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Lego Star Wars II is for the most part a great game that's mired by a few minor niggles, perhaps the most prominent of which is an irksome loading time, which will definitely get on your nerves quite quickly!
However, there's so much here to like that this is easily mitigated; this is a vibrant, living breathing world, taking the environments, characters and vehicles from the Star Wars mythos and superbly transforming them into Lego. Visually, the game looks fantastic, and while you might expect a Lego world to be quite basic, it does, in fact, have plenty of smooth and robust textures, and has a high level of detail throughout for a PSP game. Aurally, things sound good; the effects, such as swooshing light sabres, are lifted right out of the films, and although it doesn't include a lot of the original score, the redux version is still good.
The gameplay is what's important really, though, and it totally delivers, allowing you to play through scenarios from the first three films, and once you've beaten them, also allowing you to roam the lands in a sandbox-style. The controls are smooth and intuitive, but the odd dodgy camera angle does detract from the experience a little, as it kills the immersion factor.
Simply, I think this will please any fan of either Star Wars or the Lego video games; it's got imagination to spare, great visuals, and mostly fun gameplay. If it wasn't for those pesky loading times, this would be close to five stars! Also, some of the camerawork could have been refined, but this is only a minor obstacle and for the most part is not at all a problem.
The Lego Star Wars games are fantastic for all ages and this game gives you the chance to play as any of the characters in the first three Star Wars movies. They are well worth the money and have great replay value so if you like the movies then this game is definately for you on the PSP.
One of the best things about this game is that after you finish on a section you will want to return there to find all the hidden secrets. Each of the characters you play as has a special ability and some characters don't have all the abilities to open up every area of the screen. Once a section is completed you can return there in free play mode and use any characters you have unlocked during the play.
The game starts with you playing Princess Leia. At the beginning you can buy hints, characters and vehicles to name but a few things. You are also able to create your own characters and customise them. This is a pretty good new feature of the game. You begin play with 'A New Hope' playing on board Tantive IV. The game play is pretty good as you dodge obstacles and fight foes. As each level pans out you will need to fight enemies, solve puzzles that are put in front of you and jump between platforms.
As you progress through the game and unlock more parts of the trilogy of films you collect studs which are used to buy things like characters. In total I would say there maybe over 40 or 50 characters to control which makes things interesting and keeps things alive in the game as there is alot of variation. You also collect gold bricks that are given to you as reward for collection of alot of studs. With these you can unlock extra stuff in the game too.
In addition to this you are required to collect pieces to build the lego vehicle parked outside the place you were in at the start of the game. All in all there is alot to collect and this can be very challenging in amidst the fighting and puzzle solving.
Overall when you get the hang of it there are some levels that are easier than others. This is a must have game for children of all ages and you have great fun with a variety of different characters in a load of different locations which for the PSP are beautifully captured.
Lego Star Wars 2 is the sequel to the much loved game Lego Star Wars. This instalment follows the story of episodes 4 to 6 of the Stars Wars films. The basic storyline of this game is that Luke Skywalker, a to be Jedi, with allies like the Rebel Forces, Princess Leia and Han Solo have to try to save the universe from the dark Sith Lord Darth Vader. LSW2 is an action game with many puzzles. These puzzles differ across the levels with a large amount of variety. The story line is followed very closely to the actual films with all the characters imaginable from the trilogy.
The singer player mode is very addictive. It is split into three different modes itself: Story, Free play and Challenge. In story mode you undertake the possible 18 levels. The main aim is to complete it so that you can unlock the other two modes for that level. In free play you also try to complete the 18 levels but you are able to change the characters you have unlocked and bought. Here the aim is to find the ten white capsules, complete the Jedi story (collecting a set amount of bolts) and the red cheat brick. The red cheat brick enables you to add 'power ups' to your character like a stronger shot.
Free play for a level is unlocked as soon as the level has been completed once in story mode. Challenge mode is unlocked like freeplay. It requires you complete the same level, but this time you have to find the ten capsules within ten minutes, which are hidden around that level.
The three films are each split into six chapters to play from. After completing a level the next one is unlocked, as are the characters used. For example if you took control of the player Han Solo he becomes available to buy in the shop after the completion of the level. All of the levels are spilt into two main types: Flying and Platform. In a flying level you take control of a fighter (there are 10 different types varying from the X Wing to the Millennium Falcon). The platforming levels require you to walk around undertaking different tasks and puzzles to complete the level.
The problem with LSW1 was that the vehicles were hard to control, with the steering too soft and therefore turning too much to the left or right. This definitely is still a problem, but there has been an improvement made. Killing enemies is still very enjoyable, but repetitive at times. If you use a character like Han Solo (who uses a gun) all you have to do is press the square button until everyone is dead, whereas, the game play of combat improves when being a Jedi as you can kill enemies in various ways using different combos. The sound in the game has a great Star Wars feel with music ranging from the Darth Vader theme tune to the impressive Ceremony Song. The shooting also sounds very Star Wars as do the Jedi light sabres.
The variety of environments in the game is vast. The graphics in the game are great and are just right for the mood the game sets. They are not very detailed, but still manage to look great with the textures of the objects around the levels giving a real LEGO feel. The game play across the whole game, though a bit repetitive remains enjoyable. The puzzles are very good and challenging with some proving to be impossible at first but obvious when finished. LEGO STAR WARS 2 is definitely a great game. The single player mode will have you hooked for hours on end with the enormous variety of collectables in the missions. The amount of characters and extras to collect shows the amount of work put into this game to improve it from the last one. The levels prove to be extremely well put together with many of the puzzles challenging and engaging throughout.
