Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

Everyone likes Star Wars.  Everyone likes Legos.  Put the two together and you get the awesome game, Lego Star Wars.  This game was a smashing success last year. This year, the second in the series, Lego Star Wars II:  The Original Trilogy is sure to be a huge success as well.  What can be more fun than reliving the events of the Star Wars trilogy, yet set in an environment made of Lego building blocks?

Lego Star Wars II is an improvement on its predecessor.  Both games share the same theme, along with an enormously comical and humorous spin on the Star Wars theme.  But a few changes have been made.  The first is that the sound and visual effects have been improved.  This game is also much more humorous than the last (as if that were possible).

One major change is that you will have the ability to switch between the on screen characters.  Sometimes there are two characters and sometimes as many as six. The AI takes care of the ones you aren’t controlling.  A second player can also join in and control the other characters at any time.  You have to switch between the characters to get to many new stages of each level.  Each character has its perks.  Han Solo has a blaster for far away enemies, R2D2 and C3P0 can open doors and gain access to computers, Ewoks can crawl in small spaces, and of course, Luke can use his Jedi powers.  You have to utilize the different characters abilities to tear through the onslaught of Storm Troopers, Bounty Hunters, Sand People, etc.

Another change is more of an extra that you get later.  This is a Lego inspired game after all, so you can play with the characters like you would with Legos.  Put Chewbacca’s head on Vader’s body to make Chewvader.  Another fun one…place a Storm Trooper’s head on Chewbacca’s body to make Stormbacca.  Even funnier, place Leia’s head on Obi Wan’s body to make Leia Wan Kenobi. The possibilities are endless!  You can also build and customize ships with the Lego blocks any way you see fit.

Lego Star Wars II is a fairly simple game to play and defeat.  The game isn’t made to be hard, it is made to make you laugh and enjoy the whole run through. You originally play through Episode IV:  A New Hope.  After defeating this, The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi are available.  In total, there are 18 chapters to play through, along with several unlockable bonus stages.

Lego Star Wars II is available on every console imaginable.  This includes:  XBOX, XBOX 3360, Playstation 2, PSP, Gamecube, Nintendo DS, and PC.  It has an ESRB rating of E-10.  This means that the game is suitable for everyone ages 10 and up.  This is because the game features cartoon violence and crude humor.