Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars


By: Jess Nickelsen    On: PlayStation 3
Published: Friday 1 Apr 2011 2:00 PM
 
 
 
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Writing a lead-in for a game with both ‘Lego’ and ‘Star Wars’ in the title feels a bit redundant; both franchises have been making kids and adults go squee for over thirty years now. I have to admit though, the Lego game series is starting to feel more comfortably-familiar than cutting-edge, and, as a fan of the first three movies but not the new Star Wars material, I never watched the Clone Wars animated series (which this new title is based on). So when the game arrived I was more than a little curious as to whether there’d be anything in Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars to make me go squee - and happily, there was.

 

As far as first impressions go, the game and I definitely got off to a good start. LSWIII:TCW is a great-looking game, especially in HD: the lighting is fantastic, and the characters have a new freshness that I don’t remember seeing in earlier Lego titles. The initial moments of seeing characters in Lego form (especially the aliens) are as cool as ever. And the cut scenes still retain that cheeky humour these titles manage to pull off almost effortlessly - poking fun at the source material while still remaining respectful of it.

 

There is a huge cast of characters that players can eventually unlock, but the game begins with control over Anakin Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobe, and Padme (Anakin’s squeeze), as they await their inevitable ends, chained to pillars in the Geonosis Arena. While Padme’s main skill appears to be ‘holding on to chains’, playing as the Jedi really is a lot of fun. Their lightsabers are handy for knocking down enemies, they can be hurled through the air at flying creatures, and even used to cut things open, and the Jedi force blast skill is great for large crowd control.

 

 

After escaping Geonosis, the characters are returned to Anakin’s ship, the Resolute, which serves as a game hub between quests. The Resolute isn’t just a place to stop and catch your breath, however, as there are heaps of unlockable areas that require the elusive gold bricks (gained by completing quests) to open. Players select quests from a large star map - think Mass Effect - which extend, stage-by-stage, and from planet to planet.

 

While the core gameplay still consists of switching focus between several characters as they make their way through a specific level, LSWIII:TCW also includes massive land-based ground battles, where players take on a more strategic role in achieving battle objectives, such as recovering held territory. For some players, this may be their first introduction to this type of play - and while seasoned strategy gamers won’t find this at all difficult, kids who have cut their teeth on Lego Harry Potter may need a parental helping hand here.

 

 

I was completely surprised by this shift of focus, but in retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have been - even though it felt at times as though someone had pressed the "Epic" button on Lego while I wasn’t looking. The whole game feels larger in scale - and not just because it takes place in space. The game moves effortlessly between sweeping vistas and the character level, such as when you fly a fighter around the side of a hulking star ship, then land to let your character hop out and start sabering clones. It works really well, and is just one example of how well things can work when you let the material have an impact on the gameplay.

 

"it felt at times as though someone had pressed the "Epic" button"

 

All the small stuff is still here too: the endless, almost OCD-inducing collection of Lego studs (currency), gold and red bricks, minikit parts, and unlockable characters, ships, vehicles and mini-games. There are so many things to interact with, both with the force, and specific characters, that encourage a second run-through once everyone has been unlocked. There is just so much content to the game, that players will find themselves inevitably in the middle of a frenzied grab-a-thon.

 

Scoring this game is a bit of a tough one - the gameplay is great yet in many ways familiar. The Star Wars story is well-known yet (for me) still jars as the newer, fresher sibling of an iconic original. The elements of strategy introduced are a great new inclusion, yet they still remain quite easy to get through. And there are just so many Lego and Star Wars products on the market, it may be difficult to see this title as more than just another addition to the overwhelming amount of existing material. But casting these personal concerns aside, LSWIII:TCW is cute, thrilling, and polished - and very hard to resist.


The Score

LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
"It’s Lego, but not as we know it..."
8.0
Great
Rating: G   Difficulty: Easy   Learning Curve: 5 Min

 

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Wh1teDeAth88
On Saturday 2 Apr 2011 1:18 PM Posted by Wh1teDeAth88
Who plays these games??? I would really like to know because I have tried to play these lego games and I lose interest within 5 minutes, I really cant see how people find them entertaining. With every new lego game its just more of the same formula, rinse and repeat.
 
 
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phantom
On Saturday 2 Apr 2011 2:40 PM Posted by phantom
2 April 2011, 01:18 PM Reply to Wh1teDeAth88
Who plays these games??? I would really like to know because I have tried to play these lego games and I lose interest within 5 minutes, I really cant see how people find them entertaining. With every new lego game its just more of the same formula, rinse and repeat.
People are different - some people love these games :)
 
 
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Stark97
On Saturday 2 Apr 2011 10:10 PM Posted by Stark97
2 April 2011, 01:18 PM Reply to Wh1teDeAth88
Who plays these games??? I would really like to know because I have tried to play these lego games and I lose interest within 5 minutes, I really cant see how people find them entertaining. With every new lego game its just more of the same formula, rinse and repeat.
Are you serious?
Lego games are awesome fun imo. Lego Star Wars/Batman and Indy are all great games, i put well over 40 hours into Lego Indy, its one of the more funner games i have played and totally additive, collectibles are great and the games take awhile to complete to 100% which adds to the replayabilty.

I might pick this up.
I'm a Lego game guy. Great review, game sounds cool.
 
 
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Wh1teDeAth88
On Saturday 2 Apr 2011 11:30 PM Posted by Wh1teDeAth88
2 April 2011, 10:10 PM Reply to Stark97
Are you serious?
Lego games are awesome fun imo. Lego Star Wars/Batman and Indy are all great games, i put well over 40 hours into Lego Indy, its one of the more funner games i have played and totally additive, collectibles are great and the games take awhile to complete to 100% which adds to the replayabilty.

