a galaxy far away
and I wonder in what galaxy
and exactly how far away from this planet the minds
were that dreamt this concept up.
easy to overlook LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game because
of the LEGO thing. What the hell LEGO has to do with
Star Wars is beyond me, and I too would probably passed
on playing this game if I weren't forced to review
it. Yes, when it comes to getting lazy reviewers to
do their job, CCCP executives recall the teachings
of revered, CEO, Arty Hackery and use the force.
Star Wars presents the Star Wars universe in a delightfully
cute, Toy Story-style of animation. It's aimed at
a young audience and unlike other games this one doesn't
just cut corner and hope that kids won't notice. This
game is specifically designed for kids and is fully
realized. With names like LEGO and Star Wars attached
to it you can be pretty sure you're going to get something
of some quality. What I wasn't expecting was the high
level of quality. The challenges may be broad, but
they're fun. Only those angst-ridden teenagers that
hate everything will not appreciate the work that
went into this game.
the beginning of the Star Wars saga, the game covers
all three prequels: The Phantom Menace; Attack of
the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. With good humor
the game pokes fun at pivotal scenes in these movies
as the characters bumble their way through the levels
literally bumping into things and making funny faces.
The characters are endearing because they don't take
you might suspect the game is relatively easy to play
but it offers different challenges with various levels
of depth. There are only three main buttons to concern
yourself with: Attack; jump, and special command.
Each button will elicit different responses from any
of the three playable characters which include Qui-Gon
Jin, Obi Won and that annoying Jar Jar freak. Both
Qui-Gon Jin and Obi Won specialize in combat with
their lightsabres and the use of the Force while Jar
Jar's only real contribution is being able to jump
extremely high. Certain situations may call for access
to a high area in which case Obi and Qui-Gon are virtually
useless while on the other hand you won't use Jar
Jar to take on the Stormtroopers. The ability to change
to any character at any time really diversifies the
gameplay. More experienced gamers will know immediately
what character to use for what situation but younger
gamers will enjoy the thrill of discovery.
only are there tons of characters and unlockables
but the two-player co-op mode is almost more than
you can ask for. Teaming up with a friend to explore
the Star Wars universe is something that no kids should
be deprived of. This mode is also a great way for
parents to spend quality time with their children
where both parties are guaranteed to have a good time.
couldn't ask for a better looking game considering
that making everything appear as though it's made
out of LEGO blocks is right up the processor's alley.
This is one time when appearing blocky works for a
game rather than against it. Everything looks like
it was made out of LEGO blocks from the spaceships
to the planets. Even the doors, walls, tables, weapons
and people are constructed out of LEGO blocks - and
they're fully destructible. How cool is that?
only real complaint that I have is that there are
no voiceovers. The game is relatively mute. Fortunately
the personality of the characters is able to transcend
this limitation but the game is far from silent as
it utilizes the incredibly rich, John Williams scores
for theme and background music in addition to all
of the sound effects from the Lucas library. When
you hear the hum of that lightsabre you'll know you're
in Star Wars territory.
Star Wars is the perfect gift for any youngster. It's
fun for the whole family.