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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: LucasArts
Developed By: Traveller's Tales
Genre: Action Compilation
Players: 1-2
Rated: E10 (Everyone 10 and up)
Release Date: November 6, 2007
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Written By: Marcus Prunty

Who hasnít played with LEGOS, built little cities and vehicles out of those fun little blocks? Travellerís Tales has taken that love of LEGOS that we had as kids and merges it with LucasArts prize commodity the Star Wars realm. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is the combination of two previous games Lego Star Wars and Lego Star Wars II that were both huge successes on the last gen. consoles. Travellerís Tales and LucasArts have brought them into the next generation era by upping the graphics and the sound to create a new experience that is familiar to fans of the previous two games.

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga provides a kid friendly game play that all members of the family can enjoy. This game merges all six episodes of the Star Wars story into one game. All the main characters and even the minor ones are replaced by LEGOS. The game play consists of a lot of action and puzzles as you navigate your way through the story of the Jedi, the Republic, and how Anakin becomes Darth Vader and Luke becomes a Jedi who tries to save his father all of this with a little comic twist.

If you played the previous two games then you know about the Mos Eisley Cantina, which is a lobby where you can choose an episode to play. Within this area is the shop where you can purchase hints, extras, characters you unlock during the game, gold bricks with the studs you collect from destroying things and people in the LEGO Star Wars realm. You can also see the videos from the game after you complete an Episode. Outside of the Cantina is the junkyard which you can roam around and build vehicles and solve puzzles. There is a two-player arcade arena that you can play located in the Cantina, or if you want to get to the story, you can begin Episode I.

After finishing the first chapter of Episode I (there are six chapters in each), the first chapter of the other five episodes in the series are opened to play so you can go from Episode I to six if you want. This is great for the fans who have a specific episode that they love more then others. to play through the game straight through without bothering to find all the extras will take around 10-12 hours and this only amounts to around a third of the game. If you want to get a complete 100 percent, you will have to do a lot more exploring in the LEGO Star Wars world. This replayability is a great for gamers who think 12 hours is cool but you want more. In addition, there is an online co-op mode that you can take advantage of where your friends wherever they are can jump in and play the game with you as you go through the story.

The sound and controls aspects of the game were good. All the music in the game is from the movies so it will bring a nostalgic effect to all of the fans. In addition, if you have the new dual shock 3 controller you will be happy to know the rumble works well with this game. When you swing your light saber and smash it into tables, cars, blocks, walls and anything and everything else you can hit and destroy in the game you will feel the rumble of the force course through your hands. The camera for the most part is good and an improvement over the previous games but it will annoy you at times but the frustration will not last long as your destroying everything LEGO.

The overall game play for LEGO Star Wars is great, other, and then a few minor issues it is a great game. An issue that bothered me mostly more then the camera getting in the way sometimes was the Studs flying all over the place after you destroy something. The Studs are the money for the game so collect as much as you can. After you destroy something in the LEGO world, you have to run around and collect the studs so you are able to buy the extras, hints, and characters/vehicles in the game. However, you can overcome little annoyance by purchasing the Stud Magnet extra that increases the range that you can pick up all of these loose studs that fly away from you. They will be magnetically attracted to you and float back to you for collection. To get more studs try to destroy everything from walls, floors, vehicles and boxes, and windows. If it is a LEGO, which everything is for the most part then, try to destroy it because it might be full of Studs. The amount of Studs you collect does not affect your progress during the games Story mode. Studs are only needed if you want to purchase extras like Stud Magnet, and Doublers, which doubles the amount each, Stud you collect is worth which greatly increases your Stud total fast. These are two of many extras that you can purchase that make the game a lot more fun.

After completing each level in each episode, you can then replay that level; again, this is called the FREE PLAY mode. You then have the ability to switch to the characters you need to open specific doors. You will need to purchase these characters from the shop in the Cantina. You can purchase Mace Windu - Jedi Master, Yoda, and even Princess Leia and you can use them on any Episode. This can be fun to use Leia with her father back when he is a little boy and still Anakin Skywalker.

Some other bonuses that are in this game is a trailer room which you can watch the trailer for the new LEGO Indiana Jones games, which once you watch the trailer you can use Indiana Jones during Free Play when you play LEGO Star Wars. Then there are extra cities like LEGO CITY, which is a bonus mission from LEGO Star Wars II, A New Hope, which is the final bonus mission from LEGO Star Wars I, plus many more that you must get the game and see and explore and destroy.

LEGO STAR WARS: The Complete Saga is a nice merging of the two previous games and gives the gamer a few more bonuses that make you want to buy and play this game to experience. Travellerís Tales did a good job bringing this to the next generation of game play. This is a solid game that anyone can pick up, play, and enjoy. If you think it is for the kiddies think again. What other game can you destroy pretty much everything on screen with a light saber. The destructive aspect alone makes it fun. You will not be disappointed adding this game to your collection.


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