LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Review
The Avengers (and more) Assemble Greatness Brick by Brick
LEGOs no longer only occupy our living room floors, but they have now regularly appeared on various gaming platforms over the years, courtesy of Traveller’s Tales, with each new entry further perfecting the series’ addictive formula. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and LEGO Lord of the Rings were huge steps forward for the franchise with their open worlds, improved combat and addition of voice acting. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes continues the steady increase in quality seen thus far, making it one of the strongest entries to date. And that’s saying something given the high praise garnered by the most recent LEGO games.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes nails that Marvel feel, whether its pulling straight from the comics or making direct references to the 2012 Avengers movie — early on, the movie’s ending shawarma scene is brought up in a joking manner. One of the most obvious reasons for the spot on Marvel vibe is the massive roster of superheroes. You’ll see familiar faces rise up from noticeable groups such as the X-Men, Avengers, Fantastic Four and more. You’ll even be able to transform the Hulk into Bruce Banner (and vice versa) at whim, presenting a mechanic that is new to this installment. Let’s not forget the characters that don’t get the spotlight too often, as they help round out the impressive roster. Those who haven’t spent a good portion of their time following everything Marvel may be introduced to the lesser known, non-big screen superheroes; such as Rocket Raccoon, Beetle and Howard the Duck. It’s the extra thought by TT in creating a well-rounded cast that helps bring together lifelong fans and newcomers alike. Regardless of your superhero/superpower preference, LEGO Marvel is sure to have you covered.
These famous comic book stars would be nothing without their signature personalities. Fortunately, Traveller’s Tales gathered up some solid voice talent to represent these miniature power-enhanced saviors (and villains). Tony Stark and Spider-Man spit out their usual comedic and cocky quips whenever they appear on-screen. Even the Hulk gets his guttural lines in while smashing everything in sight. These one-liners, while entertaining at first, are far too frequent, however. Cheesy one-liners are commonplace and, furthermore, expected when it comes to Marvel’s quirky, action-packed presentation, but hearing the same dialogue over and over wears thin quickly. It’s a good thing the story hits all the high notes you’d expect from a Marvel narrative. There’s action, there’s comedy and there’s more action. In typical Marvel fashion, Dr. Doom has taken interest in the remnants of Silver Surfer’s board, which has been broken up into cosmic bricks, so that he may create the Doom Ray of Doom. As you’d expect, a plethora of suited heroes flow in and out of this doomsday weapon-prevention tale on cue, giving the player a wide variety of powers to try out before they have to go out of their way to unlock more of the roster.