Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
|Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens|
Cover art for Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
|Artist(s)||Josh Pickering Pick|
|Series||Lego Star Wars|
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a Lego-themed action-adventure video game developed by TT Fusion, based on the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It is the fifth entry in TT Games' Lego Star Wars series. Under license from Lucasfilm, the game was released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for iOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita and Wii U, on 28 June 2016, and for Android on 27 July 2016. The game was ported and released by Feral Interactive for OS X on 30 June 2016.
In addition to adapting the film, the game includes content which covers the period between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
The gameplay of Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is similar to previous Lego video games. New systems were introduced including Multi-Builds which grant players access to various building options. These options can be destroyed and rebuilt in certain brick-building sections of the game, allowing for new path to be opened within the game's world. Players can also hide behind cover and engage in "Blaster Battles" with enemies throughout the game. The game features over 200 playable characters, including Rey, Finn, Captain Phasma, Poe Dameron, Han Solo, Kylo Ren and droids, including C-3PO and BB-8, and locations, including Jakku and Starkiller Base. In addition to adapting the film, the game also bridged the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, with Lucasfilm allowing for creative freedom in the additional content that will explore the characters' backstories.
Four years after the Battle of Yavin, the Rebels are led by Han Solo on the forest moon of Endor to take out the shield generator protecting the second Death Star but are caught before they can succeed. C-3PO, R2-D2, and the Ewoks launch an attack on the Imperials. Afterwards, Han tricks the Imperials into letting them in, allowing them to destroy the generator. In space, the Millennium Falcon, flown by Lando Calrissian and Nien Nunb, launch an attack on the second Death Star, only to fall into a trap and leading to an ambush of TIE fighters while the Death Star destroys a Rebel ship. After the shield generator is destroyed, Lando leads the Rebel fighters through the shaft to the core with TIE fighter's in pursuit. They succeed in destroying the core and narrowly escape the blast. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker is taken prisoner by Darth Vader and brought to Darth Sidious, but Luke manages to bring Vader back to the light side by showing him a child's drawing of him, angering Sidious. They fight and defeat Sidous, but he attacks Luke. Vader saves his son's life and throws Sidous down a shift, killing him; however, he is fatally wounded and Luke removes his mask before he dies. Luke escapes with his father's body before the Death Star explodes. On the forest moon, the Rebels celebrate their victory while Luke sees the ghosts of Yoda, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Qui-Gon (wearing Darth Vader’s outfit).
Thirty years later, the Rebels are renamed "The Resistance" and the First Order has risen from the remains of the Empire. Luke had gone missing and Leia now leads the Resistance by herself. Pilot Poe Dameron and his droid BB-8 are sent to the planet Jakku to meet with Lor San Tekka, who has the map to Luke Skywalker's whereabouts. After acquiring the map, the village is attacked by the First Order, led by Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma, who seek the map to Luke Skywalker. Poe and BB-8 help the villagers fight the stormtroopers but the duo fail to escape after stormtroopers destroy Poe's ship. BB-8 flees with the map while the First Order captures Poe for interrogation. Ren tries to kill San Tekka but due to a malfunction in his lightsaber, he instead throws him into space.
Aboard the Finalizer, Ren and General Hux attempt to force Poe to talk, with little success. Poe is saved by a stormtrooper named FN-2187, who rebels from the First Order. With the help of an Imperial droid, they infiltrate the hanger bay, fighting off many stormtroopers before managing to escape in a stolen TIE fighter. They are shot by the Finalizer's cannons, causing them to crash-land on Jakku. Poe is presumably killed in the crash as an underground beast devours the crashed TIE fighter. Meanwhile, BB-8 is captured by a group of Teedo, only to be saved by a young scavenger named Rey, who takes him to her home in the remains of a downed AT-AT.
Rey and BB-8 travel to the marketplace to sell parts to dealer Unkar Plutt, who wants to buy BB-8. Rey refuses to sell BB-8, but Unkar sends his men to steal BB-8 from her. FN-2187, now renamed Finn, comes across Rey and BB-8. However they are soon found by First Order stormtroopers and are forced run for their lives. After a fierce firefight, the three of them steal a ship, the Millennium Falcon, from Unkar's junkyard and flee into space. Hux informs Ren of their escape and Ren angrily wrecks his room.
