Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (Nintendo DS) Review

By Adam Riley 21.09.2006 14

To be honest, this particular version of Lego Star Wars is not done by Traveller's Tales, so the lambasting that is about to be forthcoming is not directly aimed at the UK team. In this case, unfortunately, it is Amaze Entertainment that has converted the story and action of the first three Star Wars movies into what at first appears to be a pretty solid little brother to the home console editions. So the finger pointing definitely has to be in its direction, as well as the quality control department.


But why am I starting off in such a negative manner, you may wonder? Well, I will go into those details later; first I will briefly go over some of the presentational elements that help redeem matters to a certain degree. You see, Amaze has actually done a damn fine job of emulating the graphical quality of the home versions, with all characters having a hearty 3D feel to them, locations being extremely well created and vast, as well as the odd special effect thrown in for good measure. In fact, even the audio aspects of LSWII impress, with the usual Star Wars themes pumping out of the DS speakers with some verve.

Screenshot for Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy on Nintendo DS

The problem comes when you get down to the nitty-gritty, the actual game itself. Straight off I have to admit that this is the most outrageously bug-ridden console/portable title I have ever had the 'pleasure' of laying my hands on. How on Earth this managed to slink its way past quality control is a question that haunts me in my sleep. Perhaps, donning my cynical hat for a moment, given the resounding success of the first set of games someone 'upstairs' knew it would sell no matter what was wrong with it...(and with the recent news of its rapid sales so far, they were indeed correct).

Anyway, let me quickly run you through the first fifteen minutes of my experience. It all kicks off with impressive graphical prowess that is not normally expected from Third Parties, and a soundtrack that wows you when heard through an external set of speakers hooked up to a DS. Then you start wandering around and realise that controls via the D-pad are certainly not favourable after coming off the back of smooth analogue precision (no touch-screen controls for you, good sir/madam!). The camera also causes a major headache as it seems far too slow for the majority of the time, and even ends up becoming confused, normally at crucial points where you have to either jump over a small gap or as you turn a corner and are let upon by a horde of Storm Troopers. And the minimal touch-screen camera control is basically a joke (and I mean the sort your drunkard Uncle tells on your wedding day about how on his special day he found out his wife-to-be was in fact a man and would it not be hilarious if your spouse were to be a Steve, not Eve...*cue tumble-weed*).

Screenshot for Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy on Nintendo DS

This means that death has a habit of not so much creeping up on you, but wagging its derriere in your face and sticking its tongue out on a far too frequent basis. But that is by no means the worst of it all. Oh no...You see, when controlling specific characters (yes, there are multiple ones to play with - Leia, C3PO, R2-D2, and so on, with the party sometimes expanding to as many as four

Screenshot for Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy on Nintendo DS

So, whilst reviews may say these are 'minor' faults that can be overlooked, I have to say I do not concur at all, as (after my first fifteen minutes of hell) trying to trudge my way through all three episodes, via the Mos Eisley cantina hub, was a tiresome chore. You can see the game has charm underneath the mire of bugs, but I know I certainly do not want to feel like I have wasted a good

Screenshot for Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy on Nintendo DS

Cubed3 Rating

5/10
Rated 5 out of 10

Average

This truly is unbelievable. For a game that I wanted so much to fall in love with, I came away with a taste of bile lingering in my throat. Another couple of months to iron out its crippling bugs would have gone a long way. I sincerely warn you

Developer

Amaze

Publisher

LucasArts

Genre

Adventure

Players

4

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  5/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10 (4 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date Out now   

Comments

yeah, home version it is, no excuse.

Poor developers, mind you, they were probably forced to rush this for the publisher, hence the bugs.

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games these days shouldn;t have do they not go through like 3 testing stages


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A real shame, there was great potential for this to be an awesome title after the brilliance of the GameCube version (and indeed the original GBA title was ace too).

Sorry you had to endure it Adam, what a waste. :(


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It was absolutely amazed...really never played a game as buggy as this before (even stretching back to the SNES). Shame, as clearly a lot of thought DID go into the title...

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Really is a darn shame; I was looking forward to picking up some LEGO Starwars action on my DS. :-(

Sorry for the double-post; there doesn't seem to be an edit feature here...

Anyhow, according to Wiki-pedia, the DS version was VERY much rushed indeed, and that the developers are ironing things out for the second shipment.

Look down toward the bottom where they go into the difference between versions.

You would feel rather pissed of if you bought it and they are re-releasing it without bugs


Mike Gee of iZINE said, "...The Verve, as he [Richard Ashcroft] promised, had become the greatest band in the world. Most of the critics agreed with him. Most paid due homage. The Verve were no longer the question mark or the clich. They were the statement and the definition."

That's absolutely shocking and makes Amaze look bad as well :sarcy: They'll be banking on kids not being bothered by the bugs...and not many knowing about the improved batch.

So it's just the Europeans that get the dodgy batch...so shocking :roll:

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Knew it would be horrible... Games like this that go to DS always are... why aren't I surprised?

Well, looks like now I gotta persuade my friends not to get this version, but to get the 360/PS2/GC version instead...

I've got the GC version, & I havn't had so much fun on a game for yonks! :Smilie


EDIT: You reckon you guys will be reviewing the (Possibly) ironed out version too? :roll:


Indeed, it really is terrible of them to sell an unfinished product just to make it to the store in time. It really is just wrong to sell a product that they know shouldn't be on the shelves right now.

Often DS/Console versions are release later than their other selves, if you know what I mean. It's like a game coming out one week for DS, & then a few weeks later for GC, or vice versa, it's really OK to delay the crappy DS version a little bit to iron out the problems...

But now it's too late, the DS version will have undoubtedly sold tons of copies already, those poor peope wasting their money :-x

Oh well.... they do it all the time... :-D

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Ugh, nasty. I don't think the GBA one is as bad as this, but a review of that one will be coming soon, too...

Nice work Adam. Shame it was so painful!

We won't get another copy since the publisher would never officially go on record to admit such a terrible sin.

And it's only the European DS version that's like this - no other system version is, nor is the US DS version! :roll:

Makes Amaze Entertainment look bad, but if they were pushed to just release it, then it's unfair criticism against them.

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