LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
Gamescom 2010: LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars Preview - One Block at a Time
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Wait a minute, more LEGO Star Wars? Haven’t we already seen all of the film series transferred into tiny block form? The answer is obviously yes, so what source material is going to form the basis of the latest incarnation of plastic Jedi? Thankfully there was a little skirmish known as the Clone Wars going on between episode two and three that spawned any number of spin offs and created plenty of back story. It is this wealth of material that makes up the bulk of the new title, though you can expect to see plenty of familiar friends and foes along the way too.

Lucasarts’ Nick Ricks – epic name indeed – was on hand to run us through the latest instalment and highlight the improvements that will make this the most block rocking version yet. Considering the number of Lego games that have graced our screens in recent times, can there still be anything new to see and experience?

Thankfully the answer seems to be in the affirmative. First of all, the whole game has been given a facelift with a brand new graphics engine and lighting system. The real improvement is obvious in the backdrops and levels, which have a beautiful level of variety compared to some of the more static equivalents from years gone by. Obviously you do not want to tinker with the characters too much as that would diminish what the series is built on, so the changes to them are minor by comparison, but you can expect a whole roster of cute characters to entrust on your missions.

The central hub will take place on a Star Destroyer this time around, with twenty three different levels branching from this hub. We asked Nick if the multi-hub system seen in LEGO Indy 2 had been scrapped for good, along with the shorter levels and bonus challenges that accompanied it. He said that the multi-hub system has been too much of a love and hate affair amongst gamers, and had confused some of the younger players, taking away from the overall experience. The single hub was designed to keep things simple and would ensure that all of the levels, all the bonus items and all of the builder options were together – so people could just do what they want, when they want. The levels will weave in and out of the Clone Wars story and take in the events of the films as well as those from the TV shows. Not to mention a few unique scenarios to whet your appetite.

A key addition to keep that familiar Star Wars feel are the interweaving storylines that see your characters on different paths during certain levels. So while Anakin fights to shut down a key generator, Ashoka has to fight off a rather peeved General Grievous. You can switch between the two battles at the touch of a button and, regardless of which one you are currently in, the other will appear as a mini battle on your screen. Obviously playing two-player split screen will simplify that a bit, but for single players it is a neat touch.

The abilities of the Jedi and Clone Troopers have been altered to keep things interesting. Nick pointed out that the most obvious issue when playing the game was this: “Who would choose to play any character over a Jedi?” With all of their amazing powers they would be the obvious choice for most fans, but the remedy to that was giving the Clone Troopers quite simply the biggest, most redonkulous weapons they could. So with oversized missile launchers, gatling lasers and even occasionally using their own arms to batter foes – no seriously – you can expect them to be supremely useful as you progress through the game.

From the Jedi point of view, you can now use your force powers to turn your foe’s weapons against them or use them to solve puzzles. You can use your lightsaber to cut through doors, dual-wield to kick even more ass and even utilise the classic saber throw to dispatch your enemies from afar. The game’s wide accessibility modifications are also present here too, as the combo system has been reduced to a single button press. Hold down X and you will be able to reel off a string of moves, as opposed to the specific timing required in previous games. The reason behind this is so that even youngsters can get the full experience from the game and enjoy that sense of power and outright coolness that comes from being one of the galaxy’s most powerful warriors.

The other two major additions to the series are both bound to have an impact too. The first are the multi tiered space combat missions, which have added a number of layers to the standard shooting action. At the touch of a button you can fly up and down tiers to attack a variety of foes and accomplish your goals, it means that you can really get involved in combat and makes the flying missions far more interesting. Another neat touch is the ability to land your fighter in certain spots and then hop out to dish out some punishment on foot, before nipping back to your ship and flying off into battle once more.

Next up is a chance to re-enact some of the epic battles that the Clone Wars is famed for. Things are not going to be at the level of an RTS game, but you will get to throw vast armies against one another and have to ability to call in reinforcements and manage your teams of death dealing weaponry. Sounds like good times.

LEGO: Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is shaping up to be the best LEGO Star Wars game to date and the new additions really seem to offer something a bit different. Obviously it all plays in exactly the same way as every LEGO game so far, so if they didn’t float your boat then, don’t expect this one to be any different. Come 2011 though, LEGO: Star Wars III: The Clone Wars will offer more than enough to keep fans of plastic figures and overly powered, hood wearing badasses satisfied.

