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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun for All Ages
I loved the original Lego Star Wars game. It was incredibly fun, very replayable and had a wicked sense of humor. Lego Star Wars II is just as fun, and covers Episodes IV-VI!

It's very rare to find a game that kids can play, adults can play, and everybody truly loves it. This is one of those games. I'm sure kids enjoy the game quite a lot - but pretty much...
Published on September 16, 2006 by Lisa Shea

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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay video
The game came quick and in good condition as for the game itself. The case was cracked but the disc was fine. I would recommend to others.
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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun for All Ages, September 16, 2006
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy - PlayStation 2 (Video Game)
I loved the original Lego Star Wars game. It was incredibly fun, very replayable and had a wicked sense of humor. Lego Star Wars II is just as fun, and covers Episodes IV-VI!

It's very rare to find a game that kids can play, adults can play, and everybody truly loves it. This is one of those games. I'm sure kids enjoy the game quite a lot - but pretty much every adult gamer I know loves this series as well. It's fun, it has classic scenes from the Star Wars movies done in a VERY funny style, and you can keep replaying it. You can play it with friends! You can unlock new episodes, new ships, new characters, you name it.

The first thing you notice when you enter the "Cantina" is that now you can MAKE NEW CHARACTERS!!! Yes, you can mix up Darth Vader's head, Princess Leia's torso and a stormtrooper's pants. You can mix pretty much any character you find in the game, and give them personalized names! Then you can bring 2 of your creations into the game with you on free play mode. Talk about fun!!

The game gets even better. Yes, you work through all the classic scenes - Luke buying the droids, the Death Star blowing up, and so on from the "first 3 movies" (in release order at least). The cut scenes are VERY funny. Being able to play along as the various characters is amazingly fun in story mode, and even better in "free play" when you can randomly switch between a variety of characters to find all the hidden items.

I love the stud finding system. You want more money? Just replay a mission a few times. You can get all sorts of fun "cheats" (not cheats, really, but fun add-ons), you can buy new characters to use, and much more. It really gives you incentive to keep playing.

Is a youngster in the house having trouble playing? Just have an adult pop into the game for a while to help out, then the adult can pop out again, to let the child keep playing! It is just brilliant. I love this game.

The graphics are superb, as last time, with little lego movements seeming just right. Their swaggers and sliders are incredibly funny. The sound, of course, is the real movie soundtrack and is superb. You couldn't ask for anything better.

Even the tiny touches are funny. If C-3PO starts getting hit, he loses an arm, then another arm, then a leg. You have him hopping along valiantly behind you, trying to remain with your team. Chewie rips off arms from stormtroopers.

Now of course, there are always a few things the game designers get wrong. While Chewie's arm-ripping is quite funny, it is REALLY annoying when he does it - very slowly - in the middle of a firefight when you wanted him to be blasting away. The characters automatically switch into close combat mode if they think someone is nearby, even if you really needed to fire away at someone with the blaster. Even more annoying, if you're blasting away at "destructables" (wall items, whatever) and your friend gets near you start bashing on him!

The camera is also really annoying. You get a *slight* amount of view control, but not much. When you are craning around trying to find a mini-kit on the screen and the camera keeps swooping wildly exactly where you do NOT want to look, it can get very frustrating.

Still, these are minor problems in a game that is so stellar. I highly, highly recommend this game for any gamer of any age. It's incredibly fun.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same, but that's a good thing, October 8, 2006
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This review is from: Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy - PlayStation 2 (Video Game)
The first Lego Star Wars game was a bonafide guilty pleasure that featured the universe of the Star Wars prequels in Lego form. It shouldn't have worked but it did, and it was all the more successfull because of it, and was easily one of the best Star Wars video games of all time. Now, Lego Star Wars 2 thankfully focuses on the classic universe of the original trilogy, and features everything that made the first game so great. The charming graphics and animation, the simple controls, the addictive gameplay, the unlockable secrets and tongue in cheek humor; it's all here, and it's all in fine form. Chances are if you dug the original game, you'll have absolutely no problem getting into this game, but it's not without it's flaws. For one thing, just like the first game, it's too short, and it's ultimately too easy. However, considering this is mainly aimed at a younger audience (but it's a great game for everybody), it's not that surprising, but it's still a welcome treat. All in all, if you liked the first game but yearned for the original trilogy universe compared to that of the prequels, your prayers have been answered.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Force is Strong With This One, September 12, 2006
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy - PlayStation 2 (Video Game)
After the release of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith in theaters we got Lego Star Wars; a game that was a lot of fun to play simply because it emulated the movies rather well with all the characters being made entirely from Legos. Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy is even better for the simple fact of nostalgia. Any Star Wars fan will enjoy this.

