Not by chance, Lego Star Wars Video games are a lot like physical LEGO Star Wars sets: expensive, nostalgic pulling exercises, snuggled up with iconic parts of our favorite adventures—and we all love them for it.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a full tour of all 9 core films in the saga series, bringing together nearly 400 characters and more mechanics than a pod racing pit bay to create a dynamic, dynamic, and worthwhile exploration Galaxy Sandbox.
This is another of the LEGO Extended Universe movies and games that manages to have a lot of appeal for kids and adults alike, combining almost perfect atmospheric renditions of the series it’s involved with, ironically , a very loose story structure.
As an adult who knows how all the stories end, it’s easy to skim through The Skywalker Saga without much attention, but it’s a skit-style reinterpretation of the scene — usually in seconds — that is So quick and silly, and really funny, you’ll see how they’re going to satirize the next part.
But it’s doubly effective for kids because it’s more based on instant gimmicks than anything else, making it easier to get in and out of and enjoy, rather than requiring full attention.
The main dissonance comes from the similar-sounding dubbing, which can be a bit off-balance in places, and some of the characters’ famous lines are retold by different characters. It’s like Emperor Palpatine “showing himself to the Jedi” on Tatooine in The Phantom Menace, not Darth Maul, which feels like when you get the feeling they’re getting ready for the big meme Kind of weird while it just skims or skips completely.
However, hating the rough and irritating and ubiquitous sand gets a lot of mileage (like the bistro theme) so be prepared if you’re allergic to memes close to legal drinking age, but if you’re looking for an official The Star Wars property, acknowledging its place among the Internet Jokers, is just that.
Having said that, it’s usually good to choose what’s included and what’s not: the lightning-fast pace helps some weaker films focus on their action – we’re watching your clones attack – and get rid of the stupid yet. There are more controversial parts, so there is not even a hint of mesochlorine.
Although, on the topic of conspicuous omissions, it does suck that in a series that should be celebrated for its completeness, the current favorite attribute is being used for premium DLC.
The extra £2.50 for The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda is sure to disappoint some new Star Wars fans and confuse quite a few parents.
On another brick, the combat refresh means this LEGO Star Wars is better than ever: instead of mashing a button for each type of attack, you can now use all of the face buttons to create melee combos, The Demoman, on the other hand, has more of a shooter-style over-the-shoulder view.
After all, it’s a game designed primarily for kids, so it’s very floating and assistive, but the screen-accurate sound effects and visuals do a lot of the heavy lifting to make the combat even more exciting.
But just like the story part, everything goes so fast that nothing beats it, frankly, transitioning between the different mechanics for each different type of character.
Astro-mechanics like R2D2 and BB-8 can grab high places or interact with special types of locks, certain types of aliens are only understood by multilingual protocol robots like C-3PO, and force-sensitive characters can move objects, trick stupid NPCs into opening doors for them, or use their lightsabers to carve out a hole in a solid wall.
Each different type of character has its own unique use within a team, and most of the secrets and pastimes within any given level can only be accessed in subsequent games, your entire roster is unlocked and available for use.
So while you can go through the basic storyline of each episode in about 90 minutes, there are literally thousands of collectibles to hunt down – most of which involve solving environmental puzzles, so there’s a ton of curated content available.
Then there’s the plethora of space battles orbiting various planets in the galaxy, as well as ground vehicle missions where you can fly everything from Anakin’s shuttle racer to the Millennium Falcon.
The sheer number of different systems means that some will inevitably be better than others—for example, the aforementioned podracing sequence feels a bit on track—but again, any pain points are pretty much over before they start.
Really, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is all the action in the Star Wars franchise, wrapped in the slapstick silliness that LEGO is well known for in the entertainment world. While this isn’t a one-on-one retelling, and your favorite moments may have been left in the toy box, it’s a revealing look at Star Wars’ place in pop culture — memes and all — in a deep but easy Accessed package.