I have a 10 year son who loves Star Wars and Legos. Upon the release of Lego Star Wars 2 came out, he just had to get his hands on this game. Now he juggles his free time between the three. This review is based on his experience.
The basic fundamentals to this game are to complete all levels and missions. There are 18 levels and 10 Bounty Hunter missions. To complete a level, you must finish the story, which are based on the Trilogy movies. Which each level you are able to collect studs, mini-kits, and gold bricks. The missions are called Bounty Hunter missions and you are in charge of capturing hidden characters that threaten the empire.
My son enjoys options like "fast build" because he felt the regular build was too slow for his gameplay. He also likes the idea of gaining gold bricks. With 60 gold bricks you are allowed to obtain the Lego City level, which he finds exciting. One of the uniqueness to the game is the Cantina area, where you can start fights if you chose too and mix up characters. Overall, he feels that there are a lot of adventures and exploring to the game.
Some of the things my son found challenging was obtaining the gold bricks. When you first start out you are given only 8 gold bricks. It might be hard and frustrating to collect enough for Lego City and Stud Fountain. Another downside to the game are the score multipliers which are expensive to purchase. The levels and missions are good, but it is disappointing you are unable to use special abilities with the Bounty Hunter missions.
This game is highly recommended for any one. It has it set of challenges to keep you hooked to the game. The controllers to the game are easy enough to use, without much difficulty. Makes an awesome gift for anyone who is a Lego, Star War, or both type of fan.