Fans of Star Wars will soon have the opportunity to relive all 9 main films in brick form. There have been delays, but the Lego franchise’s debut on new-gen consoles is almost finally here. TT Games have a lot planned to make sure that the long-awaited Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is their best entry yet. 7 of the films have already appeared in previous games, so keeping the experience fresh is important. Otherwise, this upcoming release could seem more like a remaster than a new game entirely.
A recent gameplay overview video saw the developers dive deep into what fans can expect. What was shown off was very exciting and has given people high hopes. Let’s look at 5 reasons why the new Lego Star Wars could be the best game in the series.
Enhanced Close Combat
Combat in Lego games was once limited to just mashing the punch button, but it’s a system that has improved over the years. The Marvel and DC titles allowed players to execute combo strikes and special moves, for example. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, however, looks to feature the most complete close combat experience. Characters wielding lightsabers, their fists, or any other weapon will be able to dodge or block attacks and perform special combo moves. The gameplay video even showed off an air combo. Lego Tekken anyone?
The health display for enemies has been changed from hearts to a standard bar, which is a small yet drastic change. This will allow for tougher boss fights. In previous titles, bosses would typically have three hearts and could be relatively easy to defeat. Now, battling The Emperor will feel as challenging as it should be. That new dodging mechanic will come in very handy. It’ll be interesting to see how this combat system evolves for TT Games’ future projects. For now, though, it’ll play an important part in making this Star Wars game the best Lego entry yet.
300+ Playable Characters
Each Lego game seems to have more and more characters that players can destroy objects with. In The Skywalker Saga, there will be over 300 playable characters collated from all 9 films. From the most well-known heroes to obscure droids, it’s likely that your favourite Star Wars character will be included. If they’re not, then make sure to look out for them as one of the 500 NPCs scattered throughout the planets. Having over 800 characters overall, excluding future DLC, shows how much the developers care about the beloved sci-fi franchise.
One major new feature involving characters is classes. Each character will be assigned one of nine classes. These include Jedi, Hero, Dark Side, and Astromech Droid. Every class has abilities that will unlock progressively, and can then be upgraded using collectible Kyber Bricks. It’s a great RPG-like addition that adds surprising depth to a Lego game. Players should have extra motivation to hunt for these special bricks. It’ll be interesting to see just how powerful characters can become, especially those in the Dark Side class.
An exciting feature that the latest trailer showed off was space battles. These take place when traveling between planets, placing players in fast-paced combat sequences. There will also be side missions available that will unlock new vehicles. VR support, unfortunately, will not be happening for all the Squadrons fans. This looks to be a great addition though that helps towards making Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga the best and most complete Lego game yet.
It’s currently unknown how many vehicles will be playable and what the options will be. It’ll also be intriguing to know whether they will be divided into upgradeable classes just like the characters. Will players be able to add an extra gun to a TIE Fighter or add a boost to it? There’s still plenty to discover with this game when it releases on April 5th. TT Games’ new upgrade system has added many cool new possibilities for this entry and the franchise’s future.
New Shooting Gameplay
Along with close combat, shooting is another system that has seen potentially positive changes. Players will now enter into a third-person, over-the-shoulder camera angle when aiming a blaster. This seems a lot easier than previous Lego games. The days of fighting with a slow-moving reticule are finally over. A nice bit of detail added is that an enemy will react to a certain body part being shot. In the trailer, for example, a Stormtrooper grabbed their left leg in pain after being shot there. It’s a good change from enemies either just standing there or reacting the same way to every attack.
The new camera angle has also allowed for a cover system to be added. Characters can hide behind walls or objects and peek out to fire a few shots when able to. This hints that there may be some intense shootouts to look forward to throughout The Skywalker Saga. Hopefully, there will be upgrades for blasters in the Hero class that can give players an advantage in those shootouts. Gunplay is something that needed improving in the Lego series for a while, and this Star Wars entry is a great place to start making much-needed changes.
For many years now, TT Games have focused on increasing the amount of free-roam that the Lego series offers. This time around, there will be many explorable planets and moons such as Tatooine and Endor. Certain ships like the Death Star will also feature exploration. These hubs will be packed with side missions. Examples include NPCs asking for favours and mini-games. There will also be various different collectibles to find. Getting to that special 100% will be more challenging than ever before with the amount of content.
An enhanced graphics engine means that each hub will be filled with gorgeous visuals as residents go about their lives. Snowy planets will look dark while sunny planets will have the bright sky beaming down onto characters. It’s clear that a lot of work has gone into making bricks look so good. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will surely feature the best visuals seen in the franchise. They are just one of many improved features to look forward to on April 5th, where we may just see the greatest Lego game yet.
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