LEGO Star Wars: Building Toward a Better Future


Graphic made by Christian Casas De Leon

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away – in 2007 – Traveler’s Tales (TT Games) released LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga to include the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy. Fifteen years later, TT Games Games released “The Complete Saga’s” spiritual successor in the form of “LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.”

Production for “The Skywalker Saga” began in 2017 and had an initial release date of Dec. 20. 2020 but was pushed back to April 5, 2022. Despite the game being delayed by almost two years, the game still delivered everything it promised and more. TT Games employees worked overtime and faced a crunch to finish the game that had already been delayed.

Despite the delay, TT Games has an outstanding history of releasing fan-favorite games.

TT Games have an impressive 35 LEGO video games dating back to 2005 when they released “LEGO Star wars: The Video Game”. Every game they have released since then has been a smashing success. TT Games has made every LEGO video game to date and has been a cornerstone of the video game industry.

If there is one thing TT Games knows how to do it’s follow current trends and incorporate them into their video games. TT Games’ LEGO video games are well known for their ability to adapt an accurate story and retell it in a humorous way that is enjoyable for all ages. Christopher Casas De Leon, a 21 year old graduate from Cypress Creek High School still finds the Skywalker Saga to be very enjoyable.

“Even as a 21 year old I still find the game funny and I found myself playing the game for hours on end”, said De Leon.

The Skywalker Saga set out to tackle a seemingly difficult task of covering all nine Star Wars movies spanning from the prequel era all the way to the sequels. Despite this, TT once again did a fantastic job of making sure each movie had their fair sure of gameplay.

Players can start the game from the beginning of any trilogy, however, they must complete the first chapter of each trilogy before moving on. For example, players can start with “A New Hope” but you cannot jump to “Return of the Jedi”.

Each level is full of small easter eggs and jokes. During the first mission of “A New Hope”, there are game covers of the first LEGO video games hidden in vents. Throughout the game, the game offers different solutions on how to solve puzzles and each level offers different ways to complete the level which allows the player to play freely.

Despite each movie having its own chapter the story often feels rushed but is still able to tell the story and fill it with memorable parts. “The Skywalker Saga” more than makes up for its somewhat rushed story missions by giving the player hundreds of side missions and puzzles to solve.
The game not only aims for younger audiences but for the more mature players as well. While a child might enjoy just playing through the story, the game offers the more serious player hours of extra gameplay. For the completionist player, there are more than 300 characters, 69 ships, 5 capital ships, and 45 micro ships to unlock.

Additionally there are 23 planets spanning the entire Star Wars series to explore, Each planet holds its own puzzles and easter eggs. There are hundreds of puzzles, mini kits, and kyber bricks to unlock in the game. Kyber bricks are used to unlock character upgrades and level up the skill tree. However, leveling up is not necessary to complete the game, so the younger audience will not have to spend hours hunting down that extra kyber brick to level up.

Much like with every LEGO game “The Skywalker” series already has 7 DLC packs available for purchase. These 7 packs consist of the Mandalorian Season 1 pack, Mandalorian Season 2 pack, Solo: A Star Wars Story pack, Classic Characters pack, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story pack, Trooper pack, and The Bad Batch pack. Each character pack contains its own set of unique characters.

In typical LEGO game fashion, TT Games has added lots of new mechanics to the game that have not been seen before. The new combat system allows players to chain attacks into combos when playing as any character and allows players to dodge attacks. Jedi can now use the force more freely. By picking up and throwing most environmental objects, or using the ability force push. Jedi can now throw their lightsabers as well. TT Games has also added an over-the-shoulder shooting and a cover mechanic to characters who use blaster rifles.

The developers at TT Games have poured a lot into The Skywalker Saga which is clear to see. Throughout the game, two characters will have a short conversation.

“Have you ever heard of the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? We can’t keep doing this. You have told me countless times”, shows one in-game exchange between Darth Sidious and Darth Vader

Even characters who have never met in the movies will have conversations, such as General Grievous asking Darth Maul if he can hold his lightsaber.

Throughout the video game, players might recognize some familiar voices throughout the story. Many actors and voice actors have returned to reprise their roles. A majority of the voice acting cast from the “Clone Wars” show have returned to reprise their roles and, most including James Arnold Taylor, Matthew Lanter, and Catherine Taber as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Padme Amidala respectively.

The cast also contains many of the original actors from the movies such as Billy Dee Williams. Williams played Lando Calrissian in the original trilogy and in the sequel trilogy. The cast goes on and on, containing fan favorite actors and voice actors alike.

Throughout the game it is evident that TT Games has poured a lot of attention into this latest installment of the game series. For both casual players or completionists, “The Skywalker Saga” is sure to keep players entertained with hours worth of gameplay and laughs.