LEGO Indiana Jones - The Original Adventures PlayStation 3
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Released on 06/06/2008
Whipping onto game consoles everywhere, LEGO Indiana Jones: The Videogame is developed by the team behind the fan favourite LEGO Star Wars series! LEGO Indiana Jones: The Videogame presents a tongue-in-cheek take on the first three cinematic Indiana Jones adventures: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - each with a unique LEGO spin!
LEGO Indiana Jones: The Videogame continues to set the bar for a full family gaming experience. Delivers something a little different for everyone, LEGO Indiana Jones: The Videogame will entertain parents with its humorous take on some of their favorite movies, and kids will get some rousing action/adventure gameplay that may also introduce them to Indy's original adventures for the first time.
The perfect character for a videogame and one of the inspirations behind Lara Croft, Indiana Jones arrives from the silver screen and DVD to consoles giving gamers their first true tastes of interating with Indy's wonderful and memorable cinematic moments. From the boulder scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark to fighting Nazis in The Last Crusade, LEGO Indiana Jones: The Videogame will be a true cinematic gaming event for kids old and young!
It's the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, which means we all get an extra day off. So with the weather being predictably unpredictable, why not spend it in the company of some great games?
Here's our handy guide for some of the best games to enjoy this bank holiday weekend, with ideas for children, for friends and family, or for getting some serious single-player gaming done!
Games for the kids:
If you have a kids and a Kinect, there's really only one choice - Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure, giving the chance for the little ones to play along with all their favourite Pixar characters, like Woody and Buzz, Remy the Rat, Lightning McQueen and the Incredibles. Kids will love using the Kinect to interact with their Pixar friends, lifting, steering, flying, swimming and smashing their way through a variety of fun games that will keep them occupied for hours, and feeling like they're part of the story.
For more quirky fun with their favourite characters, it's hard to go wrong with our wide choice of LEGO games. Kids can take a trip to Hogwarts and help Harry Potter and chums defeat Voldemort, set sail with the Pirates of the Caribbean, use the Force in Star Wars, or hero-up alongside Batman or Indiana Jones. With classic adventures recreated in LEGO's trademark building blocks, and delivered with LEGO's trademark sense of humour, there's plenty for kids of all ages to enjoy - and for parents to enjoy once the children have gone to bed!
Skylanders continue to be a big hit with the kids, and you'll be a big hit with your kids if you bring Skylanders home! The age-old battle of good versus evil is brought to life not only through the video game itself, but enhanced by the collection of character toys that interact with the game. There's a whole host of cool characters to collect and who join are brought to life in the game via the Portal of Power, so the opportunities for new games and new challenges are endless!
Games for friends and family:
When's the plenty of people round, a little friendly competition always goes a long way. Where better to find out who's best than at the Olympic games? And who better to play with than Mario and Sonic? Well, as luck would have it, Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is chock full of fun contests that test a wide variety of skills, with unique ways of interacting with the action. There's everything from sprinting to table tennis, canoeing to show-jumping, as well as some imaginative twists in the 'Dream' events, like a long-jump that takes you flying from cloud to cloud. And all for a lot less than a ticket to the real Olympics!
If you - or your party - starts to get a bit more active, then there's always Just Dance 3. The latest chapter in the hugely successful dancing game series continues to challenge all to bust their best moves. This time there's an even wider variety of dancefloor-classic songs from almost every era and a range of different game modes to keep the party fresh and four-player action for the ultimate dance-off! It's compatible with Wii, PlayStation Move and Kinect, and pushes motion controls to their funky limits!
Games on your own:
Looking for a game to put some serious single-player hours into? Well, you can always journey into space with Mass Effect 3, one of the biggest and most talked-about games of the year. This sci-fi adventure is as much an in-depth role-playing experience as it is a third-person shooter, promising a journey where you choices really define the way the game is played. Thousands of people all over the world have committed almost as many hours following Commander Shepard across the Trilogy, so why not spend this weekend finding out just why?
If you prefer your role-playing a little more traditional, then the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Pandora's Tower are two fantastic offerings. Questing in fantasy worlds, battling mythical beasts, swords, sorcery and an ending based on how you play - the whole RPG experienced wrapped up in a complete package! Skyrim offers a first-person adventure and dragons, while Pandora's Tower gives you classical music and a very personal quest. Either game will take up your entire weekend!
