The game was solid, fun, addicting, and immersive. I'm not really sure why so many people have dogged on it. I can say that I haven't played the previous two games, to really compare and contrast, but I will say as a standalone game, it's everything I could want from the experience.
The graphics are beautiful concidering it's Legos. The bump maps on all the levels are very well done. The framerate is constant even in the largely played scenarios even with havoc going on everywhere.
The gameplay consisted of mechanics that aren't really new, but user friendly nonetheless. You feel a sense of accomplishment when you collect Legos and they did the levels in such a way, that when you recruit new members capable of using THAT specific ability you were waiting for, you will WANT to go back and free play the level to work on that 100%.
The replay value is high and there's something to be said about a game that easily lets friends and family join in at anytime to stir things up.
My only real complaint was level freezing and the "dynamic split-screen." On some of the large war type levels with all the activity going on, there was a few occasions the game unexpectedly froze. Most of the time, it was during the split-screen, but at other times, it also occured during single player action. Regarding the 2 player "dynamic split-screen," it was annoying. We played it on a 56" tv and still had issues with it causing confusion. The good thing is, you can flip the option to what you're typically used to, so it doesn't really lose much in the face of that. As a default setting though, it still needs to be said: Annoying.
Overall, I would think most game players would enjoy the full playthrough on this and most certainly Lego and SW fanatics. A buy if you're playing with family and a long rental for those like myself - MUST... GET....... 100 PERCENT!
While I have loved LEGO games (particularly the Star Wars ones) in the past, I couldn't really get into Lego Star Wars III. There simply wasn't enough new things here to keep the game exciting. For the most part, it was the same old thing. The graphics are far better than previous games and the way you select levels is fresh, but that wasn't enough for me. For LEGO games to keep my attention in the future, they need to be fresher with additions. Basically, LEGO games have become boring for me because they just all feel too familiar.