Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

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7.0 Overall Score
Graphics: 7/10
Controls: 8/10
Gameplay: 7/10

Star Wars fun with a Lego feel

Gets kind of old after a while

 
Game Info

Game Name: Lego Star Wars II:  The Original Trilogy

Developer(s): Traveller’s Tales

Publisher(s): LucasArts/TT Games

Platform(s): PS3/Xbox 360/Wii/PC/NDS/PSP

Genre(s): Action/Adventure/Platform

Release Date(s): September 11, 2006

ESRB Rating: E10+

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Why Father? Why!!!!

The Empire is in power, and a small band of rebels are fighting back against the tyrant forces of the Emperor.  Luke Skywalker is enlisted to fight in this rebellion and he has a chance to rebuild the universe…literally.

Lego Star Wars II:  The Original Trilogy was released after the success of the 2005’s Lego Star Wars which was released on Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Playstation 2, Xbox, and home computers.  Lego Star Wars included the less popular prequel movies while Lego Star Wars II was the more popular original films.  Lego Star Wars II was the first next generation game in the Lego series and was also available on the PS2 and GameCube.  Wildly successful, the game was kind of negated by the release of Lego Star Wars:  The Complete Saga which combined both the Lego Star Wars and Lego Star Wars II.

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Ain’t no party like a Force party!

The graphics on the game are very much that of a PS2 or GameCube and really don’t maximize the ability of the system.  It is broken into Star Wars:  A New Hope, Star Wars:  The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars:  Return of the Jedi.  The animated movies for each of these movies are part of the fun of the Lego series and treat the movies as more of a spoof.  They are worth playing the game to see the movies themselves.

One of the problems of the Lego games is that the levels often become very repetitive, but the mulitiple characters allow for a lot of replay.  When the games starts, you have the standard playthrough (using characters that were in the movies in the scenes you are playing) and the second playthrough which allows you to customize a team once you’ve unlocked different weapons attributed to different characters.  This does keep the story moving, but it also can wear thin since you’ve probably played the game a number of hours before you have full access to a level…and burn-out is imminent.

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So if we’re controlling the ship and the photon torpedo…we are the Force…whoa, deep

Most of the fun in Lego games is the multiple characters.  It can be fun using an Ewok to raid the Death Star or destroy the new Death Star with a Tie-Fighter.  Since this only encompasses Star Wars IV-VI, the game seems rather short when compared to the other games that followed it.

Lego Star Wars II:  The Original Trilogy probably should be avoided for the superior Lego Star Wars:  The Complete Saga.  The game isn’t bad, but it seems a waste to get a game that has more content.  Lego Star Wars II:  The Original Trilogy takes Star Wars back to where it belongs with the original movies, but the planning to release the Complete Saga so soon after seems like a very George Lucas thing to do.

Related Links:

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Lego Harry Potter:  Years 5-7

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean:  The Video Game

Lego Batman:  The Video Game

Lego Batman 2:  DC Super Heroes

Lego Star Wars:  The Complete Saga

Lego Star Wars III:  The Clone Wars

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