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Lego Star Wars initially sounded like a joke to me, and there is a certain humour in blowing up storm troopers and seeing seeing them scatter into lego blocks, or building a scout walker from kit parts. However there is much more to the game than that. The Complete Saga version of the game includes all six movies, but also a few extras that weren't in the original games.
The graphics are quite simply Lego brought to life. Characters are simple, easily recognisable Lego people, the world is built of lego blocks and breaks back into it when you smash items, and money is Lego studs. If the graphics are Lego however, the sound is pure Star Wars - from blasters firing to Tie fighters sweeping by.
The controls are simple, very easy to pick up, and even offer an inbuilt choice - you can control movements with the D-pad or joystick for example, since both are always available. The buttons are simple - jump, action, fire and special ability. Of course, what these do depends on who you are playing - "fire" may be Han Solo's blaster or Luke's lightsaber attack, double-tapping jump will make some characters double-jump, while others can't jump at all.
Each movie is split into six levels, preceeding by their own Star-Wars style opening crawl that explains the story and objectives. The levels themselves are nicely designed, and manage to avoid being repetitive. In Story mode, you can only use the characters you are given, usually starting with two and sometimes adding to the group, limiting the abilities available and making it a challenge. You have to complete each level before you can move to the next, but this isn't that hard.
However there is an awful lot more to the game than just the main story. Each level has a range of achievements to complete, including getting sufficient gold, to finding minikit pieces to make models, a timed mode, and a hidden power brick. Each of these unlocks other abilities that you can then purchase or use to reach areas and perform deeds you otherwise could not. The levels have hidden areas not accessible on your first run through. After completing Story Mode you unlock Free Play, where you can pick your own set of characters to play with, and use their abilities to unlock things you couldn't get the first time.
You progress through the levels by jumping, blowing up items and smashing objects, building items from loose blocks you find (or block up items to get), and defeating enemies. All characters have unique abilities, whether it be flight, double jump, using force powers (accurate to the character using them, and you can play Darth Vader), grenades or more. Because these are so varied, Free Play mode success can depend on choosing the right characters, or having unlocked the right ability. Some puzzles will require you to switch between characters on the same level e.g. use Boba Fett to fly to a door and turn into an Imperial Officer to get them to open it.
If you finish all of this, there are bounty hunter missions - playing bounty hunters hured by Jabba the Hutt to kidnap important figures on various levels. This has a challenge all its own as characters who were previously friendly fire on you, you have a fixed group of bounty hunters to use... and it's timed.
It even has two-player co-operative and head-to-head modes to play with a friend.
This is a game that could keep players occupied for months. It's also a lot of fun, very well-designed, and frankly suitable for just about any gamer.
When I was growing up I used to love playing with Lego and since discovering the joy of film I've been a massive fan of the Star Wars franchise and so when I saw the two had been combined for the PS3 title Lego Star Wars: the Complete Saga, I knew I at least had to play it once. It is clearly a game aimed at younger players but given the Star Wars nature I couldn't help myself and so having borrowed it from a family member, who has kids I should add, I managed to get my hands on a copy to give it a try. I had previously played Lego Batman on the DS and so knew the basic concept of the game but was very interested to see how they did with Star Wars.
In truth the concept behind Star Wars the complete saga is quite a simple one, the developers have taken two previously released games, added some new characters and levels and rereleased it as a completely new title. The idea is that you can control the Lego characters, of which there are 160 playable characters, and guide them through the various elements of the 6 films. The game save point is based in the Cantina from the original Star Wars and from here you can choose which level, episode and type of game you wish to play. Alongside the original Star Wars stories from the two original releases there are added and enhanced levels along with special hidden levels to keep it fresh for owners of the original games.
Feeling The Force
As this is a rerelease it would have been largely unfair for the developers to simply rehash the original games and for that I think that Activision really gain some brownie points. They have enhanced and improve the controls, the graphics and added new features and characters to at least justify the release of a new title.
