Lego® Star Wars: The Video Game

Lego Star Wars

Lego® Star Wars: The Video Game

What more do I have to say? As a child, I spent more hours than I could possibly imagine playing with Lego, Star Wars figures, and my trusty old computer, then a Commodore 64. Now someone has had the pleasant idea of stitching these three items together to produce Lego® Star Wars: The Video Game.

I downloaded the demo this afternoon (a cool 203 MB) and installed it. It is truly a wonder of nature. I also witnessed my nephew, Benjamin, playing the same demo on his Playstation 2 this evening when we went down to visit him for his 10th birthday.

I’ve already completed the first level. It’s almost as addictive as Star Wars Battlefront. Oh… and they’ve just announced that they are currently developing Battlefront 2. I feel like a kid again. Now, where did I put my box of Lego®?

The ‘downside’ of a PC that works fine: Games!

Maybe it was a bad idea to fix my PC — everything seems to be working fine; I’ve had no problems with a fast clock or clicking during MP3 playback since I updated hardware drivers and BIOS on Thursday — I’ve discovered that not only does Star Wars Battlefront now work okay, but it is rather good, and erm … rather addictive!

But to ensure that I don’t get distracted too much with Battlefront I’ve installed Baldur’s Gate and Cluedo! I still have Colin McRae Rally versions 2.0 and 3 to install, as well as Heaven & Hell, and GTA III, and probably a few other gems.

I downloaded the massive (169 MB) Battlefront 1.2 upgrade patch this evening and installed it. While I can’t (yet) account for any of the stability improvements and bug fixes, I can say that the Tatooine Jabba’s Palace add-on is fantastic. It’s my favourite level so far. While I love Hoth (who wouldn’t want to be blasting away at an AT-AT!) the close combat in the confined spaces of Jabba’s palace adds a new level of tension. I love it!

Next, I want to see if we can get a network game going on our LAN. I suspect that the graphics card on Jane’s PC upstairs is going to let us down on that front, but her laptop might be up to the task. I’d like my brother, Eddie, to bring his PC over for a LAN party. I have a spare network port on the router, and an extra monitor he could use. (Are you reading this, Eddie?)

Heaven and Hell patch

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It’s nice when software companies listen to their customers. I, and a thousand other Heaven & Hell players have been complaining about bugs in the game, that cause it to hang rather unceremoniously. What is the problem? graphics card, mouse driver, soundcard? Who knows! CDV have now released a patch, which will hopefully sort these problems.

I am a little nervous to try it again (I don’t like crashes, except in Colin McRae Rally 2.0) but will report how I get on.