My Year of Gaming: ‘Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

My Year of Gaming: Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

At the beginning of 2017, I purchased a Playstation 4, and it was the first time I have had a console since 2011. Needless to say, I have quite the backlog of games. I played through 23 titles in my first year getting hardcore back into gaming, and still have a long way to go. Now that we’re halfway through 2018, I figured I would share what I have been playing since the beginning of the year.

I purchased this game on a whim because I love the Lego games and there was a sale going on. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2016) is exactly what you think it is. I was skeptical because how can you possibly make a lasting game out of a single movie? The Lego games usually encompass an entire series, not just a single story. I was pleasantly surprised by how well they translated the story of Force Awakens into the game, and how much extra content they included. There are a ton of unlock-able mini-missions that act as a precursor to Force Awakens, like Kylo Ren’s search for Luke’s location, why Han and Chewie have a giant monster, and more.

Like other Lego games, players can explore different maps between main missions, collecting various items that help unlock characters and bonuses. And there are a whole lot of characters to unlock. Force Awakens also has a bunch of challenges peppered throughout the worlds, including races with different ships, bounty hunts, and BB-8 challenges. So even through the main story is a bit short, there is enough content to keep you busy during post-game.

It’s a solid installment in the Lego Star Wars franchise, and is a fun play for fans of Star Wars. There was no individual release for The Last Jedi, so I’m wondering if Lego is going to hold off for the final movie in the new trilogy, then release the two of them together. Maybe they’ll even tack on Force Awakens in the bundle. If not, and you’re looking for a semi-mindless game to play, I highly suggest picking the game up. It is definitely worth it.