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Lego Star Wars II The Original Trilogy is an action game for the PSP.
The story of Lego Star Wars the Original Trilogy follows the original Star Wars Movies, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
The story is all told in silent scenes but you do get some bleeps and whirrs along with mumbles from characters that sound vaguely like the movie actors! There are many famous scenes recreated with a Lego twist that make it really silly to watch and you will get a few laughs out of this game.
The gameplay puts you in the role of several different characters, for example in one level you may be playing as Old Ben Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, R2D2 and C3-PO all at the same time! The game controls the characters and is pretty competent at getting them to help when needed with pulling levers and what not.
The gameplay is a mix of puzzles and combat, the combat is actually pretty deep a Jedi hero wields a lightsaber and if you time it right you can block enemy blaster fire along with performing deadly fast combos Jedi can also confuse enemies with their force powers, some characters like Leia and Han will be equipped with blasters and you automatically lock on to fire at others and up close they will punch enemies! Droids either have no attack but R2D2 gets to stun enemies! You can also get in some vehicles like an ATST, land speeder and ride certain creatures which is great fun!
The puzzles in the game are pretty intelligent you use one of your characters to either activate a switch or build a bridge in order for you to proceed, droids are usually the ones called on to activate things but they may not be able to get there, you would then look around and see if one of your characters could build them a bridge or something. The puzzles are intelligently crafted to get you to use your brain but nothing too harsh thankfully!
Graphics look very good for a PSP game, it looks just like the console games but sometimes your view is a bit small. The sounds are all taken from Star Wars so it is an authentic experience.
For some fun battles and brain teasing puzzles this game is excellent!
I don't care if this is a game for kids, I wanna be a kid and this sums up my youth.
Lego. Star Wars. What a combo! This is the better of the two Star Wars releases as I think everyone relates to the original triology far more than the more recent, erm, rubbish. Whoops did I say that out loud?
This is a charming game for those wishing to play something fairly straight forward. Yes it's Star Wars but that doesn't mean you have to be a scholar of the Universe of all things Luke. Although you'll really appreciate the little comical intricacies if you are.
The game involves a variety of 3rd person and vehicle levels, following the chapters of the movies to a "T". Some levels are surprisingly challenging however you never fell that you are at risk of the game ending due to ill health, no nasty game over in this game my friends! Feel the force and in this case, everlasting life.
Childish, yes. Great fun, yes.
Lego Stars Wars II: The original Trilogy gets off to a fantastic start. Its based on one of the greatest movie trilogy's ever made, with a fan base of millions. It then combines this with one of the most popular children's toy's of all time, just in case the film bit wasn't enough.
This game has been brought out on most gaming platforms but the one I'm looking at here is for the PSP, Sony's handheld gaming console.
So how does it all knit together and how well does it work. The answer is brilliantly.
The game is split into three sections each based on the one of the films. The story of the game is virtually identical to the films. This is great for any fan of the film as it feels like they are acting out the films themselves, albeit in logo block style.
The graphics for this game are good, although not fantastic. This however is no problem due to the fact the game is based on lego so great graphics are just not necessary.
The game play is the main any of the game where anyone would have cause for complaint. It is amazingly simple. Although you have a life meter in the game you cannot actually die as your character always comes back. The levels are also very short and easy to complete. This is counter balanced through the player having to complete certain other tasks during the levels to complete the game.
Overall this is a very enjoyable and fun game to play. The game play is very simple and childlike but that's exactly who this game is aimed for. This can still be a great pick up and play game for the more avid gamer though.
LEGO STAR WARS 2
Some would suggest that the twisted metal genius of the simple paper-clip is the greatest invention ever crafted. Indeed, imagine the civil service without such a piece of stationary artillery - the office would be awash with a paper tornado akin to a hedgehog in a condom factory! Others would cite that the candle, and later still the warm glow of a light bulb, is the culmination of human endeavour. Enlightenment from the darkness so we could crawl forth from the gutter and see the ninja assassins creeping up behind us has certainly been a rewarding bonus. However, the greatest inventions are clearly those artefacts that merely build on previous concepts and simply make the original idea better. Case in point, take one well known holy trilogy and merge it with the building blocks of a child's imagination. Here's hoping the clever git that foresaw the winning combination of Star Wars and Lego was handsomely rewarded for his efforts. More so, let's hope the guy that said "let's make a computer game out of this" has been made King in the Halls of Valhalla and is being fed grapes by beautiful, scantily glad valkyries for all of eternity for his singular contribution to gaming invention.
