Review: Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens

My first video review on Comedy Gamers is now live. If videos and my voice aren’t your thing, the full review is below.

We’ve seen a lot of licensed LEGO games in the past 11 years (19 to be exact). Developer Traveler’s Tales kicked things off with Batman, moved on to Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings, Indiana Jones, etc, etc, etc, and have just released LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens.  It’s undeniable that these games play loving homage to their respective licenses, and Star Wars really takes the LEGO games to another level. Traveler’s Tales have found a winning formula and doesn’t change the popular framework between games, making it much the same as the past games in a very good way.

And if it didn’t bother you that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was basically the exact same film as A New Hope then you probably won’t care that this new LEGO game is just like all the others.

You are guaranteed some laughs, tons of fan service and an action system easy enough to make this game accessible for everybody. That’s why I like it – because I can plunk myself down on a couch with a friend, lover, my mother, or anyone else who doesn’t play video games and teach them how to play in a matter of seconds. Dying is so hard in this game you won’t have to worry about holding their hands or getting in arguments. Seriously, it’s pretty hard to screw up. The LEGO games are like the video game version of a summer popcorn flick. All you’ve gotta do is switch the game on then sit back and enjoy yourself while you waltz around destroying things and collecting bricks.
LEGO Star Wars has authentic voice acting with lots of new lines of dialogue provided from the actors including Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and many more. The LEGO games have come an awfully long way since the characters used to just squeal and spit random noises.

The story is split into levels, each lasting roughly 30 minutes through a series of 10 levels. Usually LEGO games have 15 levels, which means the story mode will only take you about 5 hours. It’s certainly doable in one sitting. The quality of the cutscenes, gameplay and open areas make up for the short length of the game. Each planet you visit is bursting with side quests, races, new characters and vehicles and tons of LEGO goodness.

The game is littered with secrets, inside jokes, and easter eggs, and boasts a roster of 200 characters including JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy. Die hard Star Wars fans will love the addition of a crazy amount of lesser known characters that are playable.


The incentive to collect gold bricks is strong in this game as it will unlock a chance to rescue Admiral Ackbar, find out how Poe Dameron survived the crash and left Finn behind, and how Han and Chewie managed to capture the Rahtar they’d been smuggling. Yeah, LEGO Star Wars in Canon guys.

It would have been nice for these missions to have been sprinkled into the main game, but it’s nice to have the option to play, and side missions help to open up the Star Wars universe and fill in plot holes from the movie. That movie had a lot of plot holes didn’t it?! Oh well, at least we didn’t get Jar Jar Binks.

I don’t think. I haven’t unlocked all 205 characters but I don’t think Jar Jar is there….

LEGO has added some new features (of course) such as Cover Based Shooting. Think of it as a kid-friendly Gears Of War that is extremely well executed.

Also new – the ability to build different lego structures with the same mound of lego. This makes puzzles slightly more challenging and outside the norm. It doesn’t add much to the gameplay but it does give off a sense of freedom, albeit limited.

You can expect to do a lot of flying in this game. You can drive Tie Fighters, X-Wings, Millennium Falcons, and all the other things with wings that go vroom. Aerial dogfights are incredibly exciting – they are fast, fluid and frantic – but there are too many of them. It also makes me wonder what’s next for Traveller’s Tales and where they will incorporate this flying again.

I love the LEGO games. I love how carefree they are, how they make me laugh, and how they are accessible to everyone. I love bringing out a bottle of tequila, and doing celebratory shots every time I finish a level, and I hope the LEGO games keep coming. Co-op games are hard to find, especially quality ones, and you can’t go wrong with a LEGO title. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is officially in my top 3 LEGO Titles behind Marvel Avengers and LEGO Dimensions, and definitely recommended.
TL;DR
Like Star Wars?

Like LEGO?

Like Co-op?
You will love LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

 

Brock McLaughlin

Brock McLaughlin

Brock McLaughlin 🕹 🎮 Twitter @brockmclaughlin New Media (B)Rockstar. Blogger. Video Gamer. Podcaster at the Game Moose. UnBrocxer. Host/Producer at @comedygamers4u. Somewhat Charming.

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