Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens full review
You might be impatiently waiting for Rogue One but to fill the gap you can play Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The latest Lego video game entry is the one of the best yet and a welcome return to the popular franchise. Here's our Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens review. Also watch the trailer above. See also: Most anticipated games of 2016.
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Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens review: Price and platforms
One thing we like about the Lego video games is that they're not as expensive compared to others. Many games on Xbox One and PS4 can set you back £60 such as FIFA 17 but Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is more reasonable.
On 'next-gen' consoles (Xbox One and PS4) it will cost you around £30 and if you're playing on PC then it's even cheaper at £25. The Force Awakens is available on a wide range of platforms including Wii U, 3DS, PS Vita, Xbox 360 and PS3. View all the options on Amazon.
Those prices are for the standard edition but you can also get the special edition which comes with a Finn Lego Minifigure. There's also the Deluxe SteelBook which includes the season pass.
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Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens review: Story, gameplay and characters
It's great to see the return of the Lego Star Wars game series, with the previous titles being some of the best of any Lego video games.
Unlike Lego Marvel Avengers which is set across multiple films, The Force Awakens stick to just the latest movie which went down a storm in cinemas at Christmas time last year. Although we were somewhat confused by the first level which is not part of the film, nor any other for that matter. It takes place between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
The audio is a lot better than Marvel Avengers and includes vocals from starts such as Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega. There's also Tom Kane reprising his role as Admiral Ackbar. The customary injections of comedy are correct and present.
It's no surprise that Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens follows the same format as the many Lego video games which have gone before it. So don't worry, you'll still be running around levels smashing up everything in sight to collect studs, search out Minikit pieces and earning red bricks.
It's a shame that the game doesn't have the awesome combo moves which we saw in Lego Marvel Avengers. Although it doesn't fit so well with the Star Wars characters we still think it could have been possible for at least some combinations.
Instead there are other new features to the gameplay which haven't been seen before.
Multi-Build is one of them so when there's a pile of pieces on the ground excitedly jumping around like a Jack Russel waiting to be build, it doesn't just simply build one thing (see above). You'll get two or sometimes more options as to what to make from it but don't worry too much about which to choose – you can smash it later and use the pieces for the other options. You won't always get to try out the different options though as some will advance the game in a different way.
The other major new feature is called Blaster Battles where you get to hide behind cover, popping up to shoot at enemies when you're ready in an almost Time Crisis style (see below). It's a lot of fun but the default auto-aim takes most of the skill out.
To go along with this the AI enemies are also more advanced. Now they can build using bricks, call in reinforcements or even request an air strike.
As usual, there are certain elements or sections of levels which can only be interacted with or access by certain characters. You won't always have the right ones the first time you play a level which can be frustration but it's up to you whether you want to go back later via free play when you do.
Speaking of characters, there are almost too many to count with over 200 in total and we're pleased with the decent amount of vehicles you can pilot during the game too. As you would expect, you get to play characters like BB-8 and Rey (and yes you can play characters from the dark side) although the 200 count includes lots of different versions of characters.
So there aren't a tonne of new feature but we don't mind too much. This is a solidly fun and enjoyable Lego video game with the tried and tested formula which Star Wars fans will no doubt get a lot of enjoyment from.