LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga review

With all 9 numbered Star Wars films being adapted in one game, is the force strong with this one?

Peter Lennon
9th May 2022
Image: TT Games
After being announced at E3 in 2019 and delayed several times, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga has finally been released. The Skywalker Saga features adaptations of all nine Star Wars episodes for the first time, but has it been worth the wait?
LEGO® Star Wars™ Skywalker Saga | Official LEGO® Shop GB
Image: TT Games

The Skywalker Saga has been one of my most anticipated games for the past few years, so I was incredibly excited to receive it a day early and dive in. Unlike previous LEGO games, The Skywalker Saga allows players to begin with any trilogy they like – prequels, original, and sequels. As a big fan of the prequel era of Star Wars and their adaptation in the original LEGO Star Wars games, I couldn’t wait to dive into Episode I.

Unfortunately, I lost a lot of heart for the game almost immediately. Similar to the Harry Potter games, The Skywalker Saga bridges its chapter levels (i.e., replayable levels) with in-hub story features. The idea is that you’ll be able to experience the whole story without the whole story being heavily designed levels. A good idea, right? Well, for The Phantom Menace this means there’s a lot of following senators about as they slowly walk from senate building to senate building.

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The levels themselves are weakly designed, with three out of the five chapters being vehicle missions. Though vehicle missions aren’t my favourite to begin with, these ones feel particularly dull, with the pod-racing being stripped down to a simple 3-lap circuit.

The good news, however, is that all the other episodes are massive steps up! Episode III jumps from boss fight to boss fight, which highlights the new fighting system. The Skywalker Saga has introduced a new combo system made up of light, heavy, and force attacks. This is a welcome addition to the series and makes the Jedi characters feel more fluid to play as. Like the rules of alchemy, however, this doesn’t come without an equal exchange. The dark side users have been severely downgraded, with attacks such as Force Lightning being integrated into the combo system. This means there’s free-running electrocution in the combat.

I’d urge people to play through the game with the original voice acting on in the initial playthrough

The presentation of the worlds really is beautiful, bringing the most fully realised version of the Star Wars universe to gaming. I particularly like the snow and sand effects; the character models become increasingly dusted as you walk about. It’s a shame that most of the hub worlds feature repetitive NPCs and side quests, making the vastness of the hubs feel sparse and empty at times.

Although TT Games has provided a “Mumble Mode” (available right from the get-go) to simulate the original LEGO Star Wars experience, I’d urge people to play through the game with the original voice acting on in the initial playthrough. The comedy and performances are LEGO Star Wars at its best, taking the mick out of the plots and providing slapstick along they way. You’ll find yourselves giggling throughout this nine-film saga!

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is far from a perfect game, but the sheer joy of exploring the universe with your favourite characters is too much to be burdened by its flaws. While I prefer the game design of the original games, Skywalker Saga has made enough improvements for me to hold it in similar esteem.

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AUTHOR: Peter Lennon
English Literature undergraduate. Although I primarily write for the Courier's Film section, I do love helping out in the Televsion and Gaming sections as well. I also organise and host livestreams/radio shows as FilmSoc's inaugural Head of Radio. Twitter: @PeterLennon79

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