When I was told there was yet another Lego title coming, I was not excited. “Great,” I thought, “more of the same.”
Don’t get me wrong. I love Lego games. But let’s be honest: it’s not like they bring something new to the table with each new installment.
Graphics are always excellent.
Humor is hilarious.
Replay value is over the top.
Playability to the max!
So when I popped in the disc, the only excitement I was feeling was Star Wars related. This was the first Episode 7 videogame! I was ready to relive the movie (yet) again, and have some part in it. What followed blew my mind.
It’s an age-old fact that Lego and Star Wars combined equals gold. What we get here is far more than that. Platinum. Is platinum more valuable than gold? Whatever. The thing that’s far more valuable than gold. That is what we get here. (Plutonium? Is that it? No? Unobtainium perhaps?)
I had a blast playing through The Force Awakens story missions, I nearly pooped my pants from excitement playing the extra levels, and I had tons of fun building custom figures and collecting studs to build minikits and unlock even more playable characters. I laughed ‘till I cried with the (albeit sometimes childish) humor. In short: I felt like a kid again. A kid with an unending supply of Lego bricks.
As I suspected, there’s not much in the way of “new” things. Loose bricks can now be used to build several solutions to a puzzle. After building one thing, simple break them apart and build another part of the puzzle. Cutscenes are now spoken! The lines are lifted right out of the movie, but some additional dialogue can be heard ingame as well. The biggest new thing are the “cover” sequences. During these, players move into cover to fire at enemies. While these are fun, they’re just a little too kid-friendly and require little to no skill.
But, as I said before, I love Lego games. And the familiar feeling actually contributes to the quality of these games. This is what we’ve come to expect from Lego, and it’s a worthy of praise that they succeed to deliver every single time.
So, to cut a long review short: Lego plus Star Wars equals fun, so buy now!