When the original LEGO Star Wars hit gaming store shelves, it was a true sensation. Although it unabashedly was a game friendly for kids, the product was truly an authentic take of the prequels that kids and adults alike both enjoyed. LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy eventually followed, continuing the theme all the way through Episode VI. Now the developer returns to the Nintendo Wii, bringing back a better compilation of the six episodes and additional Wii Remote lightsaber controls.

The idea is simple: They’ve taken all the movies, created bite-sized levels and included a generous amount of humor. The formula works well for every single level in the game, appealing to gamers no matter what age they are. There is arguably no real difficulty involved in the game since you can continue playing an infinite number of times, but there is a level of strategy and depth if you want to achieve maximum rankings on each level — and if you want to unlock the countless items available in LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga.

The real appeal of the game arrives in the genius yet simple mechanics and iconic characters from the movies. Everyone should know who Yoda and Darth Vader are by now, and just about everyone loves to take a lightsaber and mow down their enemies as they fill the halls; all of this and more can be done with little physical effort for the player.

Though upgraded, The Complete Saga is much like the previous games; you only attack with one button, use a jump button and can use force powers with a special attack button if you are a Jedi. It is possible to walk up to a character at any time to swap to another character, meaning you do not have to get stuck going through a level as a specific character you don’t enjoy — unless it’s a level where you must fly.

Again, The Complete Saga relies on the Mos Eisley Cantina to jump between each episode. You can run through the prologue immediately, but the rest must be done in order to unlock the next one.

Unfortunately, the Nintendo Wii version does not have any online cooperative mode, something which is present on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions. However, there is a drop in/drop out mode local cooperative mode that works just as well as the previous games. Cooperative mode is an enjoyable experience, and there is an actual advantage too; if you’re playing with a second character controlled by the game, he won’t do damage to the enemies.

Overall, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga is a great compilation that has plenty of upgrades over the previous games. It’s not a rushed port; each episode has upgraded music, gameplay and much more. There is a little redundancy if you’ve played the games before, but there are lots of new characters and content to unlock to keep The Complete Saga a little fresh for veterans of the series.


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