- The original Star Wars Trilogy storyline
- More missions, vehicles, and unlockable characters & levels.
- Easy to learn, fun to play.
- Fixed camera, players unable to rotate or change view.
- Nasty installation bug on some PC configurations.
Gameplay and InterfaceAt first look there's not much difference in the overall game play and interface between LEGO Star Wars II and LEGO Star Wars. LucasArts was right in not changing much from the first title since part of the charm of that game was the interface and game play.
The game opens in the now legendary Mos Eisley Cantina with you in control of Princess Leia and Captain Antilles. The Cantina is more or less the game's control room where you can recruit, unlocked, and customize characters. If you have unlocked characters from LEGO Star Wars you can also import them here. Mos Eisley is also the launching pad for the start of your journey through the three episodes of the original Star Wars trilogy.
ControlsIf you do not have a PC game pad the game controls for LEGO Star Wars II are entirely on the keyboard, the mouse does not function as it does for many other first and third person games. In Co-op Mode, if one player doesn't have a game pad it can get a little crowded with two sets of hands on either end of the keyboard trying to control their character.
LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy doesn't have a lot of complication weapons or vehicles. Blasters, light sabers and special force powers is really all there is and this uncomplicated approach works just as well as it did in the first game.
Graphics, Audio and InstallationThe graphics for LEGO Star Wars II are nearly a spot on match to that of the first game, environments are more detailed but the characters look identical. There's not much to say about the character modeling, but then again what can you say...they're all LEGO characters! Jokes aside, the visuals and character modeling in the trademark LEGO shapes works magnificently and is a huge part of what makes the game so enjoyable.
One final thing worth a mention is a nasty installation bug (Error 1330) that prevents LEGO Star Wars II from installing on certain PC configurations. There is speculation on the LucasArts forum that it's due to certain drivers or windows installer. Nothing has been confirmed by LucasArts except that they are aware of the issue and a fix is being developed. For those who do experience this issue and can't wait for the patch, there is a user submitted work around in the LucasArts Forum that did work for me. Use at your own risk however.