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November 19, 2007
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga - PS3 Review
Release Distributor Publisher Developer Offline Players Online Players
7/11/2007ActivisionLucasArtsTraveller's Tales1-22
Media HDD Space Resolution Sound Format Tilt Controls OFLC Rating

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Time to take on some bad guys.
As many of you would be aware this game is actually a combination of two previously release titles on the PS2. Now, while there are new additions on this disc, and indeed plenty of visual and aural improvements, if you have played the previous games bear in mind that you won't be seeing too much new in terms of gameplay or levels. Having said that developers TT Games haven't done a rush job on this game but have merged the titles together through and improved Cantina bar which acts as a portal to sequences from each of the movies. Indeed if you never played the previous games you certainly won't be able to tell that this is two games brought together for the first time.

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Want to take out Darth Maul?
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is a third person action title which recreates classic scenes from the movies, but with Lego characters. Your characters can attack with weapons, their fists, jump, pull levers, move boxes or, if they have the capability, use force powers to have an impact on the game world (Darth Vader, for instance, can use the Force Choke). There are plenty of puzzle solving sections in this game - they rarely tax the brain too much but they keep the game interesting. Another of the very cool features is the need for characters to 'build' items within a level. Perhaps it's an AT-ST, or perhaps a switch to open a door.

This isn't just a straight port though as the developers have thrown in a few new features. Firstly the character count now tops over 160 with the addition of many favourites including Watto, Boss Nass and Zam Wessell. Speaking of Zam Wessell, here bounter hunter chase sequence has been added into the game as one of the new levels. Levels from the original games have also been reworked and improved with some tweaks to the layouts

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Even Jabba the Hut makes an appearance.
This biggest change though comes with the multi-player options in the game. Yet again there is a 2-player co-op mode which allows players to join the game at any time to continue through the levels. The only negative about this is that if one player moves into the next room, or screen, then the other player is automatically transported there as well. Where this PS3 version really shines is with the inclusion of online gameplay. That's right you can now play the game in co-op mode with a friend through the Internet!

The game isn't perfect. There were a couple of instances where we hit glitches. The first occurred on the very first level where all three of my characters fell through the bottom of the screen, were respawned in the same place and fell through again in a repetitive loop. Restart time. There were other instances of characters getting stuck. Yes, they are infrequent, but it's sad to see them present in what is essentially an updated version of an old game. Besides the technical issues our other big 'question' about this game is whether owners of the originals should put the money down for this game - and to be honest we don't know if it is. Sure there's online gameplay and a few new features - but it probably doesn't warrant the price tag - even at the cheap launch price of only $AU89.95. If you don't own both the originals then this is a no brainer - it's great value, and great fun.

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Only some of the 160 characters.
As one would expect the graphics in this PS3 version are superbly presented. Lego never looked so good and in High Definition Widescreen it's a sight to behold. While many wouldn't necessarily see Lego as a very exciting prospect to animate or use in a video game, it actually works remarkably well. It's the small nuances that makes this game so special, the facial expressions, the small gestures, or the humour. If you can't chuckle when Darth Vader comes out of his ship coughing due to the smoke/steam from the door?

Having said that I was quite surprised to find that there was some screen tearing (where the top and bottom half of the screen are ever so slightly out of synch. I don't know if this is an issue with the PS3, or the way games are being developed these days, but it's becoming more frequent, and it's pissing me off. Besides that there was also the odd moment of slowdown which, while never damaging the gameplay, is rather surprising.

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The lego X-Wing looks great.
Audio in Lego Star Wars The Complete Saga is another area where the game shines. While there is still no speech - the characters use a unintelligible mumble not unlike the characters in The Sims the rest of the audio including music and effects are taken straight from the movies. John Williams' score, in case we haven't said it enough in other Star Wars games reviews is simply amazing. The effects including laser blasts, explosions, Tie Fighter/X-Wing engines and so on are spot on. Naturally the PS3 version has the added benefit of Dolby Digital 5.1 audio over the PS2 version which adds a bit more oomph to the overall experience.

As a big fan of the Star Wars movies, and with a pretty decent sense of humour, the Lego Star Wars title is one of my most anticipated this Christmas. Sure, we'd played the PS2 titles to death, but to see the games in HD, bundled together with a tonne of extras and online gameplay this really was a joy. Impressively it is also one of the cheapest PS3 titles on the market so we have no hesitation in wholeheartedly recommending this game. Fantastic.

Review By: Dave Warner

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GRAPHICSGreat models, clean textures, some small issues.
SOUNDMusic and effects straight from the movies, what more do you want?
GAMEPLAYThe original games were fantastic, this game is no exception.
VALUEA great compilation of both games together, only $89.95 as well!
OVERALLLego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is an essential purchase if you never bought the originals, if you have them on PS2 already there's a bit new, but possibly not quite enough.

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