Wednesday, September 28

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, As Told By Steam Reviews

An image of Obi-wan versus Darth Maul with "can kill jar jar before he becomes a Sith 10/10" and "i still haven't figured out why the stars are going to war" overlay.

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Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is exactly what it says on the tin. The open-world action game is TT Games’ latest entry in the Lego Star Wars series, and it’s pure nostalgia for anyone who grew up watching the Star Wars movies. It’s reviewed very well for being faithful to the movies ahumorous, and our review called it “the best-looking Lego game ever made.” (Though it’s worth noting that those loving details were allegedly made under crunch conditions.)

The game is an ambitious adaptation that encompasses the entire Star Wars mainline saga, from The Phantom Menace to The Rise of Skywalker. It also includes a ton of side characters who had relatively little screen time in the movies. However, the sheer scale of its ambition also meant that the game was subject to several delays since it was originally announced in June 2019.

As of the time of writing, The Skywalker Saga has a little over 3,000 reviews on Steam, that average to a “Very Positive” rating. Many of them are incredibly enthused about the lore-specific details that the developers put into The Skywalker Saga. Some of them also seem (jokingly, I hope) horny for the Lego characters in the game. When I laid eyes on “its so epic and the padmussy and sarlussy got me acting UNWISE,” I had to Google what the heck a “sarlussy” was. Apparently, the Sarlaccs have more sex appeal than I initially assumed.

More sincere (and less horny) reviews praised the developers for their thorough attention to detail, and some say that it’s the best Lego Star Wars game yet made. Others remarked on the quality of the voice acting, which features several actors from the prequel movies.

The negative reviews were unimpressed by how empty the open world felt. Others panned the length of the game, since the missions felt relatively short compared to those in previous entries. The Lego game’s combat seemed “easy,” and players felt that there should have been more puzzles.

Here, as told by Steam reviews, is Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.

This is a fantastic game. TT Games have really outdone themselves and have crafted the definitive star wars game. You can really tell all of the time, love and affection that was pored into this experience. If you are a lego fan, play this game If you are a star wars fan, play this game If you are like me, and are both. Well then, you are in for a treat. So stop reading this review. Get the game right now. You will not regret it.

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You can kill younglings 10/10.

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I've spent like 10 minutes on the menu looking each characters' animations.

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 If you are looking for a relaxing and immersive journey through the star wars universe this is a must have game, i havent even gotten into the second episode and have already seen the scale of explorable areas, this game is massive, and unbelievably pretty and dynamic. from strolling through the streets of tatooine, to the massive palace in naboo, the scenery and interactions with the world make it a really enjoyable and calming game. While i would never expect this from a lego game, it is rather tame in regards to combat difficulty, at least from what ive experienced so far. Its unlikely that though the journey your heart will be racing, hands sweaty, mind racing as you try to beat the final boss of an episode, because that isn't TT style of lego games, rather the combat is satisfying and fluid, rewarding you for combos and parries and massive hoards o enemies to mow down and fling pieces everywhere!! Great game overall, definitely the pinnacle of TT games, however if you like intensity in a game, this may not scratch that itch, its relaxing and slower, but really really immersive.

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can kill jar jar before he becomes a sith 10/10

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 I was very excited for this when it was announced back in 2019. Unfortunately for me it did not live up to expectations. While visually stunning, it lacked any kind of depth or simple problem solving reminiscent of past titles. There seemed to be a lot of "go here" now "go here" with little to nothing other than very similar side quest filler. It may just boil down to me being too old or not liking the more open world concept vs the older more linear titles. It gives off a very large as a lake and as deep as a pond vibe. All in all I think it fits the age range it was meant for. Anyone below the age of 10 or anyone with a short attention span should totally pick this up but anyone wanting a newer and prettier Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga should not waste their money.

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 its so epic and the padmussy and sarlussy got me acting UNWISE. may the force be with you

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i still haven't figured out why the stars are going to war.

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I give it a thumbs down but really think it is just a meh game because the devs put a lot of love and care into it and made it follow the movies much better than the original games. That being said, if you are looking for an experience similar to the original trilogy game than don't buy this. In my opinion they gutted everything that made the original fun and replaced it with a lot of empty open world and near zero combat. Most of the game is spent going from place to place essentially seeing a lego set of the movies. I am incredibly underwhelmed. If I wanted to watch the dialog from the movies, I would just watch the movies. I came to smash things and solve puzzles and 99% of the smashing has been on random lego structures and the puzzles are badly placed and scattered across the open world rather than the actual missions. The only upside is how nice everything looks. Otherwise it totally fails in comparison to the original lego star wars games.  Update 1: I played through the first three episodes and the Phantom Menace was by far the most boring. I would argue that the game got progressively more fun, but there were a ton of missed opportunities. The main one being that they make you go check on Anakins mother in ep 2 but don't let you fight the sand people, instead they make you wander around for 15 minutes with no action and then give you a cut scene.

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One of the best LEGO games ever made, with amazing new features, great graphics for a LEGO game, amazing combat, is a dream game for a LEGO and Star Wars fan. It's a shame there isn't a photo mode, as it would be amazing to take pictures in this game.  Unfortunately I found a negative point, at least for me, and for those who are going to use keyboard+mouse it will be a little difficult to get used to the controls. The game has very little options for customizing the hotkeys, there are certain actions I would like to do with other hotkeys, but the game prevents me from using repeated hotkeys of my choice. The game has hotkeys that allow for various actions but I would like to choose what those actions would be instead of being predefined, since a keyboard contains several keys I think it wouldn't be a problem to have more choices and freedom in customizing the hotkeys. The game's sensitivity is also too high, even using the mouse's lowest DPIs, I still don't feel comfortable with the speed of camera movement.  This are minimal criticisms that may not affect many people, but if they are improved it would be great.

