Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Mar 24, 2011
    91
    With its breadth of content, incredible amount of collectibles (even if their placement isn't as intuitive as I would like), and the new Assault game modes, this is one of the best Lego games created yet.
  2. Mar 23, 2011
    91
    An amusing and entertaining game, and a great addition to the series. With the new game modes and game play elements, LSW III is a must have for any fan.
  3. Apr 10, 2011
    90
    Overall, I really enjoyed LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars. Even if you're not a huge fan of the LEGO titles, it's hard to deny that Traveler's Tales has managed to refine the formula of what makes these games work. Toss in the standard co-op mode, which is always a lot of fun, and you've got a great time-waster on your hands here.
  4. Mar 31, 2011
    87
    Certainly plenty of fun to play, and the overhauled visuals make it an absolute treat. While some of the puzzles can be borderline obscure, it's not enough to deter both LEGO and Star Wars fans from getting some serious kicks from this game.
  5. Apr 18, 2011
    85
    In conclusion, Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars was one of the best games I played all year and probably comes in a close third from Dragon Age II and Call of Duty: Black Ops. I needed something less serious and more "fun" and this game was it. As it doesn't take itself too seriously, the developers have made some truly funny moments in the game that had me smiling throughout the game. So what are you waiting for, you might be too old to play with LEGO in real-life but who said anything about video games! Brilliantly addictive!
  6. Apr 12, 2011
    85
    While the Star Wars heart strings aren't pulled at with the same tenderness as the LEGO Star Wars Complete Saga, there is still plenty of genuine fun and exciting core Star Wars goodness that this is a game any true fan shouldn't miss.
  7. Mar 22, 2011
    85
    Even with so much of the gameplay clinging to the formula Traveller's Tales created for its first LEGO game, The Clone Wars offers a vastly different experience that captures the best of both of the LEGO and Star Wars licenses. It's easily the best LEGO game to date.
  8. Mar 30, 2011
    84
    The game's replayability is arguably the greatest in recent gaming history, with so many reasons to keep going back, from the plethora of things to unlock, to the endless things to smash.
  9. Apr 6, 2011
    81
    LEGO maintains the quality that they have already shown in most previous games. Althought you will encounter only few surprises but in this case this means nothing bad.
  10. Apr 11, 2011
    80
    One of the best Lego games so far, and the bigger challenge is a nice surprise.
  11. Apr 8, 2011
    80
    This new LEGO-adventure by Traveller's Tales is unquestionably the best one in the franchise, especially due to visuals and gameplay mechanics.
  12. Apr 5, 2011
    80
    The fighting itself is the best, most tangible, its ever been, which is essential to the most battle-heavy title in the series since Lego Indiana Jones.
  13. Mar 31, 2011
    80
    There is just so much content to the game, that players will find themselves inevitably in the middle of a frenzied grab-a-thon.
  14. Mar 29, 2011
    80
    There's plenty of things to like in LEGO Star Wars III, though some of them might be buried a little too deep for younger players.
  15. Mar 27, 2011
    80
    For anyone that's played the previous LEGO Star Wars titles or for those that love the animated television series on the Cartoon Network, Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is a fantastic purchase that can be enjoyed by fans of all ages.
  16. Apr 21, 2011
    79
    It's not going to win any awards for innovation, but it's a damn enjoyable experience that kids are going to love nevertheless. [Issue#204, p.91]
  17. Apr 4, 2011
    78
    It's surprising how Telltale, after so many titles, still shows this kind of ambition, adding tons of new content and brand new ideas to the classic gameplay. On the other hand, it's a real shame that every new piece of gameplay doesn't feel as connected and polished as the good old stuff, resulting in a mixed final product.
  18. Mar 24, 2011
    76
    LEGO Star Wars III lacks new ideas and a well known movie as its base, making this game seem kind of lackluster in comparison to the old LEGO Star Wars games.
  19. Mar 31, 2011
    75
    The main problem is that even with the replay value in each level, you probably won't really feel like replaying everything again. Unless you're a true completionist, there's not much of a draw to replaying a level that's essentially the same thing as a number of other stages.
  20. Mar 28, 2011
    75
    This is still a good and entertaining game, with some cool improvements like split-screen and more diverse situations, but maybe it is not as inspiring as previous versions.
