So, after an agonising wait, I’ve finally managed to get my hands on Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it does not disappoint! Lego are back with yet another fun-packed action game – and even with their vast array of titles, this one could quite possibly the best of all.
The game opens 30 years prior to The Force Awakens, with Han and co exploring the forests of Endor, while Luke and Vader have it out with the Emperor. There’s battles and explosions from the outset, and we are quickly introduced to a vast number of playable characters for a first level, along with new gameplay styles to boot.
The concept is the same – working through a series of levels with two-player capabilities, collecting studs and minibricks – and the controls similarly so, but with a few subtle additions. Now objects you create can be dismantled again and rebuilt in different places, making for multiple uses for the same bricks.
Another interesting new style is the tactical shootout, ducking behind barricades as a shield and having to actually aim at your enemy targets, as opposed to the game’s typical auto-targeting mechanics. When you look back on the original Lego Star Wars games, it’s incredible how much things have come on since.
In this prologue, before we even get into the main game, we’re already exposed to so much epicness, a sure sign of things to come. From face-offs to puzzles, cute cutscenes to space battles, and of course a little taste of lightsaber swinging awesomeness, this first level has everything, and is a great way to get you in the mood to continue the story.
The best thing about it, besides the fact that it’s Lego and Star Wars, is the humour and the heart, as well as it being a relatively large game to navigate. The end of the story does not mean the end of the game, as you can never collect everything in your first run.
It was great to be able to play as Han Solo and Chewy, and even Vader for a while, but it’s equally refreshing taking control of these new characters, and Lego BB8 might even be cuter than the real one, if that’s even possible. This game is so beautifully crafted and just great, casual fun that just about anyone can get into. If there is one purchase I’m going to regret, it’s most definitely NOT this one.
More to come as I progress further into the game…