E3 2016: LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Brings the Star Power

With basically every film from the mind of George Lucas receiving a LEGO video game, the team at Traveller’s Tales Games has been busy at work for well over a decade. Now, the most recent Star Wars film is getting its version with LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While we’ve already gotten our hands on the demo, there is still so much to talk about.

The action in LEGO games are always tame and suitable for all ages and it remains so for The Force Awakens. However, Traveller’s Tales has upped the ante with full force. Those familiar with the series will know you must construct various structures with provided pieces. This time you will come upon such a task and create whatever is required but coming back to the level and playing it over again will result in a different item to help you complete the mission. Small details like this help increase the replay value of the game and offers a new experience every time. There is also an increased series of battle scenes in the form of aerial dogfights. Hop into an X-wing Starfighter and you will engage in all sorts of intense laser shootouts; it’s utter chaos with torpedoes, explosions, and all kinds of destruction taking place in both space and close to surfaces.

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A huge part of what makes The Force Awakens a special experience is the amount of dialogue and characters that have been included. This game boasts over 200 characters including very minor ones as well as those found in separate Star Wars franchises such as Clone Wars. With so many characters, one would think it would be impossible to include dialogue and bits of voice acting but then you would be wrong. Traveller’s Tales was able to bring back every original voice actor to fulfill the scripts’ requirements for the first ever LEGO Star Wars game to feature voice acting. Everyone from Harrison Ford all the way to Simon Pegg have been brought back and offered their talents once again to continue playing their roles. Some moments of voice acting include directions and information being given to the players or helpful hints to solve puzzles. Traveller’s Tales has even gone so far as to include various creatures from the extended Star Wars universe.

In addition to all these characters comes the full story of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, practically scene by scene. Of course, as per usual with LEGO games, many moments have been altered to include a more humorous tone, but when starting the game, you will notice a few scenes that have never been seen before. That’s because they are all original and created by Traveller’s Tales. We even get to see moments that have taken place before the beginning of the film that aren’t currently considered canon within the Star Wars storylines but still hold true to character and plot origins.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will offer a mix of old and new for fans to enjoy. The game comes out soon on June 28 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS, and PC. No matter which platform you play on, it will still be a lot of fun to experience the latest chapter in the series.