  21. Mar 22, 2011
    75
    The atmosphere is downright adorable, and the use of the license is excellent. Most importantly, though, the various types of gameplay that the developers have thrown together may not be all that amazing on their own, but the elements work together to create a well-paced, easy to understand game that is good fun for anyone.
  22. The series to beat for nostalgic platforming. [May 2011, p.112]
  23. Apr 20, 2011
    70
    The game has some limitations and moments that prevent a fair balance in the conduct of the problems and puzzles. Yet, surely one of the best proposals of Traveller's Tales.
  24. Apr 19, 2011
    70
    The new installment of the LEGO Star Wars franchise has turned out to be a good game. Every aspect has been improved but you'll often find yourself lost, not knowing what to do because of the unclear mission objectives.
  25. That said, Clone Wars remains a finely crafted and worthy romp through LEGO land, even for veterans of the series. [May 2011, p.77]
  26. Apr 12, 2011
    70
    A game that sticks to its roots, for better or for worse. It could be entertaining to the max for fans, but probably won't succeed in pulling in a new audience.
  27. 70
    A ridiculous amount of collectibles is distributed all throughout this, and it's enough to keep the most dedicated fans busy for a long time. Unfortunately, those are the only people that will last through it all, since most will be deterred soon after the end of the campaign by the monotonous gameplay, a lackluster 'plot', and somewhat redundant bonus missions.
  28. Apr 5, 2011
    70
    Another LEGO game with almost the usual gameplay. The graphics aren't improved in the last few years, so the game isn't really bringing anything news. It isn't bad, but it's time for some new elements. A decent game, but it could have been a lot more.
  29. Apr 4, 2011
    70
    The game's core mechanics are sound, but they are the same mechanics we were playing several years ago.
  30. Apr 4, 2011
    70
    LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars offers exactly what you expect – no more, no less. Despite new game mechanics, such as RTS-parts and more spaceship battles, this game clearly shows that the LEGO franchise is in desperate need of something new. It's the visually most impressive LEGO-game of them all, but then again – we say that every time, don't we?
  31. 70
    It seems like TT Games have finally pushed their LEGO series beyond what was capable on the previous console genereation. The third LEGO Star Wars game adds massive battles and a welcome RTS-like element to some missions, while maitaining the brilliant co-op gameplay the series is famous for.
  32. Apr 1, 2011
    65
    The Clone Wars offers an ambitious step up from previous games in the series, but a ton of small issues across the board lead to boredom and frustration.
  33. May 9, 2011
    60
    After the thoughtful Lego Potter, this is a force push backwards. [June 2011, p.84]
  34. Apr 18, 2011
    60
    Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is charming to behold but ultimately bland to play. Its workmanlike design emphasises repetition over imagination, quantity over quality, and form over substance.
  35. Apr 16, 2011
    60
    Somewhere amongst all of the clunky design decisions is the charming style that made the LEGO series so popular. The game just oozes charisma, and as long as you're not banging your head against the wall trying to figure out what to do next, it's solid, lightweight fun (especially when played co-operatively).
  36. Apr 14, 2011
    50
    It's exciting to see the Lego games attempt to innovate, and some of the battles can be truly epic, but all sense of awe and fun is destroyed by persistent issues across the board, leaving players confused and frustrated. The trademark Lego charm is still just about present but is quickly wearing thin.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Sep 12, 2011
    7
    Last week, I purchased LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars for the PS3. It took me about 5 days and 25 hours of gameplay to complete the gameLast week, I purchased LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars for the PS3. It took me about 5 days and 25 hours of gameplay to complete the game fully, including 100% on-game completion and the platinum trophy (my first platinum). Now I bring you my review, the first review for the shoulders of Firey Vengeance blog, in both video and written form. Lego Star Wars III costs only $49.99 new at gamestop, a $10 downgrade from most other newly released PS3 games. This is both good and bad news. While it does allow many more to access the game easier, it also shows a considerable downgrade in the confidence TT Games have with their series. Still, the upcoming release of LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean shows that TT are relentless and diverse in the production of their games. I hope that LEGO Pirates does well in its own right, but today I'm here to talk about LEGO Star Wars III (Although it is actually the fourth in the series, technically). LSW3 is a giant step forward from the previous LEGO games, and a small nudge forward from last year's excellent LEGO Harry Potter (Expect a sequel 3rd or 4th quarter). While the ability to design customized levels and any online option are omitted, other new features bring the game forward in a new and improved direction. The first new thing I noticed about LSW3 is