Lego Marvel Super Heroes for Wii U, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC
Ah, I do like me these Lego games! They’ve become comfortingly familiar; nothing new or innovative from a gameplay perspective, but consistently fun, charming and well made. If you like the licence, there’s a safe bet you’ll enjoy the Lego game. I like Marvel. I like the Lego games.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes opens with Doctor Doom coming into the possession of a mythic artefact known as the ‘Cosmic Brick’, which he plans to use to control the world. He brings with him a team of villains, including Magneto, Green Goblin and Loki. Under the overall command of Nick Fury, the Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four and Spiderman ally to take down Dr. Doom and the other villains. Oh, and they’re all made of Lego. So…yeah!
Lego Marvel Super Heroes is a fun romp through many of the main features of the Marvel Universe, with the main reference point being the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which contains films such as Iron Man and The Avengers. The thrill of seeing the Avengers team up with the X-Men isn’t really lessened by the fact that they’re Lego, and the game comes to a genuinely really cool conclusion. Sadly, Lego Marvel Super Heroes isn’t quite as funny as it should be. Lego City Undercover was genuinely hilarious, but this iteration doesn’t really raise more than a chuckle. Those chuckles will come pretty regularly though.
There’s not much new on the gameplay front in Lego Marvel Super Heroes. There are 15 missions, punctuated by free roaming sections, in this case New York City. The missions generally revolve around simply combat, basic puzzles and smashing and building. You know how these games work, and TT have this format down to a…er, T at this point. The superpowers are fun, with a few stock archetypes which play certain ways. There are the flying, shooty characters, such as Iron Man and The Human Torch, big smash-y characters like Hulk and The Thing and characters who can reach distant objects, like Spider-Man and Mr. Fantastic. Still, these characters generally feel different to play, and it’s a lot of fun switching between the characters and experimenting with their powers. The flying controls are a bit of a nightmare to get used to, but once you do soaring around the levels as Iron Man or Thor is a lot of fun. The co-op is back after its absence from Lego City Undercover, and is predictably a lot of fun. The Wii U version has the unique advantage of allowing each player a separate screen, although this does come with some frame-rate issues. It’s worth it though.
There’s plenty of stuff to do if you’re so inclined. I’m normally a sucker for a good open world, but something about this game’s New York just felt…off. I’m not sure. I just didn’t have a huge amount of fun with side stuff and found exploration a chore. I liked the open world in Lego City Undercover, and I feel more genuine effort was made there than it was here. This being a Lego game, there’s an insane amount of collectibles and replay value, so if those are the sort of things you value in a game, Lego Marvel Super Heroes will keep you very happy.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes is a surprisingly lovely looking game. It’s become an odd trademark of the series to contain genuinely epic moments which are oddly not-undermined by the fact that everything is made of Lego. The ending of Lego City Undercover in particular is a stunning set piece moment. This game is filled with those, and there’s a wonderful attention to detail in everything from the surroundings to the actual minifigures themselves. The voice acting is cheesy but in a good way, with the star being the appearance of Clark Gregg as The Avengers’ and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’s Agent Coulson acting as an overseer of sorts. The music is actually pretty epic, as it was in Lego City Undercover before it.
The Lego games have built up a reputation for solid quality, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes certainly doesn’t break that record. It’s an immensely fun, light game, perfect for chilling out with a friend. If you like Marvel and Lego, you’ll like this.