Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

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6.0 Overall Score
Graphics: 7/10
Controls: 8/10
Gameplay: 6/10

New Star Wars stories

Feels more repetitive than the first 2 games

 
Game Info

Game Name: Lego Star Wars III:  The Clone Wars

Developer(s): Traveller’s Tales

Publisher(s): Traveller’s Tales/LucasArts

Platform(s): PS3/Xbox 360/Wii/NDS/3DS/PSP/PC

Genre(s): Action/Adventure/Platform

Release Date(s): March 22, 2011

ESRB Rating: E10+

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Obi-Wan? Nah, just call me Ben

The Separatists are fighting the Jedi and the Clones are the only way that they can be stopped.  Yoda and the Jedi are the only thing that stop them…but there is a darkness in the Force!  As the Jedi battle Dooku and the Separatists, Darth Sidious and his men are plotting from within…will the Dark Jedi reign supreme?

Lego Star Wars III:  The Clone Wars followers the popular Star Wars series to the new ground of the Clone Wars series from Lucasfilm Animation.  The Clone Wars takes place between Star Wars—Episode II:  Attack of the Clones and Star Wars—Episode III:  The Revenge of the Sith and actually includes parts of Episode II and Star Wars:  The Clone Wars film from 2008.  The game follows Lego’s popular Lego Harry Potter:  Years 1-4 in 2010.

I approached Lego Star Wars III:  The Clone Wars a little wary.  The Lego Indiana Jones game was a rather downer after the fun Lego Star Wars series, but both Lego Batman:  The Videogame and Lego Harry Potter:  Years 1-4 were kind of fun.  All Lego games get tedious after a point and playing them back to back can be draining because of it.

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They’re destroying our city!

The game plays most like other Lego Star Wars games and Lego games, but also has some new aspects that involve split screen controls of the characters (characters can actually separate) and a control format that allows the characters to control armies of clones.  While it has some fun aspects, it seems like a bad version of other games.  It almost feels like the Star Wars:  Battlefront series or a scaled down version of Warcraft II, but it does have the Lego charm.

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Nice place…let’s wreck it!

Like every Lego game, the series has tons and tons of characters to play.  This game makes it harder to unlock them.  There are special “locked-up” characters that must be liberated by Dark Jedi and Separatists by raiding Republic bases.  There are points in this game that become kind of frustrating just to find how to liberate the character since the base levels are much more confusing and sprawling than the levels in previous Star Wars.

The graphics are in line with all Lego games, but it is always fun to see the Lego interpretations of the characters and how they make it “kid friendly”.  Nothing gets more frustrating than the clatter of a broken Lego item but the joy of hitting “True Jedi” still is fun (though you can easily go back and do it once you get your multiplier red bricks).

The Lego series is wearing thin and this average game doesn’t help.  With a Lego game seemingly coming out ever few months, LucasArts really needs to find a way to modify them.  The clever animation doesn’t carry the game and less and less people are seeing the content that the game is based on.  The Lego series probably needs to be put to rest, but I don’t see that actually happening anytime soon.  Lego Star Wars III:  The Clone Wars was followed by Lego Pirates of the Caribbean:  The Video Game also in 2011.  Lego returned to the Star Wars brand in 2016 with Lego Star Wars:  The Force Awakens.

Related Links:

Lego Harry Potter:  Years 1-4

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 II:  The Original Trilogy

Lego Rock Band

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