I’ll be honest, I haven’t played any of the Lego video games in quite some time. If memory serves me right, I think it’s been since the first Lego Star Wars game. So I was more than pleased to see how far the series has come after all these years with Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which builds (yes, Lego pun intended) on the series in so many ways to make this one of the best entries yet.
After playing some levels from the end of Return of the Jedi that serve as a tutorial, you get to start on the Lego take of The Force Awakens, which we all know is full of funny jabs at the film and the franchise as a whole. As with the movie, you start off with Poe Dameron and BB-8 on Jakku as they try to make their way offworld with info that will lead the resistance to where Luke Skywalker is located. You’ll get to use some of the new skills you learn from the tutorial such as swapping between characters and their unique abilities, such as Poe’s grappling hook and BB-8 being able to interface with consoles and power up objects, to build things and solve puzzles. There’s a new mechanic added to the puzzles by letting players choose which things to build and the order they’re built, which adds a new layer of fun in going about solving them. I also think this was added to encourage parents and older family members to join in via drop-in/out local co-op with the kids playing this for some family fun.
You’ll also come across sweet space battles where you’ll pilot ships, and eventually reach the newly added blaster combat that has your character taking cover behind something, made famous by games such as Gears of War or The Division, and firing back at baddies. There’s also moments when you’ll have to target something like an explosive barrel or some debris that can used to dispatch giant waves of enemies. Anyone who has played the Lego Star Wars games already knows the combat isn’t the best part of the game, but it stills manages to be fun despite the button-mashing. Even with a few instances where you’ll have to use quick time events to get by, the unlimited and instant respawns when you die makes any battle winnable for those who don’t give up.
Those looking for a fun game to play with family or friends are sure to enjoy Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It has a nice blend of action and puzzle solving, along with a few new features to the franchise to keep things from getting stale. So grab your blaster or lightsaber along with some lego pieces, and get ready to have a blast with the force.