While in space, they are captured by a larger ship supposedly owned by the First Order. It turns out the ship is piloted by Han Solo and Chewbacca, who had come to reclaim their "home," which had been stolen from them years earlier by criminals. Rey and Finn inform them that BB-8 contains a map leading to Luke Skywalker. On board Han's current ship, the Eravana, Finn is alarmed to find that Han Solo is smuggling rathtars. Before they can talk any further about getting the map to the Resistance, the Guavian Death Gang boards the ship to confront Han and Chewie over the deal they made. Han has Rey and Finn hide while he takes BB-8 to ensure they will not flee with the Falcon. However, this turns out to be a mistake, as Bala-Tik recognizes BB-8 from the bounty the First Order has placed on it and reveals that they are aware of his deal with their rivals, Kanjiklub, who had also boarded the ship. In an attempt to aid Han and Chewie, Rey tries to shut the blast doors, only to accidentally release the rathtars from their cages. As a result, they are forced to flee the Eravana while facing attack from both the gangsters and rathtars. After escaping the Guavian Death Gang, Kanjiklub, and the rathtars, Rey, Finn, BB-8, Han, and Chewbacca travel to the planet Takodana. The Guavian Death gang inform the First Order of BB-8's whereabouts. Meanwhile, Hux and Ren speak with Supreme Leader Snoke, the ruler of the First Order, who are now ready to test out their new weapon.
On their way, Han looks at the map data stored in BB-8 and reveals it is only a piece of the map, then explains how Luke went into hiding after the New Jedi Order he had been creating was destroyed by one of his apprentices who had fallen to the dark side. He explains they are going to have to get BB-8 onto a new ship, as the Falcon can be easily traced. As they leave the Falcon, Han gives Rey a blaster pistol for protection. They enter a castle where they meet with its owner, Maz Kanata, whose assistance they require in getting BB-8 to Leia and the Resistance. Maz, however, refuses, saying that Solo has been running from the fight with the dark side. She explains how she has seen evil take many forms: the Sith, the Galactic Empire, and now the First Order. However, Finn becomes terrified at the suggestion that they fight the First Order and decides he can no longer stay with them if they plan to confront the First Order. He tells Rey he is not with the Resistance, and Maz points him to join Sidon Ithano and his crew if he wishes to leave the plant. While Han sits down to talk with Maz, Rey is drawn to a vault on the lower level and finds the lightsaber that once belonged to Luke and his father, Anakin Skywalker. She experiences disturbing visions and flees into the woods. Unbeknownst to her or her companions, First Order operative Bazine Netal informs the First Order that BB-8 is on Takodana. Resistance spy droid GA-97 also sees BB-8 and informs the Resistance. Starkiller Base, a planet turned into a weapon by First Order, fires the weapon and destroys the Republic capital and a portion of its fleet.
The First Order attacks Takodana in search of BB-8. Maz gives Finn Skywalker's lightsaber for safekeeping, and together with Han and Chewbacca, they fight the invading First Order stormtroopers, including FN-2199, but are eventually surrounded. Han, Chewbacca, Maz, and Finn are saved by Resistance X-wing fighters led by Poe, who had managed to survive the earlier crash on Jakku. After Poe and his squad fend off First Order TIE Fighters. General Leia's ship lands on Takodana with C-3PO and reunites with Han and Chewbacca. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren confronts Rey after she tells BB-8 to go find the others, as he is too important to be captured. Ren discovers that Rey has seen the map and captures her. Han, Chewbacca, and Finn witness Rey's capture, but can do nothing to save her. Ren takes her to Starkiller Base and removes his mask, showing her his true face. However, when he interrogates her about the map, she is able to resist his mind-reading attempts and is even able to turn the tables on him, revealing that he fears that he will never be as strong as Darth Vader, causing Ren to leave in frustration.
Kylo Ren informs Supreme Leader Snoke that Rey resisted his attempts and that she is strong with the Force. General Hux reveals that the droid has likely reached the Resistance. Snoke decides that the Resistance must be destroyed before they can reach Skywalker. Hux reveals that they tracked one of the Resistance's ships to the Ileenium system, so Snoke orders him to prepare the Starkiller to destroy the Resistance once and for all. Kylo Ren insists he can get the map's location from Rey, but Snoke orders him to bring the girl to him instead. Meanwhile at the Resistance base on D'Qar, Finn and BB-8 are reunited with Poe, who they are happy to learn is still alive. However, their reunion is cut short when Leia pulls Finn aside and insists he assist them due to his knowledge of the First Order. They are forced to work together to activate the manual override for the base's blast doors, which had been locked down due to a fire, in order to reach the base's main control room. BB-8 uploads the data into the Control Room's computer, but they find that the map is only partially complete and matches no known system on record. C-3PO points out that they simply do not have enough data to find Luke, dashing Leia's hopes of bringing her brother home. To make matters worse, Leia is informed that the Starkiller Base's next target is D'Qar. BB-8 finds R2-D2 and tries to rouse him, only to be informed by C-3PO that his old companion has been inactive since Luke's disappearance. Finn reveals that Starkiller Base uses the sun's energy to power itself up, but drains the sun's energy in the process. As Starkiller Base prepares to fire on D'Qar, the Resistance devises a plan to destroy the superweapon by attacking a critical facility. Admiral Ackbar points out that the Resistance cannot penetrate the defensive shields around Starkiller Base, but Finn tells them he can disable the shields, and Han volunteers to get him there on the Falcon. Leia, C-3PO, and Finn help load the Falcon with weapons, fuel, and Wookiee Cookies for Chewbacca. Before they leave, Leia urges Han to return with their son.
