Lego Star Wars Strikes Back
Product: Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Company: Lucas Arts
Date: 07/19/2007
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Though all six episodes of the Star Wars movies have been translated into video games in the very popular Lego format, Lucas Arts and Traveller's Tales are giving it one more go with all six episodes appearing on one game.

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga not only goes through the events of the six movies with the now classic slap-stick format that the Lego series has brought, but features of Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy that were not available, like building vehicles and mixing characters, will be seen in the episodes from the original game. This means that you will be able to throw together vehicles from the prequels while fighting off battle droids.

The game will also have all of the characters from the other two games, as well as a few new playable faces (like Zam Wessell, Watto and Boss Nass), for over 120 characters for you to mix and match minifigures. But the new characters and ability to add vehicles aren't the only features that come with this combined game. New levels are introduced including Anakin and Obi-Wan's chase after Zam Wessell in Episode II.

Other level reworkings from the first Lego Star Wars game include revamped Mos Espa Podrace and Gunship Cavalry levels that will make it less linear and open the door to a more free-roaming style like seen in The Original Trilogy.

On the 360 and PS3, not only will the game have a graphical overhaul that will make it look better than the previous games, but for the first time ever in a Lego Star Wars title, you will be able to play with the game's co-op feature online. This plus the Wii version's use of gesture-based controls (yes, you actually get to use the Wii for lightsaber combat!) gives a unique twist for each of the platforms.

Other interesting Wii-related controls include having to shake both the Wii-mote and Nunchuck up and down as fast as possible in order to build objects. An added perk to this is that if you can shake your hands faster, you will build faster.

The DS version of Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is built from the ground up by the same development team, but this re-worked handheld game will use the system's touch screen capabilities to their fullest.

Look for The Complete Saga to come out November 6th.

J.R. Nip aka Chris Meyer

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