The LEGO Star Wars titles have been a staple of LEGO games since they first found their formula with LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game back in 2005. It makes sense as we move to a new generation of consoles, and the first LEGO title since 2019's LEGO Movie 2 Videogame that another step forward would be taken. Now LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will collect together the events of Episodes 1-9 in a single game
Explore LEGO Star Wars At Your Own Pace
One of the first features of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga that was proudly shown to us was that you could begin from any of the Star Wars Movies in any order you wanted. Depending on what trilogy you prefer you can hop straight to Episode IV leaving romps on Naboo in Episode 1 for later in your journey. As you play through each of the levels and unlock hub areas, levels for free play, and more characters there's very little that LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will tell you that you can't do. Barriers to the different hub worlds and activities are also lessened as you can be in the middle of exploring the hub world of Tatooine and from a pause menu jump back into a mission from Episode IX.
Level by level gameplay
Each level will take you through an important event in the Star Wars storyline. Some of the scenes we were treated to were Darth Vader and his kidnapping of Princess Leia, and the boss fight against General Grevious from the beginning of Episode II. The formula for a LEGO title is still there, you'll be making your way through linear levels, defeating all kinds of droids, clones, or aliens to get to your goal. Expect plenty of puzzles along the way too, you'll need to move objects with the force, flip levels, or have droids like R2-D2 unlock gateways ahead.
A new addition is split-paths that will appear on your adventure. The example shown to us was where Leia could build a fire extinguisher to put out a burning hallway for safe progression, but those same pieces could become a gun to open up the cracked wall of a passageway. One required more of a puzzle to complete, while the other led you to a combat encounter. Ultimately these paths converged with one another pretty quickly, it's an illusion of choice, but still, a fun choice to make depending on how you like to play LEGO games.
Of course, it also wouldn't be a LEGO game if there weren't all kinds of collectibles for you to earn. The main collectible for LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is the Kaiber Brick. With over 1100 in the game, you'll be picking these up EVERYWHERE. You can obtain them by completing special objectives in levels, earning enough studs (the currency of the LEGO games), and completing side-quests/discovering them in the open world. For collectible hunters, this game will be a long one, but even a casual player will find it hard to walk ten steps without accidentally tripping over one.
Combat has been redone completely
Since that original LEGO Star Wars as we've been treated to LEGO editions of Batman, Avengers, Ninjago, Harry Potter, The Incredibles, and more the combat has always been the same. Mash a button for the same combo, and every now and then throw in a jump strike or a special attack. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga now has a combo system built-in. You can still play the game mashing attack, but you can now launch your enemies into the sky for air combos or learn patterns for attacks that will cause AoE damage potentially speeding up your combat.
Through this demonstration of everything from hand to hand combat on the ground, to space warfare high above the planet's surface it shows that TT Games is really aware of where the formula could have tweaks to improve it, while staying extremely faithful to the LEGO formula that has been working for them so well for the past 17 years. If you're someone who enjoyed LEGO games but their "same-ness" potentially turned you away from them in recent years then this might be the LEGO game that's worth hopping back onto the bandwagon.
TechRaptor would like to thank TT Games for giving us the opportunity to check out this early look at LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.