Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga Review

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Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga Publisher: LucasArts
Developer: TT Games

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, DS
Reviewed on Xbox 360

You know the story: "Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute...." What you may not know is that all of this is happening a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... made of Legos.

Kyle Ackerman

The Lego Star Wars games are either a great way to play casually with a child or friend, or an obsessive/compulsive gamer's absolute worst nightmare. The same way heroes in old science-fiction movies might casually ask an evil robot to calculate pi, you could easily cripple such a gamer by handing him a copy of one of the Lego Star Wars games and waiting until smoke pours out of his ears. I'm glad I was playing Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga on the Xbox 360, since the wireless controllers eventually run out of power.

Lego Star Wars: The Complete SagaLego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is a compilation of the original Lego Star Wars and Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy. I'm a little late to the game, since the Lego Star Wars titles are already well loved by gamers, but playing Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga gave me a chance to catch up on the concept and enjoy the slightly higher fidelity of the Xbox 360. It also enjoys a few tweaks, bringing the original Lego Star Wars up to the quality of Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, mixing all of the characters from both games, and tweaking several levels.

After all the hype, I was actually disappointed by Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga. It's a strong game, but it doesn't live up to its praise. Its real strength is that you can add or remove a second, co-operative player at any time. That means a small child can join you, and leave once his attention span is up. Also, thanks to the Star Wars theme and the saccharine cuteness of the Lego characters, I was able to get several non-gamers to try out Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga and even enjoy it. In all those ways, it's great.

Lego Star Wars: The Complete SagaThe game has players reliving the highlights of all the Star Wars films by guiding Lego mini-fig versions of the characters through a series of fights and puzzles. Combat is lighthearted, and there's not much penalty for dying. And most puzzles just involve exploring the environment and watching cool Lego-related stuff happen. Each of the six Star Wars films has been divided into six levels, each of which is a romp through the world of Legos, with blasters, light sabers and Force powers.

My reservations about the game are generally that some of the puzzles are much too difficult for a little kid, and to the extent that small children are the target audience, they can get easily frustrated without an adult to constantly guide them. Also, the game encountered problems – characters got stuck in the environment or AI characters would not perform their roles properly (usually moving to stand on switches), requiring a level to be restarted. Finally, there were a lot of bottomless pits. That's not a big deal for experienced gamers, and dying isn't a big deal, but it's not fun, either. Casual gamers and kids don't like constantly falling to their deaths.

Lego Star Wars: The Complete SagaWith an experienced gamer at hand, most of the game's story mode can be completed quickly, and it's great fun to relive the Star Wars films, with the ingratiating humor that the developers have added with their Legos. But the story is only a tiny part of the game. There are tons of things to do and collect throughout Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga. Nearly everything can be smashed into Lego studs that can be collected and used as currency to purchase more characters, fun extras and cheats. Plus the environment is full of things that can be assembled, manipulated with the force, or just played with, right down to AT-STs to ride. Furthermore, hidden around levels are parts of mini-kits and secret bricks that unlock even more things to purchase.

That's where the game will grab hold of a compulsive personality and never let go. Can you collect all 160 gold bricks? What about all the mini-kits? Red bricks? Enough studs to become a true Jedi? AAUUUUUGGGHHH! There's a lot in each level that you can't experience on the first, story-oriented playthough, so you have to go back with a motley collection of characters from the Star Wars universe to find all the hidden items, interact with things that require a Dark Jedi or bounty hunter, and collect all the studs scattered around levels. Don't get me wrong – this is a great thing – just make sure you are prepared for the tremendous amount to collect when you begin play.

Lego Star Wars: The Complete SagaTo be honest, I found the game plenty of fun (save for those times when a glitch forced me to restart a level), but my favorite areas were the bonus areas, where you can just go and explore a Lego town, checking out all the cool things the developers have left for you to do. Ultimately, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is a playground, and the developers have put a great deal of love and care into making that playground as enjoyable and fun as possible.

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