LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga Preview
Okay, so, surprisingly, the public has taken a liking to Star Wars games dressed up with LEGO figurines, as opposed to models based on real humans and objects from the movies. We've already seen two iterations of LEGO Star Wars, and now comes yet another one, but this time for the next-generation consoles. The idea of throwing LEGO into the next-gen does sound rather weird; after all, they are simple plastic toys composed of squares and rectangles. But either way, this LEGO Star Wars game is the complete package that takes players through all six movies and then some.
The Complete Saga is a landmark for Star Wars games, as it is the very first to ever allow for all six movies to be played through. This isn't a simple remake of the previous two LEGO efforts, either. Instead, Traveller's Tales will be adding an assortment of new levels, characters and features to the entire experience, in order to truly differentiate from every Star Wars game before it.
Character customization has now been upgraded and will feature "Prequel Trilogy" characters to customize. Likewise, the game will tout millions of customization possibilities. And best of all, you'll be able to mix up your characters, by giving them specific characteristics unique to another character. For instance, you can fuse Mace Windu and Han Solo's traits, and so on. The sky is the limit.
New power ups and force powers will be present, and a new mode called Challenge Mode. Furthermore, because this is more than a remake, Traveller's Tales will be overhauling the LEGO Star Wars II levels, in order to butter them up for this next-gen iteration. Every character in the game will be able to build and drive the vehicles that they create. And with that in mind, The Complete Saga will now place a larger emphasis on utilizing your vehicles. You'll be able to partake in bonus levels, in addition to a total of 10 Bounty Hunter missions that take place in the Prequels (SW1-3).
Both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will feature two-player online co-op, and that just rocks. Moreover, online co-op is worldwide! Now, while LEGO Star Wars may be a videogame made out of LEGOs, rest-assured that you'll be treated to the proper high-definition experience. The image clarity is super crisp, and there's certainly a great use of anti-aliasing, so jaggies are not apparent. Ultimately, what it comes down to is just how realistic will these LEGOs look? Haha. But in all seriousness, this game's visual charm is definitely a crowd pleaser, and you'd have to be a scrooge to not appreciate it.
Look for The Complete Saga to hit in November.
8/27/2007 Arnold Katayev