LEGO STAR WARS: The Force Awakens Review (PS4)

LEGO STAR WARS: The Force Awakens

Anyone that knows me knows that I am not a Star Wars fan. It’s not because I’ve seen the movies and thought they were horrible, it’s because I never seen any of the movies to begin with. Ever. I know, it’s weird and it takes away from my nerd credit, but it’s just one of those things that I’ve never seen. I still decided to pick up this game anyway, mostly because of my love for LEGO games. There was a time when I thought they were child-like games that had no business on my gamer card, but now I can’t seem to pass them up and this was one that was on my radar. Keep reading to see if this game lived up to all of my LEGO expectations.

LEGO STAR WARS: The Force Awakens actually revolves around the movie. Go figure right? It’s basically the LEGO counter part of a movie that I have never seen. Now correct me in the comments section if I’m wrong, but the “basic” story that I got from this was that The Resistance, now lead by Princess Leia (RIP Carrie Fisher. I never knew you as Princess Leia but I thought you were an amazing writer who was smart and witty. You’ll definitely be missed.), and The First Order, now lead by Kylo Ren, is on the search for Luke Skywalker. None of them know where he is and both sides are now trying to get a piece of this map that is hidden in a little droid, BB08, to tell them where he is. You’ll be introduced to new characters along the way and run into some old favorites. Will the dark side win this time around or will The Resistance beat the dark side once more in what looked like an epic battle between light and dark.

The fact that I had no idea what this game was about or even seen the movie made it just a little less enjoyable for me. I know, that’s totally on me and I’m not going to take away from the game because I didn’t understand what the hell was going on. According to my buddy, thanks MM, this game matches the events of the movie and plays out as a nice counterpart. The events that takes place in the game are the same events that take place in the movie, except it’s a LEGO game so there’s some more wackiness to it. Not only is there a bunch of chapters to play and side stories to play, there are a bunch of collectibles and side missions, not to mention all the planets to explore. This game is just chock full of things to do making this probably the biggest LEGO game that I’ve ever played.

Food for Thought: Can a game be too long? Can a game have too much to do? When I played this game, these were the questions that were running through my mind as I played chapter after chapter and collected brick after brick. Not to mention going back and playing each race, each scavenger mission, each First Order mission, each Resistance Mission, and so-on. There just seemed to be an overload of things to do, but it just made it seem like there was too much to do. It also made the game seem way longer than it should have been. At this point I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but it’s something to think about.

Now the playability of this game is basically the same as every other LEGO game and I like the way these run so I had no problem with getting back into the game and basically knowing the mechanics of the game. That doesn’t mean that this game was flawless though. Unfortunately it was far from it. The flying in this game is weird and wonky and will have you wanting to tear your hair our or throw your controller out the window as you try to fly around in the main chapters of the game. Sometimes the flying will prevent you from getting that one mini kit you needed and you’ll have to replay the level over and over again until you do. Then the most surprising portion of all, at least for me, was the amount of bugs and glitches that absolutely plagued this game. Missions wouldn’t work right, the map didn’t have a good waypoint system, sometimes the waypoint system didn’t work at all, and sometimes the game simply did not work either. This was truly disappointing as this had to be one of the glitchiest LEGO games that I’ve ever played.

The graphics were the highlight of this game as it was the Star Wars universe, but in a LEGO build. I really enjoyed the graphics for each and every mission along with the graphics for the characters and each individual planet. It follows the same pattern as every other LEGO game out there, but it really works for them and it really makes the game.

There are 50 trophies for this game, 70 if you want to include all of the DLC, but the main 50 is what really counts. This trophy list is basically similar to all of the other LEGO trophy lists. You’ll get trophies for completing missions, completing side missions, gathering collectibles, and then just your normal extras like playing as certain characters. Each of these trophies are easy to get and really just require you to play the game to 100%, not to mention there’s even a trophy for that.

DLC OVERLOAD The only other LEGO game that I’ve seen so far with DLC is LEGO Batman 3 and I thought that was pushing it a little far, but this game has an additional 4 DLC trophy packs. That’s a lot of DLC for a LEGO game and it bothered me just a little. Not because I know I’ll never get the 100% for this game, obviously you can tell I have no interest in the DLC, but because it just seems like too much for a LEGO game. I know that DLC is a given now when it comes to any game, but does this trend have to carry over in out LEGO games as well?

While there is no multiplayer for this game, there is good old fashioned co-op or even share play now if you find yourself lacking of an actual physical person to sit next to you on the couch and play. There was no need to actually play this way, so I didn’t. I did everything solo and was fine just doing that.

Overall I give this game a 3 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Apparently, the story of the games matches that of the movie, but in that LEGO kind of way.
+ Classic LEGO game graphics that show progress in a PS4 era, but are still true to their normal grahics.
+ There is a lot to do!

What’s Not So Great:
There’s way too much to do! (It’s a double edged sword here and I couldn’t decide which category to put it in so it goes in both.)
There are way too many bugs or glitches that can sometimes be game breaking. It’s never a good thing and something I didn’t expect in a LEGO game.
The flying controls are really wonky and frustrating as you’ll fly by mini kit after mini kit because you can’t fly the X-Wing correctly.

I will say that this was not my favorite LEGO game. Knowing a little bit about Star Wars and the Star Wars universe might have helped out a little with my enjoyment, but there was really way too many things to do and too many things that didn’t work right that made this experience less enjoyable. I would say that if you’re a Star Wars fan you’ll want to play this game so you should go for it, but if you’re not and you’re just a LEGO fan to skip this one and grab another LEGO game instead.

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