Another behind-closed-doors session revealed some exciting new details for the upcoming Lego Star Wars game. No doubt many of you will be wondering why you need another Lego Star Wars when you bought the other one for the 360. Well ladies and gentlemen, I suggest you hit the jump, because there are a lot of things to get excited about.
If you have never played either of the Lego Star Wars games before, then let it be known that this is the game for you. Having never seen anything from the game, you know it will be an entirely new experience. The problem for Lucas Arts is convincing those that may have bought either one or both of the previous iterations. No easy feat, but the guys presenting sure gave us all a lot to think about.
Upon booting the game up, the first striking thing is the graphics. They are superb. Let it be known that it was not a final build of the game so it could get better, but just seeing the game run on the 360 was beautiful. We were told that the 360 version would run at 1080i natively, whilst the PS3 would run at 1080p natively.
Graphics alone don’t make a great game though; that task falls to content. We were reassured time and again that there would be a lot of new content. All the levels have been re-mastered to be fully HD, and there will be new playable characters (Watto is to be one), along with brand new levels, missions, modifications, powerups, new vehicle segments and collectibles. Some characters will also have new moves, and Darth Vader is one such character lucky enough to get an upgrade. Not only that, but once again you can create your own characters with the use of other character’s bodies. A great touch to make you feel unique.
The drop in, drop out gameplay makes a welcome return too for the 360. Whether it is online or off, friends can join in your game to help you out seamlessly, and simply drop out when need be, with the AI regaining immediate control. An excellent touch that will no doubt be welcomed with open arms.
Was there anything negative to notice? Nope, not one thing. The game looked perfect; if the first one on the 360 was disappointing, rest assured that this looks brilliant in true HD as opposed to the port we witnessed last year. Lego characters look great, as does the rest of the Lego world.
We were reassured that the game would still be shipping later this year to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars legacy. It will be interesting to see the final product, but from the short demonstration we got, this game could easily be a classic.