Lego: The Rise of the Video Game Franchise
Lego Star Wars: The Video Game was released in April 2005, selling most popularly on the PlayStation 2 console. It is based off the prequel trilogy: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. The last movie, Revenge of the Sith, was still a month and a half away from being released in theaters, so everyone who bought the game was able to see the plot of the movie before any movie-goers, giving a lot of appeal to those who were curious.
Lego Star Wars was a game changer. Many video games had a ‘game over’ screen, and it was typically a hallmark of the game, but for Lego Star Wars, Lego wanted to create an extremely family-oriented game, so they did away with the ill-fated ‘game over’ death, and just let the character respawn. This took away the fear of death and allowed for a more cohesive and easier experience for children.
Lego Star Wars is, at its core, an action-adventure game. There are many puzzles taking place, and require the use of all the characters in the party. There are some areas throughout the levels that are inaccessible until you unlock the right character, where you can then go back in free-play mode and get secrets that were previously unavailable. The game is all about being your favorite Star Wars characters, and playing them in Lego form in the real universe (well, built by Legos.) It’s almost like playing with the old Lego sets you had as a kid.
Lego saw such success with their first Lego video game — they looked toward the future, and immediately moved onto the best idea for anyone who didn’t enjoy the prequel trilogy. Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, released almost a year and a half later in September 2006, and it was a hit. It used the same engine as the first game, but it fine-tuned everything in it. It became a huge success, and it led to the Lego video game franchise that TT Games has made.
Many franchises have been Lego-fied due to the mass success of the games, and the fact they are still one of the few commercial success games left with drop in, drop out co-op besides the Super Mario Bros. series. The next in the Lego universe was Indiana Jones, followed by Batman, both in 2008. We then saw Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, as well some subjects closer to children, such as Ninjagos and Legends of Chima.
TT Games will, as of the end of this year, have released 30 video games under the Lego logo in the last ten years. That includes the four games releasing this year. Already they have released Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin in March, but the most anticipated release is in the form of Lego Jurassic World, which will, for the first time, allow players to be in the Jurassic Park franchise world in Lego form.
The game will follow the plot of all four Jurassic Park movies, all the way back to 1993. It comes out June 12, the same day as the all new blockbuster, Jurassic World. That’s not the only exciting Lego game slated for the second half of 2015. TT Games also has Lego Marvel’s Avengers coming out July 1, which will follow the plot for both the Marvel’s Avengers and Age of Ultron films.
The last Lego game for the year will be in September, and it’s called Lego Dimensions. It’s TT Games shot at what Skylanders has done, and what Disney Infinity has built. Lego Dimensions will bring everyone together all the way from The Lego Movie, to Back to the Future, and even to Portal 2.
Over the last decade, TT Games has built an empire, and after the massive success Lego Batman 3: Beyond Earth brought them, they hope the brand will continue on for years to come, and it all started back in 2005 with Lego Star Wars. Have you played any of the Lego video games? Which one was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
By: Cody Dunmire
Edited by: Alex Miller and Emily Deaton
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