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August 27, 2007
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
7/11/2007ActivisionLucasArtsTraveller's Tales
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Even as Lego characters are full of life.
April 2005 was an exciting month in gaming. LucasArts released a 'kiddy' looking game called Lego Star Wars. The thing was, it wasn't just kids that fell in love with the game but adults and critics as well. It did phenomenally well selling millions of copies the world over. Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy was released in September 2006 and managed to improve on the originals. If you haven't checked out those reviews we suggest you do as they'll give you a good idea what to expect with this latest title from Activision. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga combines both those games in one package, but adds in a tonne of extra features, better visuals, and online gameplay!

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Graphics will look sharp on PS3.
The first thing to know is that this game includes all the levels and characters found in the first two titles covering all six Star Wars movies. The gameplay is played from the third person perspective and most of the major sequences from the motion pictures have been recreated for the games. The battle on Hoth, Luke's battle with the Rancor, battles with the droid armies, and the showdowns with Darth Vader and Darth Maul among others. Many of the levels include puzzles that will require multiple characters to solve. How do you do this in single player? Well you'll be able to switch between multiple characters within one level.

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You've gotta love the bra on Princess Leia.
The great news though is that the developers, in bringing this game to the PS3 are adding in a host of new features. New levels, such as Episode IIís never-before-played high-speed pursuit of bounty hunter Zam Wessell, further complete the entire Star Wars story while new playable characters like Watto, Zam Wessell, Boss Nass and more bring the total count to over 120. As well as new characters and levels the game includes enhanced Force powers, new power-ups, and a new Challenge Mode. Levels from the original game have also been enhanced to meet the enhancements made to the game for Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy. Redesigned "Mos Espa Podrace" and "Gunship Cavalry" levels now encourage the open vehicle gameplay found in the second title. Finally we can expect new bonus levels and 10 additional Bounty Hunter Missions which offer new challenges in the Prequel Trilogy.

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga will include an upgraded character customizer which includes all Prequel Trilogy characters for the first time, while also expanding its customization options well beyond those in LEGO Star Wars II, for millions more possibilities. Create cross-Trilogy mash-up characters like Han Windu and Lando Amidala.

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The crew is sitting around for lunch...
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga will also include a behind the scenes bonus video called "The Building of LEGO Star Wars". As yet we don't have any details about what this video will include or its runtime, but we can only hope that the ample space on the Blu-Ray disc will allow something quite special.

Multi-player is also being catered for with 2 players able to participate in the games together through the Playstation Network in co-op gameplay. We also expect the title to support 2-player in offline gameplay as per the previous titles.

Naturally the biggest benefit to gamers of this title coming to the Playstation 3 will be the upgrade to High Definition visuals. The developers have reworked many of the character models and backgrounds. Visual effects have also been enhanced and we expect the game to run with a silky smooth frame rate upon release.

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Just standing around the X-Wing.
Audio in this game will follow the same pattern of previous titles. There won't be speech as such but the characters will murmur the lines - if you know the movies you'll know what they are all getting at. Even if you're not familiar with the movies one of the great things about these titles is that the developers have added plenty of small animations to the characters making quite amusing in places. If you've played the original titles you'll know what to expect.

I have to admit I'm pretty damn keen to get my hands on the PS3 version of Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga. The improved visuals over the PS2 games will be worth the price of admission alone (which for Australia has been set at the ultra-reasonable $AU89.95), however with so many other additions - not least of which is the online co-op gameplay - this is certain to be a superb title. Expect a release around November.