars you will not be left in the dark.
When you have finished Story mode you will unlock the characters you played with. You can then play through each chapter again in Free Play with any character you have unlocked. There are a total of 160 characters to be unlocked in the game, from the well-known Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi to the more obscure Greedo and General Grievous. Each chapter takes around fifteen to thirty minutes to complete in Story mode, but not all the collectibles can be found in Story mode alone - you must play in Free Play mode with other characters in order to collect all the items hidden in the chapters. Different characters can access areas that you were unable to reach the first time around. For example, Jedi Knights can use the Force to move Lego bricks and droids such as R2-D2 can operate special panels.
Each chapter contains a series of collectibles. Every chapter contains ten Mini-Kits, one red power brick (which can be exchanged for helpful gameplay abilities) and a True Jedi bar which fills up as you collect the game's currency: Lego studs. The Lego studs can be used in the shop in the Mos Eisley Cantina, where extra characters, vehicles and abilities are available for purchase. You will also collect gold bricks at different points as you progress through the game, such as when you complete a level in Story or Free Play mode or if you fill up the True Jedi bar. These gold bricks can be used to unlock special bonus levels.
What's good about it?
The graphics are not the most striking feature of this game, although they are sufficiently sharp and have a cartoon-like feel which fits in well with the Lego theme. Due to the game following the plot of the films very closely, there is plenty of variety in the gameplay of each chapter. For example, you get to have a showdown with Darth Maul in Episode I, fly through an asteroid field in the Millennium Falcon in Episode V and of course, face off against the Emperor in Episode VI. It is child-friendly with only very basic 'violence' (the game is rated PG) and it uses humour to good effect. The game offers a nice light contrast to the seriousness of the Star Wars story. Particularly iconic scenes are redone humorously. For example, the famous "I am your father" scene is represented by Darth Vader presenting Luke Skywalker with a photo of himself standing happily with his pregnant wife, to which Luke gasps and shakes his head. The music is taken straight from the original score from the films, which combined with the detail in the landscapes really adds to the atmosphere of the chapters.
Lego Star Wars, like other games in the series, gives you the opportunity to design your own characters. You can then play as these characters in the Free Play mode of each level, which adds a nice personal touch.
The game can be played alone or with another, so children can work together to solve the different puzzles and problems as the game is more co-operative than competitive. However, it isn't ideal if you want a game that a huge amount of people can play together. The game isn't just about tearing your way through obstacles with a lightsaber, but instead encourages the use of logic and strategy to progress through the chapters.
The best thing about Lego Star Wars is that there are additional beta levels for the player to explore that are not included in the main story. These levels hugely extend the play value of the game. My eldest daughter's favourite feature of the game is that each chapter can be played through in Challenge mode where you are given ten minutes to search for the ten Lego Mini-Kits hidden throughout each level. These Challenge Mini-Kits are hidden in different places to the ones in the main story which makes it a lot more challenging.
What's not so good?
One downside of this game compared to others in the Lego series is that there is less variation in the abilities of the characters. In Batman and Indiana Jones, for instance, many characters have completely unique abilities. In Star Wars, all of the characters share their abilities with others in their group, for instance all Jedi Knights can jump higher than other characters and all Bounty Hunters can use detonators. This means that there is slightly less individual characterisation in this game than in others in the Lego series, which is probably why my youngest daughter thinks that Batman just has the edge.
My kids inform me that they have found a few bugs while playing this game, although they were not sure whether it was our Wii that was to blame. Occasionally they have had to restart a level due to certain actions not taking place when they were meant to. However, the game is reasonably smooth to play and you should not encounter any critical problems. The game saves progress automatically when a level is completed so it is rare that you will lose much data if the Wii needs to be reset for any reason.
Something that Star Wars shares with Indiana Jones and Harry Potter is that because the story is based on a film, a player who hasn't seen any of these films may struggle to understand the plot. This is a strength of the Batman game, as the stories are new and enjoyment is not dependent on existing knowledge of the Batman films or comics.
Yes. Although Batman is still their favourite of the Lego games that my kids own, Star Wars is a close second. The game is rated PG and has more physical violence than other games in the series such as Indiana Jones, but my children felt that Indiana Jones was scarier in a more psychological sense. The controls are the same as the other games in the Lego series and the movement is very easy to pick up - the Wii remote is used for the action buttons and the Nunchuk is used to move the characters around. Anybody with experience of even very basic gaming will have no trouble getting to grips with this.
