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TheForce.net Reviews LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

Posted By JG on September 25, 2006

The Xbox 360 version is absolutely stunning.

I'm sure the others are good, but when you see the 360 version in HD, well, it's definitely next generation. The best visual trick has to be the in-focus/out of focus technique to help create a stunning depth of field that helps you stay focused on the action. But that's just the beginning ...

If you played the original game there's plenty that's familiar - collecting studs, using the Force to build bridges and zapping plants to discover secrets. And there's plenty of those great cut scenes that made the prequel trilogy so fun, too - so none of this is a bad thing. But rather than be complacent, the team behind the best family video game of 2006 takes it to the next level and breaks new ground. Now there are vehicles and animals you can ride, turrets you can man and all sorts of new characters with fresh gameplay techniques. The graphics are stunning, the storytelling is masterful, and then there's that whole flashback-to-my-childhood-thing. Here I am now sitting with my kids, completely engaged and laughing out loud right along with them. Three of my very favorite things: Legos, video games and Star Wars.

It delivers. There's no need for a long review - what you need to know is that it is nearly perfect, a blast to play, makes you laugh and is a must-own title. The only possible detraction from this game is the terrible vehicle control scheme. Fortunately it is almost forgivable by the time you get used to it, but you've still got to wonder why that wasn't resolved in testing or focus groups. It's simply that bad. But if that's the worst you can say about the game, you've got to know the rest is amazing.

I've practically played every Star Wars game ever, and this is right up there with the best - and by far the best platformer. And that's saying plenty, especially when you consider the masterpiece Super Star Wars (SNES) that has come before.

Highlights include the skiff battles, escaping the exploding Death Star and ... well, every single cut scene. And with Marketplace downloads coming in the future, this is an amazing title now with no telling of what is to come. This title will not dissapoint - if you've got a family you've probably already got the game. If you avoided it because you're roommates will make fun of you don't wait another second and pick this game up. Who cares if they make fun of you? You'll be having way to much fun to care, even if it is cute.

Seriously, this is as close to a 10 as we could give. This title deserves our highest recommendation. A+

UPDATED!: Dustin here adding to Josh's review with a few of my own thoughts on this game. I really enjoyed the first one but going back to the original trilogy just takes the cake. This is hands down the best game I have ever played! I found myself laughing out loud at times, and at times questioning what to do next, but through and through I always was able to figure it out, make progress and enjoy the entire experience unlike other games I've played. I can honestly say I never threw the controller once in frustration with this one. I give it two BIG THUMBS, WAY UP! If you havent picked it up yet, get it soon, or better yet, make it one of the coolest stocking stuffers for this Christmas!

Not I'm going to turn the keyboard over to my daughter Jaina who is 11. This is her take onthe game.

Hi! I'm Jaina Roberts and I'm going to tell about my thoughts about this game. While I was playing this game, it was fun and a blast to play with the LEGO dudes and all of that. Also some of the levels were a challenge but once you figure this out, it's so easy! TWO BIG THUMBS UP DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





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