We’ve been talking about Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens because the newest installment in the Lego Star Wars series has Star Wars and Lego fans alike excited. Since its recent release, the game has been selling well and getting pretty decent reviews overall. It’s especially popular in the UK, even topping Overwatch in sales. So if you’re still trying to decide for yourself if you want to shell out the cash to experience the game, let’s take a look at what a few gaming experts are saying about it.
What are people saying so far about LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Here’s a fun review roundup for you to get some varied opinions:
In a galaxy far, far, away (…okay, actually, right here in this galaxy), there was a video game series that turned beloved franchises into blocky satirical versions of themselves… and everyone loved it. The latest installment of this series is LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, TT Games/TT Fusion’s block-ification of the big screen critical hit. While this installment doesn’t include a slew of iconic IPs, nor the fun (at times gimmicky) toys-to-life aspect of LEGO Dimensions, the game is still one of the best LEGO titles of the past few years. Here’s why you should build on.
AM New York Scott Fontana
Fontana gives it 3 out of 4 stars and says, “Several key additions elevate “The Force Awakens” above standard Lego game fare. For starters, the HUD graphics received long overdue enhancements. It’s nothing major, but it helps the game stand out right away.”
Some other parts he liked? “Starship battles are better than ever, too. Some are on rails, but most are in open air areas. They’re light years ahead of past “Lego” games’ dogfights thanks to a from-behind camera angle and improved controls.”
Gaming Age Paul Rosselli
“Back in January I praised The Force Awakens play set for Disney Infinity (R.I.P.) with bringing a justified return to the movie tie-in video game genre. Now it’s six months later and another movie tie-in game is being released…for the same movie. LEGO decided to continue making Star Wars games following the success of their previous entries. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens follows the entire storyline from the movie and then some. I especially liked the way Disney Infinity handled The Force Awakens and I can safely say that Traveller’s Tales did an even better job with their movie interpretation.”
NZ Herald Chris Schulz
But as you fire up the latest Lego Star Wars game, the first thing you’ll do isn’t a Stormtrooper battle on Jakku or taking down Kylo Ren. Instead, for the game’s first half-hour, you’ll rip through the entirety of the final act of George Lucas’ original trilogy.”
Read the full review to find out why he actually thinks this is pretty awesome. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Slant Magazine Justin Clark
“LEGO Force Awakens doesn’t attempt to rejigger the same, effective formula for a licensed LEGO video game, opting instead to take a few baby-sized, though important, steps forward in terms of what that formula is capable of. Here you embody cutesy, LEGO versions of characters from J.J. Abrams’s The Force Awakens through expanded iterations of all the film’s biggest scenes from start to finish. Almost every object in the environment can be broken for collectible Lego bits and studs; many of them must be reassembled into new forms in order to complete the game’s myriad puzzles. Fights against enemies are still button-mashing tests of patience, not skill. A few minor twists on the established norm for LEGO video games do occur in that you’re now given options on how to reassemble specific piles of LEGO bits and when, but it doesn’t change the basic flow of gameplay to any serious degree.”
Community Voices Max Parker
“The gameplay of the Lego series was in need of a rebuilding phase. The same old formula was injected into so many of these games, that they became tired after playing for so long. “Lego The Force Awakens” adds new features to the gameplay. These games have always been logic puzzle games. Different characters in the vast cast have various abilities that need to be utilized to get to the end of a level. Characters break down objects that can be rebuilt into helpful ones that can clear a path or reach a platform.”
8.5 out of 10 stars.
So head on over and read each of these thorough, well thought out reviews to see for yourself.