It has been around 17 years since Lego Star Wars first came onto our screens back in the Playstation 2, Xbox, and Gamecube generation (generation 6 by the way, if anybody is interested – Ed) and after doing the the rounds with big hitting franchises such as Indiana Jones, Batman, and Harry potter we’re happy to see it come full circle to its roots and hitting hard with The Force Awakens.
Now, for full disclosure, I’m a thirty something bloke. I love video games, I love Star Wars, and I love Lego, so the LSW series has always been a massive hit for me (and indeed in our house in general at the moment). This one has knocked the others out of the park for me though and I’m more than happy to give it a full seal of approval. If you’ve watched the film, you’ll probably already understand why there’s a bit of a lack of Lightsaber action in the earlier parts of the game, and it is something I miss but Rey and Finn certainly make up for it with some great blaster and staff combos, and special moves galore.
The graphics are solid, more than solid actually. Of course it’s not realistic in the slightest but the visuals are spot on and bring the Lego aesthetic well into full HD territory, and I’d love to see waht they are capable of with 4K at their disposal. It might be a “game for kids” but it’d certain that Traveler’s Tales and WB Interactive have put a lot of love into this, the jewel in the crown of the lego series.
We’ve not completed the title quite yet, and we’ve spent far too much time buggering about collecting bits and pieces on the earlier stages but it’s pretty clear that you’re getting your money’s worth in The force Awakens. The usual Lego collectables are there. Red bricks, Gold bricks, True Jedi status and of course the Mini-Kits (my favourite) will keep you coming back to the game and there’s a lot of value (and of course Trophies and Achievements) in here for the completionists among us.
So it looks great, and there’s a lot to do. We can take it for granted that it’s going to have a great story, and yes I am one of those who loved the cinema release of Episode VII. With the usual story and characters we’s expect to see here, something a little out of left field for the Lego series as it has a full voice cast. Ridley, Boyega, Ford, Fisher and more have all come in to provide a break from the usual mumbles and grunts of previous titles. It may just be me flipping my beans over this but if you don’t want to hear Lego Han Solo Say “We’re Home” to Lego Chewie standing in a Lego Millennium Falcon, I’m not entirely sure you’re the kind of person I want to know.
Find our full Parent’s guide and reiew above, as ever but in case you’ve not got time or can’t get audio, our usual run down is just here
The Run Down
Graphics: 10/10: Very pleasing to the eye, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens has had a lot of time spent on the visuals and they get both the Lego parts, and atmospheric parts, absolutely spot on
Story: 10/10: It’s star wars that George Lucas hasn’t completely screwed to fit “his vision” (Which is apparently abhorrent and unnecessary CG singing aliens with mouths made jsut for 3d Cinema) so of course it’s a great story. Keeping pretty close to the plot of the film, but adding in back stories and more it’s a surefire hit
Sound: 10/10: Again, being in the Star Wars universe, it’s ging to have an amazing score, that we took for granted. The voice acting and full cast on the other hand was a large (and welcome) surprise.
Replayability: 10/10: Splitscreen drop in and out co-op, plenty of levels to sink your teeth into and plenty of things to go back and collect this gets full marks from us. you just simply can’t get everything on your first go around, and it is good fun to see what parts you can interact with going back in as different characters.
Satisfaction: 10/10: It’s a super strong showing from Lego Star Wars these days. A great game for the whole family to enjoy, and we expect parent’s and kids will get along well enough to get in a few levels here and there. In a similar fashion to Pokemon Go I’d not say this was aimed specifically at kids, but they’ve ceraintly made a title here which can be enjoyed by the young and the old alike. It’s also quite fun seeing what parts they change to keep it kid friendly (for example, instead of a red bloodprint on his helmet, Finn is struck by a vegetable in the Assault On Jakku, leaving him with a green smear instead)