LEGO: Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is scheduled for a 2011 release.


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Comment #1 by Patrozor
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 09:34:23 AM
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Great an another Lego game. I like them! (thumbs up)

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Comment #2 by ViNyLek
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 09:37:09 AM
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Sounds pretty good, finally a Lego game really design for younger audience, plus clone wars always was my favorite theme in SW^^ Graphics look alot prettier than previous LEGO games as well^^

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Comment #3 by Nozza XBA
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 09:38:19 AM
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Havent played Harry yet.. Wasnt to fond of the other SW ones but they were a bit fun in places, but this lokos like they've stepped it up a notch. I think I'll still rent it though!

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Comment #4 by macd
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 09:40:53 AM
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I didn't like Lego Star Wars when I played it, but Lego Batman was awesome. I'm tempted to try this though.

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Comment #5 by Evo Kazz
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 09:41:21 AM
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Yesssssssss Still need Potter but this is on my buy list too

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Comment #6 by DTwirler
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 09:58:47 AM
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Hopefully they'll finally fix all the freaking glitches while they're at it.

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Comment #7 by giantchemicalx
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 10:02:41 AM
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lol cant wait my favorite lego game's where the SW ones so I can't wait for this one ( never seen the TV series but I have seen the film it seemed like a cheap spin off to earn money but that was the film) was the TV series any good ?

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Comment #8 by LeeJ2512
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 10:07:35 AM
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mehness, probs gna get it but not too sure

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Comment #9 by andrewwsmith
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 10:07:47 AM
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yay ive always liked lego stars the best but i didnt think this would come

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Comment #10 by StuTheChief
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 10:13:31 AM
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Comment #11 by l.maciver
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 10:27:22 AM
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lego ftw in my books, well apart from lego rock band, that suckd

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Comment #12 by DOA_Rose
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 10:38:33 AM
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must buy. I love the Lego series. I'd love to see a Lego DBZ someday....maybe a Lego Sargate

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Comment #13 by Rogue Gamer 23
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 10:41:02 AM
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interesting, would love to know if it will come out next year.

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Comment #14 by H0p3sfalL
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 10:43:48 AM
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Comment #15 by DarthViscer
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 10:45:56 AM
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Definitely gonna pick this up, probably not day one, but maybe when it hits Platinum Hits. Still gotta pick up LEGO Batman.

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Comment #16 by CheesyToast111
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 11:06:11 AM
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Damn the lego games are just too good not to get! Must buy, can't stop!

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Comment #17 by UberPirateNinja
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 11:07:53 AM
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2011? noooooooooo! i thought this was a christmas release this year, was gonna pick it up for my kids. well, for me really, i guess, but they like it too!

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Comment #18 by TsarBlandi
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 11:09:42 AM
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Woot new lego games!!!

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Comment #19 by NawtyCawty
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 12:31:45 PM
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You can never have too many Lego games. They are about the only games I can actually finish too!

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Comment #20 by NawtyCawty
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 12:32:52 PM
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Oh yes, and please please please do a Lego James Bond. Pretty please!!!

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Comment #21 by Launch
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 12:40:16 PM
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I love Lego, I love Star Wars, and I love the Clone Wars time period. Day 1 buy for me.

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Comment #22 by tigersrule
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 01:04:36 PM
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Hurray! I can't wait. Lego games are always fun.

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Comment #23 by Finnisher
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 01:06:22 PM
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Oehh goodie goodie.. i can hardly wait. No seriously! Loved the previous LEGO games except Indiana Jones 2 & Harry Potter. LEGO Star Wars The Complete Saga best LEGO game EVER!!!
Definitly going to pre-order this. Hope there will be a special/limited edition with some cool extra's!!

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Comment #24 by Falcon McSquare
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 01:18:17 PM
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Lego Harry Potter boned me with a game breaking glitch when i got to 97 odd percent :/. So Lego and I have fallen out, we're 'taking a break'.

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Comment #25 by Rev. H. Heat
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 01:47:06 PM
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Thank god they are scrapping the whole multiple hubs. Indy 2 was a suck fest and I think took away from the original appeal of the older Lego titles.

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Comment #26 by Dan245
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 02:09:11 PM
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Surely this game should be Lego Star Wars IV since there has already been 3 Lego Star Wars games: the video game, the original trilogy and the complete saga.

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Comment #27 by jackanape
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 04:15:19 PM
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@26 Technically the Complete Saga was just the first two games put into one new package, with no new content. So this is really the third new game.

