LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy review
Lego Star Wars II

The good:

  • You can now create your own characters for you to play with in Free-play mode.
  • It is possible to construct vehicles in-game and use them to your advantage against enemies.
  • Players of Lego Star Wars I can import the characters who were unlocked in Lego Star Wars I and use them in Lego Star Wars II.
  • Non-Jedi characters can construct certain objects, something that wasn't possible to do in Lego Star Wars I.
  • The RRP (Recommended Retail Price) of the game, on release day, was £19.99 so, for the game you get, it's well worth the money.
  • The game is based on the Original Trilogy of the Star Wars saga, which were, arguably, the best films to come from George Lucas. This is also shown in the game.
  • There are even more side-missions to play so there is plenty of "replay value" to be taken from this game.
  • The Bounty Hunter missions are extremely good fun and test your skills in certain environments.
  • The graphics have been very well presented and the game isn't too "grainy".

    The bad:

  • Character controls can sometimes be a bit fiddly and it can cost you dearly if you fall off the edge because the character doesn't move properly.
  • There should be an option to change the camera angle because it can often be difficult to just distances in the game with the camera often placed too far away.
  • The main story mode is still too short and can easily be completed in a number of hours but this isn't so much of a problem with the number of side-missions available.


    With Lego Star Wars I being a major hit among Star Wars fans, young and old, it was without a doubt that the sequel would be an extremely good game. For people that want to go through the game without focusing on what the game is really about (finding coins and mini-kit pieces) then they may have to look somewhere else for entertainment but if you're planning on playing the game properly then you're sure to find everything you need in the game. It's much harder to get all the coins in an environment now compared to LSWI (Lego Star Wars I) but this is good thing because it'll give you a real sense of joy when you eventually complete it.

    One major addition to LSWII is the option to create your own characters using Lego pieces. With the ability to create a Darth Leia, there is a lot of fun to be had in creating your own Star Wars characters, especially when Leia's "kinky outfit" is floating about in the list of options. Another major addition is the ability to construct certain vehicles, using Lego Bricks, mid-mission. This adds another level of enjoyment to the game and certainly helps you get through certain parts of the game that you might find challenging. Other additions include being given the option to import all the characters from LSWI to LSWII, new Bounty Hunter and time-trial side-missions and the ability to construct items using non-jedi characters. The Bounty Hunter missions are very entertaining indeed but you do need to have a knowledge of the environment you are searching in or you can easily fail the mission.

    There are some negative issues with the game though. One aspect of the game, which needs to be improved, is the control of the characters. It is possible to become used to the way they move across the level but, for beginners of the game, it can be a real pain when you suddenly fall of an edge even though you thought you were moving correctly. Add to this the fact that camera angles aren't as good as they could be and it becomes more of a challenge than necessary. An option to change between the current camera angle and a different one (third person view for example) would have made LSWII a contender for a 5/5 mark.

    Overall though, the game is a must buy for any Star Wars fans, especially those of the younger generation. The pros override the cons in this title and, at around £19.99, it's definitely value for money.

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