Lego Star Wars The Skywalker Saga assessment: A brand new hope

(Pocket-lint) – TT Video games has been making Lego platformers for the final 17 years, beginning with Lego Star Wars: The Video Sport for PS2 and the unique Xbox. Since then, it has produced quite a few further Star Wars episodes as full-fledged titles throughout a number of platforms, plus a unprecedented wealth of comparable platformers primarily based on different licences – Batman, DC Comics, Marvel, Harry Potter, to call only a few.

In brief, it has been probably the most prolific improvement studios within the final couple of a long time, delivering probably the most well-served video games collection. It is spectacular.

Nonetheless, with so many video games of the same ilk launched – over 25, in reality – the format and gameplay mechanics could not assist however really feel overused. A reboot and rethink was lengthy overdue, to be sincere.

Now that is precisely what we have got. And, what higher option to kick off a brand new period of Lego platform video games than by going proper again to the start – therefore, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.

Not solely does it give TT Video games a chance to debut its new 3D platform engine, nevertheless it introduces Lego Star Wars chapters set on The Final Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker too – successfully supplying you with 9 video games in a single.

Our fast take

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga options lots in its 9 episodes for all age teams to get pleasure from, however we suspect children will get probably the most from it.

The brand new 3D third-person perspective lends itself nicely to youthful gamers, with no pixel-perfect jumps to fret about. And, they’ll undoubtedly lap up the exploration alternatives the open-world ranges afford.

TT Video games has actually succeeded in its activity to make the Lego collection appear contemporary once more. We simply marvel if, for us adults, it it might have been higher to have tagged the brand new gameplay system to an all-new licence or unique story than rehash the well-trodden Star Wars saga as soon as extra.

We do really feel it is a new, postive begin for Lego video games although – a brand new hope, if you happen to like.

Lego Star Wars The Skywalker Saga review: A new hope for Lego games

Lego Star Wars The Skywalker Saga


  • Nice new gameplay system
  • Character development
  • Improved fight
  • 9 video games in a single
  • Loads of replayability
In opposition to

  • The Star Wars story has been informed numerous instances
  • A couple of sound oddities


9 in a single

As with the films, The Skywalker Saga encompasses all three movie trilogies we have been handled to thus far. And every episode runs for a formidable 4 to 6 hours of gameplay (if you happen to zip by means of them). As well as, there’s loads of replay worth because of secrets and techniques you’ll be able to solely unlock on a revisit, so there’s a number of play time in complete.

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Impressively, you get to decide on which trilogy you wish to begin with. From the start, you get the selection of kicking off the motion with A Phantom Menace, A New Hope, or The Drive Awakens. Finishing every will unlock the subsequent episodes of their respective trilogy.

Every episode additionally unlocks totally different planets and areas as you full the story missions, which you’ll be able to once more revisit to seize collectables unavailable to you first time round. They’re largely damaged up into scenes and areas, with an open world kind of really feel to lots of them. You possibly can discover as a lot as you want too, because the story mission factors offer you an choice to proceed or not, so you’ll be able to full aspect puzzles, and many others, earlier than progressing.

As with many of the different Lego titles from TT Video games, Skywalker Saga unlocks new characters as you full missions, which may be crucial not solely to finish puzzles in missions however some that have been unattainable on the time in earlier areas. An astromech droid, reminiscent of R2-D2 is required for a bonus puzzle Jar-Jar Binks’ homeland underneath Lake Paonga, for instance, however you do not have entry to him till later within the sport.

There are additionally starships to gather this time round, and particular bricks that add an all-new factor to this type of Lego sport – character development.

Levelling up

In addition to visible enhancements and a brand new third-person, over-the-shoulder perspective to the play, character traits may be improved by means of upgrades on this reimagined Lego outing.

All through the sport there are Kyber bricks to gather, that may be traded for brand spanking new total skills that have an effect on all playable characters, however some for every kind, reminiscent of Jedi skills for the likes of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke, or Darkish Aspect skills for Darth Vader, Darth Maul and Kylo Ren.