You'll begin the game in the Cantina in Mos Eisley. This is the hub, and from there you can go into any of the three episodes and play through them. At the start you'll only be able to choose A New Hope, but after completing the first chapter, you can choose The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi. As you go through the three episodes you'll some of the most memorable moments of the movies acted out entirely with legos. These moments aren't only memorable, but they're given a hilarious charm. These moments are also from the actual original versions of the movies as well. In other words, Han Solo DOES shoot first.

The game is visually striking. Seeing your favorite characters from the original Star Wars films as legos is quite a treat. Not only do you get to have nostalgia with Star Wars, but with legos as well. Even better are the hilarious antics of most of the scenes. To benefit the nostalgia even more is how John Williams' classic score accompanies each and every level of the game. For a Star Wars fan this game is the ultimate nostalgia.

As you play through each of the classic episodes, you'll be in control of several characters. Not all at once, but you'll end up having to switch. At times you may only have two characters, at others there may be as many as seven in your party at once. Your characters, depending on who they are, also have their own unique skills they can use. Jedi for example, can double jump and use the force. Those who wield blasters have a grappling hook that allows them to ascend to accessible platforms. The droids can open up special doors for you. Other characters, like the Jawas and Ewoks will be able to go into vents and access areas the other characters can't. In all actuality, they're really no different than their counterparts in the original Lego Star Wars. Also like the original Lego Star Wars, you'll constantly have to switch between characters in order to get through each and every area. You'll have to switch to R2-D2 to open up a door, for example. More than one person can play at a time, which is also really cool. You can also beat up your allies if you wish, and they respawn instantly. The gameplay isn't completely the same, though, there have been some small tweaks made here and there.

The additions to the gameplay aren't huge, but they are welcome. As you progress through levels all your characters may be able to assemble certain materials together to form a droid to help them fight. In the original Lego Star Wars this ability was only given to the Jedi, but here everyone can do it. There are also moments when you'll have to dress up as a stormtrooper in order to gain access through certain doors. You'll also be given the chance at some point to dress up as a bounty hunter and you'll be able to use Thermal Detonators. Characters also have their own unique abilities. Chewie, for example, can rip a stormtroopers arms right out of his sockets. All of these are welcome additions, and that's not even all there is to the gameplay. From time to time you'll be in command of vehicles. Landspeeders, the Millennium Falcon, the X-Wing and more as you take on some of the more memorable moments from the film, like destroying the death star.

It will probably only take you five hours at the very least to complete the story mode of all three episodes. However, Lego Star Wars II is full of extras. Each time you dispatch an enemy, whether it be in story mode or not, you'll earn money. You can also destroy certain objects and obtain money. You can use the money you gain to purchase cheats and hidden characters. Each time you get a new character they'll walk around in the hub, and you can switch to them. "Purchasing" characters isn't the only way to get them. You could easily just use one in story mode and you've got him or her. You'll also get hidden characters if you've got save data from the original Lego Star Wars. Just unlocking all the characters takes a lot of time.

The importance of unlocking characters is so you can play through certain aspects of the free play mode. There are places that in story mode the default characters couldn't reach. These hidden characters might be able to reach it, though, and so you will find yourself playing through levels again. The good news is these levels are so much fun that playing through a second, third or even fourth time is no hassle at all.

Free mode also offers a way for you to customize what a character looks like. You could put Yoda's head on Luke Skywalker's body, for example. This is mostly just a lot of fun to mess around with. Some combinations are just all out crazy. You could, for example, put Chewbacca's head on Leia's body from when she's wearing the slave outfit in Return of the Jedi. This really doesn't do a whole lot for the gameplay as a whole, but it is quite fun to mess around with, and the combinations are endless.

