PIECES DE RE­SIS­TANCE

The Force Awak­ens gets the Lego treat­ment – and some new back­story

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red alert -

There’s an ex­tra rea­son for fans of a cer­tain galaxy far, far away to be ex­cited about the up­com­ing Lego Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens game. As well as the hu­mour and brick­i­fied ver­sions of key movie mo­ments that have be­come a hall­mark of the 11- year- old videogame se­ries, there’ll also be Lucasfilm- ap­proved plot ad­di­tions that’ll help ex­plain Episode VII back­sto­ries.

“We’ve got the op­por­tu­nity to play through sto­ries that you may not be fa­mil­iar with,” as­so­ciate pro­ducer Tim Wile­man tells Red Alert. “There’s Han and Chewie with the Rathtars and how they cap­tured those, and you’ll be able to dis­cover how Lor San Tekka [ the old man who gave Poe Dameron the in­tel about Luke’s where­abouts] got to Jakku, and the events lead­ing up to that. This new con­tent that we’re cre­at­ing will be used as a point of ref­er­ence [ for Star Wars canon] mov­ing for­ward, so it’s fan­tas­ti­cally ex­cit­ing.”

The game fea­tures 18 lev­els and over 200 cus­tomis­able char­ac­ters. Wile­man also says that “all of the ma­jor ta­lent have come back into the stu­dio for us to record new lines and di­a­logue, and that gave us a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to em­bel­lish some of the scenes from the film.”

In terms of game­play, the devel­op­ers at fran­chise stal­warts TT Games say they’re not just rest­ing on their lau­rels with same- old, same- old. New func­tions in­clude “Blaster Bat­tles” ( which al­low you to take cover from laser fire be­hind con­ve­nient ob­jects), “Multi- Builds” ( you’ll now have a choice of ways to use a pile of Lego bricks to con­struct to solve a puz­zle), and the one that’s got us most ex­cited – the chance to fly the Mil­len­nium Fal­con.

“It wouldn’t be an authen­tic Force Awak­ens ex­pe­ri­ence with­out the Fal­con,” says Wile­man. “But there are other ar­eas in the game as well, like Maz Kanata’s cas­tle on Tako­dana, where you’ll get the op­por­tu­nity to play as Poe Dameron in his X- wing and dog­fight with TIE fight­ers.

“The team are mas­sive Star Wars geeks,” he con­tin­ues, “they’re ob­sessed, so the game is cram- packed full with lit­tle Star Wars ref­er­ences. But it’s go­ing to be a joy to play through for any Star Wars or Lego game fan.”

Go on, smash ’ em to [ Lego] pieces!

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens is re­leased on PS4, Xbox One, PC and other plat­forms on 28 June.

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