US, July 9, 2007 - There are lots of reasons to go nuts for a new LEGO Star Wars game. You get to run around as little plastic versions of your favorite Jedi, there's a seemingly endless amount of stuff to collect, and it's fun to use the Force. But the big selling point of LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga is simple; you use the Wiimote as a lightsaber.
If that concept doesn't sell you on this game, you have no soul.
Yes, Wii fans, all the fun of LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game (that's the one that followed the new movies) and LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (that's the one that's pretty self-explanatory) is set to rock that white rectangle in your living room on one disc with a starship's worth of extras.
Don't remember these titles? It's ok; you were probably camping out for your system when they were popular. Anyway, the LEGO Star Wars games put you into the plastic heads of a plethora of Star Wars characters as you play through the battles and events that shaped this movie franchise. You pick up studs (little plastic jobbers that can be exchanged for new characters), create custom characters using the pieces you've found and replay levels in hopes of collecting all the hidden red bricks and canister pieces.
All the LEGO action from the first two games -- drop-in and drop-out gameplay, hordes of unlockables and force powers -- plus crazy Wii stuff such as new levels, new characters, new bounty hunter missions and a new control scheme are ready to go.
LucasArts representatives weren't ready to go on and on about the new levels, but they did say the Zam Wesell chase from the beginning of Episode II will be added along with a handful of others. New characters? The total roster is set to include about 120 playable pieces with some of the new additions being Boss Nas, Watoo and R5-D4.
As far as controlling your squad of plastic pieces, it's all in the motions. Waving your Wiimote side to side initiates melee attacks (AKA lightsaber swings complete with a swinging sound effect from the Wiimote speaker), Z uses the Force on the glowing objects around the level (pump the Nunchuck and Wiimote up and down while using the Force to build things quicker), and the rest of the buttons break down as you'd expect. If flaying your arms isn't your thing, you can also attack via the B button.
Think we'll get killed by the same guy?We put the controls through a workout and put Obi-Wan and Luke up against the troves of bad guys milling about Tatooine. The motion moves took some getting used to -- a mob of miscreants took down the duo more than once -- but there was no denying that pumping your arms to build an Imperial Walker was a blast.
Sadly, swinging the Wiimote to attack really didn't feel like we were wielding a lightsaber. Swinging the controller just meant that Obi-Wan was going to attack. He didn't match our moves. Even if it's not as awesome as us nerds have built it up to be, it was still a step in the right direction for Star Wars and the system.
If you liked the first two LEGO Star Wars games, your special edition has arrived. If you haven't played these titles before and visuals aren't an issue (the game's getting released on PS3 and 360 with beefed up visuals), you owe it to yourself to pick this up.
Look for LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga this November.