May the force be with you. I know it’s hokey but also it can be a lot of fun, and not just for kids. The Lego Star Wars video game for PC, Xbox and Play Station 2 is not just a third person and first person game, it’s a puzzle solving and adventure game that is fun and can be quite funny and enjoyable for all ages.
System requirements for the PC version are as follows:
Windows 2000 Win XP (lower versions not supported)
CPU Pentium III 1 GHZ (or Athlon equivalent)
RAM 256 MB System Memory
Graphics 100% Direct X 9 compatible 32 MB min Direct 3D
with Pixel Shader Support
Sound 100% Direct X 9 Sound Card
CD-ROM Optical CD-ROM Drive
Hard Drive 500 MB free disk space
Input Devices Keyboard (Joypad Recommended)
For better game performance and less frame rate problems, more memory, CPU speed and video memory is, of course, better. I have a 2.1 GHZ CPU with 1024 MB memory and a video card with 128 MB memory and had no problems at all with frame rate or any memory freezes. The game has a pretty basic color scheme and very little texture, after all, it’s all blocks and round pieces, but for the most part it’s all pretty basic shapes, and very little for the computer to get confused with.
The background scenes while playing the game can be really cool and adds greatly to the game and it’s overall entertainment. One section in particular is neat, the scene in the robot factory has you running and avoiding the machines as droids shoot at you, while in the background of the whole scene the animations of robots continue. This does not seem to be any problem, at least for my machine, but if you have a lower system than you might need to go to a smaller screen size. This and the sound is the only game configurations that would be able to use less of your system resources. You can turn the surround sound off if you have this option on your system but there is nothing like Anisotropic Filtering or Mipmap rendering.
But that does not take away from the enjoyment of the game, but rather adds to it. The expressions on the characters can be pretty funny, like when they fall or have something happen to them in the cut scenes, and they look at each other like “it’s your fault”. In episode I the guys have the silver ship with Queen Amidala on Tatooine and need a part, when they get the part the little guy bangs on it to get it to work.
One of the really funny parts is when Padme pops out, and I mean literally you hear these two pops, her two kids in a delivery room after you complete the third chapter. She is lying on a table and Obi Wan is there offering encouragement, not much else men are good for at a time like this, and she occasionally starts to pant. Then the scene moves away so you squeamish or the kids don’t see too much and you hear these two pops. Then she unfortunately passes away, two X’s appear on her face instead of the black dots that were her eyes and two little Lego babies are in the arms of the assistant in the delivery room balling and getting Lego tears all over the place.
They add some really funny parts into the game to make it that much more enjoyable and fun. That is what makes this game so enjoyable both for kids and adults. The humor throughout the game is enough to want to continue to play the game through to the end. They have spent the time and effort to make a really good quality game.
The game follows the first three episodes of Star Wars, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. You start out just like the movie, in episode I playing the part of either Qui-Gon Jinn or Anakin Skywalker and you have to go through the levels as one or both of these. Wait, I said one or both, that’s another great part of this game, you can play as a two player game, even on your PC. You can set your keyboard and or Joypad or even a joystick to play as a two player game. The game has been designed not only in the console game version but the PC version to be a two player game.
The default keys use the WSAD and a few others as the one character and the arrows and a few others as the second player. It could get crowded but you can also set up one character as the Joypad or joystick as one of them. It works pretty good with the joystick, I don’t have a Joypad though. If you got two joy pads this would be really nice for the PC but I’m not sure if you can do this.
You don’t even have to start in the first episode, you can go to any episode at the beginning of each chapter you choose. When you first start the game there are different save slots, each marked un-originally as game 1, game 2, etc. You just have to remember which game you used to save yours. Then you go to Dexter’s Diner, the main start page. From here you can pick which episode to start with. Once you complete a chapter in an episode you can return to it later for what is called free play.
This is where your game value comes in, there are things in each episode and chapter that the first two characters you start with cannot possibly accomplish during your first time through each chapter. Some of the episodes and chapters you start with different characters, for instance in Phantom Menace you start with Qui-Gon and Anakin. In Revenge of the Sith you start with an older Anakin and Obi Wan. In some of the chapters you play as others, Amidala, Yoda, Chewbacca, and many others. All the main characters in the three movies are in the game, over 30 total.
You can switch between any character in each scene by hitting a button, you use the force to switch or some such silliness. Each character has different abilities, some jump higher, robots can open certain doors or access computers, Yoda and a couple others use the force, and so on. For some things you need certain characters and if it is a part of getting through the level such as shooting a target to open a fort door, the game will give that character to you to start with.
Once you have completed each chapter you can go back in to it and collect more coins and earn more experience and just have fun. The enemies will return and you can have fun blasting, sabering and whatever through each one again, using the different characters and going to places that were impossible the first time. The designers planned this and made it so that there were things to do after you first played through the game.
