Lego Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens

PC Advisor - - CONTENTS - Chris Martin

If like us you’re im­pa­tiently wait­ing the re­lease of Rogue One (the next film in the Star Wars uni­verse), then you’ll be pleased to know that The Force Awak­ens will help fill the gap. The lat­est Lego video game en­try is the best yet and a wel­come re­turn for the fran­chise.

Price

One thing we love about Lego games is they’re not as ex­pen­sive com­pared to oth­ers. Many new ti­tles on the Xbox One and PlayS­ta­tion 4 can set you back as much as £60, but The Force Awak­ens is much more rea­son­able. On ‘next-gen­er­a­tion’ con­soles, it will cost you around £30 and if you’re play­ing on PC, then it’s even cheaper at £25. It’s avail­able on a wide range of plat­forms, in­clud­ing Nin­tendo’s Wii U and 3DS, and Sony’s PS Vita and PS3.

Those prices are for the stan­dard ver­sion, but you can also get a spe­cial edi­tion, which comes with a Lego Minifig­ure of Finn. If you’re will­ing to splash the cash (£43), then the Deluxe Edi­tion in­cludes a sea­son pass, which gives you ac­cess to ex­tra down­load­able con­tent.

Char­ac­ters

Un­like Lego Mar­vel Avengers, which is set across mul­ti­ple films, The Force Awak­ens sticks to the lat­est movie, though there are six ‘Ad­ven­ture lev­els’, which are ex­tra mis­sions set out­side the main story. One, for ex­am­ple, fol­lows Han Solo and Chew­bacca in their quest to cap­ture Rathtars.

The game’s au­dio is a lot bet­ter than Mar­vel Avengers too, and in­cludes vo­cals from the film’s stars, in­clud­ing Daisy Ri­d­ley (Rey), Os­car Isaac (Poe Dameron), Har­ri­son Ford (Han Solo) and John Boyega (Finn). Tom Kane also reprises his role as Ad­mi­ral Ack­bar. You’ll be pleased to hear that the cus­tom­ary injections of com­edy and silli­ness are also present and cor­rect.

It’s no sur­prise that the game fol­lows the same for­mat as pre­vi­ous Lego of­fer­ings it. So you’ll still be run­ning around lev­els smash­ing up ev­ery­thing in sight to col­lect studs, look­ing for Minikit pieces and red bricks.

It’s a shame the game doesn’t have the awe­some combo moves we saw in Lego Mar­vel Avengers. Although it doesn’t fit so well with the film’s char­ac­ters, we still think it could have been pos­si­ble for at least some combinations. In­stead, there are a few other new fea­tures, which haven’t been seen be­fore.

The first of these is Multi-Build. When­ever you come across a pile of Lego pieces on the ground, it will start jump­ing around. It doesn’t just build one ob­ject as in pre­vi­ous games (see op­po­site) – you’ll get two or three dif­fer­ent op­tions. Don’t worry about which one you choose – you can smash it up and re­use the pieces for the other op­tions.

The game’s other ma­jor new fea­ture is called Blaster Bat­tles.

The game’s en­e­mies are more ad­vanced. They can, for ex­am­ple, build weapons, call in re­in­force­ments or even re­quest an air strike

This in­volves your char­ac­ter hid­ing be­hind cover and pop­ping up to blast en­e­mies in a style that re­minds us of Time Cri­sis. We found this a lot of fun, though the de­fault auto-aim takes most of the skill out of it.

To go along with this, the game’s en­e­mies are more ad­vanced then be­fore. They can, for ex­am­ple, build weapons, call in re­in­force­ments or even re­quest an air strike.

As usual, there are cer­tain ele­ments or sec­tions of lev­els that can only be in­ter­acted with or ac­cessed by spe­cific char­ac­ters. You won’t al­ways have the right ones the first time you play a level, which can be frus­trat­ing, but it’s up to you whether you want to go back later via freeplay when you do.

There are over 200 dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters to choose from and we were im­pressed with the de­cent amount of ve­hi­cles you can pi­lot, too. As you’d ex­pect, you get to play char­ac­ters such as BB-8 and Rey (and yes, you can be a dark side char­ac­ter, too), although the 200 count in­cludes lots of dif­fer­ent ver­sions of some char­ac­ters.

Ver­dict

There may not be many new fea­tures, but Lego Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens is a lot of fun and a wel­come re­turn of the pop­u­lar fran­chise. In­deed, it’s ar­guably the best se­ries of Lego video games. It’s a no-brainer for fans and you should try it if you’re new and haven’t even seen the film.

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