The Lego games have proved universally popular with kids and adults alike – and with the new LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 just out, there’s an entire new world and cast of characters to get to grips with.
But along with the new Super Heroes game (the best LEGO game yet, says our reviewer – highlights of the review below), there are deals on some of the earlier games, including Lego Dimensions, Lego Jurassic World, Lego Ninjago and more.
Black Friday has yielded some decent offers on the LEGO games at Game – here are the deals at Game that will give you more for your money, plus read on to find out more about LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2.
LEGO software deals at Game
Lego Ninjago, £24.99 (was £44.99)
Lego Dimensions starter pack, £49.99 (was £64.99)
LegoDimensions Lord of the Rings Dimensions pack, £39.99 (was £74.97)
Lego Jurassic World, £17.99 (was £24.99)
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT… THE NEW LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES 2 REVIEW: THE HIGHLIGHTS
This is a much bigger deal that than the The Lego Ninjago Movie game. The Lego video games formula has been used on many properties over the years but none, not even Star Wars, suit it as well as superheroes.
There are more and stranger heroes and villains in this game than any other so far, and the pages of Marvel comics offer an endless supply of new characters, each with a a bio to explain who they are and what they can do.
No matter how weird their powers seem the game manages to portray them all very well, including new time control and teleporting abilities, as well as every species of energy beam you can imagine.
The Guardians Of The Galaxy are nominally the focus of the story, which involves a supervillain called Kang the Conqueror who has taken parts of planets from across time and space and melded them together to form ‘Chronopolis’.
The structure of the game is the same as other Lego titles, with the open world featuring dozens, if not hundreds, of side quests while the story primarily takes place in separate stages with the traditional fixed camera angles.
There’s a large number of smaller levels introed by Gwenpool (since Marvel don’t have the Deadpool movie rights), which is where developer TT Games really let themselves go in terms of fan service.
We were particularly enamoured by the Squirrel Girl stage, which features two of her supporting cast and specific references to one of her best story arcs, but whichever is your favourite Marvel obscurity it seems to be catered for here.
The Spider-Man Noir world is an obvious labour of love and some of the animation work is great too, from Iron Fist accidently burning himself when he scratches his backside to the extra effort taken to animate Ms Marvel’s rubbery body. We also applaud using Giant Man to steal visual jokes from Police Squad, and the Game of Thrones references when dealing with Maximus from the Inhumans.
Lego scripts can be highly variable, but while a lot of the story dialogue is very generic there are some good gags in there (‘Careful, remember this guy chose to wear that suit’, warns Spider-Man of a fashion-challenged bad guy). The voice acting is often sub-par, but it’s usually safe when doing a funny accent and the Russian Hulk equivalent with all his bear puns is great.
This game is focused very much on boss battles. They’re usually not overtly puzzle-based but instead are almost like a junior version of God Of War (we wouldn’t go quite as far as to compare it to Bayonetta).
These are proper boss battles with health bars that take a long time to whittle down, and often require a specific technique to beat them.
The Lego games have always served as useful intros to console gaming for inexperienced players, and this is particularly good practice.
Our only concern is that there’s no real reward, beyond a slightly higher score, for playing the game ‘properly’.
Because even though it’ll take longer you can still win just by blindly punching, a standard block or dodge move would have helped too.
But it’s amazing what it gets away with in the guise of a kids’ game, with multiple characters that can fly in full 3D (and aircraft for those that can’t) and a huge variety of moves accessed through just three or four buttons. There are plenty of games aimed purely at adults that are much less complex.
TT Games only has a limited time to knock each game out, and they just do the best they can. Thankfully that best is very good, but we just wish that one day they’d be allowed another six months of polishing to make the definitive Lego game.
That isn’t this game, but Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is definitely one of the best ones so far.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2
In Short: One of the best Lego games of the entire series, with a dizzying array of bizarre characters and some genuinely compelling gameplay for younger players.
Pros: Wonderful cast of heroes and villains and a great sense of humour. Excellent animation and good portrayal of powers. Tons of content, fun open world environment, and great co-op.
Cons: The usual bugs and glitches threaten to kick in at any moment. Side quests would quickly get repetitive if not for the humour and characters. No real reward for skilful play.
Formats: PlayStation 4 (reviewed), Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC
Publisher: WB Games
Developer: TT Games
Release Date: 17th November 2017
Age Rating: 7