The coins, or in this case studs, in the game, silver, gold and blue, are for you to earn Jedi status with. When you studs and complete a level you bank them and can use them to buy more characters, special abilities and cheats in Dexter’s Diner. You can pick up studs laying around and using the force or light saber to destroy certain things to get studs.
You have hearts as a level indicator of your health but you cannot die completely. When you lose all you hearts your character drops out for a few seconds and you lose a thousand studs you have collected. Then you regenerate and continue with the game. No starting over at the beginning of the level, just continue on, except in the chapters where you are in a vehicle, these will start at a predetermined stage of the chapter. Some of the harder areas and fighting is made easier and less frustrating with this type of game play.
You can also collect canisters which are parts of a mini kit vehicle. If you collect all 10 canisters in any chapter you will get a bonus of studs, fifty thousand. When you visit the parking lot outside Dexter’s you can see the vehicles you have collected, or parts of them as in my case. Some of the canisters you have to go back and collect, using different characters in free play, but you can get them. You can also go into all three games at any time, you just have to follow the chapters as you complete each one, but it is nice if you get stuck at a particular spot and can’t figure it out, you can return to that episode later and go to one of the other two episodes. I found this handy at one point in episode three that requires jumping on these shelves after you use the force to pull them out, you have to go quickly and it is hard. But I got frustrated with it and returned later after I got better at controlling the characters.
During game play, each character has different abilities and some are better than others, but some of the easiest ways to do things are the simplest. When fighting some of the more powerful enemies, the jump and land on top of them while down thrusting with your saber is the best way to kill them quickly. That and persistence, if you use the force on enemies, only use it when there is one enemy. The others will attack while you are pushing the one away from you with the force and will break your use of the force on them.
You can also use the force to wiggle and move anything that glows and sometimes get studs. A lot of the studs are in blocks or Lego parts and you use the force to jingle them out. If you go through each chapter and collect enough studs you will get what is called true Jedi status. You will get a reward if you get enough studs, and the bonus of going through all the levels and getting true Jedi status in each one is an extra level to play through. You do have to get Jedi status in each level to unlock this level though, good luck.
During the game, you are trying to collect studs and canisters. When you have enough studs you can buy things at Dexter’s. You can get characters you don’t have or are unavailable any other way during the game, such as General Grievous and Darth Vader. You can also buy powers or cheats and objects. Powers or cheats are things like invincibility and objects like canister detector.
I found the smart way to play through the game if you want to open up the secret level is as follows. Go through each level first and not try to collect studs or canisters. Just get to the end to get those characters available in each level. Then go back in free play and collect studs to get enough to buy the invincibility. This power allows you to die or lose your character if you jump off a ledge and not loose studs. That way you can go through the levels and easily collect studs without worrying about losing them.
You just have to remember when you first start to play the game you have to turn on the invincibility or you will end up falling out and losing some of the studs you just collected. I did this several times and it is nothing more than an annoyance, and one you will quickly change as you just have to hit esc and go to the setup to change.
When you collect all ten canisters of each chapter you get extra studs for a reward, fifty thousand. Then you can go and buy other things and get through the levels and concentrate on getting the Jedi powers in each level. There are 17 chapters in the whole game. It will take awhile to get them all. In some of the chapters you need to have a Dark Jedi in order to unlock certain canisters, so buy one, I used Count Dooku, he costs 45,000 studs but is worth it, to be able to actually fight things you will encounter. You can also buy others and you will get to the point when you have several to choose from. By the time i got tot the end and could unlock the final episode level i had more than half of the characters.
Many of the characters are not worth getting though, like the battle droid or some of the different robots that don’t do much. You can get through the levels with one dark lord and the other characters you get from going through the levels. The final chapter of episode three battling Anakin and turning him into Darth Vader is probably the hardest chapter of the game, at least for me it was. The whole chapter to the end is about timed jumping. You are on the planet, the one that is mostly lava, and fighting Anakin. You have to run with Anakin and do some forcing of things to get through, and mostly jump from one ledge or pillar thing to another. Then you fight Anakin and end up, well that’s the end when you fight him, you’ll see for yourself.
The game is really cool and I had a lot of fun playing it. I am definitely going to be playing it some more to unlock more of the characters and have fun playing around in the chapters. This is the kind of game that many ages of people can play and it is really fun. There is a walkthrough that is available here: http://db.gamefaqs.com/console/ps2/file/lego_star_wars.txt
I would highly recommend his walk through if you need help and get stuck somewhere. He has done a real good job of getting all the answers you could need for help during the game.
This is one of those rare games that come along once in awhile, a really well developed and made game, and very good for both kids and adults. I would highly recommend this game if you have not already gotten it, Lego Star Wars is a great PC game, or one of the console versions.