I’m not sure what my exact percentage is, but as of today, I’m about three quarters of the way through the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game. Frequent readers here or listeners to the Fanbase Weekly podcast will know that the LEGO series of games are a constant staple in our household.
Here are some of the highlights of playing Force Awakens:
- Arena Air Battles and Dogfights – There is a significant increase in the number of aerial battles in Force Awakens compared to other LEGO games, and the overall length and quality of the battles are hands down the best I’ve experienced in this franchise so far.
- Cover Shooting – A newer feature in the LEGO series of games, there is a section of covered shooting in nearly every level of Force Awakens. I was sceptical at first, mostly because these felt like they were going to be somewhat difficult sections, but quickly warmed up to them. The designers offered interesting variances in several of the levels (anti-gravity cut scenes, getting to shoot down Tie Fighters with surface-to-air heavy artillery, etc.) that kept things interesting in a sequence that could have otherwise ended up feeling restricting and repetitive.
- Maz Kanata and Captain Phasma – I usually end up gravitating towards one or two of the quirkier side characters who I end up playing over and over. In Force Awakens, these were Maz and Phasma. Maz is…well, Maz. Cute and sassy. Like playing as Yoda, but with spunkier dialogue. And Phasma carries a huge-ass gun.
- Rey – As she should be, Rey is definitely featured as a primary character in the game play, and SHE IS AWESOME. Light saber, gun shooting, acrobatic skills…she’s got it all.
- Extra-Play Universe Locations – This regular feature of all LEGO games is one of the key factors in my enjoyment or lack of enjoyment of a particular title. It’s the reason Marvel Superheroes is my favorite title (massive environment complexity that eclipses all other titles); it’s one of the primary reasons the Harry Potter series suffers a bit in my ratings (the extra play is restricted to the Hogwarts castle and it’s fairly difficult to navigate around, even with the assistance of maps).
Overall LEGO game rankings. Unofficial and very personal. I reserve the right to change my mind frequently. The takeaway here should be that they’re all awesome:
- Marvel Super Heroes
- Lord of the Rings
- Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
- Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- The Lego Movie
- Marvel’s Avengers
- The Hobbit
- Star Wars: The Complete Saga
- Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
- Jurassic World
- Indiana Jones
- Pirates of the Caribbean
My review for Fanbase Press here.
It says a lot that my favorite character in Independence Day: Resurgence was the evil (?) Alien Queen. I really identified with her motivation and felt the relationship she had with her hordes of hive minions was the strongest in the movie. The emotion I felt at her inevitable demise was the strongest connection I felt with the entire story. She definitely had the best dialogue in the script.
Long live the Queen.