Adventure Excitement a jedi apparently craves not these things and if that’s true then all jedi probably cancel their pre-orders for Lego Star Wars the Skywalker Saga since this dazzling new entry in travellers tales long-running lego game series has brought both adventure and excitement by the plastic bucket.
Load with stunning set pieces cripped from all nine mainline star wars films and a surprisingly vast number of iconic planet hubs to freely explore the skywalker saga is a brick-breaking blockbuster executed with a goofy charm that had me feeling as happy as a droid in a hot oil bath.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Review
In a dramatic departure from the zoomed out camera perspective of previous lego titles, the skywalker saga features a tighter over-the-shoulder third-person view and it brings along with it far greater control over your attacks Lightsabers can be boomeranged and crates can be force pushed with satisfying precision and a simple combo system allows you to launch enemies into the air for a juggling volley of saber swings with ease.
If you’re controlling a character equipped with a blaster you now have the option of taking cover behind walls and other objects to pick your foes off from a far. I love that, you are able to quickly rebuild destroyed cover but outside of a couple specific boss fights.
I hardly ever felt the need to actually shelter behind anything in the skywalker saga, the combination of a constantly recharging health bar and the authentic inaccuracy of each stormtrooper’s shots meant there was rarely any risk in taking a run and gun approach.
I certainly still enjoyed the snappy gun play in the skywalker saga but more for its flashy spectacle than its shallow attempts at strategy. Not only does the new close-up perspective make you feel more engrossed in the action, it also leads to a greater appreciation of how realistically rendered each individual lego brick is 2021’s hot wheels unleashed set a new standard for high fidelity virtual plastic.
The skywalker saga certainly matches it down to every last plastic seam and textured hairpiece. Absolutely every lego creation looks so uncannily true to life that when you blast an immaculately assembled tie fighter out of the sky. You can almost hear the cries of anguish from the parrot who spent their whole sunday afternoon helping their kid build it.
The Farce Awakens
Master General grievous’s ship is directly ahead. The Lego games have always lent spaceball-style silliness to their recreations of iconic star wars scenes and the skywalker saga is no different. Consistently seeking out the lighter side of the force in even the most somber of situations.
Whether it’s emperor palpatine and darth vader discussing the new death star while rows of storm troopers awkwardly topple over like dominoes in the background or a confused darth insidious accidentally issuing order 67 instead of 66. The skywalker saga consistently finds a way to gently mock its source material with wonderfully absurd and hilarious results.
It’s not just the skywalker saga sense of humor that kept me engaged but it’s mission variety too. Though never quite as daring or inventive as 2021’s, it takes to the 45 main story levels constantly switch things up so, that the action never grows stale the skywalker saga is capable of delivering mindless carnage on a massive scale like when the battle of naboo briefly blossoms into a thrilling game of tower defense.
Yet, it can also be more focused and cerebral such as when rey enters the mirror cave on temple island and you carefully puppeteer her reflections in order to activate exit portals. This is on top of the fan pleasing standards of course and the skywalker saga does indeed feature levels designed around high speed pod racing x-wing trench runs and all the major lightsaber duels you would expect.
But even at its most familiar moments, the campaign is still a blast to play because, it feels so smooth and is such an eye-popping sight to behold.
Each story mission is connected by surprisingly sizeable hub areas situated on some 20 odd different planets from the sand swept streets of Moseley on tatooine to the polished surfaces of coruscant’s financial district and everywhere in between these open areas are absolutely rife with hidden bricks to collect by solving various environmental puzzles and while you do see some repeated tasks across the galaxy, there are plenty of other fun little surprises to stumble upon along the way.
I particularly enjoyed playing game of lemmings with a hapless clone on kamino or arranging a choir of wookies on kashyykk to angrily yawn a rendition of John Williams signature score. Sounding good boys collected kyber bricks serve as currency that in addition to studs can be invested into upgrades either core perks shared by all characters or class specific enhancements.
While many of the core upgrades seem like no-brainers to me such as widening the radius in which your character automatically hoovers up lego studs or increasing the speed with which they build objects. The vast majority of class specific combat buffs seemed unnecessary given that the skywalker saga’s difficulty level is already all too easy.
While I primarily stayed on target and focused on the main mission path once I had finished all the story missions I spent a few more hours revisiting my favorite locations and completing side missions to unlock additional characters.
It’s during these moments when you’re jetting from one solar system to the next and cruising down to a planet’s surface to run odd jobs for the local townsfolk that the skywalker saga starts to resemble some sort of adorable mass effects for minifigs.
There really is a staggering amount to do in the skywalker saga and despite the fact I’ve spent over 20 hours with the game I feel like I’ve barely made a dent on its lengthy list of unlockables.
Good Co-op Bad Co-op
In completing the nine episodes that makeup the skywalker saga I spent about half my time playing solo as in by myself and the other half with my son as a co-op partner on balanced I had substantially more fun with a second player on board and the comedic chaos it created.
But the diminished field of view within the confines of the vertical split screen did make combat feel a bit imprecise and exploration slightly more disorientating additionally one player always seemed to get the rough end of the gaffy stick when it came to the story mode boss fights relegated to the role of a comparatively impotent companion droid.
While the other player indulged in a spectacular lightsaber duel at one stage in the climactic confrontation between obi-wan and anakin in episode 3 I spent a significant stretch of C3po stranded as a spectator on a hovering platform while all the action unfolded below to be honest it left me feeling a bit C3po’d.
Lego Star Wars the Skywalker Saga provides some rollicking re-imaginings of star wars most iconic moments and seats them inside a series of interplanetary playgrounds that are dense with discovery and entertaining diversions certain elements like its upgrade and cover systems feel somewhat superfluous.
Co-op has some notable drawbacks but there were otherwise enough laugh out laud gags and surprising shifts in gameplay to keep me thoroughly engaged from the opening crawl of episode 1 all the way through the end of the episode 9 which is more than I can say for the actual movies.
- 0 Comment
- April 5, 2022