Developer: TT Games
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Distributor: Ster Kinekor
Reviewed on: Xbox 360
Also available on: Playstation 3, PC, Wii U
If we had to give it a numerical score: 9.0/10
I could use more intellectual vocabulary to describe LEGO Marvel Super Heroes in one sentence, but honestly, I can’t think of a more apt sentence than “what a cool game!”
LEGO Marvel Superheroes will make the entire family smile for so many reasons: the polished, clever gameplay; the various heroes’ gameplay on offer; the humour of it all and simply seeing some of your favourite Heroes in LEGO form. What separates this one for me as opposed to the previous LEGO games from TT Games is the latter reason – the different gameplay on offer from the various Super Heroes.
TT Games has always been masterful developers with the LEGO series, but for me, this one is the “cleverest” game in its much cherished collection. The design of the gameplay in conjunction with the various Super Heroes’ strengths is just superb. The characters various strengths are just so well depicted and needed to clear the various levels, the strengths that us Marvel fans just love. Spider-Man for example, will be needed for his web-slinging abilities and ‘Spidey Senses’. Then Hulk will be needed for his obvious strengths, but there’s some really surprising gameplay from the different characters – surprising, as in how well the gameplay based on their strengths is used in the various situations.
I’m sure there are those out there that actually pay attention to the LEGO games’ narratives, but for me it’s all about the joyous gameplay. Marvel Super Heroes does have a rather pleasing plot though, pitting the good characters against some of the more memorable villains and intertwined within the Marvel world. The plot and missions revolve around Iron Man, Hulk, Spider-Man, some of the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and Avengers. I was blown away by just how many characters you play as. You can co-op with someone, which I would highly recommend, but if you play alone then like with previous games, you will need to switch between two, sometimes three characters, using their attributes to solve puzzles and generally to clear the different levels. You basically need to match the puzzles to the characters’ attributes to solve them.
The gameplay has you shooting foes or breaking down LEGO, building objects to create needed objects like ladders for example. You get to swing from platform to platform, commandeer some vehicles and blow stuff up. Some of the characters are needed, like Spider-Man, to pull on objects and pull them apart to find new platforms for example. There’s the tech-savvy characters that hack, or the stealthy characters that can cloak, or Mr. Fantastic who can slip through confined spaces. There is just such a wonderful mix of multi-layered gameplay thanks to the abundance of characters and how well they were implemented into the gameplay.
The game’s world is generally open but not massive. There is plenty to do in the ten or so hour’s worth of campaign, and then there are plenty of hidden gems, like unlocking different characters and so forth. A game that is like a love letter to the Marvel world, will keep you wanting, playing on, even if it’s just to spot something new from the Marvel world, something you may not have spotted in the previous hours.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes looks and sounds great to, with neat polished LEGO-built levels, the awesome LEGO animations and so forth. The voice-acting is great, but if I’m really picky, the dialogue could’ve used a little more from the comic-books, but still, the dialogue is wonderfully authentic to the Marvel franchise. Again, I have to say though, everything takes the back seat to the gameplay for me. This is a game that I will remember for that reason alone.
It really is an absolute joy to play through the brilliantly designed and crafted LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. There’s all the charms that come with LEGO games and then the appeal of the Marvel Super Heroes just makes it all the more exciting. It’s also easily the most content-rich entry into the series, making it an absolute no-brainer to (highly) recommend.
Read about our ratings here.
What I liked
- The gameplay the different characters offer
- Polished gameplay
- Marvel Super Heroes… in a LEGO game!
- Superb design
- Best LEGO game yet
- Co-op mode
Not so much
- Fighting system not the best
- Not the longest campaign (maybe because you can’t put it down though)