Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars First Look

Lego Star Wars ventures into new territory with an overhauled visual presentation that adds some extra kick to the cooperative gameplay and brick-busting action you know and love.

Having chronicled the two trilogies of live-action Star Wars movies, Lego Star Wars is setting its sights on the animated Clone Wars series for its next installment. Lego Star Wars III will follow the entire arc of the Clone Wars series. We visited LucasArts at E3 to check out a gameplay demo and saw Yoda and a few clone soldiers team up to vanquish a good number of Lego foes. Aside from new abilities and new enemies, we were impressed by the graphical overhaul that lends the environments a more realistic look while highlighting the Lego characters and making them look crisp and vibrant. Add in the possibility of large-scale battles featuring hundreds of clone soldiers, and Lego Star Wars III appears to be on track to upholding the series' good name.

Yoda fights underneath the looming coraline growths on Rugosa.

The marquee character in our demo was Yoda, who was boasting a different look based on the new set of actual Legos. He also showed off some new Force moves, like throwing his lightsaber as a projectile and taking out a few enemies. Force grab made an appearance as well, and at one point Yoda picked up an enemy robot and held him aloft, causing him to fire down on his own allies. But Yoda wasn't the only one with new moves, because the different clone soldiers each carried different weapons with different applications. The rocket launcher has obvious destructive capabilities, and the Z-6 rotary blaster cannon (read: laser chaingun) was not only handy for dispatching groups of enemies, but was also the weapon of choice for heating up a growth of black Lego pieces. Under sustained fire, these pieces glowed red and eventually exploded, showering the ground with those oh-so-collectible Lego studs.

The growth of black Legos in this case looked like a tall growth of coral. This resemblance was reinforced by the environment surrounding it, which featured tall, colorful stalks of near-lifelike coral. While there was a stark difference between the Lego elements and the realistic elements, the overall visual aesthetic was cohesive. Getting the two different styles to complement each other doesn’t seem like an easy task, but LucasArts and Traveller's Tales appear to have managed it quite well. The lighting seems to play a large part in achieving this effect, unifying the at-odds visuals with consistent, attractive sunlight and shadows.

Once the baddies on the planet were vanquished and we were treated to a taste of the series' signature humor (a soldier using his own severed arm to shield himself from attack and subsequently beat enemies down), our demo headed off-planet for a taste of Lego Star War III's space battles. The sequence began in what appeared to be an A-wing as the player fought off enemies, dodged lasers, and blasted targets of opportunity on the General Grievous' massive flagship, Malevolence. We saw the fighter land inside an open hangar and commandeer a missile battery, and then blast open a whole new side of the ship and destroy the enemies hidden within. It seemed easy to move seamlessly between flight and ground combat in this section, and again, the realistic ship siding and twinkling stars contrasted nicely with the Lego ships and soldiers scurrying about.

Meet Gor. You guys aren't friends.

The final segment of the demo took place near the end of a hunt for General Grievous. Instead of encountering the multi-limbed fiend, our heroes ran afoul of his pet roggwart, Gor. This nasty beast epitomized the graphic duality of Lego Star Wars III; scaly brown lizard skin hugged its substantial musculature, while Lego appendages and armor provided menacing targets. By tethering the beast down using ropes, the clone soldiers were able to open up a window for Yoda to slash off the threatening limbs. Though our demoer performed these feats by rapidly switching between characters, Lego Star Wars III will once again feature a fully cooperative campaign. If taking down a hideous space monster is satisfying by yourself, it's bound to be even more enjoyable with two players.

Though there wasn't much more in the way of action in our demo, we did get a few good tidbits of information to tide us over until the next showing. In addition to 20 story missions, Lego Star Wars III will allow you to explore 16 different systems in Anakin Skywalker's flagship, the Resolute. Furthermore, it will also feature some of the large-scale battles from the Clone Wars series, putting you in the role of a Jedi general in charge of legions of clones in conflicts that involve hundreds of soldiers. With the game already looking sharp, we're eager to see how it scales up to portray these massive conflicts. Be sure to keep an eye on GameSpot for more information on those massive battles in the coming months.

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Chris enjoys aiming down virtual sights, traipsing through fantastical lands, and striving to be grossly incandescent.

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Dr_Jackal
Dr_Jackal

I hope they improved the A.I. so that your allies would actually help you, not that the other installments were difficult, mind you. It just would've been nice to have some actual help.

