When Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens was first announced it premiered alongside a humorous LEGO parody of the original trailer. Retelling the events of The Force Awakens sets the table for the quirky sense of humor that the franchise has been known for.
One of the core strengths in the upcoming installment is how great it simply looks. Every in game cinematic looked like identical recreation from the movie, but just with Lego bricks instead of lens flare. Most of the dialogue is directly taken from the movie allowing the weight of the original to carry over to the Video Game platform. Part of the appeal of this LEGO series is its ability to allow audiences relieve their favorite moments, and it’s the main reason to get Star Wars The Force Awakens.
During our press demo last week during the Game Developers conference in San Francisco, I got a chance to relieve Rey and Finn’s escape from Jakku using the millennium falcon. It was great to see the funny side chat between the two as they are overcoming the challenges presented in front of them.
As the campaign progresses levels will contain canonical story details that are officially apart of the lucasfilm Star Wars cannon. Six backstory levels will be included in the game, and will pop up at various points through the main story. One level will finally answer how how C-3PO gained his red hand, a story, which is currently being told in a current Marvel comic series.
Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens is still a game, and some accommodation had to be made in order to make room for the player. Some scenes are setup differently to allow users to build LEGO bricks on Jakku. In the opening, Rey slides down the side of a sand mountain edge before she engages in excavating parts from a deserted Star Destroyer. The other big change is BB-8, which might set people back a bit.
Just the rest of the LEGO games, coop is a returning featuring, but this time it intrudes on the rhythmic beats of the movie. Instead of finding BB-8 on Rey’s way to Jakku, she finds the droid immediately to allow a second player to join. The chemistry between the two is built in, not earned. The momentum of the title keeps pushing the player to do, and see more, but not to slow down and enjoy the vistas you encounter you traverse along the way.
It’s not to say that this new installment in the franchise doesn’t take any risks. For the franchise’s 10th anniversary they’re introducing a new light mechanic that allows the player to take control of the millennium falcon during dogfight sections. These are normally arena-based battles that have a timer before continuing onward with the story, but is a nice alternative to what the game showcases.
Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens is being development by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to be released June 28 on Nintendo 3DS, PS3, PS4, XBOX One, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita, Windows PC, and Wii U.