LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy review
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
-Same game play and humor as the original.
-The ability to mix and match Lego parts.
-Graphics have many glitches.
-Gameplay sometimes tries patience and brings down the fun factor.
-Lack of sound in certain cut scenes takes away some of the humor present.
After the success of the first Lego Star Wars, the sequel makes a rather disappointing appearance on Nintendo DS.
Graphics: You have to accept the fact that the Nintendo DS will not have the same look and presentation as the Game Cube (or Playstation, Xbox), but there is no excuse for your characters disappearing, not being able to see around a wall because the camera angle won't change, icons on the touch screen disappearing, backgrounds disappearing, and enemies appearing out of no where in a seemingly empty room. Also the 3D environment seems slow and awkward at times when it really shouldn't. (1.5/5.0)
Gameplay: This is supposed to be a fun game like the original, and sometimes it is. But, there are many times where your patience will be tried because of the graphic glitches. Certainly, there are challenging puzzles to solve and secrets to discover, but the other parts of the game on the DS is uninspired. The touch screen is pretty much useless . The camera feature only scrolls up, down, right, or left. It doesn't go around like it sound for a 3D environment. The only plus is when you have more than two characters in your party. The touch screen does make it easier in these situations to switch characters. Speaking of the characters, the computer controlled characters of your party follow you with no brains. They are also very suicidal, thus making it a pain to navigate through certain parts. Other features of the game allow you to mix and match Lego parts on characters. This allows you to explore your sense of humor. Finally, there is a wireless arena for you to take on your friends. (3.0/5.0)
Plot: Anyone who has seen the three movies of the original Stars Wars trilogy will already know what to expect. For the most part, the game follows the movies with a few exceptions for gaming purposes. For those of you who have never seen the movies, don't buy this game because it won't make much sense to you. Also there are moments of humor as with the original to give it a little spice. (3.5/5.0)
Sound/Music: The sound is very basic with blaster and light saber sounds. There are the occasional character and vehicle sounds, but sometimes the cut scenes don't have sound. This takes away some of the humor the game tries to incorporate. As far as the music goes, its the same found in the movies by renowned composer John Williams. No composer has linked music to movies like Williams, and much of his excellent score is heard here. (3.5/5.0)
Replay Ability: Once you have played all the missions, you can go back to see if you can find all the mini-kit and obtain true Jedi status for each mission. There are also unlockables at the cantina to buy including cheats. So, there are reasons to play again if you have the patience for it. (4.0/5.0)
Finally note: If you have a choice between this game for the DS or the other versions for Game Cube, Playstation, or Xbox, I would go with the latter choices.
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