LEGO Dimensions – Review

LEGO Dimensions combines all your favorite players from nearly everything LEGO you can think of.  The starter pack includes Wild Style from the LEGO Movie, Batman from the LEGO Batman series and Gandolf from the Lord of the Ring series.  It includes a base that needs to be assembled in the classic Lego fashion requiring instruction manuals to do so.  Once assembled and the game inserted it takes you through additional setup and major updates since the game released.  After about 30 minutes or so of setup, depending what kind of Master Builder you are, the game is finally up and ready to go.

This LEGO title developed by TT is much like the other ones that many have played.  They are family friendly fun that incorporates witty comments from their characters. LEGO Dimensions follows suite and adds some major players to the mix, for what I believe to be, a hefty price.  More on that later…
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As you begin the story mode you travel through multiple dimensions and see all of the familiar faces from the likes of The Wizard of Oz, The Simpsons, Batman, The LEGO Movie, Portal 2, Scooby Doo, Back to the Future and LEGO Nijago.  As you travel through these dimensions I would recommend being close to your portal or having a few extra helpers like I do that change the pieces around on the portal as this is required to open some of the doors and unlock new worlds.  It is even required to beat the bosses of those whole bringing in LEGO characters from other dimensions to lay the smack down on the bosses and subdue them forever.
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MULTIPLAYER
Local co-op mode is a 2 player only mode.  There is no online multiplayer mode with this title.  It is a blast to play with your kids or a friend and offers hours of entertainment.
GRAPHICS
The graphics of these LEGO titles are getting better and better with smooth animations and transitions to different characters.  The cut scenes are beautifully done with character from all of the other dimensions jumping in to lend a hand.
SOUND
The sound of the game is average and what you’d expect being in the year 2015.  The voice overs are very well done and the explosions are average.  There was not anything that stood out in this LEGO title as far as sounds were concerned, but much better than when TT Games started making games with the 1st LEGO Star Wars game back in the late 90’s.
FINAL THOUGHTS
I waited for this games’ release for quite some time as the kids and I have enjoyed playing the prior LEGO titles and while this follows suite with action and comedy it requires the user to buy a LOT of LEGO items.   While the game is fun I would say the biggest drawback is the cost.  The initial 99.99 of the game is quite a hefty price tag for a simple game but then you add on the “packs” to it at 24.99 to 29.99 each and you can easily spend upwards of 200.00 just for the initial game and one or two level packs.  Additional characters are available for purchase at a hefty 14.99 each, not including the worlds.  So, in total you will be sinking buku bucks into this game to get more characters and unlock more worlds.  I love the game play and the fun that it is to cross over into multiple worlds but I HATE the additional cost of additional people/worlds being so much.  Lastly the game is incomplete and continues to be developed as there are characters who hold unlocking value in the levels that won’t even be released until, according to their website, April of 2016.  I would consider this a good buy if you were able to pick it up for so $50 on Black Friday from your local or online retailers.  I would also advise to buy the packs on the sale as well.  If I had to do it all over again I would not buy this game for the retail price and I would wait for the sale or even until April of 2016 when they release everything once again.

Style – Single/Multiplayer, RPG

Publisher – TT Games

Developer – WB Games

Release – September 27, 2015


JUNKIE SCORES 

  • 3.5 – Gameplay
  • 4.0 – Graphics
  • 3.0 – Sound
  • 4.0 – Entertainment
  • 3.0 – Replay Value

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