Posts Tagged ‘Travellers-Tales’

Face Fear: Lego Harry Potter Yrs 5-7

By Adam Smith on October 27th, 2011.

Don't get me wrong, I'd be scared if I woke up and this thing was standing over my bed, comical expression or not

With all the talk of genuinely blood-curdling experiences over here, I bring you something else in the build up to Halloween. Lego. This short trailer for Lego Harry Potter Yrs 5-7 doesn’t actually show any gameplay, but it does capture one of the things I like about the Lego games; they don’t buckle under the occasional self-importance of the franchises they depict.

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Toy That Lives: Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7

By Adam Smith on October 10th, 2011.

Ron doesn't kill Dumbledore. I know that.

Like John, I thoroughly enjoyed the first installment of Lego Harry Potter’s schoolyard mishaps and I was pleased that Years 5-7 will be available this year on 18th November. A huge part of the early years’ appeal, however, was the use of Hogwarts as a hub world and the later stories, as you could conceivably have avoided discovering, do take the action away from school somewhat. Hopefully this won’t lead to a loss of the exploratory jollity in between the driven narrative sections and will, instead, provide more hubs to wander around. Judging by the trailer below, the more serious the story becomes and the more adultescent it attempts to be, the more ridiculous and entertaining the Lego equivalent becomes. Good. Let’s stop being too earnest about wizards for a while.

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Releasario: Lego Harry Potter 2 Out In Nov

By John Walker on September 20th, 2011.

Stupid wizard idiot.

Something I still haven’t done, that I was originally planning before Christmas, is to write a WIT for Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4. I know that sounds like a strange game to review long after it came out, and perhaps not quite in the target audience for RPS, but blimey, it’s a brilliant game. Certainly I’m a sucker for Traveller’s Tales’ Lego games, but not without an eye for quality. Lego Star Wars: great. Lego Indy: poop. And as it happens, I can’t stand Harry Potter. But Lego Harry Potter was a level above all the others, not only nailing the regularly repeated formula exactly, but also framing itself very differently. One day I’ll write it, and probably call it a “retro”. Indeed, I could time it with the release of the next game in the series, Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7, which Warner has just announced for the 18th November this year. Which is splendid news, even for a boy-wizard-hating git like me.

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Lego Of Tradition: On Traveller’s Tales

By John Walker on May 20th, 2011.

They have a really weird thing about bananas.

It’s a mistake, in light of Lego Pirates Of The Caribbean, to accuse Traveller’s Tales of diminishing returns with their Lego series. I keep seeing that happening. It’s wrong. If anything the problem is the stability of their consistency. I’ve had a think about why.

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Wot I Think: Lego Star Wars: The Clone Wars

By John Walker on March 26th, 2011.

Yes, I fancy them.

The latest Traveller’s Tales Lego game, Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars, came out yesterday. I’ve played the Story Mode through to completion, and fought against replaying the entire thing in Free Play in order to have time to write this review. Is it any good? Well, I’ve sort of given that away. Yes, it’s extremely good. Here’s Wot I Think to prove why.

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Bounty Stumper: Lego Star Wars III Trailer

By John Walker on March 5th, 2011.

My Lego figures never had guns like that.

Hoo hoo hoo, I can’t wait for Lego Star Wars III (warning: hideous, annoying website). Despite the quite remarkably boring opening to the 360 demo that I didn’t bother playing past. Also, hello former writer for PC Gamer who makes the Lego Star Wars games – how about a PC demo? Eh? Anyway, there’s a new CGI trailer/cutscene for it out of GDC and it made me laugh. Hence: post.

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Lego Pirates Of The Caribbean Pics, Trailer

By John Walker on February 2nd, 2011.

It sure looks like a Lego game on a beach.

Not only are we soon getting Lego Star Wars III, but this Summer brings us Lego Pirates Of The Caribbean. As Alec observed last November, they do seem a perfect triplet of movies (with a fourth this May, the game released alongside it) for the Traveller’s Tales treatment. Not much is known yet, other than the obvious (squillion characters, smash stuff, build stuff, levels represent film scenes) but the first trailer has appeared on MTV’s site. And by the magic of embedding, it’s also below. Along with some brand new (not very good) screenshots.

