The Ultimate Star Wars Party Game
Play On: PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Nintendo DS
Star Wars fans already have plenty to thank Lego for (some of the best Star Wars toys are the ones from Lego), but if there is one other SW Lego product that deserves much praise, it is the games. The Lego games take players across all the movies -including the Clone Wars (which counts, as the first episode was basically a full length CGI film). You get to choose characters from the time of Darth Maul in the Phantom Menace, to the Ewoks of Return of the Jedi. And anyone else, you can pretty much create with the custom character option (which is nice, since you would have that option with a literal pile of Lego pieces). The game recreates some of the most important scenes of the movie, with a funny Lego themed twist of course.
So you are having your favorite Star Wars movie buddies over and you want to fire up your favorite console. That's pretty standard, but the problem is, most Star Wars games only have single player modes, and the few ones that have multiplayer are only good for two. Lego Star Wars, on the other hand, allows for four players to link up at the same time. And before you could say "shallow party game", this series of games delves deep into the history and events of Star Wars (it even has the removed-from-the-movie-scene where Anakin Order-66's a Jedi master in the Coruscant Temple -we will not tell you who, spoilers!)
Choosing the Game
There are basically three sets of Lego Star Wars games: one based on the prequel trilogy, one about the original trilogy, and the last one is about the Clone Wars. You can get the original and prequel trilogy in a single game (which is better than getting the two individually). But the Clone Wars is a completely separate game. Anyway, choosing which one to play is mostly a matter of deciding which pre-set characters you would want to have access to: and Clone Wars has plenty not present in the complete movie set. However, if you want to see stages and events that are truly ironic, then the complete movie game is the one you should go for.
What Makes it Fun
The humor in Lego Star Wars is context based, and of course, slapstick. The lack of actual dialogue (putting aside the murmured gibberish they utter in some scenes) requires that the jokes be carried in a very visual manner -and the game does it quite well. These are, after all, force wielding Lego; and there is plenty of great content when you have a base material as rich as that.
Of course, since there is no dialogue or narration in the game, you would need to be a fan of Star Wars to actually understand the events that are going on -let alone find the jokes cleverly funny. Not knowing the context of the scenario means that the jokes are still silly enough to laugh at, though there will be times that a viewer would find themselves without a clue as to why something is supposed to be funny.
We did say that this is a Lego game -so everything here is made of Lego bricks: the people, structures, vehicles, even planets are all made of Lego. As such, when things blow up, they explode into tiny little Lego bricks. And there will be times that you will also be destroying a few objects to turn them with bricks, then you will assemble all the new pieces to form something completely new (like, blowing up stuff in Mos Eisley then turning the debris into a functional AT-ST walker). Lego Star Wars put together two great things into a single game, and does justice to both of them.
This game is a definitive must-play if you are a Star Wars fan, and if you are having friends over, this makes for a great form of entertainment. And yes, you can also have constant mini-lightsaber duels with established movie characters (or make your own) and not ruin the game at all.