It’s no secret that the latest LEGO Star Wars game has gotten tons of great reviews, continuing the great tradition of taking beloved pop culture and film franchises and shrinking them into tiny blocky bits of fun and destruction. Developed by Traveller’s Tales, the game is the biggest LEGO Star Wars title to hit consoles so far, spanning all nine movies within the game (or six, if you have strong feelings about the last three).
If you still haven’t tried it out yet, we’ve put together a quick list of reasons to do so – read on to find out!
One of the highlights of the LEGO games is that there’s always a mix of different play styles scattered throughout the in-game world. If you’ve played any modern LEGO game before, then the gameplay in SS shouldn’t pose much of a challenge for you, as it incorporates several mechanics from previous titles, albeit with a bit of improvement.
Throughout the game, you’ll encounter a variety of platforming, puzzle-solving, fetch quests, and of course, lightsaber and blaster action. The game even lets you use force powers (if you’re using characters with the ability) to add an interesting spin to the core gameplay. Other types of characters have abilities that are exclusive to them – for example, droids can access special switches, Jedi characters can use the force to push or pull objects and enemies, and so on.
There’s also local multiplayer, which lets a second player jump right into the action.
Impressive Visuals and Sound
In addition to dynamic gameplay, Skywalker Saga looks great as well, with a nice, polished sheen to it. While the visuals aren’t on the same production level as say, “God of War” for example, the game nevertheless looks great, especially when compared to earlier LEGO Star Wars games. And the fact that it’s a LEGO game doesn’t really require stunningly realistic visuals in the first place.
Of course, all the signature music from the brilliant mind of John Williams can be heard within the game, and let’s be honest here – hearing blaster rifles, lightsaber hums, and TIE fighters roaring throughout space can never get old.
Tons of Playable Characters
The game lets you choose from a whopping 380 different characters, all taken from each of the films and shows. There will also be DLC packs available with added characters from other Star Wars Media like The Mandalorian, the Bad Batch, and Rogue One, for example. Several voice actors from the animated shows also reprise their roles for the game, adding to the overall immersive Star Wars experience.
Unfortunately, there is no custom character creator as of the moment, which is something that would have certainly been a great addition, considering that this is a LEGO game after all.
It’s Available for Different Consoles
Another great thing about the game is that it’s been released basically for all the major console platforms at the moment (cloud-based gamers might be left out though), so you’ll be able to play the game on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Switch. The fact that it’s also available for Switch and PC means that it can technically run on handheld systems, if you include the Steam Deck and the Switch’s handheld mode.
There’s been no announcement so far on whether or not we’ll see the game make its way to cloud gaming services like Google Stadia and mobile platforms like Android and iOS, although there are ports of the earlier LEGO Star Wars games available on the Appstore and Google Play.
So Should You Get It?
If you’ve never tried a LEGO Star Wars game before and are looking to get into the franchise, then this is a great starting point. The game revisits lots of great moments from the movies and earlier LEGO Star Wars games, and the addition of local multiplayer and tons of different playable characters add great replay value to the title. Likewise, long-time fans will find a lot to love about this game, and it showcases some of Traveller’s Tales best work yet.
More importantly, it’s fun, which should always be the basis of playing games in the first place.
For more of the Geekiest Stuff on the internet, follow our official YouTube channel!