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Upgrades even have three ranges apiece, so will take a number of Kyber bricks to fill to their most. Fortunately, there are stacks of them to gather all through the sport – some straightforward to seek out, others tougher. And, as lots of them can’t be gathered by the story characters you might be given, the sport encourages you to replay areas even earlier than you’ve got completed every episode, with a purpose to give your self a greater likelihood.

In all honesty, Lego video games have by no means been significantly powerful as they’re geared toward a large age group. You can also make this one a bit more durable although, by turning off automated well being restoration, though you continue to respawn every time you die anyway and all you actually lose are studs you’ve got collected.

Nonetheless, that may be devastating sufficient if you happen to’re attempting to finish each goal within the sport, so there’s some peril concerned regardless.


Fight, each on the bottom and in house, has been significantly improved. Whereas there’s nonetheless loads of button mashing available, there’s a new combo system that’s of specific profit to Jedi characters. You possibly can string collectively mixtures of strikes, that embody various kinds of assaults, plus use Drive push powers to present skirmishes extra fluidity than ever earlier than.

In fact, it is a Lego sport so it would not end in a Soulsborne expertise, nevertheless it’s good to have extra choices to maintain issues attention-grabbing.

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Gunplay is improved too, with a canopy system now vital throughout firefights and directional taking pictures. It is extra intuitive and interactive for positive, with set items feeling extra like a Star Wars sport than a Lego considered one of yesteryear. Then there are house battles, with dogfights and ship management being just like the likes of Star Wars: Squadrons, albeit significantly simplified.

Actually, there’s lots to do in The Skywalker Saga approach past the puzzles and platforming we have come to count on from the collection, and that is significantly to the sport’s profit. Plus, because of co-op play, household and pals can get in on the motion too.

That is no moon…

Maybe most spectacular of all is the brand new graphical presentation. We have talked about the brand new perspective, which opens up the visible world of Star Wars, however the belongings are all given a shiny contact up that look significantly nice on the current-gen consoles.

We examined the sport on PlayStation 5 primarily and a few areas look significantly spectacular. The start of A New Hope is gorgeous, with the Empire’s assault on Leia’s starfighter resplendent with lovely, shining inside surfaces and reflections aplenty. Lego characters and bricks too are splendidly rendered.

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The sport has the choice to focus on 60 frames-per-second on PS5 and Xbox Sequence X/S or to set it at 30fps for a sharper expertise. We a lot favoured the 60fps mode although, which is tremendous easy and seemingly extra responsive. We’re not totally positive if the decision drops to cater for the upper body price, nevertheless it appears nice both approach.

As for the audio, the rating is of course wonderful – that is Star Wars, in spite of everything – though there have been instances throughout our assessment construct that a number of the voice appearing was recorded or captured in low bitrates. It appears there’s a mixture of voices grabbed from the precise film soundtracks and a few shut impersonations of the unique solid, however within the former case the sound high quality may be at odds with the remainder of the wonderful audio work.

Our solely different quibble centres on the subject material itself. We have now seen the Star Wars tales retold so many instances that it would simply be our personal drained indifference, however the humour would not appear to be as punchy this time round. Lego video games have usually made us giggle out loud previously, however we discovered the overwhelming majority of cutscenes on this outing simply mildly amusing.

That mentioned, we’re fairly positive a youthful viewers will love the slapstick sight gags and silliness of all of it. Whereas the retelling of every episode would possibly make for a great refresher for individuals who have not seen the movies not too long ago.

To recap

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a welcome reboot for the Lego platform sport collection, with a brand new Mario-esque perspective and significantly improved fight system. The puzzle-adventuring features stay, so there’s loads of enjoyable available for all of the household, whereas the inclusion of every episode of the three Star Wars trilogies nearly makes for 9 video games in a single, so it is nice worth for cash, too.

Writing by Rik Henderson.