Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens Review
Players: 1+ Player Game | Release Date: 06/28/16 | Genre: Action
My husband and I watched The Force Awakens in theaters eight different times as well as who knows how many once it came to Blu-ray. I know the story so well that I feel parts of it shouldn’t have taken so long to progress. But when I went to look back at it trying to think from the mindset of someone who cannot quote the movie, the thoughts and feeling that I first had faded away. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens definitely has more good about it than bad. That being said, there could have been improvements in the way they tell the story.
Now, I understand that it was retelling The Force Awakens movie but there were just moments in the game that I didn’t feel fit. And since Lego games try to use light-hearted humor, some of this felt a bit forced when the scene was supposed to be serious.
On the gameplay front, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens delivers. This is some of the best I have experienced out of all the Lego games. The controls are simple but there is still complexity to them to keep you actively engaged. When you needed to interact with an item it was not simply mashing one single button every time. Instead, you needed to see how to interact with it as sometimes it was a button and others it was the movement of the left/right stick.
One thing that I have never experienced in a Lego game was the items that you could build, destroy, and build again to make different things in the same area. I really enjoyed that I didn’t have to find more materials to build three different items. You simply had to destroy what you have already built.
Switching characters is also handled nicely in Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. When I pressed and held down triangle it did not instantly bring up the entire list of characters but instead gave me a wheel of my most recently used characters. In this wheel I was also able to access the Red Brick feature. This allowed me to quickly and efficiently switch to characters I needed to clear a specific area. As a fan of the movie wanting more, I greatly enjoyed the side stories you unlocked via the gold bricks collected in the game. This allowed me to discover the back stories of why C-3PO has a red arm or playing as Lor San Tekka as he lands on Jakku with the map. Plus there are more. Lego: The Force Awakens is a great game for kids and adults alike. I highly encourage any Star Wars fan and/or Lego fan to pick it up!