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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Review: A meme-laden trek through a galaxy far, far away

Not accidentally that Lego Star Wars Video games are a lot like physical LEGO Star Wars sets: expensive, nostalgic concoctions to cuddle up to the iconic bits of our favorite adventures – and we all love them for it.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a whistle-stop tour of all 9 main films from the legendary series, bringing together nearly 400 characters and more mechanics than a pod racer to create vibrant, interactive sandboxes worth a galaxy to explore.

It’s another in the long line of films and games from the expanded LEGO universe that has great appeal for both children and adults, with a mixture of an almost perfect recreation of the series it is tied into and ironically a really loose game story structure.

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As an adult who knows the ending of all stories, it would be easy to skim The Skywalker Saga without really paying much attention, but its sketch-style reimagining of scenes – often done in mere seconds – is so quick and silly and Really funny that you’re hooked to see how they’re going to mock the next part.

But this works doubly well for kids as it relies more on the moment-to-moment gags than anything else, making it easy to jump in and out and enjoy rather than demanding undivided attention.

The main harrowing parts come from the sonic-like voice acting, which can be a bit uneven in places, and some characters having their famous lines paraphrased by different characters. For example, it’s Emperor Palpatine who “reveals” himself to the Jedi on Tatooine in The Phantom Menace and not Darth Maul, which can feel a bit weird if you feel like they’re gearing up for the big memes and just doing it wiped over or skipped completely.

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However, hating sand, which is coarse and rough and irritating and gets everywhere, is used a lot (as is the cantina theme). So if you’re allergic to memes approaching legal drinking age, then be prepared, but if you’re looking for official Star Wars property that acknowledges its place in online arrogance, this is it.

That aside, the choice of what’s included and what’s not is generally good: the lightning pacing helps some of the weaker films focus on their action set pieces – we’re looking at Attack of the Clones – and pull out the sillier and more controversial Parts so that there isn’t even a hint of midichlorians.

Although on the subject of notable omissions, it’s a real pity that the most popular current traits are forked for premium DLC in a collection that should be hailed for its completeness.

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That The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda cost an extra £2.50 is sure to disappoint some new Star Wars fans and confuse more than a few parents.

On the other hand, the combat update means this LEGO Star Wars plays better than ever: instead of pressing a single button for each type of attack, you can now use all face buttons to create melee combos, and blasters have more shooter- similar over-the-shoulder perspective.

After all, this is a game designed primarily for kids, so everything is very floating and assisted, but the screen-accurate sound effects and graphics do a lot to make the battles exciting.

But just like the story stages, it all moves so fast that nothing outlives its welcome, alternating between a frankly bewildering array of different mechanics for each different character type.

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Astromechs like R2D2 and BB-8 can cling to high places or interact with special types of locks, some types of aliens can only be understood by multilingual protocol droids like C-3PO, while force-sensitive characters can move objects and dumb trick NPCs into opening doors for them or carving a hole through solid walls with their lightsabers.

Each different type of character has their own unique use on a team, and most of the secrets and distractions within a given level are only accessible on a later playthrough, where your entire roster can be unlocked and used.

So while you can burn through the basic storylines of each episode in about 90 minutes, there are literally thousands of collectibles to hunt down – most of which involve solving environmental puzzles to snag, so there’s a lot of curated content on offer.

Then there’s a whole host of space battles orbiting the galaxy’s various planets, as well as terrestrial vehicle missions where you control everything from Anakin’s Podracer to the Millennium Falcon.

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The sheer volume of different systems means that some are inevitably better than others – the aforementioned podracing sequence, for example, feels a little on rails – but again, any pain points are almost over before they begin.

Truly, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is all the action from the Star Wars series wrapped in the slapstick silliness that LEGO has become known for in entertainment. While it’s not a 1-to-1 retelling and your favorite moment might have stayed in the toy chest, it’s a knowing showcase of Star Wars’ place in pop culture – memes and all – in a deep but accessible package.

https://www.vg247.com/lego-star-wars-skywalker-saga-review LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Review: A meme-laden trek through a galaxy far, far away

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