WiiMote sabre swinging.... kindaBloody hell, is it really thirty years since Star Wars hit the big screen? Well, knowing that makes me feel old as I can remember being allowed to go to the cinema to see this on my own, my mum not being interested in going. I sat there wide-eyed, having listened to other mums reading out that opening title scrolling story, as TIE-Fighters, X-Wings and the Millenium Falcon all swooped around the screen in fantastic battles... and then there was Luke, snogging his sister (though we didn’t know it), and Darth Vader killing Obi-Wan... it’s fair to say that George Lucas’ film paved the way for sci-fi movies for years to come and even games based on or loosely on the entire series of films. Anyway, as was demonstrated by the massive success of LEGO Star Wars from Traveller’s Tales, the franchise still has a massive fanbase and there’s plenty of life in the Star Wars universe with masses of back-story and subplots still unexploited. But now, we’ve got the entire film series, plus some extra bits, all in one complete game, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga.
As the name suggests, you get all the film plotlines to play through so fans of the original films, which confusingly started at number 4 and went through to number 6 will be well served with all their favourite haunts being revisited in true Traveller’s Tales homage style.
You’ll also be able to play through the first three films in the prequel trilogy, and you can bet that even the serious matter of Annakin losing his legs and becoming Darth Vader will be treated with the usual Traveller’s Tales humour.
But in addition to all this film based fun there’s loads of new stuff such as the high speed chase sequence of Zam Wessell the bounty hunter as well as the chance to dabble with new Force powers and new power-up. You can even create your own characters using the originals as a base... anyone fancy a Han Vader or Luke Threepio?
The fun doesn’t stop there though. Any character can now create and use vehicles, even if they don’t have Force powers and there’s even a load of new bonus missions and Bounty Hunter sections. For the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions you’ll be able to enjoy two player co-op as well as the higher quality graphics and effects both these consoles allow on the screen.
And for those of you on the Wii version, the WiiMote is your key to power as it’s now used as the controller for the light sabre! Ok, so it’s just a swish from side to side and not in any way 100% replicating your moves, but it’s a start and here’s hoping we see a decent WiiMote sabre swinging Star Wars game sometime in the future...
Oh, and for all you DS users, Traveller’s Tales have been simultaneously working on a ground-up build of LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga just for DS gamers... so now you can take Leia and her gold bikini on the tube with you.