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First look at LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

So guys, LEGO, right? We're culturally obsessed with the snappy yellow blocks and their licensed kits and games, and they're somehow adorable enough to quell any cynicism over their ubiquity. We even type their moniker in the trademark-required all caps without thinking twice. And here they are again, being all adorable and stuff in Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars.


Above: The shiniest LEGO game yet!

Thanks to new high-tech plastic block rendering technology, LEGO Star Wars III looks significantly slicker than previous titles. The environments are less LEGO-ey and more organic, which may end up killing some of the charm, but they're fun to look at regardless, and the characters are crisper than Pringles.


Above: The characters are based on the latest line of LEGO models, unsurprisingly

And, thanks to a heroic effort on the part of LucasArts and Traveller's Tales, LEGO Star Wars III may actually make The Clone Wars into something we care about. New techniques, such as using Yoda's force grab to lift enemies and spray their fire back at their comrades, add more variety to the already variety-crammed series. The character animations are even smoother and more d'aww-inducing than ever, the free-flight space battles look fantastic, and they've made the oft requested addition of proper bosses. Flying through epic battles, seamlessly landing on ships and blowing open new sections, battling General Grievous' vile pet Gor... it's hard to deny that it looks stupid fun.


Above: Fly anywhere you want in this massive battle against the Republic's Malevolence (make obvious naming decisions much?), land inside... just go nuts, really

It's also tough, however, to drool over yet another LEGO game... no, yet another LEGO Star Wars game... no, no, yet another LEGO Star Wars game, but this time based on The Clone Wars. We'll be more likely gravitate toward The Force Unleashed II for our fix of lightsaber dueling, but LEGO Star Wars III still appears to be a strong move forward for the family-friendly series.

Jun 23, 2010

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14 comments

  • lukespencer - November 20, 2010 11:13 p.m.

    I just hope the character creator is done right. (Selectable voices and stances would be nice.)
  • luizbernard000 - July 8, 2010 4:39 p.m.

    WWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Finly its happening lego and star wars are going to conquer the galaxy(for those that dont agree _|_)
  • awsomemaster - June 27, 2010 2:09 a.m.

    any one for lego battlefront? ReCaptcha: seaside of-what!? i must know!
  • Alfredhitchshot23 - June 24, 2010 5:51 p.m.

    I thought I saw a minigun in one of the screenshots. PLEASE,FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, LET THEM HAVE MINIGUNS!
  • Zanthis - June 24, 2010 2:47 p.m.

    Damn, another Lego game it seems I need to get. Loved the first two and the third does look quite good, especially since the show is so good.
  • Cyberninja - June 23, 2010 10:01 p.m.

    soildspartan i dont think those games would translate well to lego they would have to be family friendly.
  • db1331 - June 23, 2010 8:46 p.m.

    @InsertFunnyNameHere What you did there, I see it.
  • HitmanSB07 - June 23, 2010 8:44 p.m.

    I heard about this a few days ago and was wondering what they were basing it on. i've never watched the little clone wars thing but it's a lego star wars game...sorry LEGO star wars...so i;m going to love it definitely as long as they don't make too deep, i prefer them to be simple fun games
  • phieagles20 - June 23, 2010 8:18 p.m.

    Does that mean it's kind of going to be like star wars battlefront with the space battles?
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - June 23, 2010 8:15 p.m.

    LEGO LOTR would make my day.
  • SolidSpartan - June 23, 2010 8:13 p.m.

    They should make Lego games based on other games. Maybe like an edition where it's Lego Call of Duty, Lego God of War, and any other game that appeals to the hardcore gamer.
  • InsertFunnyNameHere - June 23, 2010 7:57 p.m.

    hmm.....the graphics look a bit blocky
  • slimjim441 - June 23, 2010 7:37 p.m.

    I always thought the LEGO games were pretty fun. I especially liked the LEGO Batman game. Partly because Batman is the bee's knees, and they also did some research for the game, too. Like bringing in less-known villains, like Man Bat and Killer Moth. Anyway, I'll tell my little brother to buy this one, because it definitely looks fun to play, but not good enough to buy (especially considering I won't have to buy it :D).
  • JADENkOTOR - June 23, 2010 7:21 p.m.

    The visuals are pretty awesome.

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