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Eggo Arr Aws Eeeee! Aa Oo Aaiier!

By John Walker on January 27th, 2011.

Yoda had better double jump.

Cynical people, naff off. I adore the Lego games. With the possible exception of Lego Indiana Jones, they’ve been amazing creations, packed with wit and detail like little else. Lego Harry Potter should have been in our 2010 Calendar, and it was only because I didn’t play it until too late that I didn’t know to argue for it. So news of Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is to be met with delight. Good – I hope everyone’s changed their minds and agrees with me now.

One particularly lovely thing about the games is that there’s no recognisable dialogue at all, instead everything communicated through peculiar speech-like noises. The video below shows the actors in the studio willingly looking daft to create these noises, along with snippets of the forthcoming game.

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Johnny Depp Is A Stud

By Alec Meer on November 18th, 2010.

70 characters. christ

From now on, RPS will be exclusively dedicated to revealing hitherto unsuspected man-crushes on celebrities and tracking their every movement, Perez Hilton-style. You’re okay with that, right? Here we go: “Cube-faced, pencil-armed pin-up Johnny Depp took a break from being automatically cast in any and all Tim Burton films today to stroll down the Champs-Élysées whilst wearing a fetching distressed double-denim combo…”

Ahahah. Just my little joke. RPS doesn’t fancy men. Or women. RPS is, in fact, entirely incapable of sexual attraction to anyone or anything. Though we do get a little emotional about toffee cheescake sometimes. In fact, this post is about LEGO Pirates Of The Caribbean. You may be able to see what I did there.
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Blimey: Lego Star Wars III

By Jim Rossignol on November 15th, 2010.

Lego!
Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars looks pretty incredible. Really, go take a look, below.
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Wizard! Lego Harry Potter Trailer

By John Walker on April 15th, 2010.

Twat.

Look, right, I’m just going to say it: I don’t much like Harry Potter. The books, I mean. I’m sure Harry’s just lovely. But the whole thing has never done anything for me. I’m not boasting – how tiresome people are who think they’re clever for not liking something popular. I’m missing out. (Although I can always re-read His Dark Materials, I suppose.) But still. I tell you this to explain my confusion at the new video for Lego: Harry Potter Years 1-4. It’s quite a dilemma really – the Lego Star Wars games were wonderful, and even though the Lego Indys were weaker they still offered that smash-everything fun that appeals to me so. So of course a Potter game will offer the opportunity for deliberately making those characters collapse into their Lego bits over and over.

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JK Rendering: LEGO Harry Potter In Action

By Alec Meer on March 18th, 2010.

Cheery things about videogames, to make people cheery. It’s been a while since the LEGO [insert film franchise here] series tickled our funny bones and our puzzle bones quite as expertly as it once did, but I suspect there’s a lot of energy and creativity being poured into the upcoming Barry Trotter builder-basher. For one thing, the fact that the Potter books are centred around a single location should mean it’s an inherently different prospect to the pick’n’mix environments of Star Wars, Indy and Batman. Free-roaming, perhaps? It is on the record that there’ll be less combat than the previous LEGO games, and Hogwarts really needs to be the exploratory gift that keeps on giving. Oh gosh, look at me pretending I know anything about Harry Potter. It is the one with Violet Elizabeth, isn’t it?
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Lego Star Wars III: Clone Wars Announced

By John Walker on February 8th, 2010.

Well they look creepy.

You thought they’d run out of Star Wars films to make Lego games about, right? Wrong. Now the TV series, Clone Wars, is to receive the plastic man treatment. I think it’s tempting to start rolling eyes at the prospect of another Lego game. The Lego Indies have been a bit disappointing, and the prospect of Lego Harry Potter: Years 1–4 may not fill everyone’s hearts with glee. But the Star Wars games were genuinely fantastic, and yet another could be fun. It will feature all the characters from the two seasons of the show, and apparently “brand new battle modes”. There’s also a new version of the level builder, and of course lightsaber fighting. The game site’s here. So, as is obligatory, below you must suggest which other film series merit the Lego treatment. And everyone’s already said Godfather. Go!

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