Reviewed on: PlayStation 4
Also available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 PC, Wii U
Reviewed by: Brady Ruiters and Darryl Linington
A few years back most gamers would have picked up a LEGO video game sitting on a shop shelf, look at it and then smirk in amusement, and walk away in order to look for something a little more mature or noteworthy. However, truth be told, these titles are absolutely fantastic and should not be passed by. While LEGO titles have pretty much covered everything from Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and even Star Wars, it has now ventured into the world of super heroes… and what a world it is!
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes opens with the Silver Surfer, herald to Galactus, being chased by S.H.I.E.L.D. and the rather witty and sarcastic Iron Man. However, during the pursuit, they are interrupted by the evil mastermind Doctor Doom, who blasts the Silver Surfer out of the sky. The blast is so powerful that it shatters the Silver Surfer’s surf board into several ‘Cosmic Bricks’, which fall to the Earth. With these blocks containing an immense amount of power, Doctor Doom forges an alliance with Loki in order to collect the scattered bricks and forge the “Doom Ray of Doom”. However, S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury calls upon the super heroes of the Marvel Universe to retrieve these blocks and put an end to Doctor Doom’s plan.
Overall, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes features a great storyline that has been crafted and created in such a way that it plays out perfectly and coherently. At one point you will be on a mission with the likes of the Hulk, Iron Man and Spider-Man, then the next you are playing a mission with Beast and Storm. It all fits together quite nicely and never really feels like you are being funneled down a linear path. While mixing characters up during missions is indeed a plus, you will often find yourself chasing after a certain villain only to find that that villain has escaped, and you will now be facing off against someone entirely different and unexpected. This sets a beautiful pace and ultimately makes LEGO Marvel Super Heroes one of the best super hero games that you will have the pleasure of playing.
When it comes to gameplay, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes features an amazing open-world set in Manhattan. While travelling through the city to track down each and every Cosmic Brick, in order to stop Doctor Doom and Loki’s evil plot, you can visit just about any landmark including the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park and the forever memorable X-Mansion. There’s also the enormous S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier floating over the East River that you can explore. Additionally, the city has loads of attractions, complete with characters to unlock and studs to collect as well as a plethora of challenges to beat.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes also provides gamers with side missions, which include anything from helping Heimdall take out the frost giants near the docks, to battling some rather challenging Sentinels in the streets of Manhattan. While gameplay within this title is absolutely amazing… the many puzzles featured within it are not. While LEGO titles are generally aimed at a younger audience, or gamers looking to get away from their standard mundane genre, the LEGO game puzzles severely underestimate players and are overcome far too easily.
While venturing through the story mode, I found it slightly strange that the same button you press in order to switch characters is now also used to transform characters, while held down, in order to switch between human and mutant form for certain characters. This caused a bit of frustration due to the fact that instead of transforming you would switch characters instead.
Graphically, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes looks great. You can see that the developers have placed a lot of time and effort into not only the characters, but also the entire open-world environment of Manhattan.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes on the PS4 is definitely an improvement as everything just looks so much better. LEGO games usually look quite good, bringing its own style with each title released. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes does exactly that and still manages to up the graphical quality of the game.
While I have praised this title up to this point, I do however have a few gripes with it. You see, when it comes to audio, I couldn’t help but notice that the characters tend to have an overly repetitive in-game dialogue. This gets rather annoying when you pass the same switch over and over again and Spider-Man keeps saying, “My Spider Sense is tingling, my Spider Sense is tingling” over and over again.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes is quite honestly one of the best Marvel Super Hero experiences you will have on current gen gaming consoles. Overall, the storyline is consistent and cleverly pieced together and filled with loads of comical moments that will keep just about anyone entertained right from the start of this title, all the way through to the end.
With hundreds of iconic Marvel heroes and villains what more could you ask for in a LEGO game?
Lasting Appeal: 9.5/10
Check out the launch trailer below!