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.
I really enjoyed this game and surprisingly so did my wife and kids.
This game was true to Star Wars and yet had a twist that was fun and fresh. I was so excited to play this game that I really didn't follow any order but the game covers all of the original Star Wars movies, with a few extras. I was most impressed with the cut-scenes and in game movies.
Unfortunately there were a few things that I found upsetting while playing. The drop-in/drop-out co-op feature is a lot of fun but make sure your buddy stays close. If you or your co-partner wander too far from the playing field your character may become unplayable and you have to select start to jump back into game play. Also I found that the AI was more of a burden than a help. At times the AI was in the way or just didn't help when you really needed it. You'll find that through free play your AI partner will help you get to certain areas of a level. For example if an elevator must be activated by a Jedi power your AI friend will help you get a free ride. But while you are busy firing away at storm troopers your AI just sits there. Oh and I found a number of in-game glitches. At one point I did a Jedi lightsaber move and my character froze. I had to select another character to continue play. During free play at Escape from Hoth Base I found a secret area and yet couldn't get back to the level, I had to shutdown and start all over.
But if you are looking for a game that the entire family can play, this is a great game! I certainly enjoyed it.