Using the Cantina as the basis for the game is an excellent idea and one that, despite the repetition of the music from the Cantina, it works really well and fits into the game. It's a theme that the developers use for each of the Lego games using a familiar setting from each of the games they are creating as a basis and it works really well. It also makes the decision of which levels to play and which character you want to be easy to control and choose, which considering this is a game largely aimed at kids is a very good and well thought out idea.
By enhancing the game play controls and the use of things like the Force the developers really are trying to freshen things up for anyone who owned the original two titles. As you progress through the levels with your Lego Star Wars characters you get to use light sabres, space crafts and even the force to defeat enemies and this really keeps the game true to the original concepts of the movies. In fact I think one of the most enjoyable levels was on the Ice Planet Hoth where you have to defeat the Walkers using a rebel X Wing fighter. It really recreates the original movie scenes well and whilst new material has been added it is a welcome addition to really extend the game.
It would be fair to say that the area this game really excels in is it's graphics. A lot of work has gone in to making this game look impressive and given every aspect is made out of Lego pieces they have achieved a level of detail I would never have thought possible. The graphics throughout the game are excellent and incredibly sharp. During both the cut sequences and the gameplay itself the graphics look really good and you can even tell who each of the Lego characters is meant to represent, which to be fair for characters like Jar Jar Binks isn't exactly a hard task.
Sounds & Voices
Like the graphics, a lot of work has gone into giving each character within the game a unique vocal and keeping the sound effects of each scene sounding as real as possible. The cut sequences have interesting and relevant dialogue that works, whilst the in game play also stays true to the original ideas with the light sabres, laser guns and space ships all sounding very realistic. With the sounds, vocals and the graphics the developers have made a very impressive game, but for me the most important element, the game play, was the real downside.
Playing The Game
For the first hour or two it is amusing as you get used to the characters, the locations and the quirkiness that seems to accompany Lego games. It looks impressive, it sounds good but unfortunately the game play just becomes far too repetitive. As you play through the game you are tasked with collection items along the way such as coins and power ups, which for the first couple of levels gives you something else to do but after a while there are only so many bad guys you can break up in the same way with a light sabre and plants you can destroy to collect the coins.
Of course the fact the game is aimed at kids is really where the downfalls for anyone over the age of 14 will occur. For kids this style of game play works and had I been 12 again I would have loved this type of game but having reached the grand old age of 28 I look for something a bit more substantial when it comes to my game playing and for me it just turned into a bit of a boring experience. This wasn't really helped by a few of the levels where you don't really get any clues about what the objective actually is and you end up stuck in a dead end until by chance you suddenly stumble upon a way out completely by accident.
For a game that is aimed at younger players this adds an unnecessary complication that would put some players off. That said there is enough to keep kids interested in the game as it keeps them entertained and offers 3 different game types from the typical story mode, free play and a race against the clock to complete each level. Even though these would keep the kids entertained for the adults it gets very samey after a while and even the impressive graphics, simple controls and great sound effects can't make up for the lacking game play.
In fact the games controls are one of its best elements as they keep the control and actions of each character quite simple yet effective. This makes it a very easy game to pick up and play without spending too long learning complicated control systems. As you swap from characters to space ships this makes it quite a well thought out system and again like everything else about the game the developers have put a lot of time and effort into just about everything, it's just a shame about the repetitive nature of the overall game play.
Very Much For Younger Players
On the one hand I'm glad I got a chance to play Lego Star Wars as the controls, sound effects and graphics are absolutely amazing. They make use of the Playstation's impressive graphic capabilities well and really add a sense of quality and effort to a title that on the surface just looked like a rerelease. By enhancing and adding to the original titles the developers get a massive tick in the right box as they've tried to give fans of the Lego series something new and interesting using the basis of the original games.
It's a shame for me that the game play didn't quite match the games other qualities and whilst for the younger market it will work there is very little for the older players beyond the graphics and sounds. I really feel that this is a missed opportunity and had the game play element been improved and not so repetitive it would have been an excellent game. As it stands though it is a good game for kids to play and adults to help them out with and watch as it keeps them occupied and for that reason I can't give it anymore than 3 stars.
Other Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, DS & Wii
Age - PG
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, its 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.
