Review by Nemesissy
"Great game spoiled by the fact it is too easy"
Lego + Star Wars + Video Games = A decent game. Unlikely but true. Combining 2 great things rarely works but this is an exception. In this game you play through familiar scenes from Star Wars Episode I, II and III. But in Lego. Everything is Lego. Characters, stages, vehicles, everything. You name it, Lego.
This review is split into 2 parts. One for people who have played Lego Star Wars 2, and one for those who haven't.
Lego Star Wars 2 players:
Almost exactly the same. The controls are totally identical to 2's controls and so is the gameplay. Only differences is there is less to unlock, different levels, different characters and different stages. Other than that, whoever has played Lego Star Wars 2 will understand how to beat this game within seconds.
Non-Lego Star Wars 2 players:
The game is really easy to get to grips with. Controls are simply pick up and play and scenarios are easy to understand. But it does have puzzles. Playing through levels unlocks more levels and new characters. You can also buy extra things such as abilities and characters with 'money' (really Lego studs). You take control of good guys for the most part of the main game, but you can play as enemies that you have bought. Characters include famous faces as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Yoda and pretty much most the characters from the movies. Characters can use the Force on objects and use blasters or lightsabers, depending on which character you are using. You can also build things out of Lego pieces, necessary to complete the game. The game is filled with puzzles that can be difficult if you are not used to using your head to progress through games. But once the main game is over, don't think you beat the game. There is more to do, such as unlocking everything.
John Williams continues with his classic music. Music is taken directly from the movies and lightsaber and blaster sounds are great. However, just like Lego Star Wars 2, characters don't talk in cutscenes, other than maybe Battle Droids and characters grunting.
Cute, colourful and just plain nice. As it should be with Lego.
EASY. Period. Shouldn't take longer than a few hours to beat the main game if you don't get too stuck with the puzzles.
With such an easy difficulty, it was never going to be a long-laster. But after you beat the main game, and that will take you just 2 or 3 hours, you can still go for the unlockable stuff. And there are some levels that will keep drawing you back in, such as boss fights with Count Dooku, General Grievous and the fight with Anakin Skywalker on the volcanic planet. There is also a level where an endless supply of enemies is thrown at you while you complete a task. If you wanted, you could just walk around, having a good old fight, cos you know you want to. But all in all, not very long-lasting.
+Classic Star Wars music
+Very funny cutscenes
A worthy addition to your Gamecube collection, but if you're a hardcore gamer then this may not be your cup of tea. A pretty respectable 7/10
Reviewer's Rating: 3.5 - Good
Originally Posted: 12/07/06
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