The game is very visual and any verbal prompts are kept simple, so reading ability does not affect the extent to which you can enjoy this game.
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is currently available from Amazon new for £33.43 or used for £18.97, so not exactly cheap, but you get a lot of play value for your money. Although aimed at children, it is something that Star Wars fans of all ages can appreciate.
We bought this game for our boys after they enjoyed playing similar lego games on their play station. And we haven't been disappointed. They have loved it, it is easy to understand and the challenges keep them entertained throughout. They particularly like being able to constantly change their characters. I have even got involved when they couldn't find the last few coins, it is very addictive to watch and play and yet wether intentional or not it provides an educational element of counting the collected coins and working out who they can buy or how much more they have to save.
The problem solving of putting puzzles together has also created numerous debates that can become a bit heated but are resolved when they agree to try both ways and see which works.
Although not a person who is entirely happy about games consoles, I am happy for them to play this game. It is stimulating mentally and their character creations are entertaining.
The star wars games have been notorious for being not great, in fact pretty poor.
But since they teamed up with lego things have gone from strength to strength and this game Is utterly brilliant!
Lego star wars the complete saga focuses on all 6 movies from episode 1 right up to Return of the jedi. See all of your favourite characters turned into lego people. Not only this but all of the surroundings, buildings, vehicles and enemies are made of lego too. This means that when you kill or destroy anything they break up into lego pieces. Its really quite good fun to see when this happens.
Each episode has 8 or so levels so overall there are roughly 48 in total with a couple of extras thrown in for good measure.
Episode 1- Follows the vents from the first film, with darth maul and the lovely annoying jar jar. Although there is no talking from the characters just occasional noises it is still easy to understand what's going on. They make it a priority to ensure the player knows what's happening and it works perfectly.
Episode 2 - Great levels await you here as obi wan you must fight many adversaries.
Episode 3 - As in the film defeat Anakin at the end of these levels.
A new hope - In this level you will tackle the death star in an x-wing fighter and have many amazing battles.
The empire strikes back - Take control of snow speeders and fight on Hoth against the empire at at's.
Return of the jedi - See how the characters have changed from the beginning and help them on their final level to defeat the sith.
The game is also quite complex at some points and can be challenging, it's definitely not just for kids. This is also shown by the humour that is used in the game. Certain jokes that will only be understood by adults show how the developers have aimed this at the adult market as well. Which it succeeds in doing extremely well.
Throughout the levels there are things to collect. Firstly you collect studs, you are required to collect 100% of them then you unlock goodies for doing so.
This can be seen to happen for a number of other objects to collect, such as the red brick. There is one per level but its not easy to find.
The game is also two player, be it with a friend or online. But help each other to complete the levels. There is no split screen in this game so both players are on the same one. This is a great feature and more games should use this approach.
Overall this game is superb, by having lego and star wars combined the game is fun and amazingly addictive. Even when you complete the game which will take you many many hours you will still go back for more. Its great playing a star wars game wielding a lightsaber. But blowing things up into lego pieces with a lightsaber is a sure fire way to make a great game a legendary one. This one works so well.
Definitely worth buying, whether your and adult or not, buy this game.
If you're new to the whole Star Wars thing or a seasoned veteran either way you'll love this game and find it seriously addictive.
In my honest opinion it's a difficult game to sell as you just run around collecting a few coins / bolts or whatever they are and progress through the Star Wars movies whilst solving the occassional puzzle yet it is seriously so addictive and enjoyable.
I had this game bought for me as a gift and pretty much played on it for about 12 hours over the weekend as I found it so enjoyable.
The game isn't that challenging and isn't that demanding as you can play with the standard controls and don't really need the Wii remote / nun-chuck movement for the experience as you can play as a general game.
If you do purchase this game then one thing I'd seriously recommend is making sure you buy it at the beginning of a holiday or the weekend so you've plenty of time to play it without worrying about work the following day.
*Lego + Star Wars = a much better idea than it sounds*
Like millions of others of children around the world, I grew up with a couple of storage crates groaning with mismatched Lego pieces and could quite happily wile away the hours building increasingly more complicated creations.
