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Lego Star Wars II Sells 1.1 Million 70

LifesBlood writes "Lego Star Wars II has gone Platinum in under two weeks, reports The title, showcasing the adventures from the original Star Wars Trilogy, has sold over 1.1 Million copies already." From the article: "Set in a tongue-in-cheek Star Wars galaxy, LEGO Star Wars II allows gamers to build and battle their way through the events of Star Wars: Episodes IV through VI. It has earned rave reviews from both consumer and trade press, largely because it is designed for the entire family."
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Lego Star Wars II Sells 1.1 Million

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  • by Enoxice ( 993945 ) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @04:30PM (#16156579) Journal
    The only reason I bought it was for the super-awesome and really fun co-op (on xbox). I also own it for PC, and it needed a replacement 3rd-party msi before it would install.

    If I had one complaint, it's that it doesn't have online co-op on PC, but the co-op on the xbox version more than makes up for it.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by rwven ( 663186 )
      Honestly...the game is pretty funny. That's one of the reasons I've been enjoying it (on my PSP, btw). The cutscenes and "artificial talking" are pretty entertaining. There's also nothing like walking up to another character in the game, chopping it with the lightsaber, and watching it pop apart at its little lego seams. The sound effects are just priceless.

      Not to mention that you can't really "die" in the game. If you die you just respawn right where you were... That definitely lowers the "bang head
      • The original game (ep 1-3) is AWESOME for the lightsaber chopping action. "Why look it is Jar-Jar!" *chwooom* "yeoww!" *chwoom* "Yeahhoooww!" *schwoom* "Yeagh" *pops into jar-jar bits*
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by row1 ( 930208 )
      Yeah don't get the PC version, I can't believe they would release a product which doesn't INSTALL on a significant amount of PCs (mine included)) ... ohh wait it's published by Lucas Arts, they also released Battlefront II which was unplayable on a significant amount of PCs (yes I am talking high end PCs well above the minimum requirements) and required waiting 2 months for a patch.
      At least they got a installer patch out for the PC version of Lego II after a week or so....
      • Better than Battlefront I which still to this day is unplayable on any PC. The sheer fact that when I reinstalled it out of curiousty on the patch fixes there was still servers running... it boggled my mind.
    • How do these sales figures compare to more 'mainstream' and 'mature' games released recently?

      Sounds to me like the huge success of a fun, family friendly title like this is a good sign for the Wii.
  • Honestly, I was intrigued a bit by the box when I was in EB last weekend and found a rather odd screenshot on the back showing Darth Vader's head on top of the body of Princess Leia's Jaba outfit holding a lightsaber. Subtle?
  • by Rude Turnip ( 49495 ) <{valuation} {at} {}> on Thursday September 21, 2006 @04:30PM (#16156583)
    or does anyone else find the picture of the Lego version of Leia on the game packaging mildly attractive?
  • by ice666 ( 601599 )
    And some people were saying that the game wouldnt do that well becuase ofthe first one to come out.... Guess a few people were way off on this one.
  • Star Wars Essence (Score:5, Insightful)

    by IflyRC ( 956454 ) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @04:33PM (#16156605)
    Somehow, through digital representations of Legos they captured the feeling of Star Wars. They did a lot of things right unlike Sony Online Entertainment and Star Wars Galaxies. SOE continues to try to make the game into something it can't be - World of Warcraft. Games like this bring fun, adventure and nostalgia to new and old fans alike not to mention it opens up the market for small children.
    • by Vraylle ( 610820 )
      I have to agree. Somehow, they seem to have accurately captured the "Star Wars Experience" in the game. It's one of the most fun games I've played in quite a while.
    • And not to mention, quite a few laughs! The game incorporates a lot of slapstick humor and just generally odd situations with a smile. Seen the beach troopers that randomly spawn? They're dudes in Stormtrooper helmets and blue speedos.
    • Re:Star Wars Essence (Score:5, Interesting)

      by meringuoid ( 568297 ) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @04:47PM (#16156719)
      Somehow, through digital representations of Legos they captured the feeling of Star Wars.

      Lego is the perfect medium for Star Wars.

      Consider why it is we remember Star Wars so favourably. Star Wars gave us a universe painted in broad, bold strokes, but with vast expanses of the unknown. We follow an innocent farmboy into a galactic war, leaving his narrow horizons to change the world, learning to use the Force to reconstruct reality itself... The film shows us the outlines of a magnificent world, with endless possibility. So much detail, implying so much more than we ever saw, and a mysterious backstory we never got to hear the whole of and had to speculate and build it for ourselves. For the eight-year-olds we were, this all adds up to the greatest movie ever.

      Now, what about Lego? Again, we were eight years old, and playing with this toy that comes with instructions for how to make this one plane or spaceship or whatever it might be... but has pictures of a few other things you might build with it instead. And of course you do. And in time it gets broken up and goes into the sack with the rest of the Lego and next thing you know it's something else entirely, something that's yours.

