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Dave Approved: Lego Star Wars

Posted on Thursday, April 7th, 2005

Dave!Best. Game. Ever.

I had hoped that Lego Star Wars for Xbox would be good from the photos I had seen. But until I actually played it, I had no idea. It's simply amazing. It looks amazing. It plays amazing. And it's the most fun I've had with a video game in a very long time. The last game to make me feel this way was Myst back in 1993.

Like the name implies, Lego Star Wars for Xbox is a video game set in the Star Wars prequel trilogy universe that's entirely populated by Lego. All the characters are Lego mini-figures. All the architecture, vehicles, and objects are built from Lego. When you shoot something, it pops apart into individual bricks. When you "die," you fall to pieces. It's all really clever, and I can't imagine how they ever came up with such a brilliant idea.

Lego Star Wars

Lego Star Wars

The game itself is made for children. It's not really violent, because it's all just toys. It's not really difficult, because it's hard to actually "die" in the game." It's also the cutest thing you've ever seen. But that doesn't mean adults won't enjoy it. On the contrary, the game is packed with puzzles and and loads of places to explore. The fact that you don't have to worry about dying every five minutes is actually liberating. You can just have fun and enjoy yourself rather than stressing out constantly.

This may be a game I actually bother to finish. There's always something new to see, and there's 50 characters you can unlock and play. There's special Lego pieces to collect so you can build your own spaceships. There's even a "FreePlay" mode where you can go back to levels you've won and play them again as different characters. Not only is it cool to have such variety keeping things fresh, but different characters have different abilities, which means you can often solve puzzles you couldn't figure out the first time through.

All in all, it's a total blast. If I didn't already have an Xbox (or PlayStation 2), I'd go out and buy one just to play this game. I hope that they eventually make a sequel so I can play through the original trilogy as well. I want to be Han Solo flying my Lego Millenium Falcon to Cloud City!

Now, if you will excuse me, I've got to get back to Naboo...

Movie Quotable of the Day: "I just wanna know how one becomes a janitor, because Andrew here is very interested in pursuing a career in the custodial arts."
Yesterday's Answer: Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) with Johnny Depp and Antonio Banderas.

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Comments

  1. Ben says:

    I was thinking about getting it, but I read in a review that it has some spoilers for Revenge of the Sith, so I figured I could wait a little while.

    But it does look fun!

    :D

  2. theMike says:

    I wonder if the kids today will have as much fun with it as we will. We were so engrossed into the Star Wars trilogy growing up and legos, that I think the game will have more meaning for us than it will anyone else.

  3. Art says:

    Breakfast Club

  4. Dave2 says:

    “The Breakfast Club” is one of those films that has so many good quotes, it’s difficult to pick just one. I eventually decided that I couldn’t resist “custodial arts” as a quote. Of course, the janitor’s reply is equally classic.

  5. Patrick says:

    It’s too bad that I don’t have a modern graphics card i either my laptop or desktop computer. On PC you need to have a graphics card that can do “pixel shading”. Otherwise I’d really love to try the game out…I mean: the seal of “Dave Approved” is something I know isn’t given to anything but top-notch stuff.

  6. AXELL says:

    Very funny blog. Ya.
    Ax;-)

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