I discovered Star Wars at a young age and for me the films will always be something special, a Saturday night film treat that conjures up a host of warm associations.
The synergy of Star Wars films with Lego pieces sounds, frankly, a bit odd. I strongly suspect that most people had the same reaction when they first heard of this game and wondered what interlocking plastic pieces could bring to George Lucas' cheesy science fiction opus.
What I've discovered since my girlfriend purchased the game is that it manages to capture the excitement of the franchise in miniature, recreating film environments very faithfully and managing to be both remarkably intuitive and simple to play, but very involving. The use of Lego throughout (collecting different pieces/characters/outfits) plays strongly to the fanboy element typically associated with Star Wars and this is a game that will appeal as much to a 10 year old who'd never watched the films as it would a diehard fan who remembers the films from their original release and has spent the last 30 years collecting memorabilia!
Players are given a chance to play through all of the Star Wars films and gain firsthand experience of what it's like to bring down the bad guys and return peace to the galaxy. It looks great and it's pretty addictive to boot.
*Picking up studs in space*
Sorry for the slightly misleading title ladies, a boy needs to get his reads :D
As well as completing most of the original missions as seen in the six Star Wars films, there are a lot of hidden areas and side goals to be completed in the game. One of these is the collection of blue, gold and silver studs/coins to show off your 'True Jedi' status - or to show off just how much of your weekend you spent playing computer games...
There are also a host of Lego pieces hidden throughout the game worlds to collect and gathering these will allow you to unlock different options, vehicles etc.
*Platforms, puzzles and pitched battles*
Lego Star Wars is a platform game at heart and for fans of Super Mario etc. the routine of leaping, exploring and puzzle solving will be second nature. The wide range of characters means that there is real replay value to be had by visiting sections of the game several times and some of the puzzles require real depth of thought, or perfect timing.
You will frequently end up falling of cliffs, getting crushed and generally being frustrated (leading to a hunt for more studs to replace the ones you lose upon death). That said, the game is well balanced and you'll usually find yourself coming back for more as opposed to giving up.
In addition to the more cerebral sections, there are plenty of opportunities for battles with hosts of easy to kill enemies (droids, stormtroopers etc.), as well as a chance to do battle against all of the prime nasties of the Star Wars universe.
*So many characters*
The aforementioned studs (and completion of levels) unlock dozens of characters from the Star Wars universe (everything from bumbling combat droids to bounty hunters and famous Jedis) and it's also possible to create your own characters which can be used in free play mode after completing the levels in story mode. The screen which shows the characters available is a huge grid made up of minute circles and we've barely even filled a tenth of it after a week of playing.
This will greatly appeal to Star Wars fans, but it's also a fantastic idea for increasing the longevity of the game. The Lego style bodies used for the characters aren't particularly hard to animate, meaning that the game can handle loads of characters, each which has a slightly different set of in game abilities. Replaying the levels with different characters is essential if you want to collect everything and helps to keep players immersed in the game world.
As mentioned in the last section, the models used for characters are typically very basic and essentially it's just their faces that differentiate between them. These, however, are well animated and you're left in no doubt who's who. These fairly simple characters play against a backdrop of far more detailed backgrounds and it's genuinely atmospheric. For example, last night we were fighting a battle against Jango Fett on a landing pad floating above the sea on the planet Kamino (for those of you who've watched the films). The sea was choppy, the rain was driving down in sheets and the lightsaber looked great as the characters jumped around.
Larger models/spaceships look surprisingly realistic, as enough blocks can be used in modelling to create models that definitely look like Lego, but manage to retain some fairly organic curves.
It's a pleasing mix of simple and complex graphics and it's certainly a winning combination in my eyes.
While it takes a little bit of getting used to, the control scheme in Lego Star Wars is one of the more intuitive ones I've come across that requires the use of both the Wiimote and the Nunchuck controller.
The Nunchuck controller's analogue stick controls the movement of your character or vehicle, the 'Z' button triggers Jedi powers, grappling ropes and other goodies (dependent upon who you go) and the 'C' button allows you to switch between characters in game areas. This is essential, as Lego Star Wars is all about team play. Obi Wan Kenobi might be able to craft a mean bridge out of Lego blocks using his Jedi powers, but he certainly can't open the door at the other side of the bridge, necessitating a quick 'change' into R2D2 to progress.