      To my mind, rebuilding my Lego as I wanted it, into something based on the original design but definitely my own, is the same impulse as building my own backstory to Star Wars - of how Darth Vader hunted down the Jedi, how Yoda and Obi-Wan managed to hide themselves and the children, of General Kenobi and Bail Organa and the Clone Wars, of how Anakin fell, of the long and proud history of the clan so famous for their command of the Force that they gained the title of Skywalker. And of course it's the same impulse as picking up a stick and waving it around going 'whoom... whoooooooom.... whooom!' It's taking what you're given and expanding upon it, making it your own. It's creativity.

      I might add that my own imagination of the untold stories of Star Wars did not involve midichlorians, or Gungans, or virgin births, or anyone going 'yippee' for any reason whatever. Which perhaps is why even Revenge of the Sith, which was actually pretty good, will never be as well loved. It was beautiful, sure, but it was like that one guy who glued his Lego together. There's just nothing there to have any fun with.

  • My carpooling buddy it for his PSP and I played it this week -- INSTANTLY hooked me. I haven't played the first installation, but I'm going to go and find it now for my mac, since Lego StarWars II isn't out for the mac yet.

    The humor (like two stormtroopers in a hot-tub at the end of the first level), the sheer perfect joy of seeing the SW world as legos, and great gameplay make this a real winner.
  • ...the first LEGO Star Wars game. My son is five, and this is the best thing as far as gaming is concerned. Great Co-Op, funny, great storylines, interesting enough for me to play, easy enough for my five year old to cut his teeth on gaming systems.
    I know, I know, plenty of five year old out there are already master gamers.. but my son's been riding without training wheels since he was three and a half... *and* swimming, underwater, unassisted since just about the same. I'll trade that for some underd
  • Man, I loved the first one and the second one looks to be mighty good as well :) Now I hope the second one will get ported to the Mac as well (the first Lego Star Wars has a Mac version), I think it would do well on the Mac platform and seems to be a good title for the Mac as it has a wide family and casual appeal and is not too demanding on system specs.
  • Love Lego Star Wars! Here's an excerpt!

    Obi-Wan: Yes, your father wanted you to have this block-saber.

    Luke: You knew my father!?!?!?

    Obi-Wan: Yes, I knew your father. But Darth Vader betrayed and [very solemnly] disassembled your father.

  • Sheesh.

    If you would've told me watching animated Lego-men pretend to be Luke and Leia would've saved the fortunes (or slowed the decline, depending on how you look at it) of one of the biggest toy companies in Denmark, I would've called you crazy.

    Shows what I know.

  • I've got a LSW worshiping video collection for those who need more than screen shots. After playing about 100+ hours of this with my son, I decided to record a speed run through the entire game. []

    and LSW II looks like they's integrated it into the extras. You can unlock a timed run of an episode. Started it this morning, but I didn't get to finish. I did get to play the race to collect 1,000,000 studs in a giant battle with my son. This one is even better than the last (more challenging t
  • Just think, you've changed into the droid version with the Princess Leia head, and you activate your light saber as the Wii controller vibrates with sound ... HMMMMMMMMM .... oh, yeah, I'm there.

  • Ignore the fact that the .NET DRM prevents the game from installing on a properly patched Windows XP SP2 machine. WinTrustVerify is broken and prevents the install from completing successfully.

    QA failure. Atleast there was a 3rd party hack, but I have to say that I was pissed for buying something that came broken. They may have sold 1.1m copies, but about a third of those were PISSED.
  • My 6 year old daughter loved the first Lego SW, so we're going to get this one. I like the drop in/drop out co-op especially, because I can play with her for a little while, and not be chained to it the whole time she wants to play.
  • i guess i'm in the minority here but i got the first one and watched a 12 year old play it for a few hours.

    shoot everything that moves, run through room to open next door. repeat 10,000 times.

    i found it VERY boring. the graphics are simplistic, perhaps by necessity. but the gameplay is simplistic too. seemed to me like they made the 3d engine, the character models, the weapons and the other details, and then just bailed on the story/mapping.
  • A little offtopic perhaps, but has anyone checked Lego's new products? Harry Potter? Batman? WTF? It's all cash-in crap! I know videogames have ravaged the toys industry, but this is absurd. Perhaps Technic and the trains line would remain Lego's last decent toy products.
  • My girlfriend and I somewhat enjoyed the first LSW. The combat is fun, death penalty is very minimal, and the option to jump in and out whenever you wish is a master stroke. The sequel boasts a lot more of everything which is a blessing and a curse. Levels are LONG!!! I haven't gotten past the 3rd level because after 45 minutes I find it a little tedious (or the game crashes [on PC]), but there are no intermediary save points!

    I'd love to play this game through just to see the wretchedly adorable cut
  • I'm surprised no one's mentioned yet that the DS version is infamous for having been pushed out the door early [], containing many troublesome bugs. The gaming blogs have been sniping about it for days.

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