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Great fun still, but is a let down to the others
on 25 January 2011
After playing the original Star Wars and Lego Indiana Jones and loving them both, I had to check this out and whilst the universe of Lego gaming is compelling, variously easy and difficult, this feels like a massive let down.
The game, like the others in the Lego series, is divided into levels within each film. So here we have instalments from Phantom menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
Each film is divided into 6 parts and there are various challenges to tackle. You must try and collect the 10 minikit pieces, collect as many Lego studs as possible to unlock other levels and characters. The references to the film's are good and as great Lego fashion they not just copy the film word for word but elaborate, particularly during Attack of the clone where Obi Wan must explore the clone base more thoroughly.
Each level is challenging I found compared to other Lego games. The controls are the same but to transfer between characters you must be stood right next to the other which can be infuriating at times. Controlling Yoda is one of the biggest pains to ever emerge in my gaming life, either incredibly slow with his walking stick or jumping with every step.
There is a tremendous drop in performance considering the range of the other games. It is very slow to load on almost everything, I have had to switch the PS2 on and off because of game freezes and I'm unsure but the last level of Revenge of the Sith won't let me on the last, and probably best level, between Anakin and Obi Wan.
A word of caution to as with Lego Star Wars 2 all items which you can use the force with are ALWAYS highlighted whereas here they are not. Which means if you are a clone trooper and not Obi Wan you will not know you have to use the force to move forward. I guess this results in a game which is not consistent and not flowing either.
Personal disappointment was the fact the Lego parodies are in no shape funny whereas they are hilarious in other games. They are very short and inexplicable here.
Nevertheless some levels are great fun to explore and play, particularly the first few with Darth Maul and exploring Comino. Plus playing Lego games are good fun, which this is, just doesn't have that triumphant enjoyment you gain from others, which is the purpose right?
But unless you are a Star wars fanatic I would think strongly about buying this as it is slow, not negotiated, and wayward and considering the amount of endless fun you can have with other Lego games, not really worth it.