The only real problem with this game that I can really think of is that there is little, if any, challenge at all. Each time you die you respawn right where you left off and you have infinite lives. There's really no such thing as a game over. If you die the only penalty is that you lose money. However, the sheer fun factor of the game is enough to do away with that, and still makes Lego Star Wars II a treat.

Lego Star Wars II surpasses the original in just about everyway. It's a Star Wars game for the classic trilogy done with instant perfection. If you love the original Star Wars movies, you'll definitely want this game.

On the positive side

+Based off the original theatrical versions and not the special editions

+Beautiful game

+Addictive gameplay

+Co-op mode

+Several extras and hidden characters

+Customizable characters

+Tons of replay value

On the negative side

-The story mode is quite short

-While not really much of a con for this game, it's got very little challenge
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids love it!!, November 17, 2006
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy - PlayStation 2 (Video Game)
My two kids, 10 and 5 love this game. They played it non-stop for 3 days!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all kids - all of us that never grew up, September 19, 2006
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy - PlayStation 2 (Video Game)
The original Lego Star Wars was a great little lighthearted romp of a game: an amusing way to play out the three most recent Star Wars films in virtual form. The Lego and Star Wars combo proved to also be a terrific formula for the game space, generating an experience in Lego Star Wars that was oftentimes even more entertaining than the source material it was based on. Like any good sequel, Lego Star Wars II improves on the original in almost every way. But most importantly, it's about the good episodes now. For that reason alone, Lego Star Wars II is one of the most enjoyable games of this fall.

Featuring the story lines and characters of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, it's hard to believe that any Star Wars fan (which is, what, pretty much everyone?) wouldn't love this game. While the gameplay is pretty standard action fare for the most part, it's somehow made so much more fun because of the Lego characters. Levels that could perhaps be dismissed as lackluster in other games absolutely work here. Star Wars scenes are comically recreated and look and sound great (though, to nitpick, some of the John Williams music samples don't play in their entirety, making you wish for more). But make no mistake, even those without a predilection for Star Wars will enjoy this -- it's the combination of great story lines, characters, and comedic elements provided by Lego that makes it all work. The game's designers clearly had fun with it all -- you'll be continuously entertained by how they incorporated elements of the film into the gameplay (often taking some rather humorous liberties along the way). The Lego brand clearly afforded them freedom to have fun with the Star Wars license.

While most of the gameplay consists of run-and-gun action, there are lots of puzzles to be found -- many of which are quite good, even though some have rather unclear objectives -- and several missions that take place in vehicles (from AT-ST Walkers to X-wings). While the vehicular stages vary in terms of quality, the mere fact that so many exist really adds to the scope of the game. Lego Star Wars II offers a surprising amount of playtime, and is much larger and longer than the original game (which was one of its biggest criticisms). Once again, you control a group of characters that pertain to a scene, allowing you to easily switch between them on the fly in order to take advantage of their unique abilities. Unfortunately, though, your A.I.-controlled buddies are kind of clueless at times and offer little support in battles (while they do fire, it's all for show -- their shots inflict no damage on enemies). The game's far better when a second player joins in to play (a game can be joined at any time); it's loads of fun as a co-op experience. It's just a shame that Lego Star Wars II offers no online support.

What's also neat about the game is that there's a lot to do outside of the standard mission structure. There are lots of collectables to gather, secret items to discover, and hidden areas to unlock (certain areas aren't immediately accessible on the first playthrough -- only on return using other characters can they opened). The option to build your own custom characters with parts taken from others (such as a C-3PO equipped with a Darth Vadar head) is amusing as well.