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Comment #28 by x JPeeper x
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 04:56:31 PM
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Wtf. :( I am excited about this game, but when the hell are they going to do a LEGO LotR: The Complete Trilogy, game. :(

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Comment #29 by StayonTarget
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 @ 11:07:53 PM
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It's an Ebay buy. I'm not spending 60 on it new... First 3 lego games. SW1, 2, and Indy were great. Batman was just boring. Harry Potter and Indy 2 are just way to confusing.

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Comment #30 by Jmashed
Wednesday, September 01, 2010 @ 01:32:54 AM
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It's the same damn game every time just with different visuals. This series needs to die before I see a lego Watchmen or lego UFC(or any other yearly sports game). Clone Wars isn't even part of the good trilogy (you know, before Lucas decided he needed to ride the cash cow). I don't mean to offend anyone who likes the series, I just personally think LucasArts and TT games need to be a little more innovative and quit following the same damn path so many other companies have releasing yearly sequels and spend some time on originality and upgrading their formula (or while your at it make a new one). It's no wonder I've always loved Indi games more, LucasArts needs to quit riding on their popular series as well (I'm looking at you Monkey Island).

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Comment #31 by masterrassassin
Wednesday, September 01, 2010 @ 07:28:48 AM
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in that 2nd pic there should be a blue and green lightsaber and the 1st 3 clones =o

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Comment #32 by blinksmilewink
Wednesday, September 01, 2010 @ 03:28:16 PM
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I always though most of the previous lego star wars characters didn't look like their real counterparts... This is such an improvement

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Comment #33 by bearmod
Wednesday, September 01, 2010 @ 09:47:13 PM
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@2, wtf are you talking about lol, its a lego game literally everyone of them is aimed at kids

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Comment #34 by Frank_The_Bison
Sunday, September 05, 2010 @ 03:09:33 PM
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I'll probably pick this up. Besides the first Lego Star Wars game, LEGO games have been pretty easy 100%. Except getting 100% on a solo in Final Countdown on LEGO RockBand.

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Comment #35 by Brutalsleeper
Sunday, September 05, 2010 @ 06:20:39 PM
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@33 your right but they have always had that 'big kids' style too them so they were for 15 - 40 Year olds who haven't quite grown up.

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Comment #36 by Darth Stigious
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 08:28:08 AM
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@30 I value your opinion but if you had played all the lego games you would realise that while the concept is the same, the gameplay differs between series/games. Star wars and its sequel games were all *practically* the same, but batman had a different feel to it, as did indiana jones. Then we come to harry potter which differs quite a bit to the others. Besides which, what else am I going to play with my 8yr old brother? Bring Ghostbusters or Lord of the Rings, they would be cool.

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Comment #37 by cheeseoid
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 06:23:50 PM
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im 15, im getting it! MAKE FUN OF THAT (oh, wait)
easy G's though

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Comment #38 by andrewwsmith
Friday, November 12, 2010 @ 03:59:30 PM
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is there co-op???????

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Comment #39 by andrewwsmith
Friday, November 12, 2010 @ 04:01:38 PM
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Comment #40 by maggot4lfe
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 02:25:12 AM
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will star wars ever die. lol this game would be interestingly fun on-line

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Comment #41 by borderlands117
Monday, December 27, 2010 @ 08:03:28 AM
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i love the Star Wars franside i watch every movie every tv episode and played all the games (even DS and xbox 1) i can't wait for this one!!! i am the ulitamete lego and star wars FAN

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Comment #42 by ThD x ReFLeX
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 07:35:37 AM
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Alright they are really grabbing money now... i thought they have already done the ENTIRE star wars story already? cant you people see why they released episodes 1 - 3 then episodes 4 - 6 and then re-released them both into one but adding just a few extra characters, just to make you guys BUY their games...

They're doing the same with Harry Potter too...

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Comment #43 by nerfking1
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 01:06:14 AM
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I already pre ordered it in August

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Comment #44 by JimboDeNinja
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 10:54:34 AM
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the series is awesome, it adds so much depth to the clone wars. I am especially looking forward to the massive ground army battles, you can do vs. on them against friends as looking forward to it.

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Comment #45 by nerfking1
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 12:46:18 AM
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How do you post a post?

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Comment #46 by clockwise
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 @ 08:18:54 AM
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im not a fan of the game i just want the easy gamescore

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