The Lego games have a huge appeal, and have covered all sorts of genres and subjects from Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean and even Lord of the Rings. They have a universal appeal and are enjoyed by kids and adults alike. There are probably quite a few adults that adore the Lego games from Traveller's Tales and after you play Lego Marvel Superheroes it's not hard to see why.
This is probably the biggest and best Lego game since LotR and Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes.
The Marvel roster is massive and the attention to detail in the game itself is pretty amazing. It's a real treat for Marvel fans and Lego game fans alike.Gameplay
By now the Lego game franchise gameplay should be fairly standard fare for anyone who's played, with its mix of character based abilities (and there are a lot in this one) and character gates locking off certain challenges until you acquire that character/power in your roster. Mixed with puzzles galore, massive battles and a fun/immersive story.
Lego Marvel Superheroes takes that gameplay we know and love, and improves on it by making this game one of the biggest/fun packed experiences yet. It's huge; it won't seem like it at first since you're confined to a level or two of exterior/interior mayhem with only a few characters. Tony Stark's Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk are on scene to outwit the villainous Sandman helped later by Spider-Man.
With the inclusion of such a diverse roster of characters, TT has been able to create even more fiendish setups and puzzles for our titular Lego figures to solve and explore. Then you have the Big Figs, the huge bulk of Abomination and the massive green meanie himself, Hulk, are fantastic ways to let off some steam and trash everything in sight.
Every character has their own fighting style, powers, special weapons and you're sure to find several of your favourites in the big roster. Combat mechanics are vastly improved over the previous Lego games.
The Big Figs have their own strengths and weaknesses, just like all the other characters and with a mix of puzzle requirements to play with you'll find yourself swapping from character to character, sometimes in the middle of a boss fight so that you can build something new or open up a new avenue of attack.
Iron Man can blast silver objects with his rockets, Hulk can tear big objects apart and throw green-handled objects. Iron Man can build…Hulk smashes. Hulk can also turn into Bruce Banner by holding down the Y button for a short length of time. Banner can get where Hulk can't and operate things the big angry guy doesn't want to.
Spider-Man has a spider-sense which shows up invisible and hidden objects in the game world, it also reveals puzzle elements that Spidey can then grab with his webs and usually pull down.
You'll be building things, breaking things and smashing objects to get the Lego studs that provide the all important currency to get more cool things in the game. From new characters, vehicles and rewards to the all important built-in cheats that must be unlocked via the Deadpool Bricks found in the 11 bonus levels.
To open said bonus levels you need to be able to collect enough gold Lego bricks to build the doorways associated with them. It's been done before and the method is tried and tested, working really well in the likes of Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes.
Then there are the numerous secrets, mini-kits, rescuing Stan Lee in every story level and more to enjoy in the game.
Once you go beyond the initial linearity, you're treated to a hub world like no other Lego game. The whole of Lego New York is your playground and it's packed with things to do. There are side missions galore, gold bricks, characters, races and more to do around New York as you interact with the teeming city, full of people and vehicles.
There's a fast travel system available to allow you to quickly get around and your HQ is the Shield Hellicarrier. This massive structure floats protectively above in the New York skyline and can be reached via a vehicle station quick return, fast travel option on the map, or flying characters such as Human Torch, Iron Man or Thor, you can also take one of the many flying vehicles you've unlocked such as the X-Jet up there and land.
The Hellicarrier acts as a mission hub, function hub and more. Aboard the ship you'll find Deadpool's room and inside that are various places to get cheats unlocked and enter codes.
There's just so much to do in the game and it's extremely worthwhile exploring every nook and cranny of the locations. Some of it will be locked off until you have the correct character and their power set at your disposal, but none of it feels unfairly limiting and there's a sense of progression throughout.
Time and time again I found myself going off the story to explore Lego New York, collect more studs, more bricks and more characters before I dived back into the levels.
Of course there's Free Play mode as well which is unlocked once you beat the level once. These levels will also take some time to complete since many are quite complex and fairly large with multiple set-pieces that play to the strengths of the various heroes involved.
With the familiar controls, refined flying controls and excellent addictive gameplay the only mar on the game are the driving controls for some of the events/races. They are way too twitchy and you'll spend a lot of time crashing and restarting due to overcompensation.
The flying controls are better than Lego Batman 2, and the character flying controls are significantly better than Lego Batman 2.
Character swapping is still a bit glitcyh and not as good as it was in Lego Pirates of the Caribbean. In Free Mode and Free Roam you can at least bring up the huge roster and choose a new character…though it is a bit problematic when you're switching by holding down Y and the character you're controlling has an alternate form on Y as well: such as the Spider-Man to Peter Parker or Hulk to Bruce Banner transformations.