IT’S time to make LEGO of your hate and give in to the stupid side of the Force…
Squeezing all nine Star Wars epics into a single LEGO game and making it a hit seemed as likely as popping a pair of proton torpedoes through a two meter wide thermal exhaust port.
Yet LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga not only stays on target, it blows away the other LEGO games – like the cocky Luke targeting a wamp rat in his T-16 at home.
It’s by far the best LEGO game yet. There’s a wonderful balance that effortlessly blends the silly side of the Force with the true spirit of the films. It entertains and inspires.
It exudes charm, like a Han Solo chat-up line, and keeps you focused like little Yoda lifting an X-wing out of a swamp.
First of all, there is a lot to do in LSWTSS. And I mean A LOT! There are five storylines in each of the nine adventures, from The Phantom Menace to The Rise of Skywalker.
These lovingly recreate the adventures of Luke and co, throwing you into your favorite scenes from the films while expanding the journey with brilliant brilliance.
There’s also a new combat system, an over-the-shoulder view that brings compelling gameplay to the franchise.
You can aim a blaster, throw a lightsaber (boomerang style), smash things, and even engage in some combat combos that are simple but fairly satisfying.
Having full camera control is a great improvement that allows you to see a lot more of the levels.
This pace change with a tighter 3rd person view improves the combat experience compared to the somewhat random days of the past.
And like all LEGO games, you can destroy just about anything in your path in a frantic attempt to sweep away every last LEGO knot.
A new cover-based system helps LSWTSS feel like a more advanced game – with the nice touch that you can rebuild your cover should a stray Stormtrooper shot destroy it.
One of the highlights has to be the alien dogfight. Whether you’re hurtling down Death Star trenches, dodging asteroids in the Millennium Falcon, or orbiting AT-AT walkers on Hoth, it’s hard not to love the aerial combat.
No matter what Legendary ship you’re on, they all offer quick maneuverability (a left roll, a right roll, or full braking for a full somersault) along with primary and secondary fire options.
When you’re not banging your way through the main missions, there’s plenty to keep you busy in one of the many open-world levels scattered throughout the game.
These are cleverly planted at reasonable intervals to give you a break from the main attraction.
You’ll encounter a wealth of collectibles and hidden puzzles, all of which provide a nice distraction.
It’s these huge areas that allow you to unlock one of over 275 characters with different talents, which in turn give you access to previously unattainable levels.
All of this helps build your Kyber Stones, which are used as currency to upgrade core perks or boost specific areas for different types of characters (Jedi, Hero, Droid, etc.).
The skill tree is a nice addition to the LEGO game world, although it’s more of a quirk as the game’s difficulty means you really don’t need to upgrade anything.
But that’s the joy of the LEGO universe. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s as relaxed as Han Solo in Carbonite.
And herein lies the absolute genius of LSWTSS. Because while you can sit back and admire the gameplay and the industriousness that TT Games has shown for the Star Wars franchise, it’s the sense of humor that makes the game as satisfying as a C3PO oil bath.
The balance TT Games has struck between the fun nature of LEGO and the intensity of the films is brilliant.
For example, there’s a lovely moment when you’re running through the Death Star with Han and Chewy, when you turn the corner to a horde of stormtroopers and enjoy a round of tai chi.
But moments later, Vader removes Obi Wan’s head – cue John William’s music and Luke’s desperate cry of “No!”.
Visually, it’s yet another amazing achievement. The rendering of each LEGO brick is stunningly detailed – every zip, seam and glob of bantha drool is lovingly brought to life.
Even the scars on Boba Fett’s battered armor are included. And the icing on the cake is that these flawless characters soon lose their shine if you keep beating them for an extended period of time. This rendering degradation is a class.
And the option to hop on and off with friends and family is also available.
However, the redesigned combat system resulted in a slightly dizzying co-op experience due to the limitations of the vertically split screen.
But that’s nothing compared to the arguments between this player and his young son over who would play as Boba Fett.
This game has always had to withstand tremendous, um, build-up.
But it made it so easy. Combining two giants like LEGO and Star Wars has never been a guaranteed success – yet like all good LEGO combinations, these two clicked.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga review verdict
And the score is… 5/5
- Formats: PS5/PS4/Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
- Price: £49.99
- Publisher: TT Games
- Developer: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- Release date: Available now
- Age rating: 7+
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