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There’s No Dark Side to “LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

We’ve reviewed the various LEGO games over the last few years here at Biff Bam Pop, and all of them have been highly recommended for the most part. The latest entry in the franchise, though, takes the games to a new level of fun, thanks in no small part to the outstanding intellectual property its based upon.

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I took my princess to the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens launch a few weeks ago, where we had a chance to test drive the game before its official release. We both loved how great it was, and how much fun it was to navigate familiar characters, in this particular case, Poe Dameron and BB-8.

However, when we played, we didn’t start off at the game’s beginning, but rather with one of the various side missions it contains. When I started my quest on my own system this week, I was ridiculously excited to begin not at the beginning of The Force Awakens, but in the closing moments of Return of the Jedi, where I played through the Battle of Endor, the destruction of the second Death Star and the final moments between Darth Vader, the Emperor and Luke Skywalker. It was not only the perfect bridge between movies and stories, but it was also seriously fun. Once Chapter One kicked off, I found myself as Poe Dameron, making my way to the planet of Jakku, where The Force Awakens begins proper.

The control systems remain the same as other LEGO games for the most part , but one of the new innovations is being able to build multiple objections from the same destroyed bricks. There’s no strict order to the build, and it adds another layer of fun.

The game also benefits from the voice work from the cast of The Force Awakens, many of who recorded unique dialogue for the variety of extended stories the game contains. How did Han and Chewbacca get the Rathtars? You’ll find out here? Want to save Admiral Ackbar in a daring escape? You’ll get to with the help of C3PO and Poe Dameron.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens  also looks incredibly good on next generation consoles – the environments are meticulously detailed, putting you front and centre in a galaxy far, far away.

Without question, the bar has been raised for these games with the arrival of LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is in stores now and waiting for you to use the force yourself.

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About Andy Burns

Andy Burns is the Interactive Content Editor for SiriusXM Canada, and has been the Editor-In-Chief of the pop culture website Biff Bam Pop! since its inception in 2008. He is also a Staff Writer for Rue Morgue Magazine. Andy's book, Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks, was published in 2015 by ECW Press. His next book, on Stephen King's The Stand, will be published by Cemetery Dance in 2018.

Posted on July 6, 2016, in Andy Burns, General, Lego, Star Wars, video games and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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