As a seven year old in 2007 playing LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, I would have never pictured that in 15 years I would still be playing a LEGO Star Wars game. But here I am indulging myself in the nostalgic masterpiece that is LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.
With the inclusion of all nine of the core films and featuring over 300 playable characters from the Star Wars franchise, The Skywalker Saga is the biggest and best LEGO video game to date.
As an adult, I didn’t expect to be interested playing a ‘children’s’ game as much as I have. Working my way through The Skywalker Saga, I’ve found it easy to spend hours immersing myself in the playful yet engaging gameplay.
Like previous LEGO Star Wars games the core levels/missions come within the nine episodes/films. Consisting of five levels per episode, each trilogy takes an estimate of six hours to complete.
Now an adult, I find it harder not to focus on smaller details such as gameplay, graphics, etc. The Skywalker Saga provides a much improved game whilst maintaining a similar feel to LEGO games of old.
There are notable and pleasing changes to the newest instalment of the LEGO Star Wars series. This game is more visually stunning and much more ‘alive’ than LEGO games in the past, things I now can appreciate much more than in my childhood.
One of the biggest improvements on the previous instalments is the more intricate combat with a revamped, more engaging experience on previous titles. Lightsaber wielders now behold a variety of combo attacks and force moves unique to each specific character, while characters wielding a blaster now possess over the shoulder shooting.
After completing the main stories in The Skywalker Saga, I was surprised to learn I had experienced under 50% of the content included. Distant to the LEGO Star Wars games I played as a child, The Skywalker Saga goes into incredible detail outside of the main missions.
Now more of an open free to play map of the galaxy, I was amazed to see that The Skywalker Saga allows players to roam free outside of the nine episodes. Players have the ability to explore the regions we see in the films, making it increasingly easier to get sidetracked, distracted by the galaxy and the side missions found within.
Exploring the galaxy at first is overwhelming, but with some experience it became the most engaging aspect of the game. One second you will have completed a main story mission, the next you will have accepted a mission from a random side character.
Overall, I found LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga to be a fun, engaging and a nostalgic homage to the films. It exceeded my expectations by bringing a remastered and refreshed experience on the previous LEGO Star Wars games from my childhood.
Now available on all platforms, I suggest this game to people of all ages.
Original photos by Robbie Stewart