Reviewed on: PlayStation 4
Also Available on: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC
Reviewed by: Darryl Linington
The Lego video games have really captured my attention over the past few years… Not only are they packed with humour, but they also allow children and adults to experience past motion picture films in an interactive and creative way. While previous Lego titles have indeed scored highly in the past, including: The Lego Movie Video Game and Marvel Lego Super Heroes, has Traveller’s Tales managed to capture the very heart of The Hobbit as well as add a unique twist to it? Well, let’s find out.
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Lego: The Hobbit essentially follows the plot of the first two films, An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug. While the storyline is a familiar one, Traveller’s Tales has added in quite a few comical twists in order to give the game the Lego feel that we have come to know and love. Bilbo has left the comfort of the Shire in order to assist Gandalf, Thorin Oakenshield and his company of Dwarves in order to take back The Lonely Mountain, as well as the treasures it contains, from a ruthless and unforgiving dragon named Smaug.
The tale takes quite a few twists and turns; however, Traveller’s Tales has done a fantastic job, as always, by taking the rather serious plot of each film and turning them into something that both children and adults can enjoy together.
While Lego: The Hobbit does not tend to stray too far away from the gameplay style featured in past Lego titles, it does however spice things up a bit with the game’s new mining system. The mining system allows players to collect various raw materials in order to craft and create certain quest items, build bridges and complete various side quests.
In addition to the new mining system, characters can now work together in order to access difficult to reach areas, take down a variety of bosses, as well as advance through certain locations. This allows Lego: The Hobbit to create its own identity within the Lego universe as well as set it apart from previous Lego titles. While working together plays a major role within this title, each character does however have a unique set of skills, which can be used in order to complete a variety of puzzles that have been scattered throughout the diverse and picturesque world.
While the gameplay mechanics have pretty much remained the same throughout most of the Lego video games, I still firmly believe that Traveller’s Tales needs to break away from the current style of gameplay, and start adding in a larger variety of new concepts that will prevent upcoming games from feeling stale and repetitive.
Graphically, Lego: The Hobbit features a beautiful and picturesque world that truly represents the entire theme of the movies in a professional, yet light-hearted way. I thoroughly enjoyed travelling through middle-earth, and took every opportunity I got to return to certain areas in order to unlock the secrets they held.
Lego: The Hobbit is a great game to play either alone or with a coop partner. While the game has exceeded my overall expectations, it does however suffer from a few minor faults. There were quite a few occasions where mining materials would land up in places that were inaccessible to my squad of characters. While these materials could be obtained elsewhere, this made the game feel slightly tedious at certain points. In addition to this, Lego: The Hobbit also features a few minor graphical issues, which included texture pop and a few occurrences where the framerate dropped. While these issues won’t entirely ruin your gameplay experience, they are however present.
While quite a few Lego titles have been released in the past, I would have to say that Lego: The Hobbit has indeed been added to my list of favourites. Middle Earth is quite honestly an exciting place to explore, and I absolutely loved the fact that I could explore it with minimal restrictions. To add to this, Lego: The Hobbit features a variety of unlockable characters, which can be used to unlock certain cordoned off areas within the game. This gives Lego: The Hobbit quite a bit of replay value, which will essentially keep you coming back for more Middle Earth antics.