The Wiimote controls jumping with the 'A' button and most importantly, your offensive move (using the 'B' button/trigger to the rear of the controller).
It's also possible to use the motion sensing qualities of the Wiimote to attack with your lightsaber, but you may save your wrist if you opt to use the trigger button instead! There are also specific lightsaber controllers available which will work with the game, but these strike me as a bit of a gimmick and something of a catchpenny.
One of the things that I particularly like about Lego Star Wars is the fact that there is a heavy emphasis on team play. It's essential to use a range of characters to fully unlock the game and this is great as it encourages children and grown ups alike to play together in a meaningful way. Complex puzzles and tricky sections will require the wit of at least two people and it's really positive to see what's essentially a platform game where having more than one player is more of an advantage than a hindrance.
*Availability and pricing*
Lego Star Wars is widely available and thanks to recent falls in prices of some of the slightly older Wii titles, it can be obtained for roughly £15 new. Our copy was purchased on Amazon, although Game are also selling it for less than £15 on their website. It's also available in supermarkets and specialist retailers such as HMV.
It's probably the best £15 we've spent for the Wii.
When my husband got this game for Christmas I thought 'Great another rubbish game!' How wrong I was - when he eventually convinced me to play it with him (I watched him first under protest and actually managed to work out what to do even though he'd been struggling with that bit for ages!!) and I haven't looked back. You can work as a team if you play together and it's great trying to collect as many coins as possible whilst watching out for the baddies and trying to get to the next bit.
I must admit I'm not the biggest game player and I don't like Star Wars in any shape or form apart from this game, it so funny to see how they've managed to translate iconic Star Wars characters, etc into Lego pieces - fab! I was very surprised to find I like this game and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone.
my son recieved Star Wars Lego for christmas and he absolutley loves it! It features all six Star Wars movies so is not over quickly. You can collect coins to buy different characters or even make your own. this game is great as you can play as a single player or multiplayer and each player can drop out really easily (my son always asks me to help on certain bits then wants to play on his own again!!). i think this is a genuinly fun family game and if you have seen the films then it makes it even better. whether you want to play as darth maul, darth vader or luke skywalker you will have constant fun and you can change characters through the touch of a button. Also they have a door that takes you into lego city which is absolutly fab and you can even jump in the lego vehicles and drive them around!!! i can not say a bad word about this game except my son is addicted to it and wants it on 24/7!!!
What can you say about the Lego Star Wars series. They came from no where to take everyone by surprise. Each one has been an instant classic for solo play and party play (with friends).
This game follows all six Star Wars films allowing you to play multiple caracters on the way through the game. By far the best feature is story mode with more than one player. You have to work as a team to complete each of your missions and some can be a real challenge to do.
Its hard to describe to you just how much fun it is to swing the wii remote to fight with your lightsaber in the game. Its almost a dream come true for any Star Wars fan!
Buys this game if you love Star Wars. Buy this game if you like playing with friends. But whatever you do and whatever your reason for doing so, just buy this game!
Lets begin with a bit of Maths! Lego + Star Wars = Laughter Throughout! Lego Star Wars - who knew it?
The game is reasonably easy to complete and is hardly challenging. Don't make this sound like a bad thing though. This game is actually really fun especially when playing with friends and family!
There are characters you can unlock whilst playing the game and they all have there own style of fighting. You can eventually buy all these characters and use there unique powers - for example, Force Lightning!
Some of the game can be tricky to understand how to complete but most of it just takes a bit of time to examine your surroundings. You never really die as when ever you run down all 4 of your hearts (lives) you drop a few pieces of Lego and run along. This is a bit of a shame because it does make game play much easier.
What is more fun is that you can play challenges with other people. For example... you can battle against each other or even go on a quest to find the most Lego.
Another good aspect of the game are the controls. They could not be any more simple. Because of this, new players can come along at any time and play by working out the controls quickly by themselves.
If you are a fan of Star Wars or the Lego Star Wars collections, this complete Saga is perfect for you. It will keep you entertained for days on end!
I have just watched my son put Princess Leia's bun hair on Chewbacca, then turn round to me and giggle while he puts a stormtrooper hat on Leia herself. He's in the Mos Eisley Cantina, and having fun checking out the various characters before wondering if he shoudl go to Coruscant or save the Chancellor (no, don't save him!). What is he doing? He's playing Lego Star Wars on the Wii, of course!