Using the Falcon, Han, Chewbacca, and Finn infiltrate the facility to turn off the base's shield; however, they end up crashing the Falcon in the process. Entering the facility, Finn reveals he doesn't know how to deactivate the shield and only came to rescue Rey, forcing the trio to improvise. Realizing Captain Phasma would know how to deactivate the shield, Finn decides to capture her. After a fierce battle with Phasma and her troops, the trio capture her and force her to lower the shield, before dumping her out with the trash compactor. With the shield down, Poe leads the attack on the base's thermal oscillator, but they are unable to damage it and are soon confronted by First Order TIE Fighters.
Discovering she can use the Force, Rey escapes using a Jedi mind trick on a nearby guard (FN-1824), who helps her escape until he is broken out of his trance. After Rey reunites with Han, Chewbacca, and Finn, they decide to aid the Resistance pilots attacking the base by detonating explosives within the base. Rey and Finn manage to open the door to the shield generator, allowing Han and Chewbacca to infiltrate it with he help of a sentry droid. After placing the charges, Han confronts Kylo Ren, calling him by his birth name, Ben. Han implores his son to abandon the dark side and tries to convince him that Snoke is only using him for his power. Ren refuses and kills his father, enraging Chewbacca, who fires and hits Ren. Chewbacca then sets off the explosives, disabling the shields.
Meanwhile, with the shield destroyed, Poe and squad proceed to attack the thermal oscillator and destroy Starkiller Base. The injured Ren pursues Finn and Rey to the surface. A lightsaber battle between Ren and Finn ensues, leaving Finn badly wounded. Rey takes the lightsaber and uses the Force to defeat Ren, before they are separated by a fissure as the planet begins to disintegrate. Snoke orders Hux to evacuate and bring a wounded Ren to him. Rey and Chewbacca escape with Finn in the Falcon. Snoke orders Hux to evacuate just as Starkiller Base explodes.
On D'Qar, the Resistance celebrates while Leia, Chewbacca, and Rey mourn Han's death. R2-D2 awakens and reveals the rest of the map, finally revealing Luke's location to the Resistance. Rey flies to the aquatic planet Ahch-To with Chewbacca and R2-D2 on the Falcon. She eventually finds Luke and presents him with the lightsaber he had lost along with his hand, years earlier during the battle with his father on Bespin.
In early February 2016, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment teased that the company is working on a new title that involved "two of the world's most popular entertainment brands". The game was later leaked by several retailers, before its official announcement on 2 February 2016. Players who purchase the game's Deluxe Edition will receive a season pass to the game and a Lego minifigure of Finn, while players of the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions will receive additional downloadable content, including a character pack and a bonus level. The packs will be titled the "Droid Character Pack" and the "Phantom Limb Level Pack" respectively. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U on 28 June 2016.
The game featured the voice talents of Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow reprising their roles from The Force Awakens, as well as Bill Kipsang Rotich as Nien Nunb, Christian Simpson as C'Ai Threnalli and Tom Kane reprising his role as Admiral Ackbar from various Star Wars video games. Archival recordings from the film also serve as the game's dialogue.
The game received mostly positive reviews. GameSpot awarded of 7.0 out of 10, saying "Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn't really take you to a new galaxy far, far away, but it's still a pleasant journey." Game Informer awarded it 8.5 out of 10, saying "A blast for Star Wars and Lego fans alike." IGN awarded it 9.0 out of 10, saying "Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the most gaming fun I’ve had with either series in years."
The game was the best-selling retail video game in the UK in its week of release, and became the fourth fastest-selling game based on the Star Wars universe, and the fourth fastest-selling Lego game. It stayed in the top position for five consecutive weeks, and was the second Lego game to do so, following Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.
|List of awards and nominations|
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|Annie Awards||Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial||Nominated|||
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