Except for producing bricks, during all of these years, the LEGO Group is active in one more domain: The video game industry. Since 1995, the LEGO Group produced 69 video games! You probably heard of some of them, like LEGO Batman: The Videogame (2008) or LEGO The Lord of the Rings (2012) but I want to recommend one LEGO video game I think is the best. Please note that this is my personal opinion and because of that, you can have a different point of view. I am inviting you to share it in the comments section below. I will be happy to read it!
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
I was always a big fan of Star Wars, and my big wish was to try LEGO Star Wars game. That is why I decided to buy LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga video game for Nintendo DS. The game was released in 2007, after LEGO Star Wars: The videogame (2005) and LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (2006). The Complete Saga is a straight compilation of those two games and brings together the adventures from Star Wars prequel episodes (I, II and III) and the original trilogy (IV, V and VI). I saw some game compilations which starts with a menu where you need to choose which part of the compilation you want to play. That is not the case here. The game starts in the famous Mos Eisley Cantina where you can choose which episode you want to play.
The Cantina itself is very humorous. You can meet various interesting characters from the Star Wars Universe. You can watch a trailer of the upcoming (at that time) TT’s LEGO Indiana Jones, which is a funny and unexpected addition. Even more, you gain the ability to unlock a LEGO Indiana Jones character which means you can try facing Darth Vader in a duel with him. Every episode contains six chapters, and you only need to finish the first chapter of Episode I to unlock all intro chapters of every episode. This allows you to skip playing game episode-by-episode and start with your favourite first. The game has high replayability. When you complete all the episodes, you actually complete about 30% of the whole game.
Currency and Characters
The studs are the currency which you can exchange for a lot of things when you finish chapters and get back to the Cantina. Studs have silver, gold and blue colour and are valued 10, 100 and 1000, respectively. You don’t need to collect studs at all to finish the game’s story, but only if you want to buy hints, various items and new characters. You have a few ways of earning them. Smashing crates with your lightsaber, pull levers with the Force and construct various objects from LEGO bricks will reward you in studs. You can also smash other characters in the game to get studs, which is a little bit weird and definitely not appropriate for a Jedi knight. However, when you earn studs, you need to collect them from the floor, which can be a little bit annoying after a while.
Unlocking different characters is my favourite way of spending studs. Every character is special in their own way and you unlock different sections with them during free play chapters that you have already finished. You will notice that some rooms in chapters can not be reached during story mode. For example, some doors can be too high for a Jedi, but R2-D2 can fly and enter them (and get more studs and the cool stuff behind them).
I must admit that I played the last chapter of Episode I many times with General Griveous against Darth Maul. As you probably know, General Griveous have four lightsabers while Darth Maul has one lightsaber with two blades. I recommend it if you are a fan of lightsaber fights. Another cool (and yes, really expensive character) is the ghost of Yoda. You won’t need to think about enemy blasters and lightsabers if you choose him. Of course, there are many more interesting characters. I don’t want to spoil all the cool stuff for you. It’s better when you discover them on your own.
The game offers multiplayer too. You and your friend can choose a few unlocked characters and of course, play any chapter you want. It is very funny when both of you decided to be the same character. Just imagine two Yodas facing Darth Vader! There are also a couple of new chapters which are not in the original games. For example, Anakin Skywalker’s pursuit of bounty hunter Zam Wessell.
While successfully progressing through the entire story, you collect Gold Bricks. The number of Gold Bricks is not the same in every platform. Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 versions there are 160 to collect (120 of them are for the main levels) while iOS version has 200 in total. Each of the levels contains three of them. One is for completing the level in the story mode, one for becoming true Jedi by earning a certain amount of studs and the last one is for collecting 10 LEGO “minikit” canisters hidden across the level.
By completing Bounty Hunter missions, where you need to capture key figures of The Old Republic and Rebellion for Jabba The Hutt, you can get even more Gold Bricks, up to 20. You can get six more by completing the bonus missions and another 14 by purchasing them in the Cantina. Speaking about exclusive features, the Wii version of the game includes motion-sensitive inputs while the Nintendo DS version incorporates touch-screen action and challenges.
Overall, I can say that LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga is the best LEGO video game I have ever played. The animation is sharp and shiny and the humour is spot-on. You can build your custom figure using parts from known characters. A new hero can be made, for example, using C-3PO’s head and Princess Leia’s legs. I am a big fan of extremely high-quality music and sound too. I am sure it will give you hundreds of hours of fun. The game is designed for kids, but adult fans of LEGO will enjoy it too.
I am going to finish this article in some unexpected way. You are maybe expecting that I will say “I recommend you to get this game” but I won’t! Why? Because in 2020, game LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will be released. It is a compilation of all nine Star Wars episodes, including The Rise of Skywalker, last episode in the Star Wars saga (coming in theatres on December 2019). I am sure this compilation will be even better than The Complete Saga. If you haven’t played any of the LEGO Star Wars games, I believe you can wait a little bit longer. Or if you are the owner of The Complete Saga, you may find the motivation to play it again after reading my review. That game will include all the features mentioned before with probably some more additional content.
From this point of view, I can say that LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a must-have game.
That is all from me. Hope you find this article informative. If you’re interested in LEGO video games, make sure you check out this article about the LEGO Movie 2: The Video game.
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