A must buy for anyone with children. Having previously played various other Lego based games on the PS2 (Batman, Indiana Jones etc) I knew what to expect and was not disappointed. Can be played by anyone from a young child to an adult like myself. I have even played with my girlfriend when our children were not present. The basics of movement and building items can be picked up straightaway and it is not long before you are hooked and the hours pass by. It follows the storyline of the movies and even includes cut-scenes which have you chuckling to yourself. I was brought up a Star Wars fan and this really adds to the enjoyment. The game-play is quite simple, build things, destroy things, destroy enemies, collect tokens and buy characters as you go along. I completed the game with my son with just enough difficulty to make us scream at the TV from time to time, but with a little perseverance all levels were completed. The beauty of having so many levels is that you can go back in 'free-play' and collect all the hidden items which lengthens the game time considerably. There is also an online option which I have not tried, but i think if you had a friend to join you would be good fun. The main selling point with this game is the co-op mode which me and my son always look for. All in all an excellent game for all ages and tastes.
I loved the Star Wars series of movies when they were made so wanted to try this Lego star wars game on Playstation 3 as I'd played other Lego games and enjoyed them. This game was no exception and was also very good and entertaining. Probably more geared towards children around 7 or 8, but this game is fun for adults alike.
The aim of the game is to complete missions and these are parts of stories from the Star Wars movies. In the game there are referred to as chapters. There are many familiar scenes that you can relate to if you've seen the films, like Luke and Yoda meeting for the first time etc.
In each mission there is always a problem that needs to be solved. They get harder and harder as you go along and that adds to the challenge and keeps you interested in playing as you have to think more and more to succeed.
You can play as any one of six characters that you switch between throughout the game. It is quite easy to give up on a mission and re-start or go to another one.
The saga is for one or two players. If you play in two player mode then you normally play in co-operative play and help each other out. Violence is fairly mild and minimal in this version and no blood or gore which means that younger children can play this.
This is essentially a slash and shooting game that combines puzzle solving too. You have to create Lego constructions by assembling blocks as you progress and normally this is to help solve a mission and move on to the next level.
As you progress through the story, you'll acquire game currency which is used to unlock new players to use in open areas. An open area is one in which a mission has been solved. You return to open areas with new characters to open doors, you couldn't open with the characters you initially had. This enables you to collect trophies, solve more puzzles, engage in yet more fighting and have more fun. I'm told this is called replay value.
I thought the game is great fun to play like most of the lego games and is quite fast paces unless you get stuck on a mission. Adults and children will enjoy this game as they solve puzzles together.
I highly recommend this game for children to play on a PS3. It will keep your children occupied for hours and beats the normal shoot em up or fighting games for a change.
The lego series of computer games caught me off guard. Lego is a kids games, right? How very dare they mock and tarnish the ever so serious and not-just-for-kids classic piece of cinema that is the star wars trilogy. I was prepared to hate this concept under principle. For whatever reason I decided (for the kids of course) I gave the series a punt... and have not looked back. I am occasionally wrong from time to time.
Actually joking aside, this is a perfect kids game - Star Wars being the perfect backdrop, Lego being the perfect non violent, non offensive, innocent vehicle for a great game. What makes it great for us adults (or big kids) is that it is best enjoyed as a 2 player game with adult helping out kid when the going just gets too tough. The second player can drop in and drop out at will, with no effect on gameplay.
The object of the game is to play through the levels of the films. 6 films with 6 levels each + 6 bonus levels and a couple of bonus-bonus levels and that is over 40 sets. Each level requiring a set number of studs to collect (silver = 10 points, gold = 100 points, blue = 1,000 points, purple = 10,000 points) + 10 pieces of a 'minikit' to collect (making up a lego model of a vehicle in the Star Wars universe) + red bonus brick unlocking a certain feature. That is a lot of collecting. What is it about collecting in computer games? It is the most basic of basic concepts stretching right back to Sonic the Hedgehog. Yet it still fascinates and hooks all gamers alike.
There must be at least 100 unlockable and playable characters with a variety of skills / weapons. You can even create and customize a couple of your own. Depending on the level certain vehicles can be built and driven. There are even a few pure vehicle levels.
