Indulge the Nerd or Release Ayurveda on a Defensive End

Leggo my LEGO! Don't groan. The newest Star Wars video game gets its inspiration from LEGO, the manufacturer of those decidedly low-tech toy blocks, the ones I wanted to grind into the head of the local bully when I was a kid. LEGO STAR WARS is actually more creative than some of LucasArts' recent Star Wars titles. They don't converse much, these toys that have become video game heroes; in fact they don't say anything. It just goes to prove that the Star Wars plots, although sappy and predictable, are so action-packed, you don't need dialog to move the story along. Sure, the game could have been longer. But they've stuffed so much story and action in this puppy, it's a terrific way to bone up on series plot points you may have forgotten—and to get ready for the big movie premiere. Go ahead, play: You're not too cool for this.

Forget the fact that the affably manic but ultimately uninspiring Jeremy Shockey is the cover athlete. Even if you already bought the console version of NFL STREET 2, this is different beyond the fact that the game plays in wide screen wonder. You get modes like Street Slalom, Style Point Challenge and Style Standoff to make it almost worth the price of admission. You can even climb up walls to catch a pass. Too bad you can't unlock last year's cover guy/retiree, Ricky Williams, and have him practice some Ayurveda on these Bluto-like defensive ends. That would've added some sardonic glee to the humor already in the game.

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LEGO Star Wars For: PS2, PC, Xbox
Publisher: Eidos
Developer: Traveller's Tales

NFL Street 2: Unleashed For: PSP
Publisher: EA Sports Big
Developer: EA Canada

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