LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Common Sense Media says

Bundle of two older games is still great!

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Features cooperative play, and some of the things our protagonists do might well be considered heroic.

Violence & scariness

Plastic people break into their constituent LEGO bricks when hit by lasers and lightsabers.

Sexy stuff

Puppy love stuff. Very mild flirtation between characters.

Language

The game proper is utterly free of offensive verbiage, but the Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 versions support online play, and there's no accounting for what might be said by other players.

Consumerism

It's a video game that sees toys portraying characters from some of the world's most popular films. It doesn't get much more commercial than that.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some of the game takes place in a cantina (an intergalatic bar).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game serves as a massive promotion for Star Wars and LEGO building block toys -- and especially Star Wars-themed LEGO sets. There is little else to be wary of, save perhaps the difficulty of some puzzles for younger children and possible exposure to inappropriate behavior if they play online, which Common Sense Media does not recommend for anyone under age 12. The game does a great job of allowing others to drop in and out of play with its cooperative gameplay features.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

The original LEGO Star Wars and its sequel, LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, were surprise, all-ages blockbusters, cleverly evoking nostalgia in adults who loved the movies and played with the toys while delivering action and puzzles simple enough to entice younger players (who may also have loved the movies and played with the toys). Now LEGO STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA combines these two great games into a single, seamless (and lengthy) experience. The art department buffed up the building blocks for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 editions, giving them that realistic, next-gen plastic shine, and they've upgraded the game design of Episodes I through III to match that of episodes IV through VI, including newly enhanced character customization features and revamped vehicle stages. Lucas Arts added extra content as well, including new playable characters (like Watto and Boss Nass), a few new scenarios (the most prominent of which is a high-speed chase in Episode II in which you pursue bounty hunter Zam Wessell), and additional elective bounty hunter missions.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Not all LEGO Star Wars games are created equal. Those who opt for the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 versions will have the benefit of online cooperative play. Meanwhile, Wii players get to play with motion-sensitive controls as they swing and dip the Wii remote to make their heroes use their force powers and speed up the LEGO building process. Conversely, the DS edition makes surprisingly little use of the system's touch screen, opting instead for a more traditional d-pad and action button interface. It's also worth mentioning that, while similar in design, humor, and presentation to the console editions, the DS version's levels, puzzles, and challenges were tailored specifically for Nintendo's handheld platform, giving mobile LEGO Star Wars a bit of a different vibe than living room LEGO Star Wars.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the multigenerational impact of a cultural phenomenon like Star Wars. Parents can tell their children about the influence Star Wars had on them when they were kids, and ask their sons and daughters what they think about the newer movies as opposed to the older ones. It might also spur an early discussion about consumerism.

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS
Price:$38.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:LucasArts
Release date:November 5, 2007
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon Violence (Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Parent of a 4 and 12 year old Written byMamaB2C April 13, 2010
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Younger kids may surprise you

My bright 4 year old wanted to play games as his older cousins do, but was bored by many of the more age appropriate games. I didn't want him to play games that depict realistic violence, however. Lego Star Wars was a great fit for us!

When a character is hit, it simply falls into smaller Lego pieces so no gore, the game offers extensive gameplay from unlocking free play and acquiring additional characters, which prevents boredom (and the need to purchase new games!), and another player can join or drop out easily for either help or monitoring or just for fun.

I see educational aspects as well. My son cannot yet write his name without help, but he can use the Wii controllers to play the game, and his writing has improved as a consequence. He is just learning to read and do basic math, but he has no problem saving up the Lego World money (Studs) to purchase in-game extras. He hasn’t been taught geography formally yet, but has memorized the layout of the levels and knows which way to go to get what. He can tell you the basic storyline of each level, name all of the dozens of characters he has earned or purchased and describe their attributes, and sets personal goals for each session.

Some of the most powerful characters are baddies, which may cause some concerns, but in our family we simply use that as a springboard for discussion.

All in all I am pleased with this game, and have had fun playing it with him

What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old Written byBruce Wayne April 2, 2011
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7
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Great game, but for Star Wars fans only.

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is one of the best video games out there today. You get heroes like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Master Yoda, and who could forget the famous Luke Skywalker? You also get villains like Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, and Count Dooku. I have an Xbox 360, and this is the game I play the most. It's a great game and all, but I would recommend this to Star Wars fans.

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old Written byactingtiger10 February 9, 2011
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6
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I love this game. It is very fun and very funny. There is next to no violence, when players die they only break into lego pieces. A great example that appropriate games can be good games too.

What other families should know
Too much consumerism

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