NEW YORK (CNS) – “Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga” (Warner Bros.) continues the partnership between a classic sci-fi franchise and a timeless toy brand.

The result is a truly enjoyable experience suitable for a wide range of ages – mainly thanks to this title’s restrained portrayal of chaos.

The gameplay is rich and diverse, consisting of 45 stories and subplots as well as hundreds of characters. Thus, players will be delighted to return to the game’s vast resources many times. There are also plenty of secrets and hidden easter eggs to discover along the way.

Players not only visit familiar locations such as planets, moons, and spaceships seen on the big screen, but also new settings found in side quests and optional missions. Whether encountering nomadic sand people or industrious Jawas, players will be completely immersed in the virtual environment.

The fight involves the use of the laser guns and lightsabers featured in the film series, but no blood is spilled. Rather, when enemies are defeated, they simply separate into individual Lego pieces.

One scene features a bit of potty humor: a pile of brown Lego pieces can be seen on the floor next to a janitor. Still, overall the content is pretty sweet.

Crisp visuals, quality character modeling and a stellar soundtrack combine to make the game’s technical quality exceptional. And the underlying values ​​- conveyed by the implicit promotion of heroism, collaboration and family unity – echo those of the “Star Wars” universe as a whole.

Additionally, few of the warriors who fight here are gifted with the vaguely defined spiritual power called the Force, an element of George Lucas’ fictional cosmos potentially open to misinterpretation by impressionable youth. Therefore, this latest iteration of his “space opera” blockbuster is likely acceptable for tweens as well as teens.

Playable on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Nintendo Switch and Windows.

The game contains cartoonish violence, comedic mischief, and a scatological gag. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II – adults and adolescents. The rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board is E – everyone.

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Smith reviews video games for Catholic News Service.