Thursday, May 24, 2007

Online only did you know?

There's been a rumor floating around recently that Traveller's Tales has been working on Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, a next-gen compilation of both LSW games. This rumor kind of intrigued me as I rather enjoyed Lego Star Wars II on 360 but have never played the original title (the one based on the movies with Jar Jar and E.T.). Would I really want to shell out full price for a compilation when I already played through one of the games? How would the achievements work? Would the Lego Star Wars II portion get all new achievements or would they pick half from the original game and recycle them (please, no!)?

Well, the game is rumor no more as it was officially announced today for 360, PS3, and Wii. The best part is, the 360 and PS3 versions will feature drop-in, drop-out online co-op play, a la Gears of War. For those keeping score that's 2 games in 2 days I've become interested in due to co-op play. It was a major feature missing from LSWII, since the game had local co-op, but restraints on where you could move resulted in the mode being largely unusable. Online co-op would fix that problem since everyone would have their own screen. That is assuming, of course, it doesn't play like Marvel Ultimate Alliance where, even online, you all had to stay on the same screen.

In any case, it's nice to see more and more developers making online co-op a standard feature in their games, and in some cases making it the focus of the entire game. Even better, with co-op play now destined for Lego Star Wars, it's pretty likely Lego Batman will feature it as well.

I really do hope that they don't reuse any of the achievements from LSWII though, particularly the "Finish Level X without dying" ones.

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