LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy takes the fun
and customisation of LEGO and combines it with the epic story,
characters and action from the original Star Wars movies.
With a tongue-in-cheek take on the original trilogy, the game
follows the Rebel Alliance's crusade to dismantle the Galactic
Empire and rebuild a galaxy in pieces. Build and battle your
way through your favourite film moments, from Darth Vader's
pursuit of Princess Leia aboard her Blockade Runner to a showdown
on the second Death Star...
Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy is
an almost text book example of how to improve on perfection.
The first game was faultless... but this second instalment
is much better. It's actually more enjoyable than sitting
through all three movies... once again.
start of in the Cantina Bar with the option to begin your
adventures in A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back
or Return of the Jedi. Being a bit of Star Wars
nut there was no way I was going to play these out of order,
so I headed straight for A New Hope.
are two modes: Story and Free Play. In Story you must battle
your way through each movie as you take control of the action
from a number of key scenes from each film. The
cut sequences throughout are incredibly funny (especially
if you know the original trilogy inside out) as are some of
the in game sections (try putting a Stormtrooper or Bounty
Hunter helmet on Chewbacca. Or how about building a LEGO tractor
for Luke - he is a farmboy after all). But it is the attention
to detail, coupled with the fact that the gameplay is just
hard enough to make you have to think but not too hard that
you get frustrated and give up, that will keep you glued to
the TV screen for hours at a time.
you move through each level you encounter familiar enemies
from the movies. These can be dispatched by using your weapon,
or hand to hand combat. Each level has a number of problems
to solve - which usually involve building a construction out
of LEGO that will help you progress further.
Free Play mode, you have the opportunity to experience the
original trilogy by importing any character into land levels,
or switch between vehicles at will in space levels. Make Darth
Maul a hero of the Rebellion, or destroy the Death Star with
a TIE fighter.
you have saved characters from the first LEGO Star Wars
game you can also use them here - which is a nice touch and
helps to expand your own personal LEGO universe. But if that
is not enough for you, you can also mix and match the body
parts of more than 50 playable characters to create your own
personalised LEGO Star Wars heroes.
character has their own specific attack.
These include Chewbacca pulling enemies' arms out of their
sockets, Vader's Force choke, and Leia's "slap" melee attack.
And once you've played as a character in Story Mode you have
effectively unlocked them to play in Free Mode.
only real complaint I had was that the camera angles take
a bit of getting used to - and on certain levels they make
it difficult to see key sections of the room you are in.
you enjoyed the first game then you'll need to add this to
your collection. And if you haven't played the first instalment,
I strongly advise you to pick up this sequel. More fun than
bullseyeing wamp rats in your T-16 back home.
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