With the success of Lego Star Wars in 2005, Travellers Tales had to make the another game for the original series and luckily for us - they did.
Lego Star Wars 2 as you could of guessed, focuses on Star Wars Episodes IV-VI, and has Travellers Tales have seemed to have correct the mistakes made in the fist game.
You start of in Mos Eisley cantina, playing as Princess Leia, and it's here where you can buy hints, characters, vehicles and enter cheat codes, just like in the first game. A new feature you can now do is to make your own characters, changing their head, body, legs, weapons etc, which adds a nice touch to the game as you can make a Darth Vader wear a gold bikini!
Unfortunately, in the Lego Star Wars 2 on the PS2 or any other home console, you are surrounded by many characters wandering about, fighting and shooting (just like in the first game) but in the PSP version, you don't. This is because the PSP can't handle controlling so many people at one time and so you left on your own, with only the stupid AI character to keep you company. This does make the place seem very isolated and remote but then you don't really spend much time in here anyway. However, you can't help but enjoy starting a fight between two characters, then having everyone join in until it turns into a mini-war, which is a let down but then even if it did have this, the game would lag and act jerky, so really it's a good thing they left it out.
You start of with A New Hope, playing a level aboard Tantive IV (which you should remember from the original game as this was a secret level you could unlock, although in that one you played as Darth Vader and the level was different). The game play remains very similar to the first game but there are some changes that improve it. Characters can now dodge a laser, which comes in handy when you're stuck in the middle of a battle. Each character also has their own melee attack, which is fun to watch.
Each level is a mix of blasting enemies, solving puzzles and platform jumping, which is no bad thing. Travellers Tales has managed to make this interesting and enjoyable even though it's really all you do in the game. As well as chopping up storm troopers with a light sabre, you also get to fly in some memorable scenes from Star Wars. From dodging TIE Fighters down the Death Star trench to tying up huge AT-AT's with snowspeeders, each flying level has something different. Also, when you get blown up, you don't have to watch the same annoying cut scene like in the first game.
As you unlock more and more of the original trilogy, you collect more and more studs, which can then be used to buy more characters. There are over 50 characters to control, ranging from powerful Sith Lords to simple droids. The more studs you collect in each level, the higher your Jedi Meter will fill up, and when you fill the meter up completely, you get a gold brick. These gold bricks can be collected to unlock extra material, including challenge modes and more. You also have to collect 10 minikits in each level, which then form a vehicle made of Lego outside the cantina. These collectables provide a reason to go back and play the levels again, which is only a good thing.
Some may find this game slightly to easy, but then again, this game is aimed for the younger audience. However, everyone will find something to like in this game - Star Wars lovers, Lego lovers or just people who love to play games. As in the first game, Lego Star Wars 2 is filled with humorous cut scenes, which is clever, seen as there is no dialogue. Travellers Tales have really remained close to the film in this game which Star Wars fans will love. Each level really does look the business and really has that Star Wars sense about them - especially with John Williams's memorable songs in the background.
The game is vast improvement on the original (and it isn't just because it's based on the more popular original films), but that doesn't mean it's without its flaws. If it isn't characters going though certain areas of the levels, as if they are magic, it's the fact that sometimes, the character just doesn't pick up your controls. This is especially true if you're using a light sabre, as you'll find yourself getting shot even though you pressed to block.
Also, the game is a bit button-mashing in some areas, where you're surrounded by many enemies, and all you have to do is repeatedly press one button.
Loading times are ridiculous, taking ages just to go through a door, but then again - it is on a handheld so it's something you'd expect.
Still, the undeniable charm of using the force to break apart a storm trooper into Lego pieces overrides these problems and the fact Travellers tales has managed to squeeze all of this into one game is amazing. Granted, the console versions of the game may have better graphics and characters walking around the cantina - but you can't play them on a train or in a car can you?
Overall, Lego Star Wars 2 on the PSP is a must have. While it does have some minor flaws such as loading times and ghost-towns, that's nothing compared to the fun you can have playing as many different characters in so many unforgettable locations. Whether your on board the Death Star snapping apart storm troopers or in the muddy swamps of Dagobah, shooting bats and other weird creature, you'll never find a boring part in this game. With a variety of game play and some amazing graphics for the PSP, everyone will love this game. Travellers Tales has really made something incredible for the PSP, and let's only hope Indiana Jones and Batman will be this good.
This review was written by myself and is also featured on Ciao.co.uk
LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy takes the fun and endless customization of LEGO and combines it with the epic story, characters and action from the original Star Wars movies that revolutionized pop culture forever (Episode IV A New Hope, Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI Return of the Jedi). With a unique tongue-in-cheek take on the Original Trilogy, LEGO Star Wars II follows the Rebel Alliance's crusade to dismantle the Galactic Empire and rebuild a galaxy in pieces. Build and battle your way through your favourite film moments, from Darth Vader's pursuit of Princess Leia aboard her Blockade Runner to a showdown on the second Death Star, as the game includes even more of the family-friendly LEGO action, puzzles and humour that earned the original LEGO Star Wars such popularity and acclaim.