LEGO video games have been a prominent part of many gamers’ childhoods over the last decade or so, with the first Star Wars one coming out in 2005. Since 2005, we’ve had 3 new sequels to add to the ever-expanding Star Wars universe, culminating in the prequel trilogy, sequel trilogy, and the original trilogy, all stemming as part of the Skywalker saga.
To ensure that fans of both Star Wars and LEGO are well-represented, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga allows you to play through each of these 9 movies, all wrapped up in an up-to-date rendition of the LEGO engine. The game was released on the 5th of April 2022 and was developed by Traveller’s Tales and is published by Warner Bros. Games.
How to Download LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
You can download the game from a digital store. Click on the Download button at the end of this review and make your choice. Check out also our reviews of the whole Star Wars Saga that the game is going through:
- 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,
- The Rise of Skywalker
The Game Review
Anyone that’s played a LEGO game in the last 10 years will know that the formula for the gameplay rarely changes. Every now and again they will add a few unique elements to that particular game, but the main structure of gameplay remains mostly unchanged. You’ll have a selection of characters at your disposal as you play through each of the individual levels in the game that play out a section of whatever Star Wars movie you are currently playing through.
Each character has their own weapons, attacks, and unique abilities that set them apart from one another, so one minute you might be wielding a lightsaber, only to then switch over to someone with a blaster. With over 300 playable characters to pick and choose from, some of them do play a bit similar to one another and may only end up being a visual change, but with so many characters, it’s to be expected.
A lot of the time you’ll be exploring one of the 23 planets available to you, searching out for collectibles, progressing the story, plenty of platforming, and LEGO building. With this game being an adventure platformer, there’s a lot of platforming, alongside the main staple of the combat, which has seen some really nice improvements over the years to make it more exciting to play.
Building up LEGO pieces is just the same as usual. Any fan of the LEGO games will surely enjoy the ridiculously quick building animations that the games are well known for.
Graphically, with any LEGO game, you kind of go in, knowing what to expect. Every element of the game is designed out of LEGO and even though LEGO is a hard style for them to improve on with each iteration, The Skywalker Saga does a good job of being the best-looking one so far.
Animations are smooth, colors are vibrant, and each character looks like a perfect LEGO representation of their real-world counterpart and is definitely the best-looking LEGO game yet.
This does come with the caveat, though – if you’ve played the LEGO games before and the style just doesn’t do it for you, The Skywalker Saga is never going to be able to do enough to dissuade you on how you feel with this one.
Audio is one of those elements that feel like it’s easy to forget it’s even there. Usually, with LEGO games, there’s always so much going on that it can be hard to pinpoint whether the audio is actually any good or not. With LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, though, it’s safe to say they’ve done an excellent job on this one.
The key elements of the audio, such as the sound of a lightsaber starting up and being turned off are excellent, and even a blaster bolt that flies past your head sounds exactly as you’d imagine. Even the exceptionally satisfying sound that’s produced when building LEGO is still there and is just as wonderful as ever.
Overall, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is the best version of LEGO Star Wars we’ve ever received and it will probably stay that way for quite some time. It’s the perfect way to play through all 9 of the main Star Wars movies, with plenty of light-hearted jokes and references to enjoy throughout.
This is a great LEGO game for LEGO game fans, but if you’ve played a LEGO game before and thought “this just isn’t for me”, The Skywalker Saga isn’t going to change that fact.