Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita, PC
Reviewed On: PS4
Developer: Traveller’s Tales
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
Distributor: Ster Kinekor
Release Date: 28 June 2016
When playing a LEGO game, there are a few things you can expect from it. The games have a specific humorous tone, there are hundreds of playable characters to unlock, and every LEGO game is true to the setting which you are playing. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is probably the best LEGO game to date. After the release of LEGO Marvel: The Avengers, we were hoping that the series would make a great comeback, and it did. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is an awesome entry in the series, and really captures the Star Wars franchise, especially by letting us re-live the Force Awakens.
There is no doubt that much work has gone into this game. As usual, everything is LEGO, just the way we like it. From the space fights in the Millennium Falcon, to smashing LEGO pots in the market of Jakku.
If the LEGO Star Wars: Force Awakens does one thing right, it is telling the story of the film. Everything is greatly detailed from the voice-over acting of the characters, to the gags from the supporting roles in the background. As you explore each level, the more you look around, the more Star Wars lore there is to uncover.
Sure the 8-campaign is over pretty quickly, but as you go about each level with a set of characters, you will have to solve puzzles and do specific things with each character. This urges you to switch things up every so often and play around with a different character. Rey for example can use her staff to swing from pole to pole and reach new areas, while Finn has a gas mask which can be used to walk through gas-ridden areas. This is a massive change in the LEGO series, as in past games, characters felt underutilized. In LEGO Star Wars: Force Awakens, you will use every playable character in that level pretty often, and their unique abilities come in handy at all times.
Some puzzles are fun, while others are just boring and overused. BB-8 for example can hack terminals which sees you turning dials to match a hole. This is fun for the first 12 of them, but when you have done it 50 times, it does get a bit tedious. There is another puzzle which sees you swapping character parts to make a Stormtrooper. As much as the game caters for a younger audience, this puzzle seemed completely pointless as it is something you would learn in pre-primary.
Each level is packed with secrets and objects to collect, but like all LEGO games, they are locked behind character abilities, which will only become available post-game. This forces you to go back and play each level in free roam mode, and select the character to use on that specific unlockable. Many of these relied on Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca, so expect to go back and play those levels again to really unlock everything.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens relied more on gunfights that Light Sabre battles. There is a new cover-based battle system which added to the intense battles on-screen. Every so often you would jump behind a wall and take cover, only to peek and shoot when the area is clear around you.
Take to the stars in jet fighters. The space fights are a highlight of the game as you fly around in a TIE Fighter, blowing things up in LEGO glory. These fights handled well, and we were surprised to see the amount of attention to detail they were given.
When you are not on a mission, you are free to explore the social hubs in the game. These are massive areas where you can collect stuff, test out characters, and even unlock secret missions which bridge the gap between some story missions in the game. Keep in mind that there are 204 characters to unlock, so heading back to these areas is important.
As we are Star Wars junkies here at PixelVulture, we would be disappointed if the LEGO interpretation was out there for the sake of a quick buck, but it isn’t. We can see a great tribute when one comes our way, and LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of them. This is a great LEGO game, but most of all, it is a great Star Wars game.