With various movie studios holding the rights to various IP’s it seems unlikely that we will ever see a true Marvel mega-crossover movie. Yes we have the Avengers, X-men, Spider-man et al, but we will likely never see those three IP’s together on screen in one big adventure.
At least not the cinema screen.
Our Xbox One’s on the other hand tell a different story. Lego have acquired more intellectual properties than Disney over recent years, and have produced some fantastic family titles. Lego variations of Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Batman and even an upcoming Simpsons title have all being, on the whole, very well received. They’re laced with humor which not only pokes fun at the source material, but also embraces it and shows a great deal of respect. They allow us to see and play our favorite adventures in a whole new way, which both younger and older gamers can enjoy.
And to top it all off the games are also multiplayer. What’s not to love?
So when Lego Marvel Superheroes was announced as a launch title for Xbox One a lot of gamers worried that it was too good to be true. What’s the catch here?...
As it turns out, there was no catch.
Yes, Lego Marvel Superheroes does indeed team up all of our favorite Marvel super heroes without the limitations of movie licensing. Unlike before we now have Wolverine, Spider-man, Iron Man and a whole plethora of villains ALL IN ONE GAME. Yes, they may be Lego-ised, but they’re all there, together, kicking butt and taking names.
The game feels and plays very much like the previous Lego titles which came before it. The controls are simple yet not limited, the levels are well designed, a decent length, and at times challenging (sometimes even a little TOO challenging) and even very young gamers shouldn’t have any trouble picking up a controller.
Yes the gameplay may get a little repetitive (break things, build things, punch things, move into the next area and repeat) but it does so while having us play as ALL of our favorite characters fighting ALL of our favorite villains. Each playable character has unique abilities which keep true to the source and at no point does it feel like they’ve shoe-horned something in where it doesn’t belong. A lot of knowledge over the source material is evident in the game, and a lot of respect has been shown in keeping things true to their origins.
The graphics have been given a welcomed upgrade, with the entire game having a very clean ‘shine’ to it which I don’t remember seeing in previous Lego titles. It is definitely the crispest looking game Lego have released and I hope it is the start of things to come for future titles.
If I had to give the game any criticisms it would be that, also like other Lego titles, it does seem to suffer with glitching. I will find myself running around a room punching, zapping, jumping and shooting anything I can. When I finally decide to resort to checking a guide, I will find that something didn’t ‘activate’ like it should and I am basically stuck. Restarting the level will usually fix this, but it is still something I would prefer they avoided. These games are churned out so frequently that perhaps beta testing isn’t as high up on the agenda as acquiring new IP’s for the team at TT Games.
Things can also get a little frustrating when playing multiplayer and the screen splits when the two characters move away from each other. This can result in confusion and, quite often, obscured visuals, however it isn’t enough to put me off wanting to play the game with another person.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes does far much more right than it does wrong. The only downsides are the same as those which affect the other Lego games, so if you were a fan of those then you will no doubt also be a fan of this. There are numerous collectables to keep even the most die-hard achievement hunter occupied, and the game has a decent length so you don’t feel at all short changed.
If you like the previous Lego games, or even if you are simply a fan of the Marvel universe, then I would definitely recommend giving Lego Marvel Superheroes your attention. It’s fun, funny, challenging and a great way to waste some time on your own or with a friend.
Final Score: 8/10
What do you think about Lego Marvel Superheroes? Is it the best Lego game to date?
Article by - Mike Jeavons
Insert Date: 5/2/2014