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LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
PC, XBox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, PSP

Reviewed on: PC
Traveller's Tales
Publisher: LucasArts
Rated: "E10+" for Everyone 10+

CHEATfactor Game Review
by Joe Sinicki

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User Rating:        6
Presentation: 6

You probably think you've seen everything that Traveler's Tales has to offer with the Lego games. Think again. With detailed new visuals and effects, the third Lego Star Wars game is easily the best put together of the bunch.

Gameplay: 5

At its core,The Clone Wars follows the same formula set forth by the other Lego games before it as you act out some of your favorite moments in adorable Lego fashion. There's a few wrinkles thrown in here, but it's pretty much the same.

Lasting Appeal:

The game's campaign covers the first two seasons of the popular cartoon network series, which tends to be pretty lengthy. There's also a few modes new to the Lego series thrown in for good measure.

Overall: 6
By this point, you've more than likely already played the Lego series, but that shouldn't stop you from checking out the latest entry in the Star Wars line as it's easily one of the best so far.
CHEATfactor: 6

Stop me if you've heard this one before. I'm a diehard Star Wars junkie who despises the prequels. Ah, but here's the catch - I love The Clone Wars animated series. Debuting in 2008 on the Cartoon Network, the series, which follows the adventures of Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in between the events of Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith features a sense of adventure and exploration not found in the latest films.

Now that sense of adventure is being ported over into the familiar world of Traveler's Tales Lego game series. Though not much of the format has changed, if you're a Star Wars fan, or just a fan of pure fun, you owe it to yourself to check out Lego Star Wars III. With a set of spruced up new visuals and a few new modes, it's quite easily the best of the Lego games to date, which says something.

"...the quality of the production serves its purpose..."


Lego Star Wars III follows the set formula from each of the previous Lego games; reenact some of your favorite moments in adorable Lego fashion. Here, you'll go through the first two seasons of the acclaimed animated series, and while many won't find the same emotional attachment as they did to the original Star Wars movies portrayed in earlier games, the quality of the production serves its purpose and it's easy to follow along with the grunts, shrieks and explosions that tell the story (interestingly enough, those grunts were provided by the actual voice actors from the cartoon).

For the most part, Lego Star Wars III looks like pretty much every Lego Game you've played, but digging deeper unveils a hefty visual upgrade that's actually quite impressive. Effects like explosions and blasters look phenomenal, especially when played in HD, and everything, save for a few visual hiccups tends to flow very well here. Traveler's Tales didn't reinvent the Lego style here, but they did give it a nice new coat of paint.

Similarly, not much has changed on the gameplay side of Lego Star Wars III. You still traverse throughout the game's blocky worlds, smashing pretty much everything in sight and solving puzzles. While they'll occasionally throw a few curveballs your way, the puzzles are still as simple as you remember. It's excusable since the game is built to be playable for everyone from kids to adults, but I would have preferred a bit less handholding. Similarly, the game's repetitive “one button does pretty much everything” combat returns, and though it's predictable, it's still enjoyable.

"...The Clone Wars puts you in control of a star speeder on more than one occasion."


That's not to say though that there's nothing new in Lego Star Wars III. Taking a cue from the DS line of Lego Star Wars games, The Clone Wars puts you in control of a star speeder on more than one occasion. There's also a Capture the Flag style feature that finds you attempting to control different points on planets and then calling in reinforcements to claim it. The modes aren't all that exciting, but they're still a useful distraction when you're just exploring the game's impressive hub world, which here is an amazing two ships battling in space.

Though it's not all that novel or new, Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is still a great time for both kids and adults alike. Featuring a new set of visuals, new modes and the same fun mechanics, Traveler's tales has topped each of their previous Lego games here. It's simple, it's fun, Lego Star War Wars III is quite a good time for all ages. 



CHEATS USED: Add Gold Blocks, Add Ship Studs, Add Battle Studs, Unlimited Health, more

The trainer from for Lego Star Wars 3 does what any avid Lego fan would want -- gives you more pieces to play with. The trainer gives you the ability to Add Gold Blocks, Add Ship Studs, Add Battle Studs as well as getting unlimited health and buddy health. The cheats are most useful when you're searching for hidden items in the game rather than the story mode though.

The Lego games have always been known having great cheats, and Lego Star Wars III is no exception. Using the in game cheat menu, players gain access to everything from the ability to unlock new characters instantly, to being able to double the score for anything they collect.

My favorite cheat of all though is the perfect deflection cheat, which, as the name implies allows players to deflect pretty much anything with the lightsaber. It's a nice cheat that makes the game's tougher enemies a bit easier to deal with.

Stick with for more Lego Star War III cheats as they become available.



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