When LEGO Star Wars exploded onto the scene in 2005, it followed the story of the prequel trilogy (Episodes I-III) the films of which were just finishing their cinema run at the time. The success of the first game led to LEGO Star Wars: The Original Trilogy in 2006 which covered the original films (Episodes IV-VI) and introduced a few new play mechanics such as the bounty hunter missions and Tauntaun riding. Now in 2007, we are being presented with LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga which covers all six episodes and introduces yet more options for play.
In addition to the levels present in the first two games, two new ones have been introduced based on scenes from Episodes I and II. There are also now bounty hunter missions related to the prequel trilogy stories, taking the number of side-quests up to 20. Jedi and Sith powers have been updated so Sith have access to the force throw power which enables them to pick up and throw their opponents around the level. Jedi have an enhanced force push power that will enable them to push several droids around at once.
The cast of characters has also been expanded with an additional 10 characters being introduced for the first time. This takes the total number of playable characters up to 160, combine this with the character creator that now allows cross-trilogy characters to be invented and you have a hugely expanded set of play options. As with the other two games in the series, players can drop in and out of play and their characters will be controlled by the console. This is ideal for family play enabling parents to help younger children through difficult parts of the game.
In addition, the PS3 version of LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga makes full use of the console's features, with high definition graphics, on-line two player co-op mode and vehicles that can be flown and driven using the Sixaxis motion sensing controls.
All in all, this is the definitive version of the LEGO Star Wars experience.
What I learned about Lego Star Wars is that the two-player function is awesome, but only if you are already friends with your counterpart and/or they are a skilled gamer. If not, you will find yourself directing their every action (to help move the game along), and they might take exception to that.
Anyway, if I may now review this particular rendition, Lego Star Wars: Complete Saga...
The game is awesome. I put it on par with the classics (Legend of Zelda, the Super Mario games, Sonic the Hedgehog, etc.). That may sound like hyperbole, but let me assure you that Lego Star Wars: Complete Saga is the real deal. The fact that the current generation game consoles enable new features (like Wii's remote control of the light sabers, guns, and Force) only bring this game from cult classic (kid's and diehard Star Wars fan's game) to popular classic (that everyone loves).