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I will be the first to admit that there has been far too many Lego games in recent years and everyone of the major film franchises now seems to have had the Lego treatment. The games though have been very very similar and its usually a case of "played one, played them all". I was getting slowly bored of them and had the one released last year not been based on Star Wars there is no way I would have bought it. But being a Star Wars Geek and being quite fond of the series I decided to give it a try. And it proved to be a good decision as Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars is nothing short of being a fun game.
If you have never played a Lego based game before its best to describe Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars as an action platformer with puzzle elements and superb multiplayer. You play as characters from the Clone Wars TV series and the action is set all around them although you will recognise characters, locations and sounds from the films. Its all officially licensed etc so it feels like playing in a Star Wars film.
This is the PS3 version I am reviewing and graphically it looks great and Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars is the best looking of all the versions of Lego games. It shines with colour, movement and activity with no slowdown and runs superbly.
Control wise you cant complain. So easy to learn that anyone can jump in and out of the co-op. Very responsive, no wrestling with the control at jumps and feels natural. Always the sign of a game that's been well made with care and effort. Children, casual gamers and elderly gamers alike will be able to manage with good button mapping.
The game as always involves action with weapons, collecting lego bricks, plat forming elements and puzzles galore and there is a lot of variety built within each level of Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars which means you never get bored. One major criticism I have of this game though is the fact that as with all Lego games, even on hard, Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars presents little challenge and you will walk through levels without dying or raising a sweat. You will be having too much fun to notice possibly especially playing in co-op but the game is a stroll and anyone looking for a challenge best look elsewhere. Although Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars has replay value in the collection of items etc there is little point going back to do it on harder settings as it gives little satisfaction.
The game is quite linear and Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars does suffer for this as you feel restricted but then that is the very nature of Lego games. It does reduce the replay ability value though as you have seen everything first time through.
Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars comes into its own in co-op and this has always been the mainstay of the games. Play with friends or online and the fun explodes with laughs every minute, specifically designed levels for co-op and battles for scores. Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars is one of the best co-op games I have played and out of the 40 hours or so I have put into this 90% at least has been in co-op. Once you have played Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars in co-op you won't want to come back to single player mode!
Overall though you have to say that Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars is a fun multiplayer gem
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