For time consumption of a different kind, Minecraft has finally made its way to Xbox 360 thanks to Xbox LIVE. This 8-bit phenomenon has become a global cult classic, with it's simple sandbox gameplay: mine things and then build things. What sounds so simple becomes perilously addictive as your skills and ambitions become greater and greater still, and the long weekend is ideal to get settled into a time-sucking game like this!
"We called the dog Indiana!"
Videogame publishers are never frightened to jump on the bandwagon where movie licenses are concerned – and frankly, some turn out a bit naff. But LEGO Star Wars was a revelation, taking the Star Wars saga and bringing to it the undeniable inventiveness and charm LEGO is famous for. So with the new Indiana Jones movie right around the corner, it will come as little surprise that Activision and Traveller’s Tales have done the same with everyone’s favourite wise-cracking, whip-slinging archaeologist.
LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures is very much in the LEGO Star Wars mould. It presents tongue-in-cheek takes on the first three Indiana Jones movies, (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and Last Crusade) broken down into six sections each, for a total of 18 stages of ickle brick adventure fun; with a multitude of collectables, unlockables and bonuses to boot. Yet despite the familiar structure, LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures looks likely to offer a different feel to its sci-fi brother, thanks to the altogether different setting of Indy’s adventures.
Indy's angular escapades
Lacking the lightsabers, blasters and Force powers of the Star Wars titles, LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures looks to be more of a close-quarters combat oriented action game, with the occasional gun thrown in for good measure. That said, Indy’s angular escapades suggest a greater focus on adventure.
Where The Original Trilogy had its occasional puzzles, Indy’s Original Adventures being based on tomb-trawling and relic hunting means LEGO Indiana Jones promises switch-flicking, puzzle-packed and platform-happy gameplay, with Indy whip-swinging across chasms and climbing ledges not unlike the Tomb Raider games.
This will be a great way for Indiana Jones fans to relive the films, while introducing the series to younger gamers too.
Of course, LEGO fans can expect a more upbeat, colourful and less serious experience than Lara’s exploits. LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures is based on one of cinema’s most iconic series and this will attempt to mimic the movies most memorable scenes. From the boulder dash intro of Raiders which serves as the tutorial to the game (the boulder being entirely made of LEGO, of course), to fighting fanatics in Temple of Doom and bouncing around Venice as in The Last Crusade – as well as exploring Barnett College, which acts as the game’s hub – this will be a great way for Indiana Jones fans to relive the films, while introducing the series to younger gamers too.
Fans and newcomers alike can expect tons of nice little touches in LEGO Indiana Jones that are Traveller’s Tales’ trademarks. The abovementioned boulder scene, for example, has been altered to be longer, and the character who runs off at the start of it in the film now stays with Indy through the section in the game and can be controlled by player two in co-op.
Indeed, co-op forms a core part of LEGO Indiana Jones in general, with solo players able to swap between characters in some sections to overcome obstacles. Ingeniously, the personality of the film’s characters has been applied to The Original Adventures; Indy, for instance, is scared of snakes, so find yourself in an area crawling with the things and he’ll stand there petrified, causing you to switch to the scene’s second character.
Packed with character
Like LEGO Star Wars, then, LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures is clearly packed with character – and characters, for that matter. There will be 60 Indy good guys and villains on offer, with the option to mix and match character parts and special moves again returning from the Star Wars LEGO games. Of course, it isn’t going to be a masterclass in interactive storytelling – characters lack digitised speech, so iconic lines like “We called the dog Indiana” will be absent – but the quirky cutscenes, expressive faces and funny grunts and wails of LEGO Indiana Jones’ brick-built cast should more than make up for it.
Light-hearted, good-natured and packed with comic moments to make you smile, as well as imaginative gameplay and multiplayer laughs galore, LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures already looks like a winner. We’ll be playing it for review extensively before launch, so check back in June to find out if this meets the hype and turns into one of the summer’s few must-have movie tie-ins.
Preview by: Mark 'Stickle Brick' Scott
Preview Published: 15.05.08
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