RELEASED: September 2006
AVAILABLE ON: DS, GBA, GCN, MAC, PC, PS2, PSP, Xbox, X360
DEVELOPER(S): Amaze Entertainment (DS, GBA), Traveller's Tales (GCN, PC, PS2, PSP, Xbox, X360), Robosoft Technologies (MAC)
PUBLISHER(S): LucasArts, Feral Interactive (MAC)
We all knew this game was coming, and we were glad about that. How could they even consider not to make another Lego Star Wars game, this time one that was based on the original trilogy we all so love? The home console version of Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy was a commercial and critical success, but once again, the Game Boy Advance version got the short end of the stick. I went on a mission to find out why, and I succeeded. There's nothing wrong with the game. It's just over so quickly you won't know what hit you.
Star Wars Episode XXV: Revenge of the Stud
|The journey begins, again, for this one last |
The developers placed a notable amount of more weight on the Lego theme, in terms of environment, sprites and use of sound. The "cutscenes" from the previous game are removed and replaced with event screens in standard gameplay graphics, to make the progress of the storyline a bit more fluid and comprehensible. The music is good, and the occasional voice samples add to the authenticity. This is another good-looking and -sounding game, not notably better or worse than the first one.
|"Luke, you lost R2!" "Who the hell cares? |
|One of my pet peeves in the whole franchise. |
Finally I was able to do it without any cursing.
Just like everything else in this game.
There are indeed some vehicle missions which the previous game completely lacked, in all three segments of the story mode. The vehicle controls are surprisingly good, no old mistakes are repeated and I must say I had fun with these missions. As far as the constant firing around you and the usual hectic nature of vehicle missions in Star Wars games are concerned, worry not: the game provides you back-up from the very beginning.
|No respect for Wicket.|
|The journey ends. What better way to end |
a 25-game marathon than to get a visit from
the spirits of Yoda, Obi-Wan and... Vader?
He still breathes the same way, too.
I've never seen such a difference between a game's actual playability, and how long it would last as a product from a consumer's standpoint. Once again, Lego Star Wars II is good handheld entertainment, no doubt about it, but a major part of the game is rendered useless in just a couple of hours. Kids, and adults who aren't even sure how to hold the Game Boy Advance properly and straight, will get the most out of this version of the game.
GRAPHICS : 9.1
SOUND : 9.0
PLAYABILITY : 7.7
LIFESPAN : 4.9
CONCLUSION : 6.6
a.k.a. Lego Star Wars II
GameRankings: 58.33% (DS), 62.40% (GBA), 84.13% (GCN), 86.83% (PC), 85.19% (PS2), 84.27% (PSP), 85.93% (Xbox), 81.43% (X360)