that it is abundant in content. Dozens of characters, including all of your favorites from the TV show, some returning characters from the movies (you unlock characters such as Vader and even Vader's Apprentice from collecting all the mini kits on a level) , and the ability to make your own custom characters, up to 18. Also, there is a giant boost level-wise. This time around, levels are bigger, more difficult (especially on the true-jedi front, if you don't get score x2), and, unlike some of the abominations of levels filling the blasphemy of a tribute in LEGO Indiana Jones 2, more true to the series. The cutscenes capture and lighten some of the great moments from the series, and, as a rare watcher of the show, make those who haven't had the chance to see the show more curious of the actually, pretty good series. In addition, a new mode, named "Assault" has been added. This mode is reminiscent of Star Wars Battlefront's galactic conquest mode. Although not as long-lived, completionists and those looking for an extra challenge will have their time taken up capturing bases (Basically command posts, except captured slightly differently), destroying statues of Yoda and Grievous, and building escape pods. There are a bunch of these missions, too many to count, and they are available as both republic and separatist campaigns. While fulfilling (and a requirement to get that prestigious gold brick collecting trophy), these levels are extremely repetitive and tedious, and take up hours of time better used when playing story levels. Another refreshing feature is the great new ability to both fly starships and walk on land in two levels. The main hub of the game is ridiculously over-done this time around. You can travel between two ships, the republic and separatist ships, and visit countless numbers of rooms. Some can only be unlocked by collecting a certain amount of gold bricks, which are rewarded when you complete, get true-jedi, or get all minikits on a level, and when you complete a bounty hunter mission or assault mission. the game isn't particularly hard, especially now that the red bricks are much easier to get (you don't even have to pay for something if you type in the code for it, and you'll still get the collect all red-brick trophy). Still, it's more difficult than previous games. Also, there are gold brick missions to do in between the two hub ships, where you can fly vehicles. All that's really left to talk about are the graphics, which are awesome. It's 10 times more HD that the previous lego games, and the lighting effects are superb. The game is almost completely glitch-free, although I had to restart my PS3 a couple times since there was so much content on the screen at once (they can now have like 500 characters on screen at once). Sound-wise, nothing much has changed, except for the addition of terrible elevator music on the republic HUB ship and awesome elevator music on the separatists HUB ship. The camera is not different from that of LEGO Harry Potter, and is pretty solid, at least in comparison to LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga. Overall, LSW3: The Clone Wars is a solid game, and a vast improvement over it's predecessors, especially in content amount. There are still improvements to be made, but TT Games have definitely taken the right step. Full Review »
  2. Mar 3, 2014
    5
    I got stuck in the middle of longish missions because there was so much going on and no indication of what to do. Usually, I analyze suchI got stuck in the middle of longish missions because there was so much going on and no indication of what to do. Usually, I analyze such situations and find a solution, but here I had no intuitive design to cling to. Got frustrated several times during the 11 hour playthrough. You could say that puzzles are a good thing, teaching kids to think for themselves, but I would only recommend it to someone with lots of patience and analytical capability. I didn't have much fun during the action scenes, since most of it requires bashing one button (there's literally no other option), but some mini bosses required jedi tricks which was sweet. The levels, characters, vehicles, and the hub are all made to impress, and you could easily see it as the most awesome Lego Star Wars playset ever, if you have the patience to experience even half of it.

    Don't even think about the plot of this game. The cutscenes make more sense as short slapstick-sketches and they work very well as diversion from the gameplay. The humor is spot on btw, in the hub space ship, you can find a table tennis table and literally two Lego bats (the animal) on it. That's the game's humor right there.

    The game holds up really well in 2014, but I would not have liked it much to begin with. I'd hire the graphic artists any day, but the game design left me unimpressed, although there are a lot of elements, RTS, space shooter, platformer, puzzles, epic bosses, free play, unlockable Lego vehiicles, customizable characters etc. There's a lot to see and unlock, but I don't guarantee your motivation to get there.
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  3. Jun 3, 2011
    10
    This is a great game. Its great for both casual and hardcore gamers. The lack of online co-op hurts the game, but overall its a great game.This is a great game. Its great for both casual and hardcore gamers. The lack of online co-op hurts the game, but overall its a great game. This is a must buy for any Star Wars fan. Full Review »