There are no voices within the game. I think bringing in the likes of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Ewan McGregor maybe have tipped the budget, and taken the 'blasphemy' too far. Instead all cut scenes are conducted with grunts, sighs and murmurs. This together with reducing 12 hours of film into 12 minutes of cut scene actually inject a humourous, slapstick angle into the story. It works.
Everything in the game is made of Lego, and most things (bar buildings etc) can be destroyed into a shower of studs. There is of course no bloodshed, just more studs when your character dies.
The concept seems to some people rubbish and pointless, perhaps even a bit offensive to the true die hard Star Wars fans that the great empire that is Star Wars is being thouroughly mocked. I however simply love this game. It is the 1st in a series of Lego games (Along with Batman and Indiana Jones) and I simply never tire of making little lego pieces smash into tiny little pieces.
The best part to this game is the simplicity. You on your own or with a friend, re-live the Star Wars Saga placing the great actors of Mark Hammil and Harrison Ford with small little men made of Lego.
I'm sure nearly everybody in the world has seen Star Wars so you all have your favourite films and moments and Star Wars Lego allows you to relive these moments ina much more fun way.
I much prefer this to the real Star Wars games. I am not a huge Star Wars fan, I have seen the films and enjoyed them mostly, but I love the concept that a history defining thins like Star Wars has been taken and turned into something immensley funny and hugely enjoyable for all ages.
I wanted a game that me and my husband could play together and had heard a lot of good things about the Lego series.
We both loved the way the game plays, the controls are very easy to pick up (which I love) and we both liked the way that the characters interact with each other. My husband has also played this in one player mode and it is as good as the two player mode. The graphics on this PS3 format are great and think whoever thought up the idea was genius! The puzzles are simple, but not too simple and I think the fact that once you have completed the game you can go back and unlock characters and access different areas is excellent for a game that only cost me £14.99. I think it'd be suitable for all ages which is rare for a game these days and very rare for a game on the PS3! I'd definitely recommend it and I'm hoping to purchase one of the other Lego games soon.
Games don't get any better than this! The fact that a "mature" (ahem!) 38 year old bloke can actually get excited about a children's game (yep, don't kid yourself - that's exactly what it is) featuring characters made from building bricks is testament to the endearing power of both Lego and Star Wars. Growing up in the 70's they're both subject incredibly dear to my heart.
The whole experience is both witty and sweet and never patronising. In these times of violet first person shooters and GTA style gangland plots there's something really attractive about playing a game that takes you back to your childhood. I've played this all the way through a few times - one of its joys is unlocking the areas which are initialy inaccessible. It just gives me a big stupid cheesey grin everythime I pop the Bluray into the console.
I can recommend this to anyone, male or female and of any age. If you're a parent who wants to play a game with you kid put this on. I promise you'll have more fun than your child!
This game is put simply- amazing!!
Star wars meets lego and my god do they work so incredibly well together.
The game focuses on all 6 epsiodes of the film and recreates them all brilliantly. Every character being made into a lego man is just clever, commical and entertaining.
As you go through level by level the more bricks you destroy the more studs you collect. (very common in lego sets)
So there are a set number per level which you need to collect, if you get them all you will recieve extra special goodies. The same goes for finding the red brick which is hidden within every level but is hard to find.
The levels vary in length and difficulty, the really cool thing is on every level you can change your character into one of five/six others. The idea behind this is to make sure you dont have 6 other lego men running around with you. Keeps the screen uncluttered. A great help.
The lego series of games have really gotten hold of many people because they are suitable for anyone who likes lego and if you like star wars all the better.
There is adult humour in the game too which is good to see.
A definate winner in terms of great gameplay, smooth graphics and best of all everything is made of lego- what more could you ask for?
This game has been out for quite some time but I have only recently got around to buying it for my husband. I had read quite a few good reviews for it and wanted a game which was quite lighthearted and humerous (few and far between on the PS3). The fact that this is also a two player game is an added bonus.
The game follows a story mode to start with, and after completing each chapter of the story, you can then access the free play mode which allows you to play the level again as different characters, and access previously unavailable areas. All of the characters and the surroundings in the game are made of lego which is unusual but makes the game even more enjoyable.
