LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga takes the DNA of past LEGO games from developer TT Games, but puts a modern spin on it. Gone is the pulled back, almost isometric camera from the likes of LEGO Harry Potter and LEGO Marvel, traded for a third-person view befit a next-gen action game. And LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is every bit an action game, putting players right in the middle of the high points from all 9 Star Wars films.
Players can jump into either Episode 1, Episode 4, or Episode 7 to kick off their adventure and progress through that respective saga. They can still jump around between the three trilogies, but the starting point is fixed. From there, they will experience a briskly paced run-through of the film’s events, some of which are represented as full levels and others that take place in small open world sections. Podracing in Episode 1, for example, gets the full race treatment, but all the other major scenes take place while exploring open-world Tatooine.
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Where the past LEGO games tried to expand almost every scene into a full level, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is able to focus on the highlights. But make no mistake, TT Games has not skimped when it comes to gameplay experiences. From lightsaber melee combat to spaceship battles, if there was an opportunity to deliver a fun gameplay experience, the devs took it.
Anyone that has played a LEGO game before should feel right at home here. The LEGO stud collecting, breakable environments, light puzzle solving, and character-unlocking are all present in the game, but blown out to dizzying levels. There is a scope to LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga that should satisfy the collectible-obssessed in a way few games do. From upgrade paths for the various character archetypes (Jedi, bounty hunter, smuggler, etc.) to Kyber Bricks galore, there is no shortage of things for players to do when…