Did you love those original Star Wars movies? Were you horrified by the newer ones... or think they were at least a wee bit inferior?
Attention: we're actually living in an era of great Star Wars. That might amaze you as much as the news that the newly-released Lego Star Wars III may be the best Lego Star Wars game yet. Its first few hours will stun fans of the series who may think they've seen it all.
The great Star Wars of our era — if I may Force push my opinion on you — is the Clone Wars cartoon series. The computer-animated show is now in its third season, all three of which chronicle a great war that occurred between Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
The series stars a huge cast of classic Star Wars heroes and villains, including Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Count Dooku and a slew of new characters. In the galaxy-spanning show, we get to see an array of cool vehicles, tons of new planets — including one full of Greedos — the best lightsaber battles in any medium, all in service of some exciting, character-driven adventures. The series feels nothing like the Phantom Menace and a lot like a classic Star Wars Adventure. Plus, if the idea of R2-D2 facing off with two robot that looks like IG-88 excites you — actually, if you even know what that means — then I highly recommend you watch.
Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is based on 20 or so episodes from the series. If you haven't seen the series, I think you'll feel a little bit lost. But the draw for the game could solely be its epic action, which is grander in scale than anything I've seen in any of the Lego Star Wars games before it.
I've captured several minutes of video from the game's early levels so you can enjoy the spectacle. This is from the Xbox 360 version of the game. Have fun watching. I did, playing through all of that.
(The 3DS version of the Lego Star Wars III looks different, of course. Take a look at that game, too.)