3D Studs in your face.
I love LEGO and have played all the various LEGO games on all formats, so it was with great haste that I walked into the No. 3D section of the gameplay area to check out the latest game from the well loved franchise. LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars combines everything you love from the Star Wars games, the chibi characters to the funny storyline.
With a choice of 300 characters to choose from, it would be hard to try and figure who you would want to be. When I was presented with the demo I chose Yoda, who was kitted out with a lightsaber, and made my way through your typical Star Wars environment. You can swap between available characters by using the shoulder buttons and the characters moved fluidly with the use of the circle pad. It gives you a great sense of freedom and precision when using the circle pad that enables you to move the character perfectly.
Youâ€™re faced with challenges in each level that will require the skills of certain characters. Players will need to think what character they will need to perform certain tasks. For example, Yoda uses the force to move objects and items are lit up green with the power of his mind. Other times youâ€™ll need the heavy Clone Trooper when youâ€™re under attack by the Droideka who use their special shields to protect themselves or roll into a ball. Itâ€™s quite hard to defeat them, but using the heavy clone trooper makes the job much easier. Yoda maybe skillful in the using the force, but he is a little slow when it comes to being under attack by Battle Droids. He can use his lighsaber to chop enemies to pieces and vapourise them into those famous LEGO studs we just love to collect.
The game was very responsive throughout. Players will be faced with puzzles in order to progress through the game. Your character will be bashing LEGO to get through boulders, using your grapplegun to reach higher levels and turning those LEGO bricks into something useful for your journey. During your adventure youâ€™ll discover that the game plays more or less the same as previous LEGO games. The humour is still apparent and collecting studs is still addictive as it ever was.
In 3D, LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars looks and plays amazingly well and is one of the best titles I personally saw on the Nintendo 3DS. It delivers a good performance when tested in both 2D and 3D. Amazing backgrounds and well defined sprites allowed me to feel very absorbed in the game. The 3D effect shows the game off in a good light, and add to that the fact that itâ€™s a finely balanced and well polished game, The Clone Wars will clearly hold interest of LEGO enthusiasts and Star Wars fans around the galaxy for a good time to come.