(Pocket-lint) – TT Games has been making Lego platformers for the last 17 years, starting with Lego Star Wars: The Video Game for PS2 and the original Xbox. Since then, it has produced numerous additional Star Wars episodes as full-fledged titles across multiple platforms, plus an extraordinary wealth of similar platformers based on other licenses – Batman, DC Comics, Marvel, Harry Potter, to name just a few.
In short, it’s been one of the most prolific development studios in the last couple of decades, delivering one of the most well-served games series. It’s impressive.
However, with so many games of a similar first released – over 25, in fact – the format and gameplay mechanics couldn’t help but feel overused. A reboot and rethink was long overdue, to be honest.
Now that’s exactly what we’ve got. And, what better way to kick off a new era of Lego platform games than by going right back to the beginning – hence, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.
Not only does it give TT Games an opportunity to debut its new 3D platform engine, but it introduces Lego Star Wars chapters set on The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker too – effectively giving you nine games in one.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga features plenty in its nine episodes for all age groups to enjoy, but we suspect kids will get the most from it.
The new 3D third-person perspective lends itself well to younger players, with no pixel-perfect jumps to worry about. And, they will undoubtedly lap up the exploration opportunities the open-world levels afford.
TT Games has certainly succeeded in its task to make the Lego series seem fresh again. We just wonder if, for us adults, it it would have been better to have tagged the new gameplay system to an all-new license or original story than rehash the well-trodden Star Wars saga once more.
We do feel this is a new, postive start for Lego games though – a new hope, if you like.
Lego Star Wars The Skywalker Saga
- Great new gameplay system
- Character progression
- improved combat
- Nine games in one
- Plenty of replayability
- The Star Wars story has been told countless times
- A few sound oddities
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As with the movies, The Skywalker Saga encompasses all three movie trilogies we’ve been treated to so far. And each episode runs for an impressive four to six hours of gameplay (if you zip through them). In addition, there is plenty of replay value thanks to secrets you can only unlock on a revisit, so there’s a lot of play time in total.
Impressively, you get to choose which trilogy you want to start with. From the beginning, you get the choice of kicking off the action with A Phantom Menace, A New Hope, or The Force Awakens. Completing each will unlock the next episodes in their respective trilogy.
Each episode also unlocks different planets and locations as you complete the story missions, which you can again revisit to grab collectables unavailable to you first time around. They are largely broken up into scenes and regions, with an open world type of feel to many of them. You can explore as much as you like too, as the story mission points give you an option to continue or not, so you can complete side puzzles, etc, before progressing.