The LEGO Movie: The Videogame
I’ve been a fan of the LEGO games after playing a demo of LEGO Batman to death on my PS3. Since then, the following instalments have always provided me with hours of fun and laughs and bought back childhood memories of playing with buckets and buckets of LEGO bricks.
The LEGO Movie: The Videogame takes the best of the newly released movie (The LEGO Movie) and melds into the game. The game re-enacts the movie as an interactive movie ‘spoiler’ so to speak. Many film to game adaptations always seem to miss the mark, however TT Games have managed to cohesively meld the two together providing a fun and amusing experience for the player. The game does not feature ‘scene for scene’ from it’s film counterpart. A smart move by both TT Games and Warner Bros./Roadshow Films to leave some thought to the imagination.
Delivering some hilarious and amusing scenarios, you play the main man and protagonist, Emmett. Emmett Brickowski is a little LEGO man with big LEGO dreams who has been chosen as the ‘one’ in a prophecy to save the LEGO world from Lord Business and his intention to unleash the ‘Kragel’ – a super weapon.
As with the movie, The LEGO Movie: The Videogame has a star studded cast of voice actors. Chris Pratt as Emmett, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman and Charlie Day who featured as the character voices in the film, are also featured in the game.
If you have played the previous LEGO games, you will be familiar with the gameplay – fight the enemy, collect the in-game currency blocks, solve puzzles assembling vehicle and equipment etc.
Co-op game play (not available online) again features heavily in this game like the previous titles. However, if playing alone, having to swap between a few different characters to complete the level can get very frustrating trying to remember who is the best LEGO man (or woman) for the task at hand. Cracked walls and glittery walls act as an alert system of sorts as to what character you will need to use to complete the task. With over 90 playable characters in the game such as Batman and Green Lantern, when required to switch characters, its as easy as a few simple button clicks to switch between the characters to complete certain takes on each level.
Some of the tasks that Emmett is required to carry out (such as on the building site) can get a little monotonous and repetitive after a while. At times they feel almost unnecessary and just button mashing, on the plus side they do allow for the chance to find exciting unlockables and more importantly, the chance to unlock further characters.
This game also features a new form of characters which is dependant on the type of character you play – Regular Builder and Master Builders. Regular Builders, such as protagonist Emmett are unable to build or create objects out of the piles of LEGO scatter around the level without having found the correct instruction pages. I found this type of character a lot of fun to play as I like to explore the scenery and see what I can find. A lot of times in games, items can be missed as the objective of the game is to get from point A to point B. However, by making the player look for the instructions, this not only allows the player to explore the world, but also (in my opinion) extends the game play time. Master Builders, like Vitruvirus and Wyldsyde on the other hand can grab and create something new without the need for the instructions.
Graphically, I really enjoyed seeing that the previously 3D rendered backdrops and buildings in each level have been replaced with LEGO blocks. This change in direction really made me feel like I was in a LEGO world.
TT Games have been making Lego games for almost 10 years. They know what they are doing and the old saying of ‘if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it’ is one that does work for them. However, I do feel that this game was directed at a much younger audience than that of say Lego Batman or Harry Potter. I personally would have liked a little more ‘creativity’ ability in the games and something a little different then the previous LEGO games. OK, so none of the previous games have had a 3D animated movie included in them, but it would have been good to have seen something new the player could do. I make this comment as there is the usual co-op game play, hardly any vehicles in the main story levels and when you do find one, there isn’t much use for it. Further to this, the fights and battles in this game are a little too watered down from what i’m used to with the previous LEGO games, however, I do understand the ‘dumbed down’ violence factor as the movie was intended for young audience. Combining the movie and game in one meant that something had to take a step back, in this instance some of the more fun and to be expected components of the previous game titles.
The LEGO Movie: The Videogame is a funny and is very entertaining, however it lacks a little oomph in certain areas to give it that something different to the previous LEGO titles. This game is by far one of the best movie adaptations that I have seen in a long time. Featuring a good script, great graphics and plenty of playable characters, The LEGO Movie: The Videogame will ensure hours of entertainment for a younger audience
- Great story
- Eye Catching environments
- Fun factor for a younger audience
- Difficult narrative at times
- Relatively short