Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga Review
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Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga box art
System: X360, PS3, Wii, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: TT Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: LucasArts 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 6, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

A lot of effort went in to upgrading the series' graphics for The Complete Saga. The only caveat to that being that the Xbox 360 version of Lego Star Wars II looks the same, but there is a substantial upgrade over the GameCube and PS2 versions. Everything looks shiny and new. The Lego blocks look as if you could reach out and grab them. The environments are incredibly well contrived and look like they could have been pulled directly from a Lego Star Wars play set. There is no shuttering or lag. Generally, this game looks about as good as it possibly could.

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga screenshot

The sound effects and music are perfect, but that shouldn't be a surprise. After all, the game is published by LucasArts. Accordingly, the light saber sounds, the beeps and blips from droids, and the music themes are authentic and powerful. Running The Complete Saga through a seven speaker surround system will give you great results. In addition to the great sound, the game controls really well too. Keep in mind though that the titles were made for a fan base of varying abilities. Subsequently, the controls are rather simplistic. This will make the games too easy for hardcore gamers, but breezing through a puzzle-laden platformer in 10 to 15 hours is always fun anyway.

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Simplicity and ease of use will be a godsend for the rest of you, however. You'll have to do a lot of jumping throughout the titles, and thankfully you won't have to repeat any section too many times. My only real gripe with the simplistic control scheme is the lack of force powers. I would like to have had a lot more control over their use, and also have many more weapon combinations at my disposal. In their defense, TT Games has expanded the amount of force powers that you can use, but there still aren't nearly enough useful ones for my taste. It would be great if there were an advanced control option that could be selected for more experienced gamers. Unfortunately, you'll typically use force powers to complete puzzles and you'll resort to button mashing the action button to do away with the weak minions of the Republic. The controls may be too simple for many gamers, so beware. However, the games are generally fun regardless of the difficulty.

These titles are true classics from the last generation. They have been skillfully upgraded by the folks at TT Games to give us the definitive edition. The graphics are crisp, the sounds and music are authentic, the unlockable content is broad and deep, and the cuteness factor is off the charts. This game is not for everyone, but it is quite good. Fans of either Star Wars or Lego will love these games. The puzzles that you will encounter are not particularly challenging, but they are fun. This really is the perfect set of games that the whole family can enjoy. Besides, who couldn't use another Star Wars title?

By Jonathan Marx
CCC Freelance Writer

Features:

  • Families can commemorate the 30th anniversary of Star Wars by playing through the events of all six Star Wars movies in one videogame for the first time ever.
  • Solve puzzles that encourage creative thinking through the use of teamwork and unique building situations only possible in a Lego galaxy far, far away.
  • Adds new levels, new characters, and new features to the fun, creativity, and tongue-in-cheek humor that made Lego Star Wars: The Video Game and Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy such huge hits.
  • New levels, such as Episode II's never-before-played high-speed pursuit of bounty hunter Zam Wessell, further complete the entire Star Wars story.
  • New playable characters like Watto, Zam Wessell, Boss Nass and more bring the total count to over 160.
  • The upgraded Character Customizer includes all Prequel Trilogy characters for the first time, while also expanding its customization options well beyond those in Lego Star Wars II, for millions more possibilities. Create cross-Trilogy mash-up characters like Han Windu and Lando Amidala.
  • New game features include enhanced Force powers, new power-ups, and a new Challenge Mode.
  • Levels from the original Lego Star Wars are revamped to meet the gameplay evolutions of Lego Star Wars II.
  • For the first time, every Prequel Trilogy character -- even those without the Force -- can build, as well as jump into and out of the vehicles they create.
  • Redesigned "Mos Espa Podrace" and "Gunship Cavalry" levels now encourage the open vehicle gameplay of Lego Star Wars II.
  • New bonus levels and 10 additional Bounty Hunter Missions offer new challenges in the Prequel Trilogy.
  • The Lego Star Wars premiere of online two-player co-op lets families play together from anywhere in the world for the first time.
  • New high-resolution Lego models and characters, along with new environment graphics and special effects, create visuals unparalleled by any other Lego galaxy far, far away.
  • Screen Resolution: Up to 1080p (Full HDTV, WideScreen).


    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    4.0
    Graphics
    Shiny and adorable.
    3.3
    Control
    Easy to manage for both youngsters and adults.
    4.4
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    The sounds and music of the Star Wars saga have been masterfully captured.
    3.5
    Play Value
    Loads of content, co-op gameplay, and online play make for a nice gaming experience for the whole family.
    4.0
    Overall Rating - Great
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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