Unless you have been living on another planet for the last 10 years or hiding under a rock you’ve heard of the famous Travelers Tales LEGO games. They began their success with LEGO Star Wars depicting the original Episodes IV, V and VI. This was such a hit that they continued publishing games full of fun for both adults, adolescence and kids alike. These games originally had voice acting much like Tim Allen in the beloved classic series Home Improvement with a bunch of grunts and groans. Over the years they have evolved to now include voice overs directly from the movies.
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers is a game that follows the blockbuster hits Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron nearly to the “T”. These games included all voice overs from the actors in the films with the exception of Gwyneth Paltrow. These follow suite with the prior games and allow the player to be their favorite character from the movies. These are nearly unlimited in the Marvel Universe as there are hundreds of characters to choose from and the ability to give those characters customization from others. An example of this would be Captain America’s body with Iron Man’s pants wielding Hawkeye’s bow and arrow.
The entire objective is to complete the “story mode” earning extra characters along with collecting LEGO coins that come into play later in the game when you are able to buy more characters, red bricks and vehicles. Characters are unlocked and become available to buy as you conquer the “story mode” of each level. Once this is done then you are able to enter “free play mode” and use different characters that you have collected in order to find secret mini-kits, red LEGO bricks (which unlock cheats such as 8x multiplier of coins, small heads, big bodies etc.) and the need to rescue the great Stan Lee. These red LEGO bricks are unlocked through quests in each level and then can be purchased back at the Avengers Helicarrier.
The graphics are pretty polished with good reflections and shadows. They have changed very little over the years but the good thing is you don’t need a beast of a computer in order to run the game on PC and they look similar on the consoles.
I personally can’t decide if I like the character voice overs from the movies or the grunting of the original. I would like something incorporating both because if you’ve seen the movies it is kind of redundant to put it in the game too. I would like to see more witty comments that deviate a little from the movie script.
Though they stick with the same game play as the previous LEGO games, I was pleasantly surprise to see the “team-up” feature in both combat and solving the many puzzles to unlock items. These combos include Thor hitting Captain America’s shield and creating a wave of destruction. To unlock some of the puzzles Black Widow is required to jump on his shield in order to reach the roof tops. This was a welcomed addition to the series and I hope to see more of the “team-ups” in the future versions. The kids and I both enjoyed the game play and characters of this game. The only negative thing I would have to comment is the voice overs going directly along with the movie and not deviating one bit makes it repetitive and takes away some of the wittiness of the earlier games.
Style – Single-player, Multi-player
Publisher – WB Games
Developer – TT Games
Release – January 2016