The Lego Star Wars Games: Memories To Be Had...
As a little kid, I was a SW fan, and my parents bought me those LEGO games for our slow family home computer. Cue Squee
and some of the best years of my gaming life.
The graphics were (at least by the standards of the time) awesome. The gameplay, a mixture of environmental puzzles and combat, was a bit repetitive but never lost its magic either. The cutscenes left a ton to be desired, but at least they were skippable. The urge to collect all the characters, buy all the store items, and do all that good stuff to get 100% completion enhanced replay value to about two years for me.
But of course there's some flaws.
The combat, for one, is an absolute joke. Battle droids and clones are some of the most pathetic video game enemies ever; a competent player, without exaggerration, and if some mod and high-speed computer existed to make it possible, could probably destroy around several thousand before going down. Fighting is a painfully neglected part of the game; for those seeking interesting, challenging, and/or cool looking combat, seek not here (until Episode III level one, see below) But hey, at least you got to destroy enemies with a lightsaber or laser gun, and for the target audience, that's all they'll ask for.
But nothing beats the first level Episode III. Awesome. Pure awesome. Imagine this: for most of the game you've been treated to small scale combat on foot, rarely having more enemies on figurative hand than fingers on the literal one, and getting only a poorly animated cutscene to understand the context of your battles and puzzle solving. All of a sudden, you're thrust into a three-dimensional space battle between dozens of enormous battleships just blasting away and with smaller fighters and craft all over the place, which in turn gives a whole new meaning to the next level, in which you clear out an the enemy flagship, as you know outside there are thousands engaged in war, and not just you. Yes, the battle is scripted, and the same ships do the same attacks each time you play. Yes, the ships are just effects and animations that don't ever get destroyed. Yes, some of the ships are just shapes in the background. Yes, you can't fly around on your own control, and can only move along a pre-determined path. But still, to this day it remains, at least in my eyes, the Best Level Ever