LEGO STAR WARS: The Complete Saga Old But Gold

Cruz Godinez, Jason

Ethan Partain, Staff Writer

Ten out of ten rating on Steam. What more could a game ask for? After it’s release in 2007 the game has
sold over 21 million copies. 13 years, 21 million copies out there, and still a 10/10 rating. What about
this game gives it such a high rating after all these years?

Good games, we have learned over the years, do well in every aspect the game offers, not just
one they focus on. LEGO STAR WARS is no exception. It is no where close to a serious game, and that
relieves a huge part of the scrutiny other games of the STAR WARS franchise get for being “accurate” or
not. The point of LEGO STAR WARS was not to accurately depict the plot of STAR WARS but to tell the
same story in a childish and funny way.

LEGO knows no one likes remakes, and trying to make an accurate depiction of STAR WARS will
only result in scrutiny, so they use their inaccuracy purposefully. A lot of the humor in the game is
derived from changes to the STAR WARS universe to fit the LEGO universe, resulting in cut scenes that
are recognizable but very different to the movies, and often make fun of the movies.

LEGO STAR WARS has no dialogue. Every cut scene and every boss fight, every instance in the
game has no words spoken. Only gestures, grunts, and other strange noises various characters make.
This both makes it easier to avoid scrutiny of accuracy and makes it easier to make fun of STAR WARS
characters. The shriek that R2D2 lets out when he falls off a cliff still gets me every time.

The game is meant for children, and I was a child when I first got the game on the original Wii,
sinking hours into the game every Saturday and Sunday morning before my parents woke up. For me,
and for most people, the game is now a symbol of nostalgia. When I played the game I enjoyed all the
content they gave me, I loved seeing my favorite star wars characters in LEGO form.

Today, the game is still holding up, even though the original audience this game was meant for
are all my age. I don’t think it is because the children now have found the game too. I would like to think that the original audience still isn’t lost. I know I play the game still. I did take a long break of several years but I never
forgot. Everyone I talk to remembers the game, or other similar LEGO games.

The game plays very well and easily. It is, after all, meant for children. When I started playing
again I plugged my controller into my computer to play it off steam, and realized I only had to use half
the buttons to play the game. The other half didn’t do anything. This simplicity yet intensity in battle
contributes to the pleasure of the game as a whole.

Silly cut scenes with no dialogue making fun of STAR WARS while following its entire plot (up to
episode 6 at the time) with simple controls but still intense battles makes a fun, somehow unforgettable
game.