LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

Common Sense Media says

Great fun, but more intense violence than most LEGO games.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

While there are clear distinctions between good and evil in the Star Wars universe, this particular game can send a somewhat mixed message in that there are a whole series of missions that allow players to take on the role of villains. In these missions, you will have to shoot and destroy many of the heroic characters you've just been playing as.

Positive role models

The amount of loyalty and teamwork on display from the heroic characters here is impressive. The good guys constantly put themselves in harm's way in order to help out or rescue a friend. And they often try to capture a villain, rather than destroy him or her outright.

Ease of play

The ease of play here may depend on which console you're using. We had no trouble on an Xbox 360 version, but a test of the Wii version showed some confusing discrepancies between onscreen instructions and the buttons you really need to press for some actions.

Violence

The game's characters are all depicted as plastic Lego toys, which mitigates the severity of the violence, but the fighting here is much more intense than in previous Lego video games. There are massive battle scenes, during which there appear to be hundreds of combatants onscreen. Laser blasts and fiery explosions are everywhere you look. And it gets loud. Lego characters break apart when killed. During one movie sequence, a hero character loses an arm (he replaces it, but it hangs down, floppy and useless). In another, a good guy is shot in the chest and appears to die, but a Jedi character "heals" him by removing the bullet hole (which turns out to be a decal).

Sex

You see a droid on the toilet as a visual joke.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game is awash in licensed images from both the Star Wars and Lego brands.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is a toy-based, movie-licensed action game, but with a better pedigree than that description generally implies. The LEGO video games have a big following because they have been consistently high-quality games, and this one is no exception. However, this one is more violent than previous games. There are massive chaotic battles with scores of weapon-wielding warriors onscreen at once; the sheer intensity of it all may be overwhelming for some younger children. In a way, the violence here mimics the darker, more intense fighting and action sequences of the Star Wars: Clone Wars cartoon series, on which it is based. 

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

LEGO STAR WARS III: THE CLONE WARS presents the plot-lines of many of the episodes from the first two seasons of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV series. The Galactic Republic, led by the mystical Jedi Knights, is defending the galaxy from an insurrection by the evil Separatist Army (most of which is made up of robotic droids). Missions occur on varied planets -- deserts, jungles, very urban cities, etc. And some are spaceship battles that take place among the stars. In between missions, there are two huge motherships (one belonging to each side of the war) that can be explored -- along with the battle-filled space in between those two ships.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars has a whole lot of good things going for it, and a few flaws that tend to stand out. On the positive side, it has the same witty sense of humor (especially in the cinematic scenes) as its predecessors, along with the same surprise-filled exploration aspect and incredibly enjoyable character-collecting aspect. The hub world (from which you can enter into different episodic missions) is astoundingly vast, with new areas opening up constantly. And the non-linear mission set-up is a nice change of pace for the LEGO games -- you can jump around the story, always having at least three new mission options open to you. While the massive battle scenes are technologically impressive, it sometimes feels too chaotic. You will frequently lose track of your character. And the mission levels are sometimes incredibly long, requiring a half-hour or more to finish. That wouldn't be a bad thing if you were able to save along the way -- but you're not. On the whole, this is still a great game, though, and should please most fans.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the violence in the game. Does this game contain more violence than a game based on a children's show should? Does the fact that the characters are cartoony toys lessen the impact of the violence?

  • Parents can talk to kids about synergistic marketing. Do kids want to play this game because they like the LEGO Star Wars toys? Does playing the game make them want to buy LEGO toys?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, PSP, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Price:$29.99-49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:LucasArts
Release date:March 22, 2011
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief (Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, PSP, Xbox 360)

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Parent of a 3 and 5 year old Written bymom and teacher April 25, 2011
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9
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Much more complex than the other Lego video games

We bought this game thinking that our 5-year-old would love it. He has enjoyed the other Star Wars Lego games, and can usually get through a level of those by himself or with just a little help. Some of the levels of this one are impossible for him to get through. It's definitely more complex than the other Lego Star Wars games. One other thing makes this game different from other Star Wars Lego games. When playing with two players whose characters are not right next to each other, the screen splits so both characters can move freely to different parts of the level. This sometimes makes it very difficult to find a target you need to shoot at. This is another thing that adds to the frustration in the game. It's a good game, but too hard for younger players.
Teen, 13 years old Written byBoss67 March 31, 2011
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7
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Perfect for most kids.

Even though this is a great game (really great) there are sime things parents should know. One, this is the most intense system of battle in a Lego game before even though it is bloodless. However, the Campaign is amazing! And after you complete the Asajj Ventress campaign, you unlock Republic Assualt, which is basically like Galactic Conquest from past Stear Wars games. This game also mixes RTS gameplay with RPGs. As you complete the campaign new planets are unlocked for battle. Depending on who owned the planet from the Campaign, they will own the planet un assualt. You will capture strategic points to build your bases. If you are attacking a planet, you will start off with one point. Then, you win within the time limit and you own the planet. You will also be able to play your favorite characters even frim the original Lego Star Wars games. Arcade mode is fun to play against your brothers or friends to see who dominates and has the best strategy. All in all, worth buying.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byRealDealx April 24, 2011
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8
QUALITY
 

Perfect games for parents wanting to give there child a none bloody game with action

This games violence has been uppered compared to other titles in the Lego Series. Including sequences when heads are cut off, and lego creatures are deliberatly killed. Overall the game can also be to challenging for children under the age of 8.

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