This is an odd one because it feels like a box set you’d get with a movie series before Chirstmas and in a way is similar to the Orange Box. It’s Lego Star Wars the complete saga and for the first time you can now play all six episodes in one game and it’s available on the next-gen consoles with shiny new graphics on the PS3 and 360 and the ability to swing your light-saber using your remote on the Wii.
Now for once I don’t need to go through the story of Star Wars as you all know it – well at least I hope you do, otherwise you’re really weird. If you haven’t heard of these games then it’s what it says on the box. You play through all the episodes of the Star Wars games as those funny Lego characters. This is, of course, a stroke of genius as it not only appeals to kids who love Lego but also adults who still have a strong love of the brand and they make it doubly fun be re-enacting famous scenes from the movies shot for shot with some extra funny Legoisms thrown in (if indeed that’s a word) for good measure.
So, onto the game and it’s a third-person platform shooting game with puzzle elements thrown in for good measure. There are always at least two good characters on screen at a time so you can play single player hot-swapping between different characters who have different abilities or a friend can jump into the action at any time to help out. As you play through the story you can be Ob-Wan, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, R2D2, C3PO and many others and once you complete a level you can then play through again in Free Play mode using any character you’ve unlocked from other episodes and missions, which lets you go through new doors that only that character can open if you want to be a completist and find all the goodies and collectibles lurking in every corner.
Being a Lego game it’s a little easy but the simple AI does adapt to how good you are with a blaster or a lightsaber or even the Force and gets tougher accordingly. There are also a few good moments where you need to use the old grey matter to figure out how to build a new bridge or move Lego with the force to get further into a level.
The whole game flow nicely and has a great ‘pick up and play’ feel about it, although the first three episodes you’ll play through a a little shorter than the episodes 4, 5 and 6 as those were the first ones to hit the shops on the PS2 and Xbox originally.
All in all there’s a lot to see and do here and I highly recommend it if you own a Wii and haven’t played any of the games before. If you already own them separately on a diffeent console it’s probably not worth buying this again, even for the few extras and challenges you get.
Lego Star Wars the Complete Saga gets an excellent 8 out of 10.