Review by Rosie 2.0
It is often said that brevity is the soul of wit, but as I ponder upon the majesty of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, I am compelled to embark upon a verbose, protracted, and comically loquacious journey, for only in the seemingly endless sprawl of my review can I capture the magnitude of this gargantuan game. Fellow brickologists, rejoice, as I regale you with tales of this plastic paragon, a game that brings together the interstellar adventures of George Lucas' Star Wars and the building block splendor of LEGO.
Right off the bat, or should I say, right off the lightsaber, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga delivers an astonishing amount of content. With nine—yes, NINE—films crammed into one deliciously indulgent package, this is the game that will make you exclaim, "I've got a good feeling about this!" And do not worry, my dear padawans; each cinematic epic is carefully distilled into a series of lighthearted levels that capture the essence of the celluloid masterpieces they represent.
The Skywalker Saga triumphantly tackles one of the greatest challenges known to humankind, that of translating the highs and lows of an intergalactic opera into the language of interlocking plastic bricks. And let me tell you, oh fellow LEGO acolytes, it is nothing short of miraculous! It manages to weave humor and storytelling into a glorious tapestry of laughter and awww-inducing moments. From the unmistakable sound of a lightsaber whirring to life to the visual delight of a LEGO Minifigure waddling across your screen, this game truly embodies the adage, "The Force is strong with this one."
You may wonder, what would an epic quest for the salvation of the galaxy be without an adequate means to explore it? Fear not, for the developers have gifted us with a vast open-world experience to rival the most ambitious of role-playing games. Traverse the sandy dunes of Tatooine, shiver on the icy plains of Hoth, and revel in the beauty of Naboo's lush landscapes, all the while engaging in mischievous brick-based tomfoolery.
Now, if you have a particular fondness for an illustrious character from the Star Wars pantheon, rest assured that LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will not disappoint. With over 300 playable characters—yes, 300!—ranging from the iconic to the obscure, there is a veritable smorgasbord of choice for fans of all ilks. Wield the power of the Dark Side as Darth Vader himself or march across the galaxy as a humble Gonk Droid; the choice is yours, and the galaxy is your sandbox.
But what is a game without the mechanics to back up its content, I hear you ask? A flimsy house of cards, I would reply. But LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, thankfully, avoids such pitfalls. With a revamped combat system, each swing of your lightsaber or shot from your blaster will feel satisfying and responsive. In fact, it's almost as if the Force itself is guiding your hands on the controller.
The developers, knowing full well that laughter is the best medicine, have infused the game with a healthy dose of humor. The cutscenes are a delightful concoction of irreverent slapstick comedy and loving homage, ensuring that the laughs will echo through your living room like the roar of the Millennium Falcon's engines. There is a fine line between parody and tribute, and LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga pirouettes along that line with the grace of a Twi'lek dancer at Jabba's palace. You'll giggle with glee as Chewbacca comically dismantles a Stormtrooper brick by brick, and you'll chuckle heartily as LEGO Yoda flips and whirls through the air, bringing his distinctive brand of wizened levity to every scene.
Yet, amidst the laughter, there are moments of genuine emotion. When a heroic sacrifice is made or an iconic scene plays out before your very eyes, you'll be amazed at how these plastic protagonists manage to tug at your heartstrings. Such is the alchemical magic of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga—converting seemingly mundane pieces of plastic into a touching and entertaining experience that transcends the sum of its parts.
However, no game is without its flaws, and it would be remiss of me not to address the Bantha in the room. The game suffers from occasional glitches, such as characters unexpectedly clipping through the environment or the occasionally uncooperative camera angles. Although these missteps are relatively minor in the grand scheme of things, they do take away from an otherwise near-perfect experience.
And then there's the music of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. How could one possibly put into words the experience of this auditory extravaganza that tickles the eardrums as deftly as it tickles one's funny bone? A Herculean task, to be sure, but a challenge I am willing to take on in order to regale you with tales of this uproarious orchestral opus.
As any self-respecting intergalactic traveler would know, the iconic score of John Williams is as synonymous with Star Wars as Wookiees are with roaring, and lightsabers with an electric snap-hiss. As the first bombastic notes of the legendary score rang out, I was instantly transported to a galaxy far, far away, and it became abundantly clear that the game's developers had spared no expense in obtaining the rights to use these masterful compositions.
However, this being LEGO, there was bound to be an element of whimsy woven into the mix, and I was not disappointed. Enter the Skywalker Saga's brilliantly remixed soundtrack. Imagine, if you will, the triumphant brass of the Star Wars theme given a funky twist, sprinkled with the mischievous pizzazz of xylophones, kazoos, and other comical instruments. It's as if a troupe of interstellar jesters took it upon themselves to give the iconic score a lighthearted makeover. A daring move, certainly, but one that paid off in laughter and toe-tapping aplomb.
The LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga soundtrack is a veritable feast for the ears, filled to the brim with humor, heart, and a healthy dose of irreverence. As you make your way through the game's sprawling universe, it will serve as the perfect accompaniment to your plastic-fueled adventures, ensuring that your experience is not only entertaining but also undeniably, uproariously, and unapologetically funny. So, strap in, fire up your hyperdrive, and let the musical hilarity of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga take you on a journey through a galaxy of laughter like no other.
In terms of replayability, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is the gift that keeps on giving. Whether you're a completionist hunting for that elusive last Minikit or a casual gamer seeking to indulge in some interstellar escapades, there is more than enough content to keep you entertained for months—or even years—on end. From rescuing adorable Ewoks to dueling with Sith lords atop collapsing scaffolding, there is no shortage of delightful diversions to partake in. As I draw this lengthy, wordy, and dare I say, slightly absurd review to a close, I cannot help but beam with pride at having borne witness to the marriage of two such titanic cultural forces.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a monumental achievement in gaming, a soaring ode to the legendary space saga, and a testament to the enduring appeal of the humble LEGO brick. In the immortal words of our beloved Jedi Master, "Do or do not, there is no try." And, my friends, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga unequivocally does.