Xbox360: LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
Published by LucasArts
Developed by Traveller’s Tales
ESRB Rating: E10+ for Everyone 10+
Lego Stars is back and it’s better than ever. Did I just say that? Let me say it again. Lego Star Wars is back….AND it’s better than ever. Lego Star Wars has taken a pretty big leap from the previous game in its series and it’s all for the better. Although a couple of items in the game itself could use some refinement, the game rocks and we had a lot of fun with it.
This game covers the first two seasons of the animated cartoon show on TV; Star Wars the Clone Wars. Most of the characters you see in the show you get to play in this game. Bad guys, Jedi, Sith, good guys, droids, they are all there with their unique abilities and weapons. Lego Star Wars 3, similar to Harry Potter, gives you the ability to go off in two different directions without pulling the other, making one disappear only to reappear near your teammate, or cause the frustration you used to get when playing with someone else. This alone makes this Star Wars game the best one in the series.
Lego games are Lego games and in that area, this one isn’t any different. If it looks like Legos, you break it. If it’s a Lego Character, you break it. If you want Lego Studs, you break everything. This is a constant theme through the Lego universe, so it’s best that you remember it. Lego Studs give you the ability to buy characters and vehicles.
What makes this game from the other Lego games is that it’s more action, more thought provoking, more button mashing that I’ve ever experienced with any other Lego game. And trust me; I’ve played through all the Lego games. Throw in the fact that one stage of the game you could be in space, another you’re invading a plant, and yet another where you’re trying to do a “control and conquer” for bases really keeps the game moving along.
The “hub” is no longer just a hub. Yes you get free motion to explore, move around, earn more Lego studs, buy characters, and other things but that’s not where it ends. In Lego Star Wars 3 you’ll get to unlock other areas of the hub and find yourself flying out of this original hub into another one. Oh the surprises you’ll find there. It was a definite surprise and a good one for us.
The graphics of this game were spot on and great to look at. Legos looked like Lego. If you have any Lego Star Wars at home, you’ll see the spot-on character on the screen. My 5 year old son had fun recognizing characters on the screen with the ones he has at home. The cutscenes were funny and short, which was nice since you couldn’t skip over them. You could cut short the introduction the level (far, far away…) but that was the only part.
The audio was entertaining, the weapon noises were great, the characters mumbled more than anything but you could actually make out a word or two. The music was right for the game but it was also something that didn’t awe me. It was there, it was nice, I didn’t mind it but it’s not something I could sit here and write a paper on. Oops?
The Controls were easy to figure out and nothing was complex. I had no problems, my 5 year old son had no problems with them, and my dad had no issues either when he stopped by to play. After pressing every button once, it’s pretty easy to see what you can or can’t do. Of course each character has a different and unique ability, so you’ll have to learn what they are once you’ve unlocked them.
Overall this game is fun to play for any Lego Star Wars fan. This is the first Lego game my son and I have played through and keep going back for. We played through without any cheats or codes and had a great time doing so. The second time around we went and found as many codes as we could to unlock almost all of the characters and Red Lego Blocks. The replay value on this Lego game went through the roof compared to any other Lego Game we’ve played to date.