In a galaxy far, far away Nazi poster boy Luke Skywalker is fed up of dusting crops and attempting to grow a poor man's mullet and wants to get in on the rebellion's action against Imperial might - namely, destroying a giant space station called the Death Star. Along the way he learns about the force from Obi Wan and Yoda, befriends the likes of Han, Leia, Lando and Chewie, finds himself in far flung places such as Mos Eisley cantina, the ice planet of Hoth, Cloud City and the forest moon of Endor, before duelling to the death against the pant-wettingly scary Darth Vadar in order to restore the legacy of the Jedi Knights and the Old Empire. Sounds like Star Wars, right? Now imagine that George Lucas' universe - all of the above and the scenarios that frequent the original trilogy of A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi - is imagined in nothing but Lego. Yes, just Lego! Having goose bumps is a perfect reaction to such knowledge, as I can think of little cooler than a Lego X-Wing flying the trench run... IN LEGO! Or blasting a stormtrooper to death only for his body to fall apart at the hips... just like it would WITH LEGO!
Lego Star Wars 2 does pretty much exactly the same as its predecessor (which followed the adventures of Obi Wan and Anakin in the much maligned episodes 1, 2 and 3). Essentially a platform game viewed from a high 3-D angle, the concept is to simply get your characters to the end of a scenario by leaping over pitfalls and traps, pulling switches and utilising the correct characters to open doors, solving small puzzles, blasting or lightsabering your way through hordes of stormtroopers and confiscating vehicles like a heavy duty AT-AT to make progress all the more easy. So, for instance, you begin the game as in the film, on the rebel blockade runner, and can switch play between either Princess Leia or a rebel militant as you attempt to stowaway C-3P0 and R2-D2 in an escape pod. Once complete a couple of cut screens follow before you are thrown into the next scenario - Luke and Obi Wan rescuing the droids from the Jawa sandcrawler, giving you access to Obi Wan's force skills and lightsaber (which equals coolness to the power of ten).
Sure, the scenarios are not deadly accurate to the movies plotting, but they feature enough that is reminiscent to keep you interested. The glorious and often humourous cut screens that provide comical reinterpretations of classic Star Wars scenes (Luke is portrayed as bumbling simpleton - ace!), linking together the scenarios with relative ease are excellent, and particularly useful if you've been hiding in a cave for the last thirty years and don't actually know the plot of Star Wars. Additionally, whenever one of the movies large space battles occur, the game switches from its platform roots to a more straightforward 3-D shoot 'em up, involving dodging tie-fighters in the likes of the Millenium Falcon or an X-Wing. Indeed, the game features two distinct types of scenario which adds all the more value.
At first site though, Lego Star Wars 2 does seem to be stupidly easy to complete. Unsurprisingly, it is mostly a game for children, which means the difficulty level has been compromised. In fact, whilst you have an energy bar (represented by four hearts) your player can never actually die, and within a few hours most accomplished gamers are likely to have reached the end of Jedi shouting "yahoooooooooooooooo" as a Lego Falcon flies out of the Death Star avoiding the fiery flames of doom. So it's easy then? Well, only if you take the game to be a straightforward A to B exercise. Fortunately, there's much more going on than that.
Once a scenario is complete the whole level opens up in a free play environment. Ledges that you were unable to reach in the main game or doors that were inaccessible with the characters provided can now be accessed in free play, leading to the reveal of whole new areas and bonuses. Indeed, whilst venturing around the 3-D filled landscapes of both the main game and free play there are numerous things for you to pick up and locate. Red bricks, capsules and Lego bits all need to be collected providing bonuses in game, as well as opening up even further game modes. Additional time trials (such as completing the whole episode under a certain time), bonus levels in the form of gold bricks from completing certain elements of a scenario and bounty hunter missions add to the longevity of the title, and the attempts to collect all the capsules that build the Lego vehicles parked outside Mos Eisley cantina as a players gallery will take some doing. And that's without mentioning the 50 characters that are available to unlock - which includes the mighty Boba Fett!
