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''LEGO Star Wars'': It's a blast

From pod-racing to puzzle-solving: ”LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga,” ”Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction,” and ”Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaro’s Treasure” offer thrills and challenges to all kinds of gamer.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

(LucasArts; Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, and DS; Everyone)

Any conversation about life?s irresistible combinations — the crafty conjoinings behind turducken, Reese?s Peanut Butter Cups, and Schnoodle dogs, to name a few — must now include LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, which combines the first two LEGO Star Wars games to form one massive Death Star-size adventure that spans all six movies in the bajillion-dollar-grossing series.

For people who have already invested in the first two games (each built around one of the trilogies), the Complete Saga may seem redundant: you still guide those lovable (and mute) doppelgangers of your favorite Star Wars characters across worlds constructed entirely out of LEGO bricks. There are a few new and redesigned levels, though, and the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions now have a slick online co-op mode that lets you play out the entire adventure with friends, in pairs that would seemingly shatter the space-time continuum (imagine playing as the prequel?s Anakin Skywalker while your buddy fights alongside as the original trilogy?s Darth Vader). Accuse The Complete Saga of triple-dipping and beating a dead tauntaun all you want. You?ll still need Jedi-like discipline to say ”no” to a third helping of LEGO Star Wars. A-Gary Eng Walk