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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Review

A New Hope for LEGO games

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PS5 on

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is also available for PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is rated Everyone 10+ by the ESRB

TT Games have come full-circle by returning to their LEGO Star Wars roots and The Skywalker Saga is something unexpectedly new and exciting so here's my review of this very epic game in the long-running franchise.

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Yes, there's podracing and it's a hoot

An epic saga

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga retells the stories of all 9 mainline Star Wars films: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker. Sure, you don't get The Clone Wars but that's fine because the amount of content here is top-notch. v1d30chumz 35-175-107-185

I've been playing LEGO games since the original LEGO Star Wars back in 2005 and had a blast with LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. Before playing it, I wasn't expecting a brand new experience seeing as most of these episodes have been previously released as LEGO games but I'm happy to say that you get all-new stages and gameplay that long-time fans and newcomers alike will love.

Anyway, each episode is split into 5 chapters of varying sizes and I'd say that they last about the length of each film if you play straight through them which is excellent. Of course, there's a ton of bonus content and challenges to complete as well but I'll get into that later. For now, all you need to know is that the 9 episodes are chock-full of variety, lovely blocky recreations of iconic Star Wars locales, fun-filled gameplay that you can enjoy cooperatively with a chum, and the classic LEGO brand humour which ties it all together beautifully. 😊

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These droids are having a blast playing co-op

Reinventing a formula

As I mentioned, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a whole new experience and with that comes gameplay that feels fresh and exciting. Whereas the classic LEGO games mostly have you control characters with a pulled-back camera as you piece puzzles together and work out how to progress, things are much more action-oriented here. The first gameplay aspects that struck me were the third-person duck-and-cover shooting segments and the melee combat that allows you to tap a few face buttons after your initial punch to unleash combos that can break guards and award bonus points. Am I really describing a LEGO game? Yes, and it's great stuff!

With all of that in mind, the primary element of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga that I'm sure will blow away fans the most is its absurd amount of variety. It seems like every few minutes, you'll be doing something completely different whether it's riding a vehicle, solving a puzzle, loading catapults, soaring through space, podracing, defending citizens, or even using the Jedi Mind Trick to manipulate enemies. Some segments will have you swap between 2 separated parties as you work out how to progress which I loved. Meanwhile, there are oodles of characters (380 in total) that have their own gameplay mechanics and they come in varieties such as Jedi, scavengers, bounty hunters, villains, and droids with each class having its own specific upgrades to unlock; how cool is that? 😄

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Don't just stand there, Chewbacca!

Lots to see and do

On top of the wide array of characters to play as, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga features an impressive collection of memorable stages that will constantly have you utilize the various gameplay mechanics in order to work past clever scenarios. Whether you're blasting storm troopers from behind cover as you watch them haphazardly build their own barricades or trying to escape a terrorizing Rathtar, there's a ton of fun to be had. Plus, the unlockables are plentiful as you can pilot over 100 ships and even discover cheats such as stud multipliers and comedic effects like transforming lightsabers into baguettes and turning the voice acting (which is great, by the way) back to the classic LEGO Star Wars mumbling. You can even drive your friends nuts by looping the Cantina Music as you play. 🎵

Of course, collectibles are a huge part of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga and there are enough to keep you busy for dozens upon dozens of hours. First, each of the 45 chapters has 3 extra challenges to complete as well as 5 minikits to find. My first playthrough of each level usually only netted me about 1 or 2 of each so you'll definitely need to play through again via free play. In addition to these, there are goodies to master in the hub areas including 140 side-missions, 731 puzzles, 38 trials, and 10 challenges which each have their own unique group of collectibles that are scattered across the galaxy. I'm glad there are interactive maps to help find all of this stuff!

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Rey sure has a lot of nifty gadgets

A few missing blocks

I love LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga but it does have its downsides. The aspect that stood out most to me as disappointing is just how simple it is to progress. I remember playing previous LEGO games while figuring out elaborate puzzles and feeling a sense of accomplishment afterwards but here, everything is a bit too straightforward and unchallenging. Sure, LEGO games have always been easy but this level of hand-holding makes the rewards for completing levels feel slightly hollower than in the classic LEGO games.

Finally, I have a couple of quibbles when it comes to the controls and performance. First, I found it annoying that the same button is used for your character's skill and to interact with points of interest. Often, I'd want to talk to someone but would end up levitating an object with The Force instead. Also, the ship controls are inconsistent with some ships being more irritating to control than others. I wish the ships felt like they had more weight to them and that they controlled accordingly. Anyway, I also witnessed some screen tearing and occasional visual stutters. It didn't happen often enough to take much away from the overall experience but it's certainly noticeable.

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Is this the most explosive interpretation of the Death Star battle yet?

After a few years of being in development, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga was definitely worth the wait as it single-handedly revitalizes the LEGO formula for a modern audience. I can't wait to see what other licenses will get this treatment down the road.

  • + Excellent new direction for the LEGO franchise gameplay-wise
  • + Huge variety of mechanics and levels
  • + Loads of content to unlock and enjoy
  • - Even for LEGO, progression is a bit too straightforward and unchallenging
  • - Certain controls aren't well implemented
  • - Occasional graphical issues
8.5 out of 10
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