For my birthday in June, I was lucky enough to be given a Wii. Since it came with Wii Sports, we didn't buy a game for it straight away, but a couple of weeks later, my son gave me Lego Indiana Jones. She commandeered the Wii immediately and, because I was working nights and she needed something to do, she completed it within a couple of weeks, and sent me off to find its predecessor, Lego Star Wars.
Each weekend, my son is allowed a little time playing on the Wii, and he loves the Star Wars game. It gives you the complete saga, all 6 episodes, in game format as a platform game. Each episode invites you to go through the story as it appears in the film, using the various characters. The episodes are ach split up into 6 sections, giving you 36 levels for the regualr game format. There are also bonus levels to play on, such as Lego City, where you have to go around doing things such as creating structures out of lego and blowing things up to gain 'studs.'
The object of the game is naturally to complete it by going through each level until you get to the final scene in Return of the Jedi, but there are a number of tasks to do aloing the way. Each level has 10 canisters, 10 blue canisters and other items to collect, and quite often you have to search high and low for them, or construct things out of lego and then use them to reach hidden places. It is also impossible to go through the game and complete all the extra tasks in one go, as you need to be in control of different characters who will do different things. For example, certain doors can only be opened by C3PO or R2-D2, and other s only by stormtroopers. Other functions can only be performed by a character possessing the Force, others by the Dark Force. Some things only bounty hunters can do.
In order to complete this, each time you complete a level, you can go back to it and go through it again on 'Free Play' which is where you get to choose different characters and do as I explained in the previous paragraph. Each episode initially starts you off with the characters as they are in the film, or a selection of them, and you generally have two characters for each level. Free Play allows you to choose a number of characters and switch between them, whilst still keeping two on screen at any one time.
The characters themselves are portrayed as being made out of Lego, just as you would expect a Lego man were you to buy it in a shop. The buildings and other creatures and characters are also made out of Lego, and the animation is brilliant. There is no dialogue, only noises and mutterings, which adds to the comic value, and it is more suitable for kids as instead of anyone dying, they just fall apart as if the different pieces of Lego they are made out of just come away from each other. The beginning of each episode has a brief cartoon piece introducing it, and the Lego characters are used here to great effect, and it is actually very funny, intentionally so.
The game play is addictive. I have watched my wife play on it for hours at a time, shaking my head every so often, only for me to have a go and for the time to fly by and spend hours on it myself. It is an excellent game, and its success spawned the Lego Indiana Jones game, and the shortly to be released Lego Batman game. Indiana Jones we have and have finished, and Batman we will no doubt get as soon as it comes out.
I recommend this game - in fact, I can't recommend it high enough. It's great, although slightly addictive. It carries a PG certificate, as there are some mildly disturbing scenes, but these are few and far between. It retails at something like £50, or near enough, but as it has been out for a while, it is pretty easy to get it for less. I managed to get it from ebay for £25 including postage costs, but I have seen it for cheaper elsewhere online. You never know, if you go into a shop and want it for cheaper, you could always use the Force!
We were given the combined game for the Wii as a present which was great because we already had the two individual games for the PS2. I did wonder if it would be worth it but in fact the Wii version has been played extensively by both adults and small ones (nearly five)
The game is a funny and light hearted version of the six Starwars games played out with lego. The designers have spent a long time being true to the stories while adding twists that suit Lego or are just plan fun. My four year old and indeed older members of the family spent much time spacing stormtroops through an airlock to get the one in just a helmet and underwear, who shows up elsewhere in the bath!
There is much building of items out of blocks and breaking things apart to get tokens. Unlike most games where you break things to get stuff you often then use the blocks to build more things. The game is simple to play which is an advantage with young ones in the house as that isn't always the case even with games marked 3+ as this one is. It is also a good two player game, which we prefer for the little one as they can play along side someone, and at times there are bits that we found doing as a single player much, much harder than with two. However the adult members of the house also enjoyed the game and played it all the way through on their own too. You have to play each level in story mode and then again in free play to get all the items and you gradually collect and buy more characters, many with special powers like Jar-jar Binks jumping higher and the young Anakin being small enough to crawl through places others can't. The characters include Indiana Jones which I assume is a hint to the newer Indi game and the ghost characters were very popular with our little one as was General Grievous. . You can also get new powers some serious like invulnerability, again popular with the small one, some less serious like everyone being armed with mugs !.
