5 things I’m most looking forward to in LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

A gigantic LEGO set from Mos Eisley Cantina has been sitting unopened in my garage for over a year now, gathering dust. I’ll get around to it someday, but in the meantime I’ll be more than happy to play with my favorite LEGO Star Wars minifigures in the ridiculously epic LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga when it launches on April 5 for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

I have loved LEGO video games for years and play many of the great games like LEGO Star Wars II: The Original TrilogyLEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, and LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean† They were all great family-friendly games full of collectibles, humor and surprisingly deep platforming. The Skywalker Saga mixes this formula in many unique and exciting ways when it launches in a few weeks. Here are a few of those features I’m most excited about.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

New camera angle

The Skywalker Saga will not only make us revisit each of the major Star Wars movies, but it will also renew the way LEGO video games are played. Gone are the semi-isometric views of most LEGO video games, where you would have an overview of the world you are guiding your minifigures through. Now the camera is right over your shoulder, turning the LEGO gaming experience into a third-party action platformer, as you can aim through your blaster’s crosshairs and unleash awesome melee combo attacks. This not only shows off the excellent character modeling and highly detailed levels, but makes this feel like an all-new LEGO Star Wars experience, even if you’ve played the other games before.

Side Quests and Collectibles

Collectibles have been a core experience for LEGO video games for a while now. Replaying levels with unlocked characters, finding hidden passages, and collecting each mini kit are some of my most memorable moments in this series. That will be the case here again with Skywalker Saga, but now with a massive open world to explore that’s packed with side quests, secrets, and more. Got a taste of this during my recent hands-on time with the game, guiding a terrified gonk droid through a desert canyon, fending off Tusken Raiders along the way to get him to his master, Weequay, and unlock that minifigure as a playable character. With nine Star Wars movies worth of secrets and collectibles, I wonder if I’ll be able to find everything this time…

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Playing through the movies again

This time around, there is much more of a cinematic experience while playing the game as many of the scenes, levels, and dialogue are designed to closely mirror the movies. All the voice actors in the game do a fantastic job of channeling Luke, Leia, Kenobi and Han into minifigure form. Admittedly, I’ve only played early parts of “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” such as fighting stormtroopers on the Tantive IV, guiding 3PO and R2 over Tatooine, and starting a bar fight in Mos Eisley Cantina. If this level of quality continues through the rest of the remade movies, we’ll be in for a galaxy-sized treat.

Split screen co-op

As my oldest interest in gaming is starting to show, I’m always looking for the next great couch co-op game to play with her. This might be it. With split screen couch co-op, we can watch all of these movies together and play with some of her (and my) favorite characters in LEGO form. I didn’t get to try this mode – it wasn’t available in this hands-on session – but it’s a feature I’m really looking forward to trying out when the game comes out.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Laughing out loud

One of the best things carried over from previous LEGO games is the level of humor which is somewhere between dad jokes, peep jokes and Easter Eggs that always seem to hit just right. That was on full display here of what I’ve been playing, from Ben Kenobi looking nervous as Luke asks about his father, to the escape pod that functions like a washing machine, Luke with his blue milk mustache, and seeing Han and Greedo miss each other on the nick of time in the Cantina – the jokes all landed great. If this continues, and I have seen no reason to think otherwise, The Skywalker Saga would go down in history as one of the funniest games of the year.

Can’t wait to unlock more of this world when LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will be out April 5 on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. You can pre-order LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga on the Xbox Store today, so you’ll be ready on day one to begin your galaxy-sized adventure. Keep it tuned here on Xbox Wire for all the latest and greatest news about your favorite games.

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LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga

Warner Bros. Games


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$59.99

Pre-order the game and get day one access to the Trooper Pack. The digital edition also includes an exclusive classic Obi-Wan Kenobi playable character. Play through all nine Star Wars saga movies in a brand new LEGO video game like no other. Experience fun adventures, whimsical humor and the freedom to fully immerse yourself in the LEGO Star Wars galaxy. Want to play as a Jedi? A Sith? Rebel, bounty hunter or droid? LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga features hundreds of playable characters from across the galaxy. Whether on land or in space, you have a variety of vehicles at your disposal. Jump to the speed of light in the Millennium Falcon, fly the T-47 Airspeeder and fight TIE fighters in Resistance X-wings… it’s the ULTIMATE LEGO Star Wars experience.

Xbox Live

LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga

Warner Bros. Games


312

$59.99

Pre-order the game and get day one access to the Trooper Pack. The digital edition also includes an exclusive classic Obi-Wan Kenobi playable character. Play through all nine Star Wars saga movies in a brand new LEGO video game like no other. Experience fun adventures, whimsical humor and the freedom to fully immerse yourself in the LEGO Star Wars galaxy. Want to play as a Jedi? A Sith? Rebel, bounty hunter or droid? LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga features hundreds of playable characters from across the galaxy. Whether on land or in space, you have a variety of vehicles at your disposal. Jump to the speed of light in the Millennium Falcon, fly the T-47 Airspeeder and fight TIE fighters in Resistance X-wings… it’s the ULTIMATE LEGO Star Wars experience.