Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I’m going to start off my first video game review with the most recent game I have been playing.  Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released on June 28, 2016.  It was made available on most consoles and PC.  I picked this up just before the long weekend because I am a huge fan of the Lego games.

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Lego Star Wars: The Force AwakensStory

I have to admit that I was curious how they were going to stretch one movie into an entire Lego video game.  Every other Lego franchise game that I have has consisted of adaptations of several different movies in one game.  If not, they have a completely original story, such as Lego Marvel Super Heroes and the Lego Batman games.  This game starts out with the first level as a prologue.  It is the final battle on Endor from Return of the Jedi, thus giving some backstory for the events of the game.

There are twelve levels to the main story with six additional levels that tell the story between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

The story is extended enough to make the levels interesting but without making the game feel like it’s dragging.  The downside to this was that the game felt shorter than previous games.  Though, after comparing it with previous games, it is around the same in terms of the number of levels.  Additional DLC levels will be released in the future.

Having seen the movie, I can say that the levels are the same as the ones from the movie with the traditional Lego twists and added humour.  Watch the movie first if you don’t want the story spoiled.  Otherwise, enjoy following along with the storyline.

The additional levels are a lot of fun.  They give you a peak into what happened between the last film, Return of the Jedi, and the newest addition, The Force Awakens.

Gameplay

The gameplay is the same as all of the previous Lego games.  You start off with some basic characters and play through story mode through each of the levels to unlock free play.  There are ten minikits and one red brick to collect in each of the levels.  I think this is one of the first games I have personally come across that didn’t have a character in peril to save in each level.  If it’s not the first game, I clearly don’t remember all of the other ones very well.

If you’re looking for a real challenge, this isn’t the game for you.  For anyone familiar with the Lego series, it’s a lot of the same things over and over again.  This game is made with younger players in mind.  The characters instantly respawn and there is no real penalty for dying.  You might lose a few studs, but that’s it.  This is also true with previous games in the Lego series.  If you want a fun game that’s easy to play, pick this game up.  Kids and adults will both love it.

 

Jennifer Lewis

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