Having played both the separate and combined games it is nice to see they have brought some of the extra play effects from the second game to the first and indeed there are extras that aren't in either of the two separate ones so it is worth considering even if you have played the two separate ones.
Apart from the main game chapters there is the Cantina to wonder round and earn more tokens and also a bunch of extra challenge levels such as the limited time bounty hunter challenges. Plus a more traditional Lego town to wander round and play with things in to earn yet more tokens.
Technical bit --
Controls were quite easy to learn and while you can use the lightsabres by waving the controller about you can also use buttons like a more traditional consol. Apart from a few bits where accuracy is important our four year could cope with playing this and most things were pretty obvious even if you don't read.
Graphics were good and very evocative of both Lego and Starwars and our household has fans of both in it so isn't easy to please on that front.
If you're a fan of the Star Wars series of films - then this is the game for you. Yes, its aimed primarily at kids, but will keep all ages entertained.
You certainly get value for money with Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga for the Wii. You can play through all of the films, and then go back and replay each stage with other characters which can be unlocked. This certainly brings a big replay value to the game.
Graphics are good - bright and bold without being too ambitious, and the sound is taken straight from the films, and works very well.
The gameplay is fun - albeit basic fun. There are puzzles to solve, although they aren't too difficult. When I first started playing, I wasn't initially impressed, but it's one of those titles where once you familiarize yourself with it, it grows on you.
The cut scenes between levels add humour to the game, and are well directed.
I recommend this game for all ages.
Having initially played the Nintendo DS version, I was a bit wary about buying, and playing, what appeared to be the exact same product. My fears were dispelled within 10 minutes of playing the game.
Granted the basic premise of the game is the same; 6 levels representing the 6 films each with 6 levels (eeek, 666 !!!), with other bonus games and features included, however the due to the greater processing power of the Wii, the gameplay is much improved and certainly appears to be a bit more difficult than the DS version (perhaps the target is an older audience ?)
There is also some nice humour included in both the cut scenes in-between levels and in the game itself e.g. running through the Death Star and encountering a room filled with stormtroopers in a bath or Darth Vader showing Luke a picture of them as father and son ? - Very nice. Also, try trashing the cantina before you start a level.....
This is a very expansive game, which requires you really to play the whole game twice; in story mode and then in free play, where you can pick and choose characters which enable you to unlock items that you couldn't previously in story mode.
It is well worth the money.
Okay it took a few months of the kids begging but I finally went out and bought Star Wars: The Complete Saga for them on the Wii.
Initially I was a bit dubious as we already owned episodes 1 and 2 on the Xbox, and wasn't to sure if the graphics would be any good or if the kids would be able to get to grips with the game play due to having to use the remote and the nunchuck instead of the normal controller that they use. But I thought what the hell and give in and now I going to tell you all what I think of the game. But I wont go in to detail about every level and character as there are 6 episodes containing 6 levels each and lots of bonus levels meaning I would be here all year.
*About the game
Star Wars: The Complete Saga, is basically as the title would suggest it is all the Star Wars episodes (The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) all rolled into one to produce many hours of quality game play.
On each episode you can play either on story mode or free play, but you do have to play the story mode to unlock the free play. You also get a bonus level for the episodes where you can go and complete a challenge in the set time given, which on some levels can be tricky.
The idea of the game is to fight your way through each level of each episode, collecting coins and unlocking new characters, collecting red, gold bricks and mini kits, which I think is brilliant as you need certain characters to be able to reach items or unlock certain things.
I like the idea of having to use certain character to unlock and collect things as it gives you many more hours of game play for the £39.99 you will pay for the game.
Names of some of the levels: Invasion of Naboo, Mos Espa Pod Race, Bounty Hunter Pursuit, Ruin of the Jedi, Rescue the Princess, Hoth Battle, Jabba's Palace, Darth Maul, Betrayal Over Bespin.
* Game Play
The game play is good and is easy to pick up on. When using the force it can be quite annoying as if you are to near to another character you can end up using a choke force on them instead of the item you intended to use the force on in the first place. But this is not to much of a problem, as soon as you remove your finger of the button this character or item will be released.