LYTEK
LYTEK

Dang those graphics do look nice...

skeleme
skeleme

Woah! The graphics looks great!

hitboy806
hitboy806

it seems to me that the last couple lego games sucked (harry potter and indiana jones crystal skull). It makes sense to make a newer lego starwars but why not something else like star wars battlefront 3 which has many opportunities on the ps3 and 360 that it didn't have on the older systems. Also why is everything de-lego-ed except for a couple destructible things and characters/armor?

Agent_StarFire
Agent_StarFire

Awsome might get this for x-mas and then it can please my star wars appetite till the BEAST Star Wars The Old Republic Hits shelves...if it doesnt fail which i hope it wont :) Then wait till gw 2 comes lol thats my plan

CrossFire312
CrossFire312

I watched all of the shows too, Donovan 137. I agree with you, it dose look like it's only season one.

Donovan137
Donovan137

I remember all these scenes from all of the shows (Yea that's right I watched all of the Star wars the Clone wars shows in order) and from the looks of it it's only season 1. So if they are already making season three they better hurry up on making the next 2 lego star wars the clone wars games. And if you buy the game and have any questions about it and don't get it, then ask me about it!

darthfett13
darthfett13

halo lego would be pretty cool. even though they actually have halo megablocks sets.

reachfan
reachfan

am looking foward to lego halo

reachfan
reachfan

if its lego or halo is good thats what i say

Smith_Machine
Smith_Machine

Love the Lego franchise. The latest Harry Potter is going to be hard to beat though. If any game can top it, it would be Star Wars.

121Stars
121Stars

I really like the Lego Star Wars games. Hope its epic.

superjerome3
superjerome3

I hope tt watches out for glitches in this game.

PerVerZ_23
PerVerZ_23

die Lego spiele sind echt gut gemacht und zu zweit macht es richtig spaß

finsfanz13
finsfanz13

and the sad reality is, i'm probably going to get this game for the hell of it i'm already regretting it

finsfanz13
finsfanz13

i love the lego games too... but it's like, once you beat them, what's the point? and i mean, BEAT...like find ALL the secrets what's the point in starting over? it was meticulous but fun

Death_182
Death_182

Love the lego games.. keep it up

brianguy7
brianguy7

Bo-ring... where's Battlefront 3?!?

kik4444
kik4444

i can't wait for this game

Tikicobra
Tikicobra

Why is Gor realistic looking with Lego armor? That bugs the crap out of me.

Deadeye233
Deadeye233

Well The Old Republic is coming out for PC so that's something to look forward to.

freedomspopular
freedomspopular

I wish George Lucas would have spent his time working on more films instead of the Clone Wars series. Episode 7, or even something focusing on a different time period, like Knights of the Old Republic or something like that would be cool.

meleekill989
meleekill989

it is true though that i would rather see battlefront 3 than another lego star wars game, but i'll just take what comes and hope for the best...

meleekill989
meleekill989

@ poststillmatic correction, as a hardcore starwars fan YOU are not impressed with starwars tfu or the lego starwars games. I as a hardcore starwars fan like both of these game series.

sgtblizzard
sgtblizzard

@Deadeye233 same with me... i go on my PS2, but from what ive heard, they are making another one. I hope they do, the battlefront games are fun

thorughfire
thorughfire

Fail. Honestly after the first game, I refuse to buy any other Lego Star Wars game. Repetative,Not worth replaying,and it took forever to earn money and unlock characters...who had no special abilitys. Honestly please stop making Lego games, They are all the same and they all suck.

carlandcarl
carlandcarl

I loved the other Lego games, so I will probably get this!

poststillmatic
poststillmatic

ZZZZZzzzz, you see this is the stuff that just kills the star wars franchise. Cheap and Easy. I would'nt mind if they made this, while they are making games about the Expanded Universe of something new. For the hardcore SW fans, we are not impressed with TFU..

djmadeira
djmadeira

Guys, this is likely to be the last LEGO star wars game for a while at least; but by no means the last LEGO game. The LEGO game franchise has been TTgames big break- there shot at the big time. They would be nothing more than yet another franchise-based game production studio if not for LEGO and lucasarts. If people keep buying, they will keep selling.

