The Lego Star Wars series began in 2005, and at the time it seemed an unusual hybrid. Developer Travelers Tales took the timelessness of Lego and combined it with one of the most popular film franchises ever - such a cash-in should have been in the bargain bin and panned for all eternity. But the game was brilliant fun, and was followed up last year with an even better sequel which focused on the Original Trilogy. With all six Star Wars movies covered, Lucasarts has released Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga a best-of compilation. Is the charm still there or is it time to simply 'lego' of the series?
The Complete Saga plays much the same as its predecessors. In the game you take control of several Star Wars characters and play through Episode I through VI of the Star Wars films. The game is an action adventure title, but features quite a few puzzles for players to solve, and all your favourite Star Wars scenes have been recreated in Lego form, which should bring a smile to any die-hard Star Wars fan's face. The content from the previous two titles has been brought over to The Complete Saga. Players will start off in Mos Eisley and then select levels by entering doors. After completing the first level every other level is opened for you, so you can really approach the game in any way you like. If you get stuck then you can simply move forward and play another chapter.
The main reason that Lego Star Wars has been so popular is that it's just so fun. Players will control one character, but you can switch characters on the fly and the levels are designed so that you'll need to utilise the strengths of specific characters to progress. Children will find the game enjoyable, but the game is also interesting enough so that adults can also play it without getting bored - it really is that rare type of game where children and adults can play together with both parties being equally entertained.
There isn't too much to differentiate The Complete Saga from its predecessors. There have been a few extra chapters added to the game, such as Anakin Skywalker's pursuit of Zam Wessell, but aside from the occasional extra chapter those who played the previous games will have seen it all before. There are also extra characters and some new costumes for the customisable characters, which is better then nothing.
Ever since the Wii Remote was announced Star Wars fans have dreamed of using it as a lightsaber, and in The Complete Saga this is finally possible. You can still do a button press, or hold B and swing away. It's relatively limited, and we would still love to see another Star Wars game utilise the lightsaber in a more involved way but, it's still a great addition. A lighsaber noise will also come out of the Wii remote too, which is a nice touch.
One of the problems that has plagued Lego Star Wars ever since the first game is the poor camera and unfortunately it really hasn't been fixed. It has been improved, but there are still plenty of times when the camera gets in your way to the point of frustration. The Wii version has missed out a little though. The online co-op play which has been included in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game has unfortunately been removed altogether, which is a shame.
Graphically Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga looks good. The environments are quite large, the FMVs in the game are fantastic, and the soundtrack is brilliant and really makes the game sound like a Star Wars game. In terms of lifespan, just playing through the chapters will take about ten to twelve hours., but by just doing this most players will barely be touching the surface of the game, as there are plenty of unlockables and lots to collect - in fact completing Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga completely would take weeks.
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is ultimately a good best-of collection. DS and Xbox 360 owners have already had a chance to play last year's game, but PlayStation 3 and Wii owners who are experiencing the game for the first time will be pleased to know this is the ultimate version. There are more Lego games on the way but it's a testament to the quality of this game that one of the best Star Wars games ever is a Lego game. Sure, there isn't a whole lot new, and the few new additions are mainly just a novelty, but kids and adults alike will have a lot of fun with Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga.