Tuesday, November 12, 2013

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes : Game Review (Xbox 360/PS3)

"LEGO MARVEL Super Heroes" continues the long tradition of LEGO games based on famous pop culture franchises. So far we have seen Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Batman, DC Heroes, Lord of the Rings, & finally it's Marvels turn.

The game takes place within a hub world based on Manhattan island. The island is fully explore-able, complete with common landmarks such as Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. The map is large, detailed, and a lot of fun to explore, be it on foot, through the skies, or even by LEGO vehicle. New York is bursting with charm, with so many everyday objects represented in LEGO form. It's really quite adorable.

Stages are strung together throughout the map, and can be replayed to find extra collectibles. Collectibles are where the game really shines. With 155 Lego characters to unlock and play, as well as many vehicles to ride, and comics to read. The game will keep you exploring for many hours to reach that elusive 100% completion goal.

The stages are the same as before. You play as two or more characters (or co-op with a friend) and work your way through the landscape, fighting enemy LEGOs and hitting everything in sight to increase your stud count. The stages are broken up with puzzles, which are fairly paint by numbers and will rarely leave you scratching your head.

The story is classic marvel, and involves a dramatic end of the world story line with a comical LEGO twist. There are a few laugh out loud moments, and every character has their own fight animations as well as idle animations that are bound to elicit a smile.

The game hub also includes a massive S.H.I.E.L.D. Heli-Carrier high above the city (much like the one from the Avengers film). It is here you manage most of your collectibles, and can select to repeat stages from the main deck (however you can also do this by selecting a stage in the map). Sky diving from the carrier to Manhattan below is one of the games highlights. The sense of speed, and watching the massive explore-able hub world fly towards you is an epic sight I am yet to tire of. I had a lot of fun playing through this game, the only hindrance was the game crashing, although this rarely happens (happened twice through my 30hrs of play).

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes hits PS3, XBOX360, and Wii U in Australia on November 13. It is the best LEGO game to date and a sure hit for fans of either LEGO or MARVEL. "LEGO MARVEL Super Heroes" gets a score of 4.5 / 5.

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