Lego Star Wars: The complete Saga is a great way to experience the first six films of the Star Wars saga. (The Force Awakens has got it's own game) In a sense it's not perfect. To give each game a fare representation, each film has six chapters.
Right, who's going first?
Sometimes that isn't enough, as key scenes aren't covered. In this article I'll be exploring an idea for a new level for each film. And if TT Games are reading this and considering remaking these games, feel free to use these ideas, ok? Let’s get started.
The Gungan City (Episode I: The Phantom Menace)
Mission Goal: Travel to the underwater Gungan city. Travel to Naboo while avoiding the giant sea monster you encounter.
The Phantom Menace had a few scenes that weren't covered. The Gungan battle with the Droid army, or young Anakin’s space fight (until I remembered it was a cut level that is a bonus level). But then the third was the obvious choice.
When Qui-Gon Ginn and Obi-Wan meet Jar-Jar Binks, he leads them to the underwater city where his people live. Swimming underwater is something that has been largely unexplored in the Lego series. This would be a different experience from the rest of Lego Star Wars.
Exploring the city would also be a different location to explore, especially since it is underwater. But then I thought, why stop there? After Boss Nass gives Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan a ship, how about escaping from the huge sea creature, Crash Bandicoot style? That would be a new twist on the scene!
Skywalker Home (Episode II: Attack of the Clones)
Mission Goal: Travel to Tatooine to find Anakin's mother. Then travel to the Tuskan Raider camp where he finds his mother.
I'd admit that this would have to dumbed down for Lego audiences. (you can't show a scene where he murders a village) It still offers something different, despite the change. We have explored the wastlelands in the second chapter of episode IV. Considering how much the planet is in the movies, there is more to be explored, and definitely warrants two levels.
Another interesting aspect would be to explore the home of the Skywalkers, as it was only briefly seen in A New Hope. Exploring around the farm, both on the outskirts and inside the buildings is something we don’t see in the films, nevermind the games.
Later on in the level, travelling via the "jet ski" is yet another Star Wars vehicle to play with and add to your collection. I envision the segment to find Anakin’s mother like this: When you arrive at the camp, a stealthy section begins where you "immobilize” all the raiders to get to Shmi Skywalker.
Yoda vs Darth Sidious (Episode III: Revenge of the Sith)
Mission Goal: Yoda encounters Darth Sidious and they battle it out through the throne room, leading to the senate complex.
This was the level I thought about that give me the idea for this article. TT Games are generally thorough when it comes to story and cutscenes. No part of this scene is shown in-game, so this is a brand new experience to be had.
As for the fight itself, it's tricky as there are only two characters on screen. They could follow a similar pattern to the Obi-Wan VS Anakin duel, where the players fight, work together, then fight. With some improvisation and clever level design, the duel would feel the most epic in the entire game. These two characters are the strongest on each side of the force. For them to fight in the throne room leading to the republic chambers, would be quite a contrast compared to the Obi-Wan vs Anakin duel.
Here are pictures of the scenes in question, just in case you haven't seen Star Wars before...
The Millennium Falcon (Episode IV: A New Hope)
Mission Goal: When the Falcon heads back to the rebel base, explore inside and then the base itself.
I'd be completely honest, the original trilogy has more content in-game than the pre-quels, so it was harder to think of an extra level for A New Hope. After re-watching the film, there is one section which would be interesting to play.
After the guys escape the Death Star, it would be cool to explore the falcon and then to complete various tasks on the ship itself. Things like getting it ready for combat, odd jobs like that. The next part of the level will involve using the blasters on the falcon to shoot down enemy ships.
The next part of the level will take place in the rebel base itself. Approaching the base on a barge transport, Luke enters the base. You will need to assemble your ship and find R2-D2, with the help of Luke's best friend from his childhood. Two ironic locations, one awesome level!
The Blizzards of Hoth (Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)
Mission Goal: When Han travels to the command centre, he finds that Luke hasn’t checked in. Han and a high-ranking rebel solider heads outside in the blizzard to find Luke.
While there are already two levels set on the snowy planet of Hoth, there is space for a third. A major scene not covered by Lego Star Wars is the part when Han discovers that Luke is missing, so he goes outside on a Tauntaun to look for him.
Starting at the base, the player collects the clothes and equipment. Han and a high-ranking rebel solider (so there’s two characters on screen) go out of the base and explore the snowy conditions.
Weather is underused in the LEGO series, so trying to explore with limited vision would be a different challenge. During the trip, you encounter Empire spy droids, so the player will have to avoid them or take them out as fast as they can. Once the player finds Luke, then constructing a tent and the relay signal is next on the job list. This then keys in with the cutscene in the final game.
An Old Friend (Episode VI: Return of the Jedi)
Mission Goal: Luke travels to Dagobah again and returns to the rebel fleet.
Return of the Jedi doesn’t have as many locations as it’s predecessors, so coming up with a new level for this film was tricky. But then it hit me, instead of coming up with a new location, why not revisit one?
Dagobah is a mysterious place, and a force sensitive planet (hence why the Emperor hasn’t detected Yoda’s presence). So it would be great to revisit the planet now Luke is a Jedi, and see how much the planet has "changed?"
After exploring, you encounter Yoda who puts Luke through some challenges to determine if he is a Jedi. The level then changes into a space fight, with Luke trying to fend off some Empire tie-fighters who have found him. This leads Luke to meeting up with the Rebel Base and the meeting about blowing up the second Death Star.
TT Games have done a great job of Legoizing Star Wars for the games. These are some of the ideas of what they could add if they ever wanted to expand on the films even more.