The game includes all the Star Wars films in order and you follow the story in the same way as the films were intended. You can also play as any of the characters that are in the films (I played as Han Solo - my first crush!).
The graphics are excellent and the game play is smooth and uninterrupted. The only slight downside is that some of the camera angles are a little limiting and you have not got the range of views that you are given in other games.
However all in all, I found this game really enjoyable. It is a decent length and has plenty of life in its gameplay. The game is around £18.00 now in the shops and is absolutely worth every penny.
WOW - what a game! I have owned this for a few weeks and have not been able to stop playing, I am also not really a gamer so this must be a testament to the people who have designed it.
The graphics are really impressive and it really follows th story,line of the actual films.
There are lots of different levels to play and you also have the option to play this with another player which makes it a bit more sociable and a lot more fun as you play with each other rather than against.
I have not played many other lego games but I will definitely buy them now after this one. I would also say that it is not just intended for child ldren which I though because of it being made by LEgo. It could be played as a family but is just as entertaining
The formula for this game is great, Star Wars + Lego= Brilliance. If you love star wars, like many of us do, you will quickly pick up this game just to have a look at it. Though there have been countless video games made from the Star Wars franchise, this is definitely one of the best. The multitude of levels and vast amount of characters made available to you can gives this game a large life span than other games. Along with playing through the complete star wars saga, you can also go back and play them on free play or challenge modes.
Possibly the best part to this game is seeing all your favourite Star Wars characters in lego form, I did enjoy using Chewbacca with his lego crossbow and loved jumping around as Yoda kicking some stormtrooper behind.
Hmm.... Strong it is, the force in this game.
(Please excuse my modest attempt to summarise as yoda.)
Joking aside, excellent game and a great choice for Star Wars fans.
I'm a great fan of the lego games and when I found it at GAME for 14.99, I just had to buy it. The game is great and really fun to play. The gameplay is great and the graphics and sound work.
The game follows the Star Wars movies and turns them into lego adventures. You will be able to play all of your favorite scenes and complete them.
The graphics are great and look fantastic on a HDTV. The sound is also great and really puts you into the mood. The game is also full of jokes that make it a really good casual and fun game to play. The game experiences some slowdown but this is exceptable for a cheap game.
The controls are really easy to master and anyone will be able to learn them. The cutscenes are really fun to watch and are good for a few laughs. They are very entertaining but can be cheesy at times, however, this is what the game is about.
I really enjoyed the game and it has lots of great gameplay. It works really well and is really enjoyable. The game is really good value for money and will keep anyone entertained for a couple of weeks! However, the replay value isn't that good and will get boring soon after.
I am a big fan of the Lego series of computer games, and Star Wars was the first movie franchise to be combined with the popular Danish brand of building bricks to create a playable title. If you like solving puzzles, Starwars, and Lego, then this is the game for you!
As the game's subheading suggests, you can play through the 'complete saga' of films - six in total. Each of the games takes around three hours to complete, with the whole game potentially finished in a day. However, when you've played your way through the story, you can go back and replay each stage with other unlockable characters which can access certain areas unavailable during the first play. This element certainly brings a big replay value to the game, and makes it very good value for money - considering it only costs £17.98 from Amazon.
The graphics on the Playstation 3 version are very good - sharp and bold without being too ambitious. Compared to the Xbox 360 version they seem to be identical, with the Wii version being the poorest of the three visually. However, in all versions there are some great floor refections which look spectacular, and also a variety of realistic lighting effects on display. It's not a title which stretches the Playstations processing power, but it's pleasing to look at and has a simple effectiveness.
A popular aspect of all the Lego games are the entertaining cut scenes between levels. These add humour to the overall experience, and are both well directed and smoothly animated.
In terms of the soundtrack, the effects are taken straight from the original films, and work very well in the game environment. Hearing the original lightsaber and space ship audio elements help immerse the player deeper into the Star Wars universe.
On the whole 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.
Made by LucasArts, 'Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga' has been designed primarily with kids in mind, but it's an experience which will keep all ages entertained. I recommend it for some light-hearted fun, and it's probably a little better than Lego Indiana Jones.