The new Lego Star Wars game is massive, unbelievably massive. That's not always a good thing, sometimes games could benefit from being a bit more focused but in the case of Lego Star Wars making it this big feels like the best decision they could have made. And when I say massive I mean it, there are 24 planets each with several districts and key locations with a ridiculous number of side missions and activities to take part in. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga offers the best way yet to explore the absolutely huge Star Wars Universe. If you're a completionist the size of the game might be a bit a daunting with 225 minikits, 731 puzzles, 135 challenges, and 140 side missions but it definitely adds to the replayability of it.
Despite the size of it, at no point does the Skywalker Saga get boring or repetitive. It zips through each film pretty quickly, the Phantom Menace took me a couple of hours at most (although I wasn't doing every challenge and puzzle in the first playthrough), it definitely assumes you've already watched Star Wars. At first it was a little jarring the way it jumped from plot point to plot point but on second thoughts I definitely think it makes sense to do it like that. Very few people are going to be playing this if they haven't watched Star Wars and if they haven't watched it then it serves as a great entry point. It might have been nice for each movie to be a bit longer but I understand the limitations that writers and developers face especially when adapting a nine movie series so I can't really fault them for that.
It's time to talk about the big change. The game uses a more traditional video game over the shoulder third person camera rather than the regular top down Lego game camera, and it's a great change. It is a little odd at first if you're used to the older style Lego camera but once you get used to it it's great and I really hope that this is the new precedent for any upcoming Lego games. Changes like this are really what helps set it apart from being just another Lego Star Wars game (and there have been a lot of them). It also helps highlight just how good this game looks, the Lego pieces look better than ever, I'm a huge fan of the little plastic moulding lines and the slight gloss effect on the printed parts , little touches like this really add to the game, the non-lego stuff looks excellent too (not that that's what you're playing for). I don't know how the graphics will hold up on the Switch (I wasn't willing to pay for it twice to find out) but I'm sure it looks pretty great on there too.
There are some truly excellent missions and set pieces in each movie, every lightsaber fight, every space battle, every major war scene (e.g Crait and Hoth) is executed so unbelievably well. One moment that stands out is the Podrace which was always notoriously hard in the original Prequel Trilogy Lego game but is super well done and relatively easy in this one, it's really interesting to see how much more accessible and better to play video games have become in recent years. The fact that it's so easy to pick up and play the major moments like this makes it so easy to immerse yourself in the worlds of Star Wars without being at risk of breaking a controller while struggling to navigate Beggar's Canyon in a Pod Racer.
Basically what I'm trying to say is that this game is as good as every other Lego game and better. The classic Lego game humour is still there (you can even switch back to the classic mumble mode if you want), collecting minikits is still there, all of the silly variations of characters like christmas Darth Vader are still there. If you've always been a fan of these games you'll definitely still be a fan but if you weren't then maybe this is the perfect game to get on board with. Lego has never been more fun to play with, not even real life Lego. I can't wait to see what else they do with these games in the future, I'd love to see them revisit Indiana Jones and Batman with this style of game, but I'd also like to see what new franchises they visit (maybe something like the Simpsons or one of the other silly franchises Lego often works with).
It's quite a brief review today because I still haven't finished the full game but I'm sure I'll revisit it in future articles. I do, however, have a rating... drum roll.... Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga gets itself a 10 out of 10! It really is the perfect Lego game and the perfect Star Wars game, I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a new game to have a bit of fun with whether they like Star Wars or not. While you're here why don't you check out the first episode of the Cloven Hoof podcast it's not a ten out of ten but it is pretty good.