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June 17, 2008
Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures - PS3 Review
Release Distributor Publisher Developer Offline Players Online Players
27/3/2008ActivisionLucasArtsTraveller's Tales1-2None
Media HDD Space Resolution Sound Format Tilt Controls OFLC Rating

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Indiana Jones in Lego form - brilliant.
Certainly one of the biggest surprises in the gaming industry in the last couple of years has been the phenomenal success of the Lego titles. Lego Star Wars sold 3.29 million units on PS2 while the sequel, Lego Star Wars II: The Original Adventures sold 2.28 million units on the PS2. Throw in countless sales on other systems, including 500,000 copies of Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga on the PS3 a few months ago, and you soon realise how big this franchise has become. But where to from there? After all, the six Star Wars movies had been covered. Well, how about another franchise... Indiana Jones anyone?

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Indy is about to grab the Idol.
Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures takes moments, characters and situations from the first three movies to form the basis of this game. Unfortunately none of the events from the latest Indiana Jones movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull make it into this movie, but you certainly won't be disappointed with what is included, and the length of the game. Indeed there are six missions for each of the movies making 18 missions in total.

Actually playing this game is very enjoyable. The athleticism of Indiana Jones translates well into the game as he can run, climb, swing on vines, swim and shimmy along ledges. Controlling Indiana Jones or, for that matter, any of the other numerous characters is a joy. They are responsive, and interact perfectly with the game world. As for Indy, his main weapon is his trusty whip. Not only can you attack enemies, but also break open crates, use it to swing across large gaps, grab and pull enemies or even disarm them.

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Classic movie moments have been recreated.
Should the whip not suit your style you can always turn to your trusty fists for some hand-to-hand combat, or even some guns if you pick them up from fallen enemies. Vehicles have always played a large part in the movies, be it for transport, or battling enemies while on them, and the developers have been keen to include this in the game as well although their use is a little awkward.

While Lego Star Wars used the Cantina Bar as the central hub to access the missions and unlockable content Lego Indiana Jones uses Barnett College as its hub. Here you can access each of the three movies separately (and you need not play the missions in sequence), as well as a movie theatre, view and buy unlockable content, change characters, collect more credits and more. If there is one slight complaint it's that the rooms aren't very clearly marked with what’s in them.

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Use the whip to traverse large gaps.
What is an absolute delight with this game is how the development team at Traveller's Tales, has taken the events from the movie and expanded upon them with new puzzles and new sequences. Take, for instance the classic scene where Indiana Jones steals the Idol at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not only are there some new traps, but Indiana must also solve a puzzle with rotating walkways before getting to the Idol. The sense of humour is also wonderfully retained throughout the movie but, yet again using the Idol sequence as an example, when Belloc demands the idol from him, Indiana pulls out a large number of objects, including - in a classic moment - a C3PO head!

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Just wait until you see this game in action!
As well as the main story mode Lego Indiana Jones includes a Freeplay where you can replay any missions with any characters you have unlocked throughout the game. Indeed there are over 60 characters to select from including favourites such as Sallah, Marion Ravenwood, Satipo and Short Round as well as Indiana in many different clothing. It is possible to also play through the game with a friend in a co-op mode. It's certainly entertaining.

Sadly, online multi-player is absent from this game which is a shame given that Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga included online co-op on the Playstation 3, and the Playstation 3 is certainly powerful enough to run it. One can only feel that this was omitted due to a lack of development time with LucasArts likely keen to release the title close to the fourth movie (probably not a bad thing for sales really).

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Watch out for the crocodile!
There is no denying that the Lego Star Wars titles were impressive visually, and Lego Indiana Jones is no slouch either. In fact, the real-world locations and characters give the game an even more detailed quality - no doubt the developers have also been able to push the series with more objects in the game world as well - with almost everything, except the major walls, being destructible. Character models all look very impressive, even in Lego form you will be able to pick the characters, and despite the lack of voiceovers, it's the smallest gestures and facial features that come into play and give the characters a life of their own.

There is a major issue though, and one that is really starting to piss me off about many games on the Playstation 3, is the amount of screen tearing throughout the game. It occurs on a regular basis and actually becomes quite a distraction. Sure you can turn on the Vertical Lock through the options, but this drops the frame rate considerably. I really do wish that this issue could be overcome in more games on Sony's system (as well as other systems we might add!).

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Indy's turn to take on the croc!
The first thing that you realise about this game is that John Williams' classic theme is in place throughout the game. As with other titles in the series there is no speech from the characters, rather, just grunts and groans. It works extremely well, so don't worry about not hearing Harrison Ford in the game.

Lego Indiana Jones is a wonderful game for fans of the movies. Even if you're not a big fan of the movies though you will still get plenty of enjoyment from this action/adventure game. The omission of the latest movie is a little disappointing, but we're sure that may be covered in a game somewhere down the line (there were certainly enough action sequences to fill a game!). Lego Indiana Jones is highly recommended.

Review By: Dave Warner

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GRAPHICSGorgeous characters, levels, effects. Screen tearing is very annoying.
SOUNDClassic Indy music and effects. No speech, but not really missed.
GAMEPLAYThis game rocks. It's fun, addictive, and there plenty to see.
VALUEThere are 18 missions to complete, and a tonne to unlock with good replay.
OVERALLLego Indiana Jones is a brilliant game which is suitable for all ages. If you love Indiana Jones you must buy this game, if you liked the Star Wars Lego games you must buy this game. In short, excellent.

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