When playing you will need both the remote and the chuck to play. On the remote you have the A button to jump, B as your gun or lightsaber and block if held down. Buttons 1 & 2 will change your character if you are playing on free play.
On the nunchuck you use the analogue to move you character about and the Z button to use your force and C to jump between characters in story mode. You can also use the Z button to build things like cars and houses if needed on the levels.
But overall the controls are easy to pick up on, my 4 year old son got to grips with it in a matter of minutes.
This is where I was surprised, to be honest with you I thought that the graphics where going to be poop! In fact I am going to say terrible. But like I said I was surprised they are quite .... No actually good for the Wii.
You can see all the characters clearly and considering everything is made to look like Lego, there is no confusion of what is what and again looks clear as to what it is.
On the Complete Saga you must have over 50 character ( I will count them later and update soon). You have basically all the main characters from all the films, I am not sure if you need them all but you do need a lot of them Like R2D2 & C3PO if you don't collect these characters you will not be able to unlock certain rooms or parts of the game. But not to worry, you can go to Mos Eisley Cantina and with enough coins collected you can buy particular characters and items, unlocking more to buy when you progress on your levels.
You also have the option to unlock or buy for something like 1200000 coins the ultimate character which is Ghost Yoda, So when you have one of the smaller children playing they can't be seen by any of the storm troopers or droids (in fact any one on the dark side) so they can experience more than a few seconds on the game play with out constantly dying.
Other characters you will come across in the game: Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jar Jar Binks, Indiana Jones (I have no idea what he is doing on the game, as I don't remember seeing him in any of the films), Queen Amidala, Anakin Skywalker, Darth Maul, Boba Fett and many, many more.
The game does have quite a few extras including disguises, ships, fast build, 20x coin bonus, fertilizer, and much, much more. When you have purchased your extra's you can push the + sign button (which will pause the game to) on the remote you can go to the extras option and choose which settings you want and what extra's you want to use for the level.
Jabba'a bonus level can be fun for the little one's too, as a group of bounty hunters capture charaters like the princess, and you are given a certain amount of time to go and find them.
Collecting and unlocking the gold bricks and mini kits can be a little hard at times, as if you are on the flight levels you can't go back on yourself as the game plays in a forward motion but you can all ways redo the level which I personally don't find boring as it is such a good game.
You also have a choice to buy the lightsaber attachment for the remote which I do have, that lights up with a bright red or green glow when moved, but I have not used them yet (but when I do I will update). I purchased these from Game for £15.00 for a set of 2.
True Jedi: On each level you have a chance to collect a percentage of all the coins and become a True Jedi, when you collect a coin/s it will come up with gold bar in the top centre of the screen and tell you how much of the percentage you have collected.
*Players: I only have 2 remotes and nunchucks so only play on one or to players. But you do need and get around 3 - 5 characters on the levels so you may be able to play with up to 4 players.
*My Overall Opinion
I love this game, and enjoy playing it on the Wii more than I do on the Xbox. And for £39.99 you do get your moneys worth, with it being such a big game with lots of levels. Considering I paid the same for both episode 1 & 2 each.
What I also like about the Complete Saga once you have unlocked the levels you can go back and play them in what order you like so if you did miss anything or if you wanted to complete the level as a different character you do this with out any problems.
So I am going to give this game 5 out of 5 stars, as it is a joy to play, it's suitable for all ages (my 4 year old loves it), you get your moneys worth, you can save the game at any point, and the graphics are okay.
Now the down side to the game.... Yes there is one or two. And that happens to be that it is addictive and even though there are lots of characters the kids still seem to fight over who they want to be. Another downside is that if you are playing 2 player you only have so much room to walk about, and if the person walks to far way from you it will cause the other player to drop out (which you can just drop back in by pushing the start button, but it's still annoying) or you may end up getting attacked and dying an lose your coins (not good if you are trying to aim for true jedi).
Thanks for reading people. If there is anything i have missed or anything else about the game you want to know let me know and i will add later.
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga enables families to play through the events of all six Star Wars movies in one videogame for the first time ever. From the Trade Federation's negotiations with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace to the space battle above Endor in Return of the Jedi.