LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
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Game Reviewed: LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Publisher: Lucas Arts
Developer: Traveler’s Tales
Platform: Wii (Also on Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, DS & PC)
ESRB Rating: E10+
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In the true fashion of the LEGO franchise, this game is nearly as much fun to play, especially on the Wii, as the actual pieces themselves. Keeping with the original series of movies, the player fills the role of any number of major or minor characters from Hans Solo to Darth Maul to the cute little Ewoks.
Game play can be cooperative but one person can easily work their way through the levels by changing characters during play. All six episodes are accounted for, divided into six chapters each complete with bonus levels and extras like colored bricks and “mini-kit” canisters that when found allow the player to buy special characters, items and open more challenge levels for extra play.
Three modes allow for replay appeal as the player can choose from Story Mode, and Free Play plus an additional play mode that takes the player through all the major points of a level in one session.
While there are minor differences between platforms, the most notable is the motion-sensitive input on the Nintendo Wii, which allows the player to truly play the part of a lightsaber wielding Jedi through the use of the Wii’s controller.
What Parents Need to Know
LEGO Star Wars models the iconic movie series complete with blasters, thermal detonators and the universally recognized lightsaber. As such, in game characters can be dashed into a bazillion pieces. Aside from the explosion of LEGO pieces, any violence is cartoonish, made all the more humorous by the kid-friendly in-game cinematics.
No bad language.
No sexual content.
The only notable spiritual content would be the epic struggle between good and evil through the use of the Force to manipulate objects within the game. Although the objectives are set from the start, players can choose between Imperial, Rebel, Jedi or Sith characters and use the abilities attributed to those classes (ie: Jedi force vs. Darkside force. Some extras cannot be obtained without using the Darkside force.)
This game encourages side-by-side cooperative play, which makes it a great venue for parent-child play. With 36 levels, extra bonus levels, challenges and the ability to replay as any of a 160 characters, this game is not likely to bore anyone who has had a chance to play.
A Child’s Perspective
Trenton, age 9, found this game thoroughly exciting and challenging. He especially enjoyed the Wii version with the lightsaber attachment for the controller.
Finding a game that still retains it appeal for replay as well as being something kids and adults thoroughly enjoy is hard to come by. LEGO Star Wars easily hits the high marks making it a worthwhile buy. And for those who are looking for a great Wii game, the glowing lightsaber or “light sword” attachments add a whole other element to game play.