Deadeye233
Deadeye233

Does anyone actually know if they are going to make Battlefront 3? I still get my on my original Xbox just to play Battlefront 1 or 2.

gogmagog4
gogmagog4

They've milked the clone wars for about a year and a half now. They should make a game about like an episode seven

SpiKeX-Crom
SpiKeX-Crom

Looks like they have improved the animation. Well, it's based on that crappy tv series that only had ONE GOOD EPISODE!!! (Rookies, check it out, it was amazing! a true Star Wars episode) I certainly won't get this, the second Star Wars was the only good Lego game.

dmcb921
dmcb921

why do they keep making these lego games

Binarynova
Binarynova

Yeah, skip this and make Battlefront 3. Then, if you need to make another Lego game do Lego Lord of the Rings! ;)

True_Chaos_UK
True_Chaos_UK

Never seen any of the clone wars stuff, as has been stated Battlefront 3 is needed or a new Republic Commando, and dare I say KoToR 3 RRRAAAGGGGEEE!

sgtrandall_vlad
sgtrandall_vlad

i think that every fan of star-wars would like to se star-wars battlefront 3 ...big mac is right

iamnessie
iamnessie

How stupid. They waste their time on milking this Clone Wars franchise when they could make a game based on good Star Wars movies and characters. Clone Wars may be cool to 6 year olds, but older Star Wars fans need something better than this.

frankhoule2000
frankhoule2000

This game looks cool, but like Big_Mac4547 said, Battlfront III would be awesome! I hope it'll come out one day. One thing I'd like to see is a space battle in Lego Star Wars III. I really loved it in the first games, but it would be even better if it was more like in Battlfront. Imagine flying threw millions of lego bricks floating in space O_o

Uhagi
Uhagi

How many are they going to make? There is only six movies.

fzd88
fzd88

i hope the fix the vehicle controls. I love the lego series (starwars, indiana jones, batman), but all of them have TERRIBLE vehicle controls...to the point of pure frustration...

Rubber_Face
Rubber_Face

I believe LEGO Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars is a bonus chaper round for LEGO Star Wars Series. These will be no other stages rooms like film chapers chose from into LEGO Star Wars 3. We will just play in one stage doing 20 story missions. You've to remember now, Star Wars: The Clone Wars Tv Series is based off that un-told story version film into the same title name. So Actually, the 2 Saga Film LEGO Games are Complete Saga going thru 6 film chapers storyline. Well, LEGO Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars is just sharing the LEGO Series into a Bonus Chaper round with only one stage with 20 Storyline Missions. If they want create the 2 film saga chapers and The Clone Wars added into one LEGO Game? They will go form, LEGO Star Wars: Another Complete Saga or Complete Saga 2. But i doubt it, they will do that to happen. Because LEGO Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars is just a bonus chaper from the LEGO Games. There is no need to tell Anakin Skywalker's Storyline twice in one whole game all together. And Also, everybody now look beyond the Star Wars films and more into the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film Adaptation Animated Series. So Basically the LEGO Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars goes into the center between LEGO Star Wars & LEGO Star Wars 2 really. Okay, As for me. I cannot wait playi it! I don't care if Star Wars 3 will come out be bit different than the other 2.

ZachBobBob
ZachBobBob

I hate the clone wars stuff...looks like a good game though

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Sorry but the GS article makes some clear mistakes here. The Malevolence is not a Republic ship but instead a flag ship for the Sepratists fleet GS just proved they know nothing of StarWars. A mistake like that wont fly with fans.............

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Honestly I wish Lucas Arts would get these guys to do a hardcore platformer without the Legos. I may still buy this game, but that would be an epic win IMHO, if they allowed the player to instead of unlocking more legos to unlock new weapons, and force powers it would be even better IMHO. The Lego games have always had such great platforming gameplay that it would be awsome to play a game thats not lego with their gameplay style. IE real lightsaber battles were you have to block each strike are in Lego games, boss fights that are both real fun, and at the same time allow players to use force powers, and blasters. It would be so cool. But eh this will just have to do!

Vectorsigma100
Vectorsigma100

I bought all of the other Lego Star Wars games so I'm most likely gonna get this one. But why Lego Star Wars III? Does the Complete Saga not count?

DeadManTyping86
DeadManTyping86

LEGO Indiana Jones 2 just got patched a couple of weeks ago to include online co-op, and I'm pretty sure Harry Potter will have it when it's released at the end of the month. So I see no reason for it not to be included in LEGO Star Wars 3.