Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga; review

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, also known as Lego Star Wars TCS, is an action adventure video game that compiles the first two Lego-themed Star Wars games developed by Traveller’s Tale while adding some new elements.

LucasArts released this compilation in 2007 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and Nintendo DS.

Review

Everyone who got to know the Star Wars movies story already learned everything about the Lego Star Wars plot.

The games retell the story we saw in the first 6 movies one by one in chronological order, although, they took some comedic liberties at some moments.

The first episode starts with a trade conflict in the Galactic Republic and the planet Naboo is feeling the brunt of the political turmoil.

The Republic’s leaders send two incredibly powerful Jedi (Qui-gon Jinn and Obi-wan Kenobi) to make negotiations.

But as soon as the Jedi arrive to their destination, they get under attack and now it’s up to these two warriors to get out alive, save Naboo, and restore order to the galaxy.

The second episode stars Obi-wan Kenobi and his apprentice Anakin Skywalker, who must track the people who are trying to assassin Senator Amidala. But, the conspiracy runs deeper than they thought.

The third episode turns everything into a war zone after Palpatine issues order 66, which causes troopers to turn against the Jedi. Anaking becomes Darth Vader, and the twins, Luke and Leia, get adopted by two different families.

The fourth one is pretty much “A new hope” again; Darth Vader attacks a rebel ship to recover the blueprints for the Death Star. R2 and C-3PO eventually meet Luke Skywalker, and with the help of old Obi-wan Kenobi, they set off to deliver R2 to the rebels.

The fifth episode, “The Empire strikes back,” has Luke hiding in an ice planet; he later escapes and travels to Dagobah to train under Master Yoda. Luke eventually fights Vader, and we get the “I’m your father” reveal.

The last one, the heroes have to rescue Han Solo. Luke lets himself get captured by Darth Vader, and after some failed attempts to redeem his father, Luke finally gets his father to join forces with him and fight the Emperor.

This game drips with Star Wars authenticity. Every character, sound effect, and background detail is incredibly accurate to both the Star Wars and Lego brands.

Traveller’s Tale clearly stuffed so much fun and fan-service into this game as they possibly could.

All of the game’s 36 chapters are faithfully recreate the most important set pieces featured in the first 6 films. Every moment a Star Wars fan could ever want is in this game, and they look good even in Lego style.

Developers made Lego Star Wars before Lego games started using voice acting and it shows. Some players may find the characters charming and they call still display plenty of personality while conveying their feelings.

All the music and sound effects got taken right out of the movies. The games pay homage to both of its roots’ sources and blend them together in a fun and enjoyable package.

Each episode gets divided in 6 chapters. As players progress in the game story mode, they get to control the characters that were canonically present in each scenario.

You need to do lots of platforming, puzzle solving, and combat, to beat the levels. Platforming is straightforward, and the puzzles are easy. However, combat offers variety thanks the character’s different abilities.

Players will have to go through several vehicle-based missions that allow gamers to control some famous crafts featured in the Star Wars movies. These levels are pretty refreshing from time to time.

When you complete a chapter in story mode, you unlock Free Mode, which allows players to replay any level with any character you want regardless of whether that character was there in the canon story or not.

Free Mode is where the game really opens up since each level has some areas that are accessible to some particular characters that weren’t present in your party in story mode.

The most prevalent collectible in Lego Star Wars is the “stud,” which players can later use as currency to buy stuff and other characters.

Lego Star Wars primary mechanic is all about breaking stuff. More often than not, shattering everything in your vicinity will get you studs or other useful elements.

When players get stuck and don’t know how to progress, the answer usually is that they need to destroy something in that room or area.

The bosses are easy too, but they take longer to beat because they have more health. Players will need to use the environment to bring down some of these bosses, but others will brawl and protect themselves with defensive techniques.

The gameplay is very fun and it’s accessible to players with any skill level. So, people of all ages can play the games.