Okay, I've just finished the game (100% complete) and I'm ready to strongly recommend this game to everyone. In short:
Fun and engaging for adults and kids alike. A little bit on the easy side, but there's plenty to see and do.
Tight! Optional motion controls work well (but aren't really necessary)
Sharp and colourful with super cute design, (For anyone who played the originals on GameCube or PS2, the Wii version is much crisper and 'shinier')
Superb! Great music and effects direct from the movies.
Things you may DIG
: Cute and ROFL funny at times, easy to pick up and play, lots to see and do and FANTASTIC co-op play!
Things you may WHINE
about: Not super challenging, not a life changing visual experience, recycled content (it's a compilation game after all)
The more detailed story:
For the uninitiated, back in the late 90's the Lego group decided to release licensed products representing vehicles, characters and scenarios from the Star Wars universe. The products proved to be very popular amongst Star Wars fans, children and AFOL's (Adult Fans Of Lego) alike.
A few years later Travelers Tales created the surprise hit of the year in Lego Star Wars the Video Game. The game allowed players to play through the first three films (episodes I, II, and III) using their favourite characters and vehicles in a universe made from Lego. This was inevitably followed by Lego Star Wars II the Original Trilogy which featured more of the same (if not a more refined) experience.
Lego Star Wars the Complete Saga is a compilation of the previous two titles with a few new levels and (optional) motion controls thrown in for good measure.
You are tasked with guiding your character (or vehicle) through a level fending off attacks from Separatists and Empire types while solving simple puzzles and collecting 'studs' (the in game currency).
You can't actually die during the game. Falling off a ledge or being blasted into oblivion simply makes you lose studs. You can get through the game without collecting studs but you wont be able to unlock all the characters and extras without them.
You use the nunchuck to move your character and use the force while you jump and shoot with the wiimote. You can also waggle to attack and pump the nunchuck to speed up the building process; none of which is necessary but it's good to know that you can if you want to. The controls are responsive and work well throughout the game.
The game is a fun solo experience but is made better if you have someone else to play with. Drop in/drop out co-op offers a great opportunity to share the experience with family and friends.
You start your journey in the cantina bar (as seen in Star Wars: A New Hope) which serves as a hub where you can access all of the different episodes (movies). Each of the different episodes comprises of a number of levels which must be completed in 'Story' mode to progress through the game. Once a level has been completed in 'Story' mode you may play through again in a 'Free Play' mode where you can you use any character that you have unlocked.
There are a number of different character types each with differing abilities that must be used in order to unlock all of the games secrets and goodies. You will find normal/blaster characters like Han Solo, bounty hunters like Boba Fett, stormtroopers, Jedi, Sith lords, astro-mech droids like R2D2, protocol droids like C3PO and small/short characters like jawas. Utilising different abilities will give you access to secrets in the game. For example; a Jedi can use the force to manipulate certain objects but some objects require a Sith Lords touch, small spaces will require a small character and some areas require a bounty hunter to gain access etc.
Secret 'canisters' and 'power bricks' serve to unlock additional characters, codes and optional extras. None of this is necessary to play the game it does provide a bit more depth, challenge and value for money for more seasoned gamers.
As you progress through the game you will unlock many characters from the movies. In addition to this you can also create your own character to use in free play.
In addition to the main game there are bounty hunter missions as well as the the original versions of the level which were tweaked for the new game. You can also complete the marathon challenge of 'Super Story Mode'.
The charming visuals and great audio compliment the games fun and cheeky nature. As a side note, the game runs in 480p & widescreen for those with component cables and big screens (who care about these things... like me).
As a gamer I found the game really easy but also really FUN! If you own the other two titles on any other console there's not much here that you won't have seen outside of a few tweaked levels and a couple of extra characters.
Highly recommended to the Star Wars and/or Lego enthusiast, and everyone else. I've waffled enough, if you've read this far go buy the game! If you already have the game then you'll know what I'm talking about.
stars out of a possible 5 or 8/10