The good folk over at Tell-Tale games and Warner Brothers Interactive have once again brought us another fun-filled Lego game to sink our teeth into.
Lego games have proven to be a huge hit over the past few years, and have brought us brick versions of some pretty big names (Lego Batman, Lego Jurassic World, Lego Lord of the Rings to name a few), this year, TT games brought us another franchise. They brought us Marvel’s Avengers this time, capitalizing on the juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Having played the game over the past week or so, we bring you our review of the Lego version of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
The game features over 200 playable characters, including characters returning ones from the previous game Lego Marvel Superheroes. The heroes are drawn not just from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the comics as well. Sadly though, due to licensing and movies rights, none of the X-Men, Fantastic Four, or Deadpool are included. There is also no sign of Spider-Man despite Marvel striking a deal with Sony to use him in their movies. One of the biggest new features included in the game is the character team up moves or Avenger Team Up moves as they are called. Every two characters have their own unique team-up abilities. There are even separate ones for what character is triggering the attack, meaning nearly 800 team-up moves. So the possibilities are endless when thinking of which two heroes to team up to see what their team up move is.
The games story is based mainly around the two Avengers movies (Avengers Assemble and Avengers Age of Ultron), there are 6 levels based on each Avengers movie, which provide us with key moments the player can see out in brick form. such as the opening scene in Avengers Assemble which sees Loki arriving through the portal, the battle of New York, the opening scene of Avengers Age of Ultron, the epic Hulkbuster fight scene, and the climatic battle in Age of Ultron. There are single levels based on Captain America: The First Avenger, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. One thing that you could fault the game for is cramming the 3 movies into one level, when they could have easily been fleshed out over 3 levels each or even released as downloadable content. There is also no levels based on the Guardians of the Galaxy or Ant-Man, which would suggest they will be released as DLC, the latter of which has been confirmed as a PS4 exclusive.
The game features New York City as the main large open world hub, but also, for the first time, includes a dozen other significant areas based on the movies that players can travel to, including Asgard (Thor) Malibu (Iron Man 3) South Africa (AOU), The Helicarrier, the Bartons’ farm (AOU), Washington DC (Winter Soldier) and Sokovia (AOU). These hubs also feature heavy playability, with hundreds of side quests and bonus quests such as rescuing Stan Lee from various perils, finding character tokens, vehicle tokens, golden bricks and fighting random crimes that pop up through out the levels, which are features that have already featured heavily in previous Lego games. This takes up the majority of the games total completion.
The game also features voice audio from the movies rather than an original voice cast like Marvel Superheroes had. So the Avengers quote the lines linked to the scenes in the movies when playing through levels, the cutscenes in between story levels also include this dialogue which gives the game an authentic feel to it. The soundtrack from the movies are also included, so you could be working your way through the battle of New York and the Avengers Assemble theme will be playing as you work your way through the level, this is a fantastic addition to the game as it recreates the scenes from movies with the only difference being the game is made of Lego.
Overall, Lego Marvel’s Avengers is another solid entry into the ever-growing franchise Tell-Tale games are building. It brings new features such as team up movies, and includes a vast open world through the various different HUB’s, but other than that there isn’t a lot of new features or anything that makes it different from other Lego video games other than it being based on the Avengers. That is not to knock that game, as always it is extremely fun to play and offers hours of fun, if you are a fan of the Lego video game series like we are, it is a game definitely worth picking up.