I spent endless hours as a kid testing the limits of my imagination with my Lego bricks. The blueprints in my head translated into 3D objects before my very eyes. My brain, eyes, and hands acted like a 3D printer before 3D printers were cool. Legos were truly boundless in terms of capability, assuming you had enough bricks. Combine the world of Lego with the fantasy super euphoria that is Star Wars and you have one hell of a concoction. These two worlds collide in a manner similar to icing and a cake… it’s butter, baby. Let’s find out how the game stacks up!
Blue Ball Score: 19 out of 25 balls
The game plays beautifully. The action rarely ceases and will keep you pushing through waves of enemies along the way. It never feels overbearing, and if you die it’s no big deal. As is the case with most Lego games, there are plenty of puzzles to keep you busy and a few new mechanics as well. Every aspect of the game seems to add to the fun as you play new and old familiar characters. Voice-acting is included from the actual actors which make the characters seem more realistic.
The puzzles in Lego SW:TFA provide a variety of obstacles. In one scenario, you may need to figure out how to get Rey across a broken bridge, or launch BB-8 up to a switch, or build something to aid you in reaching the next area. Building objects also provide puzzles in themselves, as you are often presented with multiple choices to build. In many cases, you must figure out the order in which to build these objects to solve the puzzle. If you didn’t get it right the first time, don’t burn your biscuits. Just break it apart and build the other object. It’s that simple. You’ll build a wide variety of tools and structures along your journey, so keep an eye out for those brick piles!
You will unlock various characters throughout the game and you will usually travel in a party of multiple characters. You can easily switch characters at any time. Not only is it fun to play as your favorite characters, but it’s required. Puzzles will often require multiple characters to reach a resolution. Certain objects will show you an icon of the character that must interact with it so there is little to no confusion. Different characters have different abilities, weapons, and skills. For example, Rey uses her agility for wall-running, swinging, and various other acrobatic moves. The wide array of options keep gameplay fresh and entertaining.
Combat is typical of any Lego game. Melee attacks, weapons, and special attacks are at your arsenal for disposing of storm troopers and space thugs. One new mechanic that I loved was the mission sections that utilized a cover system. You take cover behind walls or other objects and pop out to shoot. After shooting, you can release the trigger to duck behind cover again. This created a nice change of pace and allowed for more frantic fire-fights. One minute, the world is calm… and the next minute, you are thrusted into an intense fight against a mob of enemies. Fun!
Near-perfect gameplay with new additions earn 4.5 balls.
Aside from the usual ground-and-pound combat, the game also includes flying combat sequences. An assortment of escape sequences, air-to-air dogfights, and space combat is included for all you wannabe pilots. I will say that I personally found the flight controls difficult to get used to at first. Eventually, I was able to get the hang of it, but it was definitely tough in the early going. Maybe I just suck at it… or maybe it just really is tough. I prefer to go with the latter. You can invert flight controls to fit your preferred style depending on how your brain works. Good luck!
There is a proverbial ass-load of unlockables and collectibles in the game. Completing missions and collecting bricks will earn new playable characters, vehicles, and more. You’ll be unlocking stuff so fast that Ricky Bobby would be proud. Seeing your hard work and diligence pay off is refreshing and satisfying, just like an ice cold Dr Pepper. I find it hard to believe that a gamer could get bored with all the missions, side stories, collectibles/unlockables, hidden items to find, and everything else included in the game. There is certainly plenty of gameplay hours to be had here, if you’re up for it.
A Star Wars story filled with plenty of tidbits for fans and an unbelievable amount of unlockables earns 4 balls.
Having a Player-2 certainly has its advantages. Puzzle-solving moves much quicker as you don’t have to keep switching characters. Combat sequences are much easier thanks to the extra firepower. And most importantly, any game is more fun when the experience is shared with another player! All of this, of course, assumes that your Player-2 is on the same page with you. Teamwork and cooperation are key skills here to ensure success.
Overall, the multiplayer experience is okay, but it has a few flaws. Multiplayer earns 3.5 balls.
The score for this category would be lower if not for the saving grace – sound. The sound in Lego SW:TFA is amazeballs. Voice-overs from the real actors including your favorites create surrealistic personalities for the characters. Sound effects put you in the moment at every turn. And the music is orgasmic. If you haven’t been able to tell, I’m a huge Star Wars fan. The soundtrack includes all of your favorite Star Wars tunes and melodies to give you that little tingling feeling in your Star Wars bone.
Graphics that are good enough and amazing sound earns 4 balls.
In conclusion, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a great video game. Hours of gameplay, tons of characters, puzzle-solving, action, combat… it’s all here and more. Fans of Lego and/or Star Wars will fall in love with the game. I would recommend this game to anyone for an amazing, fun experience. Lego SW:TFA earns a total of 19 balls.