LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga review: A fun game with too many extra pieces
To be clear, the sport is entertaining, leaning into its witty trademark humor and delivering the form of nostalgia that can compel you to impulsively relive your childhood (as I did after I bought a 474-piece X-Wing Lego set final night time). The sport, which launched April 5, can also be the very best iteration of the Lego franchise. However the field set of all 9 episodes is stuffed with quite a few items that I disregarded solely — and that’s not simply because I rushed to put in writing this overview. Components of “The Skywalker Saga” really feel pointless, which is irritating as a result of the individuals who made the sport say they crunched six days per week to get it out the door.
The sport stretches a bit skinny throughout the various galaxies it’s trying to re-create. Whether or not you’re strolling via the streets of Coruscant or Naboo, the scenes are simply locations so that you can discover extra studs (the in-game forex) or Kyber bricks (which provide help to stage up together with studs). I don’t consider each web page of the studio’s plan wanted to exist — particularly, once more, when you think about the quantity of additional time reportedly required to piece this large Lego set collectively.
“The Skywalker Saga” tells the mixed story of all 9 Star Wars episodes, stretching from the blockade of Naboo to the rise of the Last Order on Exegol. If you begin the sport, you get the prospect to play via the sequence at first of any of the three-episode arcs, with “The Phantom Menace,” “A New Hope” or “The Power Awakens.” And like all of the Lego video games from TT Video games, “The Skywalker Saga” is an abbreviated model of the films, briskly shifting you thru the important thing moments from each episode in a sequence of missions that require you to combat enemies, construct instruments and resolve puzzles to advance.
The crowning achievement of “The Skywalker Saga” is that it by no means takes the franchise too critically. TT Video games managed to show even probably the most questionable plotlines from “The Rise of Skywalker” into palatable moments. There are many occasions the place the sport had me chuckling to myself on the sofa. Anakin Skywalker is at all times complaining about sand — even lengthy after his demise. And Luke Skywalker is at all times trying to find that unusual blue milk he drinks on his hermit island.
In one of the notable modifications from the studio’s normal Lego format, “The Skywalker Saga” does away with the large, third-person digicam angle from previous video games. As an alternative, you play via a tighter, over-the-shoulder perspective. It really works completely, and it’s the very best piece TT Video games has added to the Lego franchise. The nearer digicam angle focuses in your character’s viewpoint, which makes easy duties like aiming a blaster so much simpler.
Talking of blasters, there are a variety of recent bells and whistles added to the fight as nicely. You possibly can sprint behind cowl, parry incoming assaults and string collectively a flashy set of strikes with a easy combo of your personal. It’s all a really fundamental model of the fight system first perfected in “Batman: Arkham Asylum” from Rocksteady Studios. You possibly can each parry close-range assaults; I simply typically needed to deliberately await enemies to assault earlier than I may counter them. The sport — which, admittedly, is developed with first-time players in thoughts — by no means truly requires that you just grasp these mechanics. I solely ever combined up my mixture of assaults as a result of, ultimately, urgent the identical button will get boring.
As you progress via the sport’s 9 episodes, you slowly acquire Kyber bricks(Lego’s model of the crystals that energy lightsabers). And the bricks assist you to develop the distinctive abilities for the completely different lessons of characters within the recreation — the Jedi, the protocol droids, the bounty hunters, and many others. I largely ignored all of this whereas enjoying. A couple of of the fundamental upgrades are good to have (to construct Lego units sooner or carry alongside a bit extra well being) however your entire ability tree system largely felt like a waste of time. I spent the studs I collected on unlocking characters — like a shirtless Kylo Ren — not maxing out my darkish lord ability tree.
Each main location in Star Struggle has a playable open world that you may discover alongside your journey, from the enduring Mos Eisley spaceport to the capital planet Coruscant. However I used to be shocked to see some locales which can be mainly footnotes within the cinematic sequence obtained the identical open-world therapy. The small outpost Poe Dameron visits with BB-8 on Jakku at first of “The Power Awakens” and Maz’s fortress on Takonda are each — spoiler alert — blown to items by the First Order nearly as quickly because the viewers is launched to them. You spend so little time in both location in the course of the film, I didn’t actually really feel the urge to discover the blocky burning ruins in “The Skywalker Saga” — particularly as a result of the one purpose to take action is to seek out each collectible the sport has buried there.
These venues and missions supplied a stark reply to the query of “What’s value your time?” from each a participant and developer perspective. Notably, the reply will not be discovered amid the rubble of Maz’s restaurant.
TT Video games meant for “The Skywalker Saga” to be the corporate’s most bold Lego recreation but. It took the studio nearly 5 years to develop the sport after repeated delays. And, in line with a Polygon report printed in January, present and former staff say administration’s grand ambitions fostered a poisonous work surroundings the place some staffers labored 80 to 100 hours per week to make this recreation a actuality. That didn’t must occur. “The Skywalker Saga” didn’t want to cover collectibles in each nook and cranny throughout the galaxy.
The Star Wars fandom has already realized that extra doesn’t at all times imply higher. “The Skywalker Saga” has numerous coronary heart, however I may have accomplished with out the superfluous leveling system or paper skinny open-worlds. A part of me will at all times get pleasure from watching Qui-Gon Jinn slice up droids on the streets of Naboo. “The Skywalker Saga” is an exquisite nod to that nostalgia. Past that, I’m nonetheless caught on a last query. You need to ponder whether, for these managing the sport, the top product equates to time nicely spent throughout improvement.