Genre: ActionRelease Date:10/22/2013Publisher: Warner Bros. InteractiveDeveloper: TT Fusion, Traveller’s TalesPlatforms: Xbox 360 (Reviewed), 3DS, DS, PC, PS3, Vita, Wii U
I’ve never been one to fall into the allure of the LEGO-licensed games. Sure, LEGOs were fun to play with on a table when I was 10 years old, or on the floor, but I never saw the possibility of them being fun to play with in a video game, until now. Enter LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, a game that takes all of the serious super hero battles you’d find in a Marvel Comics book, and squishes them into an itty-bitty, fun-size toy world littered with cuteness.
You’ll likely find any Marvel hero or villain in the game’s extensive roster, which contains the everyday heroes like Hulk, Spider-Man, and Iron Man, but also contains the obscure characters that you normally don’t find in video games, such as Fandral, Blob, and Moon Knight. There are over 100 characters to choose from, many of which have alternate costumes, and although you don’t play missions as them all, you can use any of them while free roaming.
Along with the expansive roster, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes delivers on the voice casting for the game, creating cutesy cutscenes that remain true to Marvel’s lingo and characters. Most notable is the fact that Deadpool is in the game since the game is rated E for Everyone. Still, even with the limits set by the ESRB rating, Deadpool feels like a Deadpool should. The writing is witty and lighthearted, and you’ll get more than a chuckle or two from playing the game.
You’ll run through the game in under 12 hours, but replayability is high, because you’ll want to go back in and unlock all of the characters via side missions, which provide a welcomed break from the main missions, which can be a bit frustrating at times. I was stuck numerous times while playing, not knowing where to go or how to advance to the next level due to a not-so-obvious switch or shoddy camera.
Flying around New York is where the game is at its best. The game is set in the open world of Manhattan, and it is quite a large map to explore, filled with many easter eggs, such as Stark Tower and The Statue of Liberty.
There’s more than enough here to keep you coming back for more in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. With the over 100 Marvel characters contained in the game comes more than enough unique abilities to greatly vary combat and traveling. Whether your slinging webs with Spidey or digging up dirt with Wolverine, you’ll likely never get bored with what you’re doing.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes will bring out the 10 year old kid in you in more ways than one, by submerging you in a world that is true to both LEGO and Marvel Comics. While it isn’t a perfect experience, it is the lighthearted fun the comic book-based video game world needed.