Reaching that 100% complete figure will remain elusive for many months of play, yet because it's the original trilogy (read as: better source material) players are much more likely to endure and stick with Lego Star Wars 2, despite the initial simplicity. Especially when the game incorporates levels such as the speeder bike sequence from Jedi, where you bomb through the forest of Endor dodging trees and blowing the crap out of anything that moves, which is such splendid fun its easy to return and play through such a spectacular level constantly. Star Wars has always had that added hookability, and in knowing the characters and the set-pieces already, yet being able to participate in them again and again, goes a long way to putting the UMD back in the PSP over most other titles.
Indeed, the PSP version works amazingly well on the handheld format. Loading times are quick, the cute, cartoony nature of the graphics and the construction of the 3-D environments are immediately attractive, the controls are borderline simple, and the cut screens are fully realised. All the usual John Williams tracks are there as well, ranging from the delightful din of the band playing in Mos Eisley's cantina, to the standout Star Wars anthem, to the darker Imperial March of later episodes. Everything that you'd want from a game emblazoned with the iconic title of Star Wars is there and fit for purpose on the smaller handheld system, and in some ways it's the perfect medium for playing the game, which puts Lego Star Wars 2 right up there as one of the finest titles yet developed for the PSP!
So, whilst the merging of Lego and Star Wars screams a great idea, its good to see that Lucasarts have gone to the lengths of making Lego Star Wars 2 more than a mere novelty concept. For the age range the games targeted at its nigh on perfect, and despite the ease with which experienced gamers will breeze through the main scenarios, there has been enough thought placed into the additional game modes to make it a more than worthwhile challenge. And because Star Wars is involved, for many it will be immediately accessible anyway, if only to play as Darth Vadar and force grip stormtroopers into tiny bits of Lego. Or to watch Leia slap Han whenever he accidentally hits her with a blaster. Or to hear the noise R2-D2 makes when he falls off a cliff. Genius!
Overall - If it hasn't been said before, this is Star Wars... IN LEGO! A perfect fusion of two brilliantly simple concepts and a very attractive proposition on the PSP. (Says the 30 year old geek...)
Where to buy? - Lego Star Wars 2 was released in 2007 and is still a readily available game. It's currently being sold on Amazon for £18 as a PSP platinum title (RRP is 19.99) but if you shop around you might be able to find it cheaper.
I brought this game after loving the lego series on the Playstation 2. They are always a great game for all ages, and this one continues that trend. The game is fun, and is very easy but will still last you.
The graphics are very good and look great. They are some of the best on the PSP system. The game has no slowdown adn runs very smooth. The sound is very good.
The game is very comical and has some great jokes. You get to be part of the Star Wars films and get lots of action.
The characters are great and are all different.
The game is great for all features as it has easy controls, not too challenging and is great fun. The game is fo everyone, any age even if they hate lego and don't really like Star Wars, it will still keep you entertained.
The game is very easy and the controls are very easy to learn. The game is easy to understand so the game can be played by everyone.
Overall, this is a must buy for every PSP owner. It is very funny and easy to play.
Although the title may appear 'nerdy' or immature, I think that Lego Star Wars II is a great game for all ages. Usually the sequel of games and films are not as good, but this game is better than the first. If you have not bought a lego star wars game before, then you definately should! Whilst being comical and original, the game also allows you to see parts of the film star wars and be a part of the action. You also are able to use the force and the graphics and adventures are really interesting and fun. The characters are also unique and amusing and you can play two player or one. You can also visit many different episodes, which are all as great and exciting as each other. Some games that I have bought in the past have been either too challenging, impossible and boring, or too easy and therefore boring! However this game is challenging, but totally possible and great fun, whilst being simple and logical. My advice for you is to buy it, even if you do not like Star Wars or Lego!
The Empire strikes back in this sequel to the endearing Star Wars game made all of LEGOs. LEGO Star Wars II follows the Rebel Alliance''s battle to dismantle the Galactic Empire and rebuild a galaxy in pieces. From Darth Vader''s pursuit of Princess Leia aboard her blockade runner to a showdown on the reconstructed Death Star, the game includes even more of the family-friendly LEGO action. The sequel finally allows you to build with your LEGO blocks, as a new Free Play mode allows gamers to customize the vehicles for new ship designs, as well as Free Play all of the playable characters (over 100 in total) by mixing and matching body parts, forming the likes of Stormbacca, Chew Vader and Leia Wan Kenobi. Other additions include cool new character-specific attacks and maneuvers, Power Brick items, playable mini-kit vehicles, an improved two-player camera, a greater challenge for advanced players, and more.