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I expected more
on 9 January 2013
I have an extensive Lego game collection, and in most cases I have the same game for PS3/Gamecube and Nintendo DS. Lego Clone Wars for the PS3 has been my favorite Lego game so far, so I had high hopes for this DS version.
The game "engine" is similar to Lego Star Wars/Batman/Pirates/Indiana Jones DS. This means that there is a hub, with a separate area for mission selection, minikit viewing, a store to buy characters, one red brick in each level and so on. The PS3 version broke out of this traditional setting and had a huge hub-world, containing red bricks and characters to buy, making the hub-world an adventure of its own. Lego Indiana Jones 2 DS (as well as the ps3 version) had this newer kind of hub, and I guess I was expecting this game to have one as well.
The gameplay is ok. Most droids get blown to pieces with just a single touch of the lightsaber, while some (Grievous bodyguard) are a real pain. They changed the clones a bit from the PS3 version, now you have separate dudes for sniper-targets/normal shooting/cable shooting, and a separate guy for blasting away bigger things. Some of the Force maneuvers force you to use a stylus, which I found annoying mid-level.
The levels are really long, but they are divided into three acts each, letting you start from the beginning of any one of them in free play. You also have detailed minikit statistics for each act, so if you are missing one stupid minikit, then you know which act you need to go look for it. In free play you are able to save and exit, so you are not forced to play each level in its entirety every time. There is a separate stud counter for story and free play modes, which gives this game some additional challenge, as you want to get the studs in story mode on the initial go.
The in-game videos are from the PS3 version, and look grainy on my DS. However I don't really care, as the Lego videos from the PS3 game are hilarious. The newer Lego games (Lord of the Rings and Batman 2) have talking characters, which takes away most of the hilarity, so these videos here are the last remnant of the "glory days" of Lego games.
The worst thing about the game is the very beginning. When you select 'new game', it automatically saves and may erase your existing gamedata without warning. 'New game' is the first option, and it is easy to choose by mistake. After my son erasing my game save a few times accidentally I moved my gamesave to slot 2 (and told him that from now on, mommy starts the game for you), hoping I won't have to start over yet again.
I somehow expected more from this game. Small things here and there are are missing or could have been done better. However, it is still enjoyable and fun and deserves a place among my Lego Star Wars game collection. Children who play this will most likely ignore the flaws or not notice them at all, so this is a good buy for any little Star Wars fan.