Excerpt: Okay, in my defense, I didn't realize that it was a children's game. I can't say whether it's a testament to Lego's enduring popularity as the world's greatest toy, or my own fundamental lack of maturity, but when I first looked at the box on the videogame store shelf, it didn't occur to me that Lego Star Wars could have possibly been made for anyone other than me specifically.
Excerpt: After blasting through all three "films" in the Lego Star Wars game, I walked away from the experience feeling that these stubby, super-deformed and cartoony characters had just provided me with more entertainment and a deeper sense of satisfaction than George Lucas and the entire Skywalker Ranch could manage with their insanely powerful computer graphics and hundreds of millions of dollars.
Excerpt: After many years when JECO was my best friend, the occult powers of the FSN have invented a new game, called by some Revolution. LEGO was for a long while, at least for me, that vineyard surrounded by a hedge build up entirely of salesmen who were extremely polite but categorical in their refusal to give me some moments of intimacy with the little boxes containing, in my vision, the American dream.
Excerpt: When you were a child, a parent or teacher probably told you "Stop that. It's not big and it's not clever." The latter half of this phrase sums up Lego Star Wars more concisely than any other erudite turn of phrase I could dare hope to come up with. It's not big, and it's not clever, but it's as much fun as what you were told to stop doing with that very phrase all those years ago.
Excerpt: Try to avoid Star Wars fans, at least the ones that were " there when it was shown for the first time " in their town. You'll undoubtedly be told a story about how their mouth gaped open in sheer wonder at what was happening on the cinema screen, while at the same time hearing about why the new films are awful and how the unaltered originals are still the best.
Excerpt: Lego Star Wars is one of the most intriguing cross-promotional games ever. It’s managed to garner more hype than the official Episode III game, which speaks volumes about the trouble the Star Wars franchise has been in lately. While the game offers a unique take on the Star Wars universe and pretty much hooks you in with the “gotta catch ‘em all” factor of unlocking all of the characters and getting a sneak peak at Episode III, the somewhat lackluster gameplay, however,...
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: OK, it may well be a game targeted more at the younger gamer, but that doesn't stop it being almost pure fun from start to end. Any competent gamer is going to see all this game has to offer faster than foreign tap water goes through you, but every last moment will be savoured. It's also the perfect game to play with your own kids to introduce them to gaming.
Excerpt: Growing up there were two things that were the epitome of cool, Star Wars and Lego. Just in time to catch the Episode Three tidal wave
Eidos has published what is one of the best Star Wars video games made with the simply put Lego Star Wars. Not content with focusing
in on a single episode in the 6 movie arc, LSW takes bits from each of the three prequels and hand picks some of the better action
sequences to translate into a wonderfully simple, yet amazingly fun gaming...
Summary: The idea of retelling the story of Star Wars using Lego building blocks sounds like the premise for a clever fan-made short film, something that would end up being passed around by e-mail and message boards. But Eidos and Traveller's Tales have taken the idea and run with it, creating a game that, while designed with kids in mind, has such a surplus of charm that even nostalgia-minded adults will be able to join in on the fun.
Pros: Incredible amounts of charm, Fun twists on action adventure conventions, Looks good, sounds better
Cons: Short single-player campaign, Episode III spoilers galore!