There’s no doubt that the LEGO video game series has had a few hits and misses. While some games have been great, the series has been seen as a cash cow rather than anything remarkable. I don’t blame them. These games are made for kids and they will force parents to buy anything they deem as exciting. After turning almost everything and the kitchen sink into a game, Warner Bros decided to take a step back and work on the biggest and most ambitious LEGO game ever released. This is LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.
The game spans all nine main movie releases and includes dozens of locations from across the Star Wars saga. It is also the first time we have been able to play a LEGO game based on the events of the last two Star Wars movies, The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. As safe as the last three movies were and regardless of what Star Wars fans think of the story, the game is here and it is packed with content.
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There are a few things you look for in a LEGO game. These games are often a bit ridiculous and turn violence into comedy, sadness into laughs and they don’t shy away from being the class clown wherever possible. LEGO games, for the most part, are also watered down experiences with easy combat, puzzles and the general flow of each game tries hard to keep things simple. It is a kid’s game so these features are a must-have.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga isn’t a remaster of the older games and instead, has been built from the ground up while at the same time, the game has still managed to bring its iconic LEGO flavour to the experience making it incredibly accessible. The gameplay doesn’t necessarily go above and beyond to try anything new and while the nine stories provide a lot of content, they start to blend together after a while.
The game is divided into a range of chapters. Right from the start, I was able to choose between three starting points that spanned the first movie in each supposed trilogy. As I completed each chapter, the next movie and story unlocked and so forth. This means you can’t just jump into any movie at any time and the game tries to follow a storyline.
Sadly, this is a LEGO game and just like past games, it doesn’t really excel in storytelling by any means. The stories are often delivered through sporadic chapters that cut out a lot of the story, characters and key moments. It also doesn’t help that the voice acting is muffled, the sound quality is compressed to death and the overall lack of polish forced me to care less about the story.
Each of the nine chapters in the game takes around 30 minutes to complete. Some are quicker and some are longer. To no surprise, the game also encourages players to return to each chapter with new characters in order to unlock new paths and items in the story. This is something we have been doing in LEGO games for the longest time now.
The big difference in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is that each chapter is delivered across a range of planets and locations that have been built to represent where the said story takes place in the movie. This means there’s a lot of mindless travelling around. In fact, some chapters had me flying to a new planet just to start the next story arc, watch a cinematic and then travel to another planet to do the same thing.
I get it. This is what LEGO wanted. They wanted a game world built across the Star Wars series and each so-called “story mission” had to have its own location. However, it does nothing but further detach you from the story the game is so poorly trying to tell. After a while, these missions became a blur because they were happening so quickly and I was just travelling around, chatting to some dude, watching a cutscene and moving on.
During some sessions, I felt like I was barely playing the actual game. I mostly blame the game’s open-world hubs for this issue. LEGO wants players to run around each of these worlds, chat with people, smash things and collect bricks. If you aren’t doing this in-between the story then you’re just following the story and sometimes this means watching a cutscene.
I do have to praise the general gameplay in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. When it happens, it is great even if it feels way too easy and dumbed down most of the time. Some story missions were delivered through unique encounters and boss fights that set them apart from other chapters. During one specific mission, I took control of Han Solo and Rey while they explored a junk ship. I had to switch between the two of them while unlocking a path for each of the characters to follow.
There are also some excellent set pieces that take place on the land, under the sea and in space. LEGO didn’t hold back when it came to recreating the best scenes from the movies. If you are a Star Wars fan, there’s also a lot to love here when it comes to the fandom and you might even notice some small details that LEGO included just for the fans.
It also helps that this game, like past LEGO games, is also fully playable in co-op so some missions will be even better to play with a friend than others. I am not going to say some chapters didn’t bore me to death but there are better moments in this game than there are worse ones. Don’t judge this game by the first movie’s chapter. That is all I am saying. Things get better the later into the nine films you get.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a huge game and it packs hundreds of characters to unlock, ships to build and a lot of planet surfaces to cover. There’s even a dedicated skill tree to progress through as you play the game. Skills are divided into the character arcs such as Jedi, Dark Side, Droids etc and buff certain attacks, grant greater health bars and even unlock unique skills for different classes.
Sadly, these skills feel a bit uninspired and if anything pointless. You could probably play the entire game without even touching any of these trees. I only focused on increasing my sprint speed in the world and the radius in which I can collect studs. But you can increase the climbing speed of Scavenger characters, deploy holograms as droids and get a discount from shopping as a Scoundrel.
This was my biggest issue with LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. The real meat of the game found in the “Free Play Mode” isn’t very fun. After finishing the missions, you’ll have to go back and replay them a few times to collect all the build kits and blocks. This requires different characters that will have to be unlocked first. Not to mention that each location is also littered with blocks and items to find that also require different characters and skills. So expect to backtrack up and down a lot.
There also isn’t much to really do in each world. The hubs are mostly large open spaces with no life at all besides smashing objects to get studs. Some NPCs do have side missions to complete that reward new characters but these aren’t remotely entertaining. There are over 1100 blue bricks to collect in the game and most of them are hidden behind rumours, puzzles and just running around these hubs doing mindless stuff.
LEGO definitely achieved making the biggest game in the series but sadly, this has come with watered-down content that is spread too thin across the galaxy. Those who love collecting stuff will spend months in this game but I just don’t see how the substantial amount of activities will keep you excited to go back for more.
Where I loved LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga was during its main chapters. Sure, I ran around a lot just to get to the core of the experience but the missions and general gameplay across all nine chapters kept me entertained. Apart from that, I didn’t find much fun in the world and free play mode. It is huge and there’s a lot to do but sadly, none of it is much fun.
This LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga review is based on a code sent to us by WB Games. You can pick up the game at Nexus starting at R960 here.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Story - 8/10
Gameplay - 7/10
Presentation - 8/10
Value - 7/10
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is the biggest LEGO game to date and excels during its nine-film chapters but sadly everything else in the game is a bore
Nine film chapters
As LEGO-esque as ever
Lots to do
Free Play Mode is boring
Exploration is dull
Rushes through the story