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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

LEGO and Star Wars are two of my favourite things. I love the games, the bricks and of course, all of the Star Wars movies. So you’d think then that I may as well end my review for LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens before it begins, after all, how could it possibly disappoint?

Well the answer is, it doesn’t. I loved this game from beginning to end and what a beginning, as the game takes you back in time to Return of the Jedi's Battle of Endor. You’ll have all manner of fun revisiting the world of 30 years prior as you pilot the Millennium Falcon, attack the Death Star and take down quite a few AT-STs and this is all before you even get to the movie that the game is based on.

During my play through I spent most of my time playing co-op split screen mode and had a lot of fun doing so. While the kids have seen the old movies and appreciated the action at the beginning, it wasn’t until the game based on the new movie started that excitement levels really started to elevate, thanks to the story of Rey and Finn being followed to a tee by the game.

As always, there is so much humour on show, both in the cutscenes and during the action itself that you just can’t help but smile. Each level also offers all manner of puzzles, multiple characters to unlock and of course plenty of action to keep even the most energetic six year old, or sixty year old for that matter, occupied.

You’ll need to make use of each character’s ability throughout the game, be that Rey’s agility, the small size of the Ewok in order to get into small crawl spaces or BB-8’s ability to jack into electrical outlets, in order to find the secrets or just make it through the current level. What’s great about the abilities in this game is that they are a lot of fun, so much so that you’ll likely want to come back, find all the secrets and collect all the coins if you failed to do it first time around.

Everything is very familiar, although to mix things up TT Games have thrown in a new mechanic such as third person cover-based shooting. This was certainly unexpected (or would have been if I hadn’t already played the demo) and is a great addition to the game. It almost feels like it's there in order to introduce kids to shooter games, which is probably why it was perfect for me since I have about as much ability as a kid when it comes to shooter games.

Perhaps what I was looking forward to most was the flying sections and whether on-rails or dogfighting, this was as great as expected. There’s nothing quite like taking Tie Fighters out of the sky, although I have to say that the ability to invert the controls certainly helped. These sections had me wondering what it would be like to play a LEGO Star Wars game with space combat and nothing else. Well I can dream.

As with all LEGO games, there are hub worlds which you can wander around and explore. I’ve not really spend too much time here to be honest, instead choosing to focus on the story. But it seems fair to say that they look fairly well designed and when the time comes I’ll definitely be wandering around some more to see what I can find.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is packed with secret missions such as Poe going on his rescue mission of Admiral Akbar and the story of how C3P0 got his red arm. There’s also all manner of characters from the original trilogy to unlock and so many other secrets that a second and possibly third play through will most certainly be required.

Most of all, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is so much fun. It’s packed with puzzles, secrets and Star Wars lore. It’s hard not to be impressed with this one and therefore it's sure to be a hit with people both young and old. The force is most definitely strong with this one.

Words by Joe Anderson
Twitter: @_wotta | PSN/XBLA: wotta

(Version Tested: PS4)


+ Based on the movie and packed with fun
+ Third person shooter mechanic is a great addition
+ Space combat is fantastic
+ So much fun in co-op 
+ Packed with humour


- Can sometimes feel like a grind

Edited On 30 Jun, 2016

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