A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While a fantasy sci-fi adventure, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga introduces positive themes like heroism, morality and ethics, friendship and family, commitment, and collaboration.
Positive Role Models
You can play as either good or evil characters, so they're either admirable role models or villainous ones. You can switch between humans, aliens, droids, and more -- often to accomplish a task that requires two or more people -- or when playing cooperatively with someone on the same screen. But this game is made out of virtual Lego bricks and the malevolent Empire doesn't really appear as too evil. To add some levity, some Stormtrooper officers are seen bathing or hot-tubbing (wearing boxer shorts).
The game is made up of Lego pieces, but there are male and female characters, young and old, alien and human (with different races and skin colors), and droids/robots, too. Therefore, there's decent diversity -- as far as a cartoon fantasy game goes. Many players will be familiar with the characters since they're based on iconic Star Wars films.
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Ease of Play
The game isn't very difficult to control, especially for those who've played any of the other Lego-based video games. The left analog stick moves the character, while the right changes the view of the action, while buttons are used to fire weapons, bunch or kick, activate an object (like grappling hook), talk with characters, and more. A tutorial mode familiarizes the gamer with the basics.
Violence & Scariness
While there's no blood, gore or deaths, Lego Star Wars: the Skywalker Saga does contain cartoon violence, such as shooting laser guns, using a lightsaber, blowing up objects, dogfighting in space, and so on. Fallen enemies and destroyed vehicles break into pieces and disappear.
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There isn't any inappropriate language but some "comic mischief" like seeing a character in their boxer shorts (underwear), perhaps taking a bubbly shower or in a hot tub with others. There's plenty of humor in this game, but it's not inappropriate.
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Products & Purchases
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is based on all nine of the main Star Wars movies. There's a Deluxe Edition that costs more, with extra content, plus there are seven optional DLC packs (downloadable content), such as adding new characters you can buy with real money, along with a Character Collection Season Pass (for all extras).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are a couple of scenes of a bar -- including early on in the Episode IV: A New Hope story, by visiting the Mos Eisley cantina -- but no one's drinking alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is an action adventure game for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. This is a cartoon fantasy adventure based on Lego characters and the nine original Star Wars movies. Just like the films they're based on, there's some violence, like shooting laser pistols and wielding light sabers, but enemies break into pieces and then disappear. You can play as both heroes and villains in this game, and the villains aren't portrayed as being as bad as they are in the movies. There's some comic mischief, too, like seeing a Stormtrooper's underwear. There are multiple versions of this game, including a deluxe edition, as well as downloadable content (DLC) available for purchase.
Is It Any Good?
This is an ambitious game that should more than satisfy fans of both Star Wars and Lego franchises. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is fun, hilarious, accessible and packed with content that can take a very long time to fully experience. But it's not without its issues, such as some repetitive and redundant missions, an expansive universe that can be both exciting and boring depending on where you are, and perhaps a "deja vu" experience for those who've played previous Lego Star Wars games. There are also some bugs, too, which should be squashed soon. Still, playing this is a blast. While you can complete stories and visit locations in any order, you'll start with Episode IV: A New Hope. Playing as Princess Leia, R2-D2, C-3PO inside a spaceship is fun, and you get a sense of the teamwork needed to complete missions, but the real fun is when you land on Tatooine and realize how much more open these worlds are compared to previous Lego Star Wars games. You can hop in a vehicle or run around on foot and explore the lands, including running into Sand People camps, visiting Stormtrooper-run areas, and watching Jawas go about their business. It's a blast for fans, and the sense of freedom is refreshing: a mini-map shows where you are, where you need to go, and other important info, so younger players shouldn't be overwhelmed by these big areas.
The main storylines, and side-missions, all tie into a larger story arc, but the openness of your options feels incredible. Speaking of the scope of the game, there are about 300 characters in total (not including the seven DLC packs with extras, like The Mandalorian and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and more than 1,000 collectible bricks (and many other goodies to find). But it's true that some areas are less exciting (especially when you need to travel for a while to get to where you're going, sometimes without a vehicle option), plus some quests are more memorable than others. There were also some issues with continuity and progression between the movie chapters that will supposedly be fixed with an update. But the game's Free Play mode is perfect once you complete the main 45 story missions (five per movie). The cooperative (co-op) option is fun on the same screen, and works as smoothly as previous games in the franchise. Combat is better with two instead of one and many of the puzzles require some help. Finally, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a great-looking game, played from a third-person view, with high-quality character models, huge set pieces, colorful lighting effects, and silky smooth animation. It sounds great, too, including great music, crisp sound effects, and impressive (soundalike) voice actors. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga really is a great game for novice and seasoned players alike. What it lacks in consistency it makes up for in ambition (and does trade depth for breadth), which is fine for the core age group of this title.
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