posted by airwalkrr (SAN ANTONIO, TX) Apr 12, 2008
Member since Mar 2008
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga was entertaining for a few hours, but it quickly became apparent that there was not much of a challenge to the game. Do not get me wrong; the game is not without its charms. The cut scenes are cute and quite comical despite the lack of dialogue. The storyline more or less adheres to the movies, but most of the action takes place during times of "off-screen" activities. Most of your favorite climactic scenes are there though, such as Luke's confrontation with Vader on Bespin or the face-off between Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi. What is unfortunate about the game (for me at least) is that there is little skill necessary. This is the very definition of a button-masher with infinite lives. There is a minor penalty for each death of your main character, but it doesn't prevent you from completing a level.
Shortcomings aside, there are a number of fun things to do in the game. You collect studs (small LEGO bricks) throughout the game, giving you the ability to purchase new characters and new mini games in the cantina (which serves as kind of a base of operations). Earning new characters is always interesting because new types of characters give you access to different areas of the levels. For instance, only protocol droids can unlock certain doors. And not all Jedi are created equal. Some have better moves than others, such as Yoda, clearly the best of the bunch. There are also minikits and special bricks to collect in each level that you have to find. If there is a challenge to this game, finding them is it, though all they do is unlock more mini games.
In all, it was a fun play for a short period of time, but I was really desiring something with a bit more substance by the end. I think it is a great game for young kids who won't get bored with the lack of challenge on long car trips, but for those craving something more, I recommend checking out other adventure games.