"Is this game just for children? Nope."

Some people may say that Lego Star Wars for the Xbox is a game made for children, but any Star Wars fanboy can play this game and enjoy it.

Controls/Sound: 9/10
These controls make it easy for anybody from age 5 to age 40 to just pick up and start playing. The only thing I found annoying was that when you are playing free play mode, which I'll talk about later, the characters often switch when you only slightly tap the right or left triggers, and sometimes they even change on their own completely. As for the soundtrack, you can find just about any song from all of the three prequels in this game. The blaster and lightsaber sounds are taken from the movie as well, and sound great.

Graphics: 8/10
The characters and environments look like legos, which they're meant to look like. The lightsabers look great, and the blaster fire looks fine. The characters also look exactly like their lego counterparts, which is great, because there are a lot of them.

Story/Gameplay: 8/10
Lego Star Wars follows Star Wars Episodes 1,2, and 3. It follows them extremely well, but a lot of the time it skips many parts of the movies, causing people who have never seen the new Star Wars movies to be extremely confused. The gameplay is varied between different characters. The jedi obviously use lightsabers, and can use the force to solve puzzles or force push enemies. Lightsaber battles are limited because you only have one button to press to attack, but they are still pretty fun. The second type of characters have guns. They can fire their lego guns to solve puzzles and grapple up in the air to get to high spots. Then there are droids. There are two types of droids, R2/R4 droids and droids that look like C3PO. These droids can open certain doors or secret spots, and the R2/R4 droids can fly for a short amount of time. There are three mini-game type levels in which you race a podracer, fly in a spaceship, and control a republic ship. The best part about the game is that after you've beaten a level you can play it as many times as you want with unlocked characters. You can unlock up to about 50 characters, from Jango Fett to Princess Leia to Darth Maul, thus making the game have an almost infinite amount of replayability time. In the game you collect little lego pieces which you can trade in at Dexter's Diner for characters, cheats, or hints. You can also collect ship pieces in each level, and each time you collect all the pieces a spaceship appears outside that you can look at. The game has a fun co-op mode as well, but it doesn't add much to the experience. Unlocking everything takes about 10 hours total.

Final Score: 8/10
An overall fun game that will bring joy the young and old, whether you rent it or buy it.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 06/28/05

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