gamers (87%) found this review helpful
This review is for fellow parents. If you want a standard review, read a different one. I'm 28 years old, with an 8 year old son. First, here's what he had to say about it:
"That game was awesome! (I asked why) The missions weren't too hard but they weren't too easy. And it was exactly like the movie so some parts I knew what I was supposed to do. I think it deserves an A+. (Asked for his favorite part) My favorite part was playing all the different characters. (Asked his least favorite part) I didn't have a part I didn't like."
Here's why I like it:
It's a lot of fun!! A story we all love and toys we grew up with. Gameplay is quick, there's a lot to do, and good replay value after the story missions are complete.
Rated 'E'!! Because of the cartoony nature of the game it draws an 'E' rating where almost all of the games my son wants to play are 'T' or 'M'. There IS violence in this game though. The characters blast each other with blaster pistols and hit each other with light sabers. If you object to that for your child, avoid this game.
It's easy! Easy to learn, easy to play, if you die, you respawn right where you are which keeps the game moving forward. There's very little "I'm stuck" and zero "I keep dying this game sucks!!" while throwing a controller.
Cooperative! This is awesome for 2 reasons. First I can play WITH my son, as a team, which is infinitely more fun that being pitted against each other trying to kill each other. Second and most important, is if 2 kids want to play. Being put on the same team at the same time eliminates arguments over whose turn it is. But also wont get the younger (or less skilled) child frustrated because the other keeps killing him. The only arguing I encountered was was when the 2 kids decided they wanted to go in opposite directions. Those moments were few, and didn't last long, as overall there was generally only one way to go to progress.
I'm out of space. If you've got kids that like games, rent this!
gamers (82%) found this review helpful
I really enjoyed the first Lego Star Wars game, even though it was really designed for kids. It was something I could pick up with my wife or my nephew and enjoy without having all the extra frustration of more "sophisticated" games.
Nothing really has changed here, at least not at it's core. The game is still fantastic to play, if perhaps a little easy for anyone over the age of 10. They've made the environments a bit more interactive, allowing more than just jedi to move lego blocks around, as well as allowing players to "build" vehicles and drive them around.
It's unfortunate that they didn't push the 360's capabilities a little more when bringing it from the "current gen" systems, but this isn't the type of game that really relies heavily on cutting edge technology to make it good.
I'm also a little saddened by the lack of any kind of online functionality what so ever. I guess most games these days forgo split screen in favor of system link or XBL play to try and up their sales a bit, so to a point I respect what they've done. It's good to be able to just gather around the television, load a game and then play with people in the same room without having to get a second system, game, and television, but it's also nice to be able to play with friends and family that may be spread out around the country.
The slowdown is a little unnerving, adding a bit to that unpolished feel, but it's never that bad to ruin the game. In fact, none of the problems I've listed are ever enough to take away from the overall fun of the game.
Taking all other factors away from this sequel, the fact that it is based on the original movie trilogy and not the prequels is enough to sell me on the game, and I'm sure it's that way for a lot of others also.
It all comes down to this. If you liked the first game, this should definitely be on your list. If you've never played the first game, this should be on your list. Really, there isn't any reason not to play this game.
gamers (72%) found this review helpful
For anyone that's played and loved the original LEGO Star Wars, rest assured that this game just offers you more to love. With arguably a better storyline, LEGO Star Wars II does everything else just as well, if not slightly better, than the first game. The main difference with this game would be the party system. Like the original, you can flip-flop back and forth between your party members to accomplish different goals, like using force powers to build a bridge or using R2-D2 to hover across a gap. Unlike the first game, you can sometimes have up to six people in your party to make things a little more interesting.
If you haven't played the original, let me say that both games are very kid friendly. That's not to say that they wouldn't be fun for more mature audiences, but they are very light as far as the violence and the difficulty level. I think this game may be slightly more challenging than the first game, but overall it's still easy enough for a youngster to make it through without too many problems.
My only real gripes with this game are the lack of upgrades for the 360 version. Come one, people! This is a sophisticated next-gen machine capable of far better than just a higher resolution. There is nothing in the online department at all: no leaderboards for comparing scores, no co-op with your brother in another state. The game does offer co-op on one system, meaning you can sit down with a friend (or your kids) and play together, just not over Xbox Live. Also, there are some occasional slowdown problems, which I can't understand given the 360's power compared to the not-very-next-gen graphics. This is a definite port, obviously not designed to take advantage of this system.
Those minor gripes aside, I must say that LEGO Star Wars II is just plain fun to play. I would highly recommend anyone that liked the first game to check this game out, as well as anyone who liked the movies. Seeing your favorite scenes in LEGO form is something not to be missed.