Star Wars Lego II the Original Trilogy
LEGO Star Wars II follows the Rebel
Alliance's crusade to dismantle the Galactic Empire and rebuild a galaxy
in pieces. Build and battle your way through your favorite film moments,
from Darth Vader's pursuit of Princess Leia aboard her Blockade Runner
to a showdown on the second Death Star!
The Star Wars Lego saga returns and this
time it’s the Xbox 360 turn which is probably one of the simplest and greatest games of all time.
Prophetic words my dear readers but who would of thought that something
so simple could be so damn entertaining and addictive.
For the first time ever, build and ride
vehicles (landspeeders, AT-STs, speeder bikes and more) and mount
creatures (from the banthas of desert Tatooine to the tauntauns of
frigid Hoth) through on-foot levels.
Now, all non-droid characters - not
just those with the Force - have the power to build.
Unlock more than 50 playable
characters, from cultural icons like Luke, Leia and Darth Vader to
fan favorites such as Greedo, Jawas and Gamorrean guards.
Unlock up to 54 more playable
characters with a game save from the original LEGO Star Wars.
Create unique playable characters like
Yoda Kenobi, Lando Fortuna and millions more by mixing and matching
the LEGO body parts of all playable characters.
In Free Play mode, experience the
Original Trilogy in a new way by importing any character into land
levels, or switch between vehicles at will in space levels. Make
Darth Maul a hero of the Rebellion, or destroy the Death Star with a
Character-specific attacks include
Chewbacca pulling enemies' arms out of their sockets, Vader's Force
choke, Leia's "slap" melee attack and many more.
Solve a greater variety of puzzles that
encourage creative thinking through the use of teamwork and unique
building situations only possible in a LEGO galaxy far, far away.
The adaptive difficulty option creates
more challenging gameplay for Jedi Master gamers - the better you
do, the tougher it gets.
The premise behind Star Wars Lego II is
that the title is basically an adventure arcade game that although is based in the
remarkable Star Wars universe is actually made up of Lego. That is
correct; almost the entire universe of Lego Star Wars II is made from
tiny Lego blocks, even the characters themselves that simply look
To make things even more interesting, the entire storyline of
Lego Star Wars II revolves around the original first three movies
(Episode IV, Episode V and Episode VI), so whether your fighting your
way through the Deathstar, battling huge imperial walkers on Hoth or
exploring Jabba’s palace, the entire storyline has been faithfully
Star Wars Lego II begins
where all good Star Wars games should start, the Canteena bar on the
desolate desert world of Tatooine. In this Lego version of the Canteena
bar, the player is greeted by a variety of different Star Wars
characters made from these popular toy blocks. Within the bar, there are
a variety of doors that lead to various areas in the movies.
However, before these
areas can be accessed, the player must first complete the first scene
from Star Wars Episode IV A New hope that has princess Leia searching
for R2D2 in order to hide the plans for the Death Star. The beauty of
Star Wars Lego is that although it follows the storyline of the movies,
there is a plethora of comedic anecdotes such as an imperial officer
crying when he gets chastised by Darth Vader or if you accidentally hit
another member of your party, they sometimes chase you around for
payback until their anger has subsided.
The gameplay of Lego Star Wars II heavily
borders on action and adventure with the main objectives in the game
being to solve a variety of puzzles by using whatever Lego blocks may be
littered around the gaming area. The game also reminds me of the old
arcade game called Vikings that has the player using all the players in
their party to complete the mission. For instance, only R2D2 or C3PO may
have the ability to open doors or Luke Skywalker is needed to use the
force to move Chewbacca to another area of the game.
Apart from solving puzzles and exploring,
the Star Wars gamer must also engage in a wide variety of enemies that
range from Storm Troopers, Gamorrean guards to Ewoks that all have their
own distinct personalities and weapons. Although characters like Leia,
Han Solo or Chewbacca generally rely on their blasters to destroy their
opponents, other characters such as Luke Skywalker uses his trusty
lightsabre to perform a variety of Jedi-like maneuvers.
Another key aspect of Lego star wars is
that the player must also collect a wide range of Lego bolts and nuts
that assists with your score and unlocking new areas. However, each
time you die, you lose a portion of these collectibles and then there is
a mad rush to collect them again as they are scattered throughout the
area you are currently in.
If you die, you automatically
come back as your character and you can also swap between characters by
pressing the Y button. Other controls that you should be familiar are
the stock standard use and jump button that must be used in conjunction
to successfully complete the title.
Graphically, Star Wars Lego II is a visual
treat on the Xbox that looks simply amazing on our high definition
Plasma TV. Even though the majority of the game is based on Lego, it
looks virtually identical to all the movies and whether you’re running
through Jabba’s palace or fighting your way through the Deathstar, you
really get the sense that you are in the Star Wars Universe.
special effects from the movies have also been included in the game,
whether it’s the familiar hue of the lightsabre or the various lasers in
the game, they have all been professionally implemented. Nothing could
be more entertaining than using your blasters to blow Lego storm
troopers away and see them fall into bits.
As with the graphics, the sound in Star
wars Lego II is exceptional and features all the sounds from this
wondrous universe. Although there is no voice acting in the title, all
the characters sound a little like the Sims but each character has their
distinct voice such as Darth Vader.
The music has also been taken
directly from the movie and although the soundtrack has only been
modified, there are some bits where the music has been implemented into
the gaming world such as building a ghetto blaster that blasts the
imperial march theme and seeing the Gamorrean guards dance to it is worth
the admission alone.
In conclusion, Star Wars Lego II the
Original Trilogy is a brilliant and addictive game and even though it
may be aimed at the younger market, had this old gamer having some grave difficulty
in completing a few of the levels, especially the puzzles. With great
graphics, amazing storyline, awesome music and sound effects, Star Wars
Lego II is a must have for your Xbox 360. Highly Recommended!