LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
The Lego series of games made by TT Games seems to show no signs of slowing down, and with each successive title, the franchise somehow only gets better and better. After playing the impressive Lego: Lord of the Rings, I had thought that sooner or later, TT will run out of ideas or ways to incorporate them into a game decently. Thankfully Lego Marvel Super Heroes has plenty of fun and surprises for experiences Lego gamers and newcomers alike.
‘Lego Marvel Super Heroes’ is the latest in the long-running franchise, and it aims to tell a massive story which manages to include a.ll of Marvel’s popular (and not so popular) super heroes and villains, even my personal favourite, the Punisher. Yes, the Punisher, though obviously, he is a lot more kid-friendly.
Lego Marvel begins with the Silver Surfer being pursued by S.H.I.E.L.D. and Iron Man. He is attacked by Doctor Doom, and explosion causes his surfboard to seperate into pieces, scattering across the city of New York below. Doctor Doom enlists the help of several baddies to collect the pieces, while Nick Fury enlists the help of Marvel’s extensive roster of heroes to beat Doctor Doom to it, in an attempt to foil whatever nefarious plan Doom has in store. If you’re not a Hulk or Iron Man fan (shame on you!), don’t fret, you will unlock and play as the best cast of Lego heroes yet. TT Games have truly spoilt us with a great variety of interesting characters.
Similarly to previous Lego games, the story is delivered in a family-friendly and humorous fashion. People of all ages will find the story accessible and hilarious as the game progresses, and there were many times where I had a good chuckle at the game’s numerous cutscenes and dialogue (such as Hulk’s voicing his dislike towards numerous things, so that he can smash them)
For the most part, the story is clever and consistent, and Lego game veterans will still find it entertaining. From early on in the game, players will be able to smash through brick walls and hurl trucks as the Hulk, soar through skies and fire missiles as Iron Man, swing on and shoot webs as Spiderman, and many others. Lesser known characters present in the game include Luke Cage, Squirrel Girl and even Howard the Duck. Yes, that Howard the Duck.
Gameplay in Lego Marvel Heroes revolves around two things: frantic combat and puzzle solving. The combat is much more varied than in previous Lego games, which is an impressive feat considering how simple the game’s controls are. The Hulk truly is an unstoppable beast, who wreaks havoc with his massive fists and ferocious stomp attacks. Spider-Man, on the other hand, is a nimble and agile fighter, flipping and kicking as well as incorporating his webs into his attacks.
At the start of the game (and between levels), players are able to board the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier, which serves as a hub to travel between levels, track game progress, unlock extras and undertake side missions. Players are also able to dive off a diving platform, to reach New York below. This never gets old, and it is one of the coolest moments I’ve experienced in a game recently.
In fact, with Lego Marvel Heroes, TT Games have truly outdone themselves in creating what it feels like to be each and every Marvel character in the game. There wasn’t a time where I was bored with experiencing a character’s super powers or uncanny abilities as that character. Flying as Iron Man is exhilarating, and very similar to the flying in the Iron Man films. Throwing concrete and vehicles as the Hulk is a blast, as is devastating hordes of enemies with Wolverine’s claws, or Hawkeye’s bow and arrows.
When you’re not flinging doombots or symbiote-posessed scientists, you’re solving puzzles using the different heroes’ abilities. These do feel a little more repetitive than the action sequences, as they have been designed to be solved by a number of characters, not just one. Some of the early puzzles required Mr Fantastic and only Mr Fantastic, but the majority of puzzles are simply “pull this, shoot this, push that”. This is both good and bad, as children of all experience levels should be able to complete them, but the thrill of doing something only a certain hero can do is missing.
The game is aimed at children, so with that in mind one can certainly call the puzzle elements of Lego Marvel Heroes accessible to anyone, but kids who have played a multitude of Lego games may find they have already solved identical puzzles in previous games.
As with previous Lego games, the puzzles are a lot easier (and the game overall a lot more fun) with a friend, who can jump in and out of the game with ease.
Adding to the atmosphere of the game is a fantastically-scored soundtrack from composer Rob Westwood. Rob, in addition to scoring previous Lego games, has also composed film scores, and the game truly benefits from its suitably epic music. It’s rare that a game’s music truly impresses you, but every time I did something fantastic, the music was there to compliment it.
In addition to the fantastic soundtrack, the game’s voice acting list is an all-star cast of experienced voice and film actors. There’s John DiMaggio (Adventure Time, Futurama), Dee Bradley Baker (Phineas and Ferb, American Dad!), Phil LaMarr (MadTV, Futurama), Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, the Frighteners), Laura Bailey, Steve Blum, Nolan North and more. Fans of the Marvel Avengers films will be delighted to hear Clark Gregg reprise his role as Agent Phil Coulson, as will “true believers” by the presence of comic visionary Stan Lee.
- Play as all your favourite Marvel characters in the best Lego game yet
- Multiplayer is a blast
- Family-friendly gameplay and story
- Puzzles are repetitive, and even moreso when compared to previous Lego games, though not from a lack of trying.
Lego Marvel Heroes is one of the best Lego games yet. While some of the puzzles begin to grate on a veteran of the series, the gameplay, soundtrack, and story more than make up for them. If you are a comic book fan (or have a child who loves superheroes), you won’t want to miss out on the fun.
Score : 8.5/10