I might pick this up.
I'm a Lego game guy. Great review, game sounds cool.
"One of the more funner games and totally additive" So obviously it is just children that play them. And what 'additive'? Artificial colouring?
 
 
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Stark97
On Sunday 3 Apr 2011 5:10 PM Posted by Stark97
2 April 2011, 11:30 PM Reply to Wh1teDeAth88
"One of the more funner games and totally additive" So obviously it is just children that play them. And what 'additive'? Artificial colouring?
f**k your an idiot.
 
 
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Ron NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Sunday 3 Apr 2011 5:44 PM Posted by Ron
^ mate you don't have to use bad language. NZGamer.com has a vote down system that will help keep people in check. Personally I think this game is a great game ;-).
 
 
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Stark97
On Sunday 3 Apr 2011 6:05 PM Posted by Stark97
3 April 2011, 05:44 PM Reply to Ron
^ mate you don't have to use bad language. NZGamer.com has a vote down system that will help keep people in check. Personally I think this game is a great game ;-).
^Apologies.
Yeah it looks like a great/fun, might pick it up soon.
I'll keep my language in check (blush).
 
 
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Wh1teDeAth88
On Sunday 3 Apr 2011 7:12 PM Posted by Wh1teDeAth88
3 April 2011, 06:05 PM Reply to Stark97
^Apologies.
Yeah it looks like a great/fun, might pick it up soon.
I'll keep my language in check (blush).
I'm an idiot? This coming from the guy that says "one of the more funner games" and spell's "addictive" as additive? And quite frankly I found your response offensive, we don't need people like you around here dude
 
 
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CheeseTastic NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
On Monday 4 Apr 2011 12:08 PM Posted by CheeseTastic
Oh no, he made a spelling mistake. BURN THE WITCH
 
 
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Wh1teDeAth88
On Monday 4 Apr 2011 5:43 PM Posted by Wh1teDeAth88
4 April 2011, 12:08 PM Reply to CheeseTastic
Oh no, he made a spelling mistake. BURN THE WITCH
Oh no, you are an immature moron as well. Ay sh*tgoose
 
 
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Stark97
On Monday 4 Apr 2011 6:03 PM Posted by Stark97
4 April 2011, 05:43 PM Reply to Wh1teDeAth88
Oh no, you are an immature moron as well. Ay sh*tgoose
Dude (Spelling Cop)
I'm sorry for calling you out as an idiot yesterday. It was a bit on harsh on second thoughts, no need to insult other members, it was my bad. Yeah my spelling was a bit sh*t on that last post = stupid laptop keyboard. Spelling make-eth the man.

Any rate, back on topic. Prob going to buy this, really enjoyed the past Lego games, Plus its pretty cheap at Ozshop (thumbsup)
 
 
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Wh1teDeAth88
On Monday 4 Apr 2011 8:52 PM Posted by Wh1teDeAth88
4 April 2011, 06:03 PM Reply to Stark97
Dude (Spelling Cop)
I'm sorry for calling you out as an idiot yesterday. It was a bit on harsh on second thoughts, no need to insult other members, it was my bad. Yeah my spelling was a bit sh*t on that last post = stupid laptop keyboard. Spelling make-eth the man.

Any rate, back on topic. Prob going to buy this, really enjoyed the past Lego games, Plus its pretty cheap at Ozshop (thumbsup)
Well the guy calls himself a 'sh*tgoose', look at his profile. Thats where that came from. And i'm not trying to be the spelling cop (lol), it was just an observation. As you can tell my sense of humour is f**ked up at times. Apologies to all for any offence caused and yes, this is just way off topic now. Back to the gaming!
 
 
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Kegz NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Tuesday 5 Apr 2011 9:07 AM Posted by Kegz
Boy oh boy I want this game. The Lego series are great little games, you can just play them and have fun without worrying about anything too serious. You get a few laughs out of them too.
Unfortunately to pay full price for something like that is a little too much in my opinion, I'll be picking it up later on when it's cheap.
 
 
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Koopa18 NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Tuesday 5 Apr 2011 5:45 PM Posted by Koopa18
Lol I wish this guy was on the forums to make it interesting.

Lego Star Wars is cool, never got into the others.. harry potter looked good I guess but I haven't played it yet
 
 
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MatEPoon
On Tuesday 5 Apr 2011 9:39 PM Posted by MatEPoon
I've played through Lego Star Wars, Indy, and Batman with my 4 year old. They're great co-op for kids, and adults. Will definately pick this up at some stage. Maybe for xmas pressie for my boy, of course, not for me at all...
 
 
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Buzz Bumble
On Saturday 9 Apr 2011 12:06 PM Posted by Buzz Bumble
2 April 2011, 01:18 PM Reply to Wh1teDeAth88
Who plays these games??? I would really like to know because I have tried to play these lego games and I lose interest within 5 minutes, I really cant see how people find them entertaining. With every new lego game its just more of the same formula, rinse and repeat.
The Lego games are aimed at a different target audience of younger and family players ... not "hard core gamers". Everyone is different - personally I tend to dislike "first person shooters", technically they're all just "rinse and repeat" clones of Doom. There will be more Lego games coming (another Harry Potter, another Indianna Jones, a Pirates of the Caribbean, etc.), so if you don't like them then simply don't bother reading the reviews or buying the games, it's not rocket science. :o
 
 
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bigspenda
On Tuesday 12 Jul 2011 10:54 PM Posted by bigspenda
My nieces and nephews love these games and i have these on hand for them to play as well as for me.
 
 
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