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POSTED 5/7/16


LEGO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Traveller’s Tales/WB Games



A short time ago, in a lounge room just, just up the hall...

It’s been a while, but the best thing about a new Star Wars movie was always that there’d be a new LEGO Star Wars game. Well, for some of us – no Force disturbance meant to religious types.

Not only do Traveller’s Tales immerse the latest in the saga into blockiness, they also add extra bits, including a Return of the Jedi intro. As well as being ace fun, this introduces us to two new mechanics – cover shooting, and “multi-builds”. The former’s bleeding obvious, the latter possibly is too. Instead of assembling bubbly piles of LEGO into one thing, you sometimes have various options. This introduces another puzzling element, as sometimes a specific order is required. Other times you may just miss a bonus.

Speaking of puzzling, somebody finally got it through their thick helmet that wayward trips into obtuseness aren’t good for kids – a very big audience here - so most have been dialled back. Sometimes they’re fork-in-brain basic, but some still make you think. They’ve never been the main draw, anyway.

What people want, what they really, really want, is faithfulness to source material while giving it a hearty LEGOfied humour spin. Sure, dad jokes abound, but some of the gags here are quite priceless, even touching. Don’t believe us? Take in Darth Vader checking out his son’s kiddie drawing of him...

Original dialogue from the movie seamlessly integrates (hello LEGO Jurassic World) with new stuff from the majority of the main cast. We certainly don’t remember Han Solo mentioning Wookie Cookies at the cinema...

Then there’s the best videogame starfighting that we’ve played in a long time. PHWOOOOOOOM!

It’s likely sacrilege for some, but for those who don’t take things too seriously this is a gem, and possibly the best LEGOmogrified game yet.

May the series live long and prospe- erm, oops...

take me back to the start...

 



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