There's definitely a lot of fun to be had with Lego Star Wars II, making it a good choice for those looking for a solid action-platformer; it's an ideal choice for those fans of Star Wars. It's also perfect for almost all ages, offering a rewarding experience even for younger players. All of the many versions (Xbox 360, PS2, PC, Xbox, GameCube, and PSP) look essentially the same, with the PC version offering better resolutions and the Xbox 360 version more visual effects (though it's unfortunately priced $10 more than the others). Rumor has it that developers Traveller's Tales have more Lego games in the works after this (including one based on Batman) -- here's hoping, as this formula simply works.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the original., September 14, 2006
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This review is from: Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy - PlayStation 2 (Video Game)
My six year old son and I loved Lego Star Wars and were eagerly anticipating the sequel. We have not been disappointed at all! The gameplay is the same and so those who played the original will have no problems getting started. The opportunity to jump into and use vehicles(e.g.landspeeder, scout walkers)and controls (e.g. cranes, gun turrets) is excellent and a welcome addition. The Free Play mode is as good as ever especially when I used the option to import the characters from the original game (rememember you must have these characters saved on the same memory card and then get enough credits to then buy the option). Having the likes of Anakin, Grievous and Darth Maul running around alongside Luke and Solo is great fun. Some of the puzzles are slightly more challenging especially for the younger players, but nothing that will have them stuck for long. In summary, this game is still as funny, still as absorbing, and still has you coming back for more even when you do complete it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This game is GREAT!!, April 17, 2007
My son got this for Christmas '06 along with his PS2. Our family is sort of new to gaming but this one by far is a family favorite. The best thing about this game is that two players can play at the same time. It's a lot of fun to play together to complete the levels. One player can play by themselves as well. My son got Lego Star Wars I for his birthday in April. He loves it and it has also become a family favorite. If you have a favorite movie series then you might consider Lego Star Wars II based characters & levels on Episodes IV, V & VI; Lego Star Wars I based characters & levels on Episodes I, II & III.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great game I can play with my five year old, December 7, 2006
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This review is from: Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy - PlayStation 2 (Video Game)
My son got the original Lego Star Wars game for Christmas and it held his interest for nine months or so, until this game came out. Lego Star Wars II is based on the original three movies, and is a great game you can spend hours playing with your kids. My kid's imagination revolves around Star Wars and this game. He knows all the characters and when he pretends, he plays out levels from the game.

If you've played the original, you'll find this game is quite similar but adds a lot more. Upon first playing it, I found it the levels more difficult and longer. Also, it was harder to achieve the goals each level. The minikit cannisters weren't as easy to find. You also had to find a red brick each level and that took some searching too. As you defeat levels, you earn the right to buy items such as new characters or special powers.

Even though the levels become easier after you've played them along time, they are still fun as you try and accumulate as much money as possible. My son and I play this all the time, and occasionally I'll look on the internet to try and find secrets to beating the game.

The movies, as played by the lego characters are entertaining and funny. The bonus levels can be intense as you try to beat the clock and gather lego studs in a certain amount of time.

My overall opinion is this is a great game to introduce your kids to Star Wars and video games, and you as a parent will have fun playing it with your kid.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Game Gets Even Better, September 13, 2006
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy - PlayStation 2 (Video Game)
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (LSTII) is everything a Star Wars fan could want. It improves upon the original Lego Star Wars I (LSTI) in certain areas, though not many areas (except length of game) needed to be improved. There is NO learning curve if you played the first game, which allows you to jump right in and not worry about a bunch of new controls. That's not to say there aren't new controls or actions that your characters can do. However, any new action has a "this is how you do it" screen pop up. I bought it yesterday and took my time playing it for just a little while, so I am only in Episode IV, Stage 3. In just that short amount of time, I was very pleased with the quality of the game's graphics and sound--seems to be even more improved over the original's. Likewise, there are certain doors or areas you cannot go into and are specific to other characters, requiring you to replay levels, which is always fun with this game. The characters so far that I have played as are Princess Leia, R2-D2, C3PO, Rebel Soldiers, Luke Skywalker, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. All of them control like the characters in the first game--but hey, that isn't necessarily bad. They have added new animations (such as Luke moves and ducks while shooting). Force powers for Obi-Wan include the original push and pull, but now include the ability to confuse or cause certain characters (Jawas, Tusken Raiders, etc.) to fall asleep. You can now build and ride more vehicles and creatures(so far only the landspeeder and was able to ride a Bantha and a Dewback).

For $39.99, you can't get a better game. All the "you can beat the game in 5hrs." people apparently are just flying through the levels and not exploring. I am only 7% into the game and have played it for 2hrs.

Get this game!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just plain great!!, October 8, 2006
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy - PlayStation 2 (Video Game)
It is a clean fun, awesome game to play. It is fun to play it with someone or alone, and in my particular case, with not much skills to videogames, it is easy to catch up with other more experienced players without becaming boring. I highly recommend it.
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