Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Reviewed by Darryl Linington
Lego games have grown over the years, and have surprisingly become stronger and stronger each year. While Lego has pretty much covered everything from Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and even Star Wars, it has now ventured into fighting crime with Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins. While The Chase Begins is a prequel of the Wii U exclusive, Lego City Undercover, does it live up to the crime fighting adventures that the original portrayed? Or should it be read its Miranda rights, cuffed and then thrown in jail? Well, let’s find out!
Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins follows the earlier days of rookie cop, Chase McCain. Chase is eager to make a name for himself, as a Lego City police officer, which means he is willing to take on any job… including delivering doughnuts. While tending to some rather tedious police missions, Chase begins to realise that there is a much larger criminal threat within Lego City than he could ever have imagined. Now it’s up to him to grab crime by the crown jewels and become the legend he was meant to be.
While I won’t spoil the story for you too much, Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins will most definitely bring some nostalgia to players who experienced the original Wii U title.
When it comes to gameplay think of The Chase Begins as a portable version of the original Wii U title, which has been stripped down in order to compliment the Nintendo 3DS. The control structure is very simple and allows much younger gamers to get to grips with the title far quicker. While using one button Chase can throw weaker opponents to the ground; however, much stronger characters will need to be strong armed into submission… after this has been done Chase can initiate an arrest. It is all very simple at the end of the day, but at times feels a little too simple.
Even vehicle chases tend to be a little too easy to finish up. This is due to the enemy looping around a predictable path. Granted Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins is aimed more at the youth; however, the difficulty seriously needs to be ramped up a little.
Apart from the above mentioned issues, Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins is actually quite fun and entertaining. The massive open-world environment offers up a host of collectables to collect as well as a plethora of Lego’s iconic studs to rack up.
Another key gameplay element that has made its way into the The Chase Begins is the disguises. Chase is able to switch between various disguises in order to assist him while he is on a mission. Each disguise gives Chase the ability to perform certain actions, which can be anything from using a grapple gun, drilling and repairing certain areas and even breaking into various locked rooms or objects. They are all fun to experience and really add variety to the gameplay.
Graphically, Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins looks pretty good on the Nintendo 3DS. There are some graphical issues; however, these are pretty minor and won’t destroy your gameplay experience. If you have played the original on the Wii U you will notice that the graphics have been down-scaled to accommodate the Nintendo 3DS’ hardware capabilities. This can be seen in the various buildings that have been stripped of detail as well as the persistent fog which helps negate the need to render objects in the distance.
Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins only really features voice-overs during the course of cutscenes, which means most conversations happen via text. While this has been done to accommodate the Nintendo 3DS’ hardware, it tends to make the game a little less comical than its console counterpart.
Lego City Undercover: The Chase begins is a welcomed addition to the Nintendo 3DS. It features some fun and entertaining open-world antics as well as a host of collectibles. Furthermore it is one title that most adults and kids can enjoy at the same time.
While The Chase Begins does feature quite a few highs, it does suffer from various lows which include some excruciatingly long load times. This can be frustrating, especially if you are looking to just have a brief gaming session.
Overall, however, if you enjoyed the Wii U version, or you enjoy Lego games in general, you will enjoy The Chase Begins.
Lasting Appeal: 8/10
Reviewed on the Nintendo 3DS.