I have never played a LEGO video game.
A simple declarative statement to start things off and let you know generally how my tastes are calibrated. With that in mind I can safely say that LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is the best LEGO game that I have ever played.
The rise of LEGO as a video game property came at a time when I wasn’t paying too much attention to video games in general. If I was going to plunk down a sizable portion of my paycheck at the time it would either be for a game that I was sure to like or actual LEGO. I, and I’m sure many other like me, am of the opinion that assembling LEGO has replaced building ships in bottles as a distinguished hobby for the older gentleman or woman.
In no way am I mistimed by the success of the LEGO game genre, however. Everyone loves LEGO and they’ve gotten ahold of some similarly beloved properties to make games out of and it was just a matter of time before I succumbed to peer pressure and actually played one.
For the purposes of this review I blew the dust off my PS5 (the ultimate flex is to spend years hunting for one and then not use it), fired up my 4K TV that’s big to the point where I must be compensating for something and get to LEGO-ing.
Right from the get go the game is gorgeous. It’s good looking to the point where I wanted to invite neighbors and passersby on the street into my home to show it off. I wanted to take an Instagram selfie with the screen and caption it “One week with this king #blessed.” I’m not sure what kind of alchemy goes on inside the PS5 and I’ve heard terms such as “ray tracing” and “60 FPS” but I can only assume that there is some kind of dark magic at work here.
Echoing EiC Andy Burns’ review of the Nintendo Switch version, it’s a fun game. It’s looks great, it’s fun and I have NO idea what I’m doing. I absolutely do not CARE that I don’t know, I’m just having fun with the side missions, smashing things to bricks, and building stuff in game. The sub menus I’ve been brave enough to look at have freaked me the hell out with their sheer scope but when a game is this accessible learning about that sort of thing can wait.
The voice acting is also top notch as well. There’s a good mix of returning Star Wars film actors along with Clone Wars voice actors that all the characterizations I’ve encountered are spot-on. The game is funny too which I was surprised at. It’s a good natured send up of the Star Wars franchise and and will probably wind up as universally loved as the movies it lampoons.
It is it’s…destiny.