In this new series, I will gush about my love for the licensed LEGO games. I will cover all of the games that I have played, ranging from really good to not as good.

LEGO Star Wars has always been the pinnacle of the LEGO Series as it was the first series they used and it gained three more games in LEGO Star Wars II, III, and the Complete Saga. When Disney bought Star Wars and announced a new prequel series, I asked to myself if a new LEGO game or multiple games would come out based on the new movie. In 2016, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released to critical acclaim and many online reviews stating that the Star Wars game to play should be the LEGO game as opposed to EA’s new Battlefront. With as much praise as it got, do I think that it is a great game?

The short answer is yes, but there is a lot more to be desired. The long answer is this:

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is every right step a new LEGO Star Wars game should take, but the fact that the whole game is structured around one movie makes the length of the game incredibly short and has fewer collectables than other LEGO games. I think that LEGO should have waited until all three sequel movies come out in order to make a meatier game with way more secrets and much more collectables. But, since the sequel mania was high, the developers had to make this game in order to capitalize on the Star Wars fever.

A wonderful thing about this game is the very first level you play which is actually the last scenes of Return of the Jedi. You can play as Han and Lando and even fight the emperor as Luke and Vader. This is completely unnecessary, but I think it is very fun and a small jog down memory lane with the addition of better graphics and awesome gameplay.

Starting off, the game takes a few hints from the more recent LEGO games and adds them to the Star Wars universe. The most notable and welcome addition to this game is the mild open world elements present in LEGO Batman 2 and LEGO Lord of the Rings. This game really takes the time to make the explorable environments feel much more like an open world game, but it doesn’t distract or make it difficult to know where the next story task is. This is also the first LEGO Star Wars to be playable on the eighth generation of consoles, so the graphics are the best they have ever been.

There are some updated additions to previous playable stages, like fighting with starships. This is a fantastic addition that ups the ante on what was good before, and is able to make it easy to control and a blast to play. The downside is that there are only a few dogfighting section in the game. But the ability to do this with great control and beautiful visuals would make me want to come back again and again.

Almost all of the voice acting from the game is taken from the movie, with a few lines here and there that accompany the game. It is always weird hearing recognizable human voices come from blocky LEGO figures, but most of the time it works. The only time it doesn’t is when Harrison Ford could not give enough of a crap when reciting his game lines. At one point Chewy needs “wookie cookies” and when Harrison Ford is saying the term “wookie cookies” it sounds like he is disgusted and would rather do anything other than say “wookie cookie”. Other than Harrison Ford, the rest of the cast does a good job at saying the game only lines and seem to be having some fun with it.

But like I said earlier, the biggest downfall of this game is that it is only from one movie. This means that the playable character roster is way smaller and much more forgettable than the other games, as well as the main story can be beaten within the run time of The Last Jedi. The levels are great, but there are not too many of them. All the collectables can be achieved in a relatively short amount of time, and the want to do more grows with every second that passes since the game rolls the credits.

This is a rough game to truly judge considering that it seems to only be a prototype to LEGO Star Wars: Skywalker Saga that will be released next year. I can see all of the new updates from this game make an appearance in the next one, as I would love to have a great dogfighting stage over Courasant, or a cool shooting stage in the trenches of Hoth. The does recognize that there will be more to come, but this entry is very unsatisfying due to the want to do more with what they gave us.