LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
A Month or so ago, on an evening much like this, five ageing, cynical and bitter members of the games industry were discussing the current gaming scene. Rubbish," said one. Bollocks." said another. Not like in my day, added a predictable third. After a collective sigh, I, a mere pup in their presence, piped up. Has anyone seen Lego Star Wars yet?" Fists slammed on tables, beer splashed on sleeves and murmurs of joy were heard throughout the pub. The message was clear. Yes. Yes, we have seen Lego Star Wars. And don't you know that it's quite, quite brilliant?
Star Wars games are patchy, and Lego games are even patchier, yet somehow the two (combined with some adorable animation and some impressive saber-twirling) have created something that's making grown men melt.
Essentially a topdown-cum-3D arcade break 'em up, Lego Star Wars has one or two players leaping in and out of the action from the first three movies - leaping, dodging and performing simple combos on legions of adorable little battle droids and cutesey-pie Dark Lords.
You start off controlling either Anakin or Qui-Gon Jin aboard the Trade Federation ship at the start of The Phantom Menace, and then unlock four further characters as you play through the movies. Force usage is impressively translated as the ability to take a pile of casually strewn Lego bricks and construct them into bridges and handy Star Wars-related items. What's more, there are also set to be levels devoted to hurling pod-racers, speeders and Naboo fighters around playsets from our favourite galaxy far, far away.
You may remain sceptical until you actually see the game in motion - that much I know. But as soon as you see the way that droids shatter into their component bricks and the way that starships break into suitable Lego chunks, you'll be sold in a matter of par-secs.
Due for a release just before we're inevitably disappointed and/or inevitably overjoyed with Revenge Of The Sith, one thing you can certainly bank on is the fact that the dinky painted-on expressions will make you fall in love with Star Wars all over again. That and the fact that the Lego-Padme and Lego-Anakin love scenes may actually be bearable this time.
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode