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ⓘ Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy




Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
                                     

ⓘ Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy is a Lego-themed action-adventure video game developed by Travellers Tales and published by LucasArts and TT Games Publishing. It was released on 11 September 2006. Part of the Lego Star Wars series, it is based on the Star Wars science fiction media franchise and Lego Groups Star Wars -themed toy line. It follows the events of the Star Wars films Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The game allows players to assume the roles of over 50 Lego versions of characters from the film series; customized characters can also be created. Camera movement was improved from its predecessor - Lego Star Wars: The Video Game ; and the concept of "vehicle levels" was explored more thoroughly. The game was revealed at American International Toy Fair 2006. Promotions for the game were set up at chain stores across the United States.

Lego Star Wars II was critically and commercially successful; it has sold over 8.2 million copies worldwide as of May 2009. Critics praised the game for its comedic and "adorable" portrayal of the film series and due to preference for the original trilogy over the prequel trilogy. However, the games low difficulty, and its Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS versions in general, were received more poorly. The game received awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and Spike TV, among others. A mobile phone adaptation, Lego Star Wars II Mobile, was later developed by Universomo, published by THQ, and released on 19 December 2006. Lego Star Wars II and its predecessor were compiled in Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, released in 2007.

                                     

1. Gameplay

Lego Star Wars II s gameplay is from a third-person perspective, and takes place in a 3D game world that contains objects, environments, and characters designed to resemble Lego pieces. Its gameplay - a combination of the action-adventure, platform, and sometimes puzzle genres - shares elements with that of Lego Star Wars: The Video Game 2005. While Lego Star Wars followed the events of The Phantom Menace 1999, Attack of the Clones 2002, and Revenge of the Sith 2005, Lego Star Wars II is based on Star Wars 1977, The Empire Strikes Back 1980, and Return of the Jedi 1983. The game comically retells the trilogys events using cutscenes without dialogue. The player assumes the roles of the films characters, each of whom possesses specific weapons and abilities. At any time, a second player can join the game, by activating a second controller. During gameplay, players can collect Lego studs – small, disk-shaped objects, which serve as the games currency. The player has a health meter, which is displayed on the games heads-up display. The players health is represented by four hearts; when these hearts are depleted, the player dies, and a small amount of their studs bounce away. However, they instantly respawn and can often re-collect the lost studs.

The games central location is the Mos Eisley cantina, a spaceport bar on the planet Tatooine. At the counter, the player may use their Lego studs to purchase characters, vehicles, gameplay hints and extras, or activate cheat codes. In a small area outside the cantina, players may view collected vehicles. The game is broken into levels, which are accessed from the cantina; each film is represented by six levels, representing key locations and scenes in that film. The locations include Hoth, Bespin, Dagobah, Tatooine, the Death Star, and Endor. The game also features bonus levels. During levels, the player defeats enemies, builds objects out of Lego bricks, and drives vehicles. Certain levels are played entirely while piloting vehicles, including a TIE fighter, a Snowspeeder, and the Millennium Falcon. Levels must first be played in Story Mode. This unlocks the next level as well as a Free Play mode for the recently completed level. Gameplay is identical in the two modes. However, Story Mode restricts playable characters to those followed in the film scenes the levels are based on, while Free Play-offers all those unlocked. Levels can be replayed in either mode to collect studs and secret items.

Three types of secret items are available: gold bricks, minikits, and power bricks. Within each level is hidden one power brick. When a power brick is collected, its corresponding extra, such as invincibility or stud multipliers, becomes available for purchase. Each level also contains ten hidden minikits, that is, ten pieces of a Star Wars vehicle. When all ten have been collected, the player is awarded a gold brick. Collecting a certain number of gold bricks unlocks free rewards, such as a spigot that spews out studs. Gold bricks are also awarded when levels are completed, and when a predefined number of studs is accumulated in a level; ninety-nine gold bricks are available. The vehicles represented by the minikits are displayed outside the cantina. As each vehicle is completed all ten minikits collected, it becomes available for play in a bonus level.

                                     

1.1. Gameplay Playable characters

68 characters from the films are playable over the course of the game, including variations of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, R2-D2, C-3PO, Darth Vader, Wicket the Ewok, and Boba Fett. Character abilities have a greater role in Lego Star Wars II than in Lego Star Wars. Certain characters armed with guns can use a grappling hook in predesignated areas. Characters wielding lightsabers can deflect projectiles, double jump and use the Force. R2-D2, C-3PO, and other droid characters are needed to open particular doors. Small characters like the Ewok and Jawa can crawl through hatches to reach otherwise inaccessible areas. Bounty hunters, such as Boba Fett, may use thermal detonators to destroy otherwise indestructible objects. Sith, like Darth Vader, can use the Force to manipulate black Lego objects. Some characters have unique abilities; for example, Chewbacca can rip enemies arms from their sockets, Darth Vader can choke enemies with the Force, Princess Leia possesses a slap attack, and Lando Calrissian can use a kung-fu-like attack. Special abilities are often necessary to unlock secrets, and story mode does not always provide characters with needed abilities. This means that some secrets can be found only in free play mode. The player can unlock the "Use Old Save" extra, which imports all unlocked characters from Lego Star Wars for use in free play; however, a Lego Star Wars saved game must be present on the same memory card that contains Lego Star Wars II s save data.

Players can create two customized characters in the Mos Eisley cantina. These characters can be built using both miscellaneous parts and those of unlocked characters; 2.258.163.204 combinations are possible. Entering two cheat codes, publicized by IGN, makes pieces for a Santa Claus character available. The game generates names for the characters based on the pieces used for example, a character made from pieces of Darth Vader and C-3PO might have the name "Darth-3PO"; alternately, the player may create a name.

                                     

2.1. Plot Episode IV - A New Hope

The galaxy is consumed by a deadly civil war between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance, who has risen to combat the Empires tyranny. A small group of rebels aboard the Tantive IV ship, led by Princess Leia, are on the run from an Imperial Star Destroyer, as they are carrying stolen plans of the Empires battle station, the Death Star. After the Tantive IV is tracked into the Star Destroyer, numerous Stormtroopers board the ship and begin blasting at the rebels, while Leia and Captain Antilles make their way through the fight and eventually find the astromech droid R2-D2, whom Leia gives the plans to, before being captured by the Empire. Antilles and Rebel Friend then help R2 and his fellow protocol droid C-3PO get to an escape pod, before Antilles is captured and killed by Darth Vader.

R2 and C-3PO crash-land on Tatooine, where they are quickly captured by Jawas, who attempt to sell them alongside other droids. They are both bought by Luke Skywalker, but the Jawas later break into his home and steal them back. Luke ventures into the desert looking for them, only to be attacked by Tusken Raiders, although he is rescued by Obi-Wan Kenobi now known simply as Ben Kenobi. Together, they make their way through the desert, eventually reaching the Jawas Sandcrawler, where they recover R2 and C-3PO, and then Obi-Wans hut, where he gives Luke his fathers old Jedi lightsaber, and they watch a recorded message from Leia asking for Obi-Wans help. Deciding to deliver R2 to the Rebel Alliance on Alderaan, the group next heads to the Mos Eisley Spaceport to look for a ship to take them there and, inside the Mos Eisley Cantina, they come across the smugglers Han Solo and the Wookie Chewbacca, who agree to take them to Alderaan using their ship, the Millennium Falcon. However, on their way to the ship, the group is stopped by an Imperial Spy, who calls several Stormtroopers to fight them, but they are able to deal with them and then take off. Meanwhile, aboard the Death Star, Grand Moff Tarkin demonstrates to an imprisoned Leia the power of the battle station by having it destroy Alderaan.

When Luke, Obi-Wan, Han and Chewbacca arrive in the Alderaan system, they are shocked to discover that the planet is gone, and are brought into the Death Star using a tractor beam. Darth Vader dispatches two Stormtroopers to investigate the Falcon, but Han and Luke deal with them and steal their armor in order to sneak more easily around the Death Star. After making their way to the hangar control room, they learn about Leia being imprisoned aboard the battle station and split up, with Luke, Han and Chewbacca going to rescue her, while Obi-Wan goes to deactivate the tractor beam, and R2 and C-3PO remain hidden in the control room. After fighting their way through numerous Stormtroopers and Death Star personnel, Luke, Han and Chewbacca eventually rescue Leia, but are forced to go down a garbage compactor in order to escape from the pursuing Stormtroopers. In the compactor, they are almost crushed to death, until R2 and C-3PO save them in the last moment. The group then make their way back to the Falcon, but Obi-Wan, dueling Vader, allows Vader to kill him, much to Lukes shock.

After escaping from the Death Star, the group arrive at the Rebels base on Yavin IV, but are unknowingly followed by the Empire, who prepares to destroy the moon using the Death Star. Using the retrieved plans to learn about the Death Stars weakness - a thermal exhaust port that leads straight to the battle stations core - the Rebels launch an attack using X-Wings and, after a fight with numerous TIE Fighters, Luke prepares to fire into the port, when Darth Vader arrives accompanied by two other TIE Fighters. Just as they are about to fire at him, Han arrives in the Millennium Falcon, having decided to join the Rebel Alliance as well, and takes down the two TIE Fighters, which also causes Vader to spin out of control and allows Luke to fire at the port, successfully destroying the Death Star.

In the epilogue, the Rebels hold a celebration ceremony on Yavin, where Leia gives Luke and Han medals for their heroism.



                                     

2.2. Plot Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Three years later, the Rebel Alliance is on the run from the Empire and hiding on the ice planet Hoth. Darth Vader, obsessed with capturing Luke Skywalker, the one who destroyed the Death Star, dispatches numerous Probe Droids across the galaxy to find him. While out on patrol, Luke spots a Probe Droid that crashed on Hoth, but is then attacked by a Wampa, which takes him to its cave. After grabbing his lightsaber using the Force and using it to free himself and cut off one of the Wampas arms, Luke escapes from the cave, where the Probe Droid records him, before he collapses into the snow, although he is rescued by Han Solo, who takes him back to the Rebels Echobase. Having retrieved the footage recorded by the Probe Droid, the Empire launches an attack on the Rebels on Hoth using AT-ATs, forcing them to fend off the attack using Snowspeeders. After recovering, Luke takes part in the battle as well and manages to take down several AT-ATs, even after his Snowspeeder crashes, but the Rebels end up losing the battle nonetheless. Meanwhile, Han and Leia attempt to escape from the Echobase, fighting numerous Snowtroopers and being joined by C-3PO and Chewbacca along the way. They eventually reach the Millenium Falcon and manage to escape just as Darth Vader and his Snowtroopers invade the Echobase. Luke sees them and leaves as well in his X-Wing, along with R2-D2.

Despite escaping from Hoth, the Falcon is being chased by the Imperial fleet, so the group ventures into an asteroid field to escape from the pursuing TIE Fighters. They then manage to lose the Empire by hiding among the trashed released by one of the Star Destroyers, but are unaware that the bounty hunter Boba Fett, who was hired by Darth Vader, is pursuing them. Meanwhile, Luke travels to Dagobah to train to become a Jedi with Master Yoda. Luke and R2 make their way through the swampy planet and eventually find Yodas hut, where the old Jedi Master agrees to train Luke, helping him improve his Force powers by having him complete several trials, during which Luke carries Yoda in his back the whole time, until he can use the Force on his own. As they venture into a cave where the Dark Side is strong, Luke is forced to fight a vision of Darth Vader and manages to defeat it. Eventually, Luke has a vision of his friends being captured by Vader and, despite the warnings of Yoda and Obi-Wans spirit, as he hasnt completed his Jedi training yet, leaves to save them and confront Vader, after Yoda uses the Force to lift his X-Wing out of the swamp.

Luke arrives in Cloud City, on the gas planet Bespin, only to fall into a trap set up by Darth Vader and be forced to fight him. After a lengthy duel, Vader defeats Luke, cutting off his right hand, before revealing to him that he his father. Vader then tries to convince Luke to join him, but, shocked at this reveal, he refuses and instead drops into an air shaft, being ejected beneath the floating city, where he is left hanging from an antenna. Meanwhile, Han, Leia, Chewbacca and C-3PO arrive in Cloud City as well to hide from the Empire, as its administrator is Hans old friend Lando Calrissian, however, Lando betrays Han and his friends to Darth Vader. Subsequently, Han is subjected to a Carbonite Freezing Chamber, which encases him into a large block of carbonite, but not before Han and Leia admit their love for each other. As Fett prepares to load the frozen Han into his ship, Slave I, Lando has a change of heart and rescues Leia and Chewbacca from the Stormtroopers. They then fight their way through more Stormtroopers in an attempt to rescue Han, but arrive too late, as Fett has already left with him. Along with R2, who just arrived after witnessing Luke and Vaders confrontation, and C-3PO, whom they reassemble, as he was earlier lured away from the group and dismembered by Ugnaughts, they then make their way back to the Falcon and escape from Cloud City, but return after Luke, who telepathically reached out to Leia.

In the epilogue, the group reunites with the Rebel fleet, where Luke receives a robotic arm. Lando and Chewbacca begin their quest to save Han, while the others watch the Falcon depart.

                                     

2.3. Plot Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Roughly one year later, the Empire is building a second Death Star to destroy the Rebel Alliance once and for all, with Darth Vader overseeing the construction. Meanwhile, the Rebels are able to track down the still-frozen Han Solo to Jabba the Hutts palace on Tatooine and Luke, now an experienced Jedi Knight, leads a mission to rescue him. After R2-D2 and C-3PO are allowed into the palace, Leia and Chewbacca sneak in as well, with Leia disguising herself as the bounty hunter Boushh. With Luke joining them along the way, they fight through Jabbas guards and eventually find Han, whom Leia releases from the carbonite and shares a kiss with. However, Jabba catches them and sentences the others to be eaten by his pet Rancor. After they manage to kill it by crushing a giant gate on its head, Jabba instead has Luke, Han and Chewbacca taken to the desert, where they would be eaten by the Sarlacc and has Leia turned into his slave. However, Luke signals R2 to throw him his new green lightsaber, which he uses to free Han and Chewbacca as well. Along with Lando, who was disguised as one of Jabbas guards all along, they fight through Jabbas numerous mercenaries and guards, including Boba Fett, whose jet pack malfunctions, causing him to fall into the Sarlacc. Once they arrive on Jabbas sail barge, R2 frees Leia after she uses her chain to choke Jabba to death, before destroying the entire ship and escaping in the last moment.

The group rendezvous with the Rebel Alliance, who have learned about the second Death Star and make a plan to attack it and defeat the Empire once and for all. Han leads a strike team on the forest moon of Endor to destroy the Death Stars shield generator, but Luke and Leia go to scout ahead and find several Scout Troopers. After killing all of them in a lengthy speeder bike chase through the forest, they find the Empires nearby landing pad and destroy it. Reuniting with the rest of the team, they are all captured by Ewoks and taken to their village up in the trees, where C-3PO, whom they consider a god, convinces them to free the others, and also tells them about the war against the Empire, so that they would help them attack the shield generator. Before the attack, Luke leaves to confront Darth Vader. With the help of the Ewoks, the Rebels attack the shield generator and manage to destroy it, thus deactivating the Death Stars defenses and leaving it open for attack.

As the Rebel fleet prepares for the attack, Luke lets himself captured by Darth Vader and is brought before Emperor Palpatine on the Death Star. Palpatine begins to electrocute Luke with his Force lighting, but Vader, refusing to let his son die, jumps in front of him, thus saving his life. Luke and Vader then fight Palpatine together and manage to defeat him, with Vader throwing him down a reactor shaft to his death. However, with his suit severely damaged by Palpatines lighting, Vader dies after Luke removes his helmet, and Luke leaves the Death Star with Anakins body aboard an Imperial Shuttle. Meanwhile, Lando, who is piloting the Millennium Falcon alongside Nien Nunb, leads the attack on the Death Star and, despite it being fully operational, meaning that it was all a trap set up by the Empire, the Falcon manages to enter the Death Star, destroying its core, which causes the entire battle station to explode.

In the epilogue, Luke does a funeral for Anakin on Endor, and the entire galaxy celebrates the defeat of the Empire. Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, Lando, R2, C-3PO and other Rebels celebrate alongside the Ewoks in their village, where Luke sees the Force ghosts of Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Anakin watching over him, all of them happy that balance has finally been restored to the Force.

                                     

3. Development

Lego Star Wars II was created by the Cheshire game developer Travellers Tales. LucasArts – busy with other projects – had deferred publishing of Lego Star Wars to Eidos Interactive, but regained the "necessary resources" to publish its sequel alongside TT Games Publishing. Lego Star Wars II was created for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance GBA, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable PSP, and Xbox 360. Differences exist between platforms: the DS and GBA versions have some different playable characters than the other versions, and the DS and PSP versions support a "Wireless Lobby" for multiplayer gameplay.

Lego Star Wars II uses a modified Lego Star Wars engine. However, many gameplay improvements were made over its predecessor, most notably camera angles and movement. Camera movement in co-op was a specific point of concern, as LucasArts received critical feedback from fans over this issue. Travellers Tales looked to expand upon the concept of levels completed entirely in vehicles. These "vehicle levels" were explored more thoroughly in Lego Star Wars II than in its predecessor. In response to complaints from fans, LucasArts and Travellers Tales granted the ability to build bricks to all non-droid characters. Character customization, an entirely new concept, was considered a significant improvement over the original game, and is one of three features highlighted on the games final back cover. Tom Stone, director at Travellers Tales, stated of the various improvements made over the original game:

The designers attempted to recreate the films characters and events in a "cute" way. Assistant producer Jeff Gullet said that, in the games recreation of a Return of the Jedi scene where Luke Skywalker "jumps off the plank. and somersaults onto the skiff", Skywalker "performs an all-out acrobatic routine with all sorts of jumps from the plank. Its hilarious". LucasArts producer David Perkinson said, "unless youve got the heart of the Emperor, you are going to chuckle at many of the first time you see them – you just have to. Theyre so darn cute!"



                                     

4. Marketing and release history

On 2 February 2006, images of the game were leaked to the Internet. However, they were quickly removed, and LucasArts, if telephoned, did not confirm or deny the games development. The game was formally announced on 10 February, at American International Toy Fair 2006. A preview was later hosted at Electronic Entertainment Expo E3 2006. Because the original Lego Star Wars had been well received commercially and critically, selling 3.3 million copies by March 2006 and winning several awards, its sequel was highly anticipated both by fans of the original game and by video game publications such as IGN and GameSpot. Shortly before the games release, promotions were set up at chain stores across the United States, including Toys "R" Us, Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, GameStop, and Circuit City.

In Europe, Lego Star Wars II was released on 11 September 2006, for PC, Xbox, GameCube, GBA, DS, and Xbox 360; on 15 September for PlayStation 2; and on 10 November for PSP. The games North American release fell on 12 September for all platforms, coinciding with the release of the individual two-disc DVD releases of the films on which it was based. The games Australian release fell on 15 September for all platforms, but the Xbox 360 version was not released in this region. The OS X version of the game was released in 2007. The PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS versions were the only versions that saw release in Japan, which occurred on 2 November 2006. The game received a rating of E10+ from the Entertainment Software Rating Board for "cartoon violence" and "crude humor", 3+ from PEGI, and A from CERO.

A mobile phone adaptation of the game was developed by Universomo and published by THQ. It was released on 19 December 2006. Several gameplay features – such as two-dimensional graphics, limited character selection, and coverage only of the film Star Wars - distinguish this version of the game from the versions for other platforms. Lego Star Wars and Lego Star Wars II were later compiled in Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, developed by Travellers Tales and published by LucasArts. The Complete Saga incorporated improvements from the sequel into the original game, and expanded the Mos Eisley cantina to allow access to both games levels. It was created for Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, and DS. It was released on 6 November 2007.

                                     

5.1. Reception Critical response

Upon release, Lego Star Wars II was positively received by critics, who praised its portrayal of the films characters and events. Nintendo Power staff writer Chris Shepperd claimed that an almost puppy dog-like insistence that you love it."

Lego Star Wars II sold over 1.1 million copies worldwide in its opening week. The PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox 360, and Xbox versions were the third, fifth, eighth, and ninth-best selling games of September 2006, respectively. The GameCube, Xbox, and PlayStation 2 versions were the third, eighth, and ninth-best selling games of 2006, respectively. All platforms except PC combined, the game was the third-highest selling of 2006 in the United States, behind Madden NFL 07 and Cars. All platforms combined, the game was the fifth-highest selling of 2006 in the United Kingdom. The GameCube, GBA, and DS versions were the first, second, and fifth best-selling of January 2007 for their respective platforms. By 2 May 2009, the games worldwide sales had surpassed 8.2 million. It has been certified as part of the budget lines Platinum Hits for the Xbox 360, Greatest Hits for the PlayStation 2 each represents a worldwide sales total of at least 400.000 on its respective platform, and Players Choice for the GameCube 250.000.