We’ve only had a couple of days to properly dive into everything TT Games’ latest title has to offer, so our review is still a work-in-progress. But a handful of outlets have published their final verdicts on LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, and the signs are pretty good for those of us who’ve been waiting nearly three years for this game to land on consoles.
In advance of the saga-spanning sequel finally arriving tomorrow, and our review landing online later this week, here’s a quick round-up of reactions from other publications, along with their review scores where applicable.
IGN: “LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga provides some rollicking reimaginings of Star Wars’ most iconic moments and seats them inside a series of interplanetary playgrounds that are dense with discovery and entertaining diversions. Certain elements like its upgrade and cover systems feel somewhat superfluous, and co-op has some notable drawbacks, but there were otherwise enough laugh out loud gags and surprising shifts in gameplay to keep me thoroughly engaged from the opening crawl of Episode I all the way through to the end of Episode IX – which is more than I can say for the actual movies.” 8/10
Destructoid: “If you get this to play with someone else at home, you’ll more than get your money’s worth. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga doesn’t reinvent the wheel and the subject matter is limited because the narrative mostly adheres to the film trilogies (when can we get a Rebels LEGO game?), but it’s a fun way to relive them as an adult and show them to kids at the same time.” 7.5/10
NME: “LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a staggering game. By surrounding the linear co-op campaign fans remember with a gorgeous, gigantic open world full of things to do, TT Games has brought its golden goose up to speed, making its charming Star Wars adaptation more complete and accessible than ever. But 2005 was a long time ago, and the industry has long moved on from some of the quirks of TT’s definitive LEGO game design. This is reflected in The Skywalker Saga’s many new features and sweeping changes – but when you reinvent the wheel, sometimes you end up running yourself over.” 4/5
Metro: “As one of the only examples of a mainstream, multiformat local co-op game, the LEGO games have always been great at demonstrating the joys of gaming to non-believers, but The Skywalker Saga even more so. The learning curve is a little steeper but as a result it is now the perfect gateway game for multiple different genres, as well as being a pleasure to play through from beginning to end.” 9/10
Game Informer: “Despite being periodically uneventful, the Skywalker Saga is a thorough and fun examination of all three Star Wars movie trilogies. It delivers the same sensation of being overwhelmed as opening a Blu-Ray collection of films and not knowing which one you should start with. The player can bounce between trilogies and veer off a story path at any time to explore the galaxy far, far away. Some discoveries may be as dull as sand, but others may deliver something great, like Babu Frik as a playable character or seeing what Kylo Ren’s bedroom looks like.” 8/10
Press Start: “When the twin suns set on my time with LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga, it was obvious to me that this production is lavished with love and worth every stud of its asking price. I’ve been around the block(s) with TT’s games for some 15 years now, and this is without a doubt the best thing they’ve ever snapped together. If you’re a gamer who’s young or young-at-heart-container, I’d be very surprised if this didn’t instantly click with you.” 8.5/10
VGC: “It feels like TT knows that this is very likely its last chance to do this series justice, and it’s not only done that, it’s created what is the very best LEGO game, and frankly, one of the best Star Wars games that has ever been made.” 5/5
Based on 31 early reviews, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is sitting at 84 on aggregation site Metacritic (on PlayStation 5). As more reviews file in over the days and weeks to come, that score could well go up or down, but things are looking pretty sweet for what’s rumoured to be TT Games’ swansong under its current exclusivity agreement.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga launches across all major gaming platforms tomorrow, April 5. There’s still time to pre-order the Deluxe Edition from LEGO.com in the UK, or place your order tomorrow (for VIP points and that free Blue Milk Luke polybag, no less) in the US and Europe. For now, find out everything you need to know about the game on our dedicated page.