When looking at Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, you canâ€™t help feeling that itâ€™s probably the game that should have been made originally. And to resell two existing products without any kind of price reduction seems a little devious. However, for better or for worse, it is here and available for purchase. So what is different?
The game isnâ€™t just a package containing both games, but it isnâ€™t a complete overhaul either. Youâ€™ll start off in Mos Eisley Cantina and youâ€™ll be able to choose any of the six episodes to play. There are 36 story missions, all of which can be replayed through in Free Play mode for extra secrets; 20 Bounty Hunter missions; and six bonus missions. There is also a new battle arena that can prove to be pretty entertaining.
In regards to the 36 levels, little has changed for the Original Trilogy levels. However, plenty of the Prequel Trilogy levels have had some tweaking. While the general level design remains the same, players can now take advantage of Original Trilogy features, such building without the Force and riding in vehicles. The create-a-player mode from Lego Star Wars II also returns
While itâ€™s mostly tweaks, a few levels have been redesigned. The Mos Espa Pod Race, for example, features a toned-down difficulty and new controls, meaning that it is no longer a pace-breaking act of frustration to play. In fact, itâ€™s almost too easy now.
Some extra features cut from the original Lego Star Wars have also been included, such as the chase of Zam Wesell and the space fight above Naboo. Some extra characters, such as fan-favourite Aayla Secura, make an appearance for use in Free Play mode. Additionally, some of the cutscenes have been remastered and Episode III levels now finally feature the Episode III soundtrack.
Another overhaul comes in the form of the graphics, which are comparable to Lego Star Wars II for the Xbox 360. The Prequel Trilogy levels look as amazing as the Original Trilogy levels, and there is a nice sheen to everything that adds to the realism â€“ as odd as that sounds, talking about a movie enacted by Lego blocks.
However, there is some absolutely revolting graphical tearing in this game, to the point where you can actually see the screen refreshing. Itâ€™s not bad enough to ruin the game, but itâ€™s awfully distracting and can really take away from the experience. Given the power of the next generation consoles, there is absolutely no excuse for this.
Another nice new feature is that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game offer online co-op. The Wii version, on the other hand, offers you the ability to swing the Wii remote to control your Lego lightsaber, something that everyone has wanted to do since they saw the Wii remote revealed.
Apart from the previously listed changes and additions, itâ€™s pretty much business as usual. Thatâ€™s not to say that Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is a bad game. It still oozes ridiculous amounts of charm, and itâ€™s almost impossible to not to smile or chuckle as you see the Star Wars saga acted out by those little Danish blocks.
However, the chances are that if you were interested in Lego Star Wars, you are probably the proud owner of at least one if not both of the original games. And despite the overhauled Prequel Trilogy parts, and despite the online mode for the PS3 and Xbox 360, there is little here to warrant repurchasing this old content, especially at full price. Unfortunately, while Lego Star Wars is a great game by all accounts, it still feels a little too much like a cheap attempt to cash in on the surprise success of the franchise.
If you donâ€™t have Lego Star Wars or Lego Star Wars II and youâ€™re in the market for a cute, family-friendly affair that can be enjoyed by young and old, then Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is worth every penny. However, if you already own either game, youâ€™re not going to find much here to justify the price.