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About the Game
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This game needs little introduction. It’s Lego… It’s Star Wars… It’s a video game… and what do you get when you force them together? Yep you guessed it! Some people complain that there's been too many Lego Video Games in recent years. With Lego Batman, Dimensions, Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones and loads more.

They may have a point, but let's not forget that it was Lego Star Wars that led the way, way back in 2005. With the sequel being a hit, TT Games then combined both games into one package. One game covering the first six films in the Star Wars Saga? Count me in! So with so many advancements in gameplay and graphics in the Lego series since 2005, has it stood the test of time? Let’s begin.
Quote Before we get to the actual gameplay, isn’t it cool that Star Wars is explore able in Lego? What better way to explore the vast and numerous worlds in the movie series. Playing through Story mode, you can explore worlds like Tatonnie, Hoth, Mustafar and everything in-between re-created in Lego. It looks fantastic and feels like your exploring the Star Wars universe, despite looking a little different to normal.

It isn’t just the worlds that is recreated, Lego Star Wars also has many cutscenes from the films, built brick by brick. Unlike later Lego games, there is no dialogue (yes you read that right). Star Wars has loads of famous lines and moments. These iconic moments are brought to life using various “alternative” methods, with funny results. If you play them in chronology order, you'll notice the cutscenes get better as you progress. Wait to you get to Episode V...

So it looks fantastic and feels like Star Wars, so what about the gameplay – is it up to scratch? There is so many things that fans will love in Lego Star Wars. Let’s take the hundreds of playable characters for instance. You have all the well-known classics, with loads of the lesser known characters too. Hate having too much choice? Sorry folks, there are hundreds of playable characters here!
[Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan]Obi-Wan: "Qui-Gon, let's see if there are any more battle droids."
Qui-Gon: "Hang on a second there padawan, I need to see if there is any Lego in this air vent first..."
As with all the Lego games, collecting Lego is the main bulk of what you do when your exploring the “walking” levels. It is still as fun today smashing up objects and collecting Lego, as it was back all those years ago. Certain characters have force and lightsaber attacks, whereas others use a good old fashioned blaster. You can change up the gameplay in Free Play mode to exactly which type of characters you prefer to play as.

It isn’t just exploring famous locations on foot, some levels do have vehicles for you to use, for either the full level or part of one. This is pretty fun, and gives a nice change in pace, especially some of the bigger vehicles you can use!

You may be thinking that Lego Star Wars is quite big in scale, and you would be right. All 36 story levels covering the first six films (with The Force Awakens getting it’s own release) can be played in three modes. These are Story, Free Play and Challenge modes, which are to collect all the gold bricks and then complete the game. That itself is quite big in scale, but you also have bonus levels and new Bounty Hunters missions to sink your teeth into.

Closing Thoughts
Very Good Very Good
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga combines two complete Lego Star Wars games and adds extra stuff to make it awesome. It’s a fun filled Star Wars game, and even when you consider all the improvements and enhancements that the Lego series has made since. This is still one of the best Lego video game ever released. It's a great game for both Lego AND Star Wars fans. Do yourself a favour and buy it. May the L.E.G.O. Be with you!

My One Big Highlight
Spiderman No matter what they did with the levels or gameplay to the pre-quels, playing the original trilogy for the first time was pretty special. My highlight is the second chapter of the Return of the Jedi. One of my favourite scenes, it has Luke unleashing his new lightsaber and saving his friends. With great music and cutscenes, it was even better in Lego.
Elephant In the Room
elephantThere's nothing bad about the game per-say, but it does feel sometimes basic. Espically when compared to some of the later Lego games like Lego Marvel Super Heroes and Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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[Cast]Look at how awesome they look as Lego!
Let’s look back for a second. The Lego games have been around for a long time, but it’s only when the original Lego Star Wars came out in 2004 that the series would become very successful. Since then, the series has improved dramatically, while the basic formula remains relatively unchanged.

Let’s fast forward to 2016, where there was a surprise announcement: Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Between the first Lego Star Wars and the latest release, there has been over 20 titles, which spreads between two console generations: so there's a big difference in the "quality" of both games.

When The Force Awakens was announced, people were unsure if they could base a whole game based on one movie, considering the first two Lego Games had a trilogy worth of levels. Well they shouldn’t of worried. This game is a massive game stuffed with content surrounding The Force Awakens.

Let’s talk about level size. There are 10 main chapter levels, plus a prologue (based on Return of the Jedi) and an Epilogue of that mysterious place. These levels are pretty big in length, and much bigger than a lot of the levels in the original games. All the usual gameplay features return, with some new ones like shooter sections and free-roaming vehicle sections.

Something else that we really haven't really seen in a movie tie in – new story missions. These story missions tell events not seen or just heard in the film, expanding the story in a big way. With four DLC levels and 6 extra story missions, there’s some interesting stories to be told. Coupled with 12 story chapters, it's a pretty big game, especially when you remember that you need to complete them all in free play.
[Kylo Ren]I think you can tell who Kylo is a big fan of... only just.
At this point, you may be wondering about playable characters. Since this is based on one film, there wont be that many playable characters. Well they have solved this in the form of DLC. With various character packs from The Clone Wars, Rebels, Freemaker Adventures, Bounty Hunters and a whole Jedi pack, it achieves two things: having most of your favourite characters from the saga being playable in one game, and introducing a lot of fan favourite characters like Ashoka Tano to the series for the first time.

The other big improvement is the voice acting. While we have had voice acting since Lego Batman 2, this goes beyond what we have had before. During the cutscenes, (which all the trademark humour which is as good as it’s ever been) you have voice clips taken directly from the film, but it's during gameplay and the extra missions that it takes it to the next level. The full cast lend their voices! You read that right. Finn, Rey, C3-PO, Kylo Ren, General Leia and even Harrison Ford are all here, which they all give great performances.

The hub world system from Lego Batman 3 and Lego Marvel Avengers returns, with your usual mix of different locations to explore including Jakku, the rebel base on D'Qar and for the first time – the Millennium Falcon! It's very similar setup to Lego Avengers, with hidden gold bricks, character tokens, vehicle tokens and loads of side missions await you!

Closing Thoughts
Closing thoughts: Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the strongest movie tie-ins that TT Games has made so far. It’s jam packed with content, with extra missions and characters to flesh out the story of the Force Awakens. Will they make a Lego Game for The Last Jedi? Time will tell, but if they are I will buy it in a heartbeat, if it’s anything like this one!
Fan Idea
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[Luke and Han]Right, who's going first?
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.

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.
[Montage]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.

Closing Thoughts
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.