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Oh boy...Long HAVE I WAITED for this game. TT games really took a while to get ground with it. I was in shamble with every delay announcement., but I am glad things eventually worked out amazingly.  Not only we get additional content from the Mandalorian seasons and the Bad Batch, the game also runs amazingly well without any major frame rate drops.  The visual is by far the best the studio has put out. Though the lightsaber effects are still a bit weird when you turn around a little...No big deal though.  Things I wish to have in EA's battlefront 2 like Rogue One characters, the two series related contents I've mentioned above, more skins for iconic characters like Ben Kenobi and Kylo Ren, and BANTHA, are all in this game.  What's not to love? Except probably the absence of FOV slider and Online COOP. I hope they will add these two features in the near future, especially the FOV slider. This default view really would mess some people up during extensive play sessions, and I am one of them.  You don't have issues with these two things? Then hop your ass in and buy the game! Oh yes, you better buy the DELUXE EDITION. It gives you all the sweet characters from the Solo, Rogue One, the Mandalorian, the Bad Batch and some other stuff! Pretty good deal if you ask me, whether you are a fan of Star Wars/Lego or not. Trust me, this game will make you feel the love and efforts the developers have put in. Now I hope they get some good rest from those crunches.

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You can shoot Jar Jar Binks directly in the head, killing him instantly.

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This pains me to write. I have been looking forward to this for years, and I am not enjoying what they made for us. The levels are short. The few puzzles there are, are lackluster. Difficulty is non-existent. Over-the-shoulder gunplay is repetitive since Troopers are just blaster sponges.

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One thing that surprised me the most about this game was how short each level is compared to previous LEGO franchise games where you go through many modes within each level. I finished the entire Phantom Menace in just over an hour, while the time it took me to complete one level in 2016 Force Awakens Game about 45 minutes to an hour. That could be due to the 2016 game being the entire movie plot, but it was very surprising to have only the Gungan Battle Mission last merely 7-10 minutes. It reminds me of the Complete Saga game, if not a bit shorter.  I'm so happy that Lego incorporated the Clone Wars voice actors to VA their given characters in the Prequels. It was awesome to notice that.  Also, the open world mechanics are amazing and will for sure last you days just to cover one planet at a time. There are so many opportunities to complete civilian missions and collect kyber blocks to upgrade your skills. Using the holoprojector is still new to me, as that is where you will be able to access your freeplay characters and ships, as well as purchase unlockable characters.  One of the griefs that I have about this game lies within the DLC, and that is not having the ability to access the Bad Batch, Mandalorian Season 2, and Rouge One character packs. Part of my reason for buying the deluxe edition was for the immediate access to these amazing characters so it's a bit frustrating to have to wait longer till April 19 and May 4th.  The villain duels are flat out amazing to play, I am definitely replaying those missions just for the fun of it  If you're a die-hard fan of the Lego Star Wars Franchise I would absolutely recommend this to play.

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So far: + The graphics look great. + I actually like the mouse controls, I love being able to use my mouse to look around in a lego game. + Combat is fun, if not a little easy. + I like the upgrades.  HOWEVER  - The game feels scatterbrained. The cutscenes are longer than the gameplay. Blowing up the trade federation ship took all of a minute. There's too many hubs, the traveling system is very confusing at first. There's no prompts on how to unlock any of the characters. - It doesn't run well on my 3070ti. It's thermal throttling everytime there's more than 5 enemies. Very surprised. - The Remote-Play is terrible. I've been playing it with a friend and even though I'm using Keyboard and Mouse, he's always player 1 with a controller. The controls for it are glitchy. There's no Anakin vs Obi-Wan PvP Duel, player 2 simply spectates as C3PO. I would've much preferred an online co-op, I mean it's been 15 years.

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You can kill younglings so it's a win for me.

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This is officially my new favorite lego game. Yes, it's better than lego city undercover, and that's a really high bar for me. I'd even say it's better than the complete saga! I absolutely recommend that everyone who can, give this game a chance because it's well worth playing. The amount of effort and attention to detail put into this game is astounding. Fantastic job guys, this absolutely lives up to the expectations of fans of legos and star wars alike.  Also, PLEASE don't turn on mumble mode, the voice acting is really good.

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Refunded.  Feels nothing like the older Lego games. The older Lego games had beautiful, well-thought out level design and a nice hub world between levels. Clean User Interface, satisfying gameplay loop and sound effects, and consistent mechanics (E.G. 1 red brick per level, 10 minikits, True Jedi if I remember correctly).  I am sick and tired of shallow open-worldish bastardizations of games I used to love. This game's level design is dry and uninspired. The game has complicated menus and mechanics and holds your hand excessively while teaching you little of use at all. The old Lego games had so much soul and heart put into them. I would rather buy all those again and relive those good memories than play this game even were it given to me for free. I fail to understand why they tried to change so much when they already had perfected the formula with games like Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, and the Lego Indiana Jones Series.  Please do yourself and the rest of us a favor by avoiding this game like the plague. Maybe if enough of us do, they'll go back to making good games again. Honestly, just replay Complete Saga. At least you'll have fun. Trust me when I say you'd rather have your pinky cut off by the Dojima clan before you see what they've done to your childhood.

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