TT Games producer drops into Nottingham to talk about Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, the forthcoming installment in the toy/sci-fi crossover franchise.
NOTTINGHAM--It's not every event that you walk into to find stormtroopers patrolling the cinema and Darth Vader sitting in the audience. Jonathan Smith, Lego Star Wars producer at TT Games, had obviously felt the need for some backup as he discussed the latest incarnation of the successful Lego Star Wars franchise, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga.
Coming out on November 9 in the UK on the Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and DS, the latest game will let gamers play through all six Star Wars movies in a mash-up of the first two games, along with some new surprises.
Smith started the event by explaining that some members of the press had become confused about what was coming in the demo. He told GameSpot, "This press release came out, and I think people heard what they wanted to hear. It said something like, use your Wii Remote as a lightsaber... It's no secret that your character has a lightsaber and you fight with it, but I think many people took that to mean that we'd created a new peripheral." Not wanting to let those people down, Smith said that he would be trying something in the talk to see if it would work.
He duct-taped his son's lightsaber to the Wii Remote. "Here is the Wii lightsaber, TM," He joked. "Anyone can make one of these at home." The experiment seemed to work with a surprising amount of success, but Jonathan soon separated the two. He explained why, sadly, he thinks that a Wii lightsaber peripheral might not work. He said, "In the real world it's much easier to use the original Wii Remote because it's much lighter and it doesn't make your arm hurt... There are design reasons why it might not be great, because you'd miss a lot of the time--you're not going to be able to fight with style. You're not a Jedi, you know. So, we very, very quickly thought that it's not going to happen in this game."
The new game will be big, explained Smith. "It's a vast game. A massive game. An almost amazingly huge game." But size isn't all that matters: The game will also boast a host of new features and levels, including a variety of environments that have been redone to "make them more fun." Gamers will also be able to play as some 120 playable characters (some of which will need to be unlocked) and take them into scenes where they don't originally appear.
There will also be a variety of special bricks to find, which will add extra abilities, including Super Cronk (a request from Smith's son), which makes the character go really fast, Poo Money, Stud Magnet, Fast Force, Super Jedi Slam, and Tracker Beam.
He also showed off the grapple feature, which he said was his "favourite thing" in the game. By moving the Wii Remote upward, when a character is standing on a red grapple point, he or she will sail upward in the air to the next grapple point.
There will also be a variety of new levels, including some which were missing from the first two games, Lego Star Wars and Lego Star Wars 2, such as Anakin's Fight and a podracer. He showed the Lego Towns level, where you enter a Lego city and have to complete tasks such as rescuing a kitten from the top of a cathedral. The character customiser has also been much improved, and now allows gamers the full range of Lego bits and pieces from both the original games to customise a character with. Smith commented, "You can create really outrageous character customisations."
The game will feature co-op online play for both the PlayStation 3 and the 360 but not for the Wii. Smith explained the decision by saying, "Our reservation is not many people play the Wii online. Let's see what happens in the future."
Smith also hinted that despite the title, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga might not be the last Lego-themed Star Wars game. He said, "We've made games that encompass the six movies, but the Star Wars universe is so big, and there is lots of stuff that could be done, particularly in a Lego way."
When asked by a member of the audience if he knew what George Lucas thought of the use of his beloved franchise as a Lego video game, Smith said, "I understand that he thought it was 'awesome.'"
There is local Co-op in the PS3 version. I don't know about the Wii version, and I assume the 360 version has it. My wife and I have been enjoying the game immensely. She's not a big video game person, but she's getting into this one.
does this mean there will be no local co-op??? the wifey and i love to play together (and slice each other to bits) any one know?
I never bought the first two, so I am really looking forward to this game. Too bad about no online for the Wii though :(
I love these games but never actually bought them, and now I'm glad I waited. I will most likely pick it up for the Wii. As far as online co-op, it would have been nice for the Wii to have it, but it doesn't really bother me. The fun of the co-op was to play with friends and occasionally slice each other to bits, something I do believe would be tremendously downgraded by playing with faceless compatriots online. But as far as Smith's statement, "Our reservation is not many people play the Wii online. Let's see what happens in the future", program it and they will play. I love playing my Wii online and would love it more if there were even more games to go online with.
This definitely the version I could buy. The other two are just half of this game and better played as a rentel.
All we really need is an Xbox 360 version. I mean, does anyone really want a PS3 one? Are people still buying that?
I thought we can play it online on Wii...now I have to reconsider...I already have the first two games...I only thought of buying this to play online on Wii...now cannot...what a bummer!
Well, I already have the first one on PS2 and the second one on X360, I really don't need to buy this again.
Quote: Our reservation is not many people play the Wii online This is the God-&@%$ reason not many people play the Wii online- %$#@!*& lazy @$$ developers simply not making the game availible to play online in the first place. Look at how hard M$ was pushing online with the original Xbox even though less then 1% of the gaming population played games online with a console before the Xbox
well i've played the demo for lego star wars and if this game is cheap enough price i might pick up a copy
Im a bit bored of Lego starwars now,there is only so many times you can sell the same game. The Wii lightsabre looks complete rubbish. WWW.theGAMINGREVOLUTION.COM
I agree with LetterZero, if the option was there, they'd do it. "If you build it, they will come". We would create a car that can run without fossil fuel, but not too many people are driving one of them at the moment.
I skipped the first game and rented the second one and thought it was good so I might get this at some point.
chazzx21 Lego doesn't have a license for Lord of the Rings, nor did they make any kind of set for it, thus they won't/can't make a game. Also, it'd be pretty damn hard. Lego bows suck.
"Our reservation is not many people play the Wii online. Let's see what happens in the future." --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Well maybe people would if developers would make their Wii games ONLINE CAPABLE! what a cop-out!
pretty cool, i loved the earlier ones, but i cant help but think that its just not worthy for the ps3.
Lovely! I played the first one on PS2 and I loved it, and was about to get the second when I heard about this one. That fact that it's on 'next-gen' consoles is even better! I would have bought it even if I did get number II though. If you can't see any graphical improvent in the screenshots, it's either one or more of the following situations: 1) They captured the escence of the old games perfectly 2) You have a small monitor 3) You think that next-gen graphics means hyper-realistic, which is ironic considering the style of the game we're discussing about
I'll probably pick this up for the Wii at some point, if for no other reason than the fact that it's ridiculously fun for something that seems so stupid at first.
yay can't wait! I missed the original 2 games so i'm glad i will be able to get them both in one pack!
Looks like this game is going to be a fun and long one, but I wonder how they are going to go beyond what they have already
well thats a bummer about the wii's lack of online features but maybe reggie can convince him otherwise
Already got the best lego game ever, Star Wars 2, will probably get this for points only and then return it to work. Or maybe sell Star Wars 2 and keep this one instead. Eagerly awaiting Lego Indiana Jones though! Thats gonne be the SHI*
nice! the series is fun to play through and now they are going to revamp some of the game(s). the first two were great and this one will most likely be more improved. will be waiting.....
I don't get it. This is just both games combined into one? That's it? What if you already have both games, is there a reason someone would pay $50-$60 on this one?
Just what I hoped for. The first game was okay, so long as you had a friend playing with you, the second was a better game, so I guess them combining to 2 games will make it better......hopefully.
Unofficial memo from LucasArts: Of course we are going to rerelease the first two games in a package, you think we would let this opportunity to make oodles of money on a product we have already put out go to waste? Of course not. thats just silly.
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