LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars 3DS Review

By on August 9, 2011

The Legofied Clone Wars are upon us!


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First Impressions
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The Star Wars franchise has had its fair share of Lego games adapted from different titles within its universe. These adaptations range from direct movie adaptations of the original and prequel trilogies to spinoffs such as the quest for R2-D2. Lego Star Wars III: The clone wars explores the Clones wars saga of the Star Wars universe with content from the Clone Wars series as well as parts of The Clone Wars movie.

The game is the first entry for the Lego game franchise to the 3DS software library and showcases the first use of glasses-free 3D in a Lego game. Although the game suffers from some technical and presentation issues Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars on the 3DS still provides a decently fun experience.

The premise of the game is set during the Clone Wars series with you starting off controlling Master Yoda on a crucial mission that will heavily influence how the wars will shape up in the events to follow. The Story is told through a set of cut scenes that try to humorously explain the basic plot and introduce the characters of the game as you play onwards. Contrary to the other Lego titles such as more recent ones like Lego Pirates of the Caribbean 3DS I found that most of the cut scenes looked almost washed out with very little polish to how they performed on the 3DS’s screen. In addition, while the 3D effect is still good it is nowhere as good as later titles on the 3DS most significantly Lego Pirates of the Caribbean 3DS.

As you progress through the game it eventually branches out and enables you to try out different characters. You need to use skills specific to each character in order to solve different puzzles, access multiple areas, and beat a variety bosses. As with most Lego games the main gameplay elements revolve around solving puzzles and collecting various items to progress the story to unlock various pieces of content. The puzzles are fairly straight forward and a relatively easy to complete.

The combat is fun but often feels repetitive as there isn’t any depth to what you are doing other than slashing or shooting waves of enemies. The thing however that makes Lego Star Wars III: The clone Wars worthwhile is mainly collecting, unlocking, and enjoying the witty humor of the Legofied Star Wars characters.

There are tons of things to do once you completed the main storyline of the game. You can play different mini-games, revisit areas you have already completed, and even try to collect more items to unlock more stuff. Although there is a lot of content packed into the game, it might come off as being more or less very similar to previous Lego game iterations. If you are a Star Wars fan craving for something on the 3DS or a Lego fanatic then Star Wars III: The Clone Wars on the 3DS is a title that you should definitely check out.


The Scorecard
GAMEPLAY
7
Typical Lego formula with puzzles, collectables, unlockables in addition to slashing and shooting sprinkled around.
GRAPHICS
6
Good attempt with the 3D effect, but a lot of the cut scenes lack polish or any detail for that matter.
SOUND
8
Lego takes the soundtrack of the main franchises and brings them to the palm of your hands.
VALUE
7.5
There are a lot to do in this game especially if you are a big Star Wars or Lego fan. Tons of collectables and unlockables to chase after once you are done with the main story mode.
FUN FACTOR
7
Although repetitive, Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars does have its flashy moments.
OVERALL
7
If you are a Star Wars fan craving for something on the 3DS or a Lego fanatic then Star Wars III: The Clone Wars on the 3DS is a title that you should definitely check out.

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