I remember when I was a young I spent alot of time playing with Lego blocks as well as watching the Star Wars movies, those days have now passed and technology has incorporated two of my favourite previous pass times: Star Wars and Lego. Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is yet another adaptation of games/movies/series that has been turned into a hilarious thrill ride using the concept of turning all things normal into all things Lego.
Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is based on the animated TV series and spans across season one and season two of the show. This makes this title fairly large and also gives gamers access to a very large data base of characters to use as they wish.
The control scheme in this title is very simple; one button performs one action and another button performs another action. However, when you combine gameplay as well as the simple control structure together you get a title that fits together perfectly. Combat varies from genuinely easy enemies to enemies that may propose slight difficulty for some of the younger gamers.
Puzzle solving in this title is straight forward and simple but on the odd occasion it can get extremely frustrating especially if you can’t figure out what you were exactly supposed to be doing in the first place. This comment comes from me running around the same area for around half an hour wondering if I had missed something.
Like most Lego games this titles includes a HUB World that can be used to explore, create custom characters, purchase vehicles, unlock additional characters and includes a side quest if you can find it. This means no map for the hub unfortunately so expect to get lost.
Lego Star Wars offers more activities to experience including piloting various vehicles in intense large-scale battles as well as space battles. The initial point to most of the land battles is to capture various control points on the map; to capture these you will have to destroy each building, cannon or satellite in order to capture the control point. This was a fun and interesting twist to the initial campaign.
Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars offers some surprisingly great graphics the character models are nicely detailed including some very amusing facial expressions that can be seen on each character. The level design is fantastic and includes loads of destructible objects throughout the world. This is by far one of the best-looking Lego games I have come across.
This title shines when it comes to sound, which includes authentic Star Wars themes and music. This brings a great feel of nostalgia while playing through the various chapters available. Who can resist listening to that sound of a lightsaber powering up to hack through any opponent (even Bob the Storm Trooper) who has felt the wrath of various Star Wars Characters in the past.
The Nintendo 3DS version of this title brings things to a new level especially with the 3D aspect. The sound on offer is especially great for a handheld title and the visuals definitely pack a punch to the handheld genre. Although both platforms vary with gameplay experience, they are both very good. If you own the 3DS as well as an Xbox 360, you won’t be disappointed.
The one thing I did really enjoy with the 3DS version is the way the currency you collect looks likes it is flying towards you, this added a great feel to playing this title on a handheld console.
Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is honestly a great game and has now hooked me into the Lego genre. The sound is great and the graphics are visually satisfying. Gameplay is fun and battles are intense.
The Nintendo 3DS version is great and offers some unique gameplay throughout its campaign.
Official ITF Rating:
Nintendo 3DS: 7.6/10
Predominantly reviewed on Xbox 360.