Every now and then video games are released that you know will become classics. Like The Matrix of the movie world, sometimes a video game comes along that brings a freshness that is totally satisfying. It’s not that they don’t have flaws (we’ll see those later), but they’re special enough that you won’t really notice them. The Star Wars Legos sets fit this project, and in particular, LEGO Star Wars II. From the quirky and comical style of the game that sets the entire theme of the game, to the complex interaction of the characters and the multiple game modes, the video game is gaining an ever-growing fan base. Despite the great features, there are also some annoyances worth mentioning. This article will provide an overview of Lego Star Wars and some of the main features that appeal to fans around the world.
If you were to summarize your main selling point, it would have to be the comic sense of fun that the game creates. The idea of a lego character based video game based on a movie series has to be a great starting point for a parody game! From the way the classic scenes are done in comic style to the way Chewie rips off stormtroopers’ arms, it’s hard enough not to smile when playing the game. The graphics are correct too, somehow they have the perfect animation, they move like you would expect lego characters to move. Not that I’ve seen a single move, of course.
Star Wars Lego II is suitable for both adults and children and because it has multi-character multiplayer functionality, adults can step in and help them when needed. Dedicated Star Wars fans will be delighted to hear that John Williams’ classical music accompanies the game as you progress through the different chapters and episodes. Cover episodes 4-6 and follow the movies fairly closely in story mode.
The game has two main modes to play: the story mode, where you can recreate the scenes from the movie, and the free play mode. It will probably take about 5 hours of playtime to complete all three episodes in story mode, but don’t worry, there’s a lot of fun in free play. In this mode you can move away from the script, so to speak, and use different or new characters in different roles and explore alternative areas within the game. Some characters can access special areas that may not be available in story mode. Ewoks, for example, can enter vents and hatches into areas that are inaccessible to others.
The characters are really the heart of the game. The way they interact and the way you can interact with them is what makes the Star Wars Legos game so great. As you progress through the episodes (or in free play mode), you must use different characters to solve different problems. Each character has a unique attribute; for example, Jedi can use The Force and droids can open certain doors. You play one character at a time and can switch between them to complete the different areas. More than one person can play at the same time. You can even create your own characters: Han Solo’s head with Princess Leia’s body with Darth’s legs, if that’s what turns you on. You can also name your characters.
Using a saved game from the original Lego Star Wars will give you 50 additional characters that you can unlock. You unlock characters and buy “traps” by earning money, which is achieved by destroying the enemy or certain objects along the way.
There were some problems using the game. Probably the most annoying thing I found was the lack of camera control, a legacy from the original Star Wars Legos game. Old Chewie can be a bit annoying when he goes into arm rip mode just when you want him to go off in a gunfight. In fact, that’s a general problem – characters go into close combat mode automatically and this can be a bit frustrating at times. If you are busy destroying walls or whatever and your friend gets too close, you will find that you fry them too.
My last point is to remember that this game is all about fun and entertainment. Actually, there is no great challenge in Star Wars Legos games. If you are a hardcore and ultra-competitive gamer then this is not for you. If you want to laugh and have a little fun, here’s a winner.