Getting back into my Star Wars phase of interest, I decided to replay some classic Star Wars video games and one that I just had to return to was of course the Lego Star Wars games. These games were a huge part of my childhood, as it was always a game me and my friends, or me and my brother, would load up into the Playstation 2 and play through from beginning to end.
Of course, with Playstation 2 and Xbox original back in the day, there was no such thing as a trophy system, or achievements system if you’re on Xbox like I am. So when Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga came out in 2007 on the Xbox 360, me and my brother worked our way through the 36 Levels once again to get the achievements. However, since then I have a new xbox profile, so it looks like I’m going to be working my through unlocking all those achievements once again, and I have to say, it has been a blast. This game is still spectacular to this day, over a decade later.
Get ready to blast and cut your way through the first six films within the Star Wars saga, as you take control of a wide variety of characters and vehicles from the Star Wars universe, now in a more adorable and charming Lego form. You can destroy objects, build structures, use the force and take control of droids as you play through the stories of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, which have all been adapted into a Lego universe with brilliantly funny cutscenes and great gameplay.
If you played Lego Star Wars (2005) & Lego Star Wars 2: The Original Trilogy (2006), then you already know the plot to this sequel game, which simply merges the two games into one complete experience. However there are updates added to this instalment as the original Lego Star Wars game was very limited with a lot of it’s mechanics. Now, the characters can build and ride vehicles, wear helmets and gain access to bounty hunter and Stormtrooper areas, as well as the developers updating the graphics and adding new moves, be it force moves such as force lightning and force choke or melee combat moves such as Chewbacca pulling off the arms of enemies.
The game also includes previously scrapped levels from the first two games such as well as new bonus levels to ensure the players have plenty of content to explore and play through. There are now 128 characters to Unlock, including Indiana Jones, who was added into The Complete Saga as a foreshadow promotion for Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure which was released the following year in 2008.
The graphics were updated for The Complete Saga which means all of the lego minifigures, the cutscenes and the gameplay is refined to look crisp and smooth. Certain levels were revamped with slightly new gameplay elements, but it still very much brings back the same nostalgia of playing through the two predecessors back on PS2/Xbox Original/PC or GameCube.
The ship flying (which I am not a fan of because I suck and flying in video games, but that’s just me) feels a lot smoother than before, especially in certain levels such as the Mos Espa Pod Race, as well as the epic space battles, and the levels you play through have plenty of different interactions to keep you going back.
Once you finish a level in Story Mode, you can either continue playing through the story or head back to the hub world and replay the level in Free Play Mode, which will allow you to go back and grab any mini-kits, secrets or maybe just gather a few more studs (currency) in order to unlock those last few characters that you’re missing from your roster. It’s recommended to have at least unlocked a few specific types of characters before heading into Free Play mode, as you’ll need a small character (such as Child Anakin, Child Boba Fett or a Jawa for example), a high jumping character (Jar Jar or Magna Guard), a Sith (Vader, Maul, Emperor), a Bounty Hunter (Jango or Boba Fett, Zam Wessel, Bossk etc.) and a Stormtrooper (or Clone Trooper) to be able to unlock everything on the levels where you play as characters. You will also need Droids but if you play the first level of Episode 1 then you will have unlocked droids already.
In The Complete Saga you also have plenty of Bonus Missions to play through such as two Lego City themed missions, as well as Bounty Hunter missions and a special blue mini-kit bonus mission for each level in which you must find 10 blue mini-kits throughout the level within a 20 minute time limit.
Lego Star Wars: The Video Game was the first of the now popular Lego Games of it’s kind by Traveller’s Tales, which spawned a whole roster of franchise video games including Batman, Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, Marvel’s Avengers, The Incredibles, Jurassic World, Harry Potter and The Lego Movie, all of which share a similar format of gameplay mechanics. The first Star Wars game introduced a hub-world in which the player can return to in order to spend their studs (currency) to unlock characters, as well as to add additional gameplay options away from the main levels. In the hub-world, the player can break objects, fight with background characters, find hidden secrets or head to the counter to buy any of the unlockables that are available, be it new characters or extra powerups that can make the game more fun, or easier, such as stud multipliers which can increase the amount each stud is worth.
What I love
This game was a big part of my childhood and teen years, and remains one of my favourite games of all time. The Lego video games are unmatched in their humour and charm which makes them so popular. The cutscenes never fail to make me laugh at their silliness, and the game still plays well to this day. I have not played much of the Force Awakens game, but I am sure with The Skywalker Saga which is due to be released in 2022, the game’s mechanics and graphics will be improved even further from The Complete Sage which to me is already a near perfect game within the Lego video game universe. For me this game is one of the best one’s in the line-up because it’s hub isn’t too large, it’s a great introductory game for new players of all ages, and the general experience of playing through the Star Wars films is just all round great fun.
What I don’t like
Okay so I’ve said this is a near perfect game, and that it’s easy because it’s for kids, but I will always admit that I am terrible at flying and most driving in video games, especially if the controles are inverted like in this game. I know that in a plane you would pull the lever down to make the plane pull up etc. but I just can’t get used to it, which means I die constantly and lose the majority of my studs, and again, this is just me, but I know I’m not the only one out there. So one thing I do not like about the game, is the lack of control options. If I click start and go to options, there are no options to alter controls to allow the player to set up certain mechanics and button layouts in order to make the experience more fitted to different play styles. I know this is an older game and not a lot of games had this optin back then but it was still something that could have been done. Especially just an inverted flying option.
Honestly this seems like a petty choice of something I don’t like but I have to be honest in this review so there you go. It doesn’t take away from the overall experience and this is still one of my favourite games of all time.
A game un-matched by other Star Wars experiences as of yet. It’s a fun game for all the family and a great introduction to the Lego video games for newcomers, as well as a great introduction to video games for younger players. It’s a great adaptation of the first six Star Wars films, with plenty of replayability and a wide variety of unlockables, including all your favourite characters from the first two trilogies.
These games will get a remake along with the newest three films within the Star Wars universe, in Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga which will be released in 2022. This new intalment will include redesigned levels and cutscenes from the first six films and The Force Awakens, as well as new levels and characters adapted from The Last Jedi & The Rise of Skywalker. The game will include 300 unlockable characters so you will be able to explore the many planets in the galaxy as your favourite characters from the Star Wars universe, including the spinn off films and shows such as Rogue One, Solo, and The Mandalorian etc. which will become DLC after the initial games release.