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The LEGO Movie Videogame Review


Here's a word of warning, if you are planning to see The LEGO Movie, don't play the game first. I say this because the game is full of spoilers, since it pretty much follows the plot all the way through. In fact it uses quite a lot of scenes from the movie too, meaning that key moments play out in front of your eyes. Not ideal if you've already paid for a cinema ticket.

Anyway, with that warning aside, it's time to talk about the game. So is everything awesome? Well, almost. It's probably fair to say that if you are coming into this LEGO game looking for a different experience from previous titles then you may as well not bother. Sure there are some differences, but by and large this is the same experience that you'll have been through many times before. That's certainly not a bad thing, after all who could possibly tire of these awesome, fun and amusing adventures? Well, not me anyway.


In terms of story, The LEGO Movie Videogame follows the tale of Emmet, an ordinary guy who likes to follow the instructions. Unluckily for him, he ends up being caught in the middle of a prophecy, which sees him become the chosen one and end up in possession of the Piece of Resistance. This means he is the one tasked will stopping the evil Mr Business from using The Crackle to stick everything in place. He must save the world of LEGO. It's an interesting story full of fun moments, awesome environments and plenty of set pieces. It'll make you smile, and at one point even sing along.

As mentioned, The LEGO Movie Videogame is hardly different from other games in the series. You'll still try to collect LEGO pieces to ace the level. You'll still build, smash enemies and look for hidden secrets and you'll have a great time doing it, especially if playing with more than one person.


What's great about The LEGO Movie is the wide and diverse range of characters. There's a whole list of licensed characters from Gandalf to Batman, to Wonder Woman, Emmet and Green Lantern. Many people forget that this is a children's game, but to see their faces light up as their favourite characters come along is priceless. In fact, I think it's an important point that this game is aimed at children. Sure it's a shame to see a movies plot being stretched out over several hours, but from my children's reaction, this matters little. I watched over the space of a few days as they sat and completed the game, glued to the screen with smiles on their faces the whole time. I could see the flaws myself, as some levels seemed to drag on a little, however not once did they get bored of the experience, something I can't say for a lot of games out there.

Although there's not a lot new in terms of ideas, what is here certainly kept my children entertained, such as Emmet's drill which is used to demolish buildings and break walls, or the building sequences, which had them looking for LEGO instruction pages, before having to using the analog stick to select the correct piece for the design.


I've seen reviews say LEGO The Movie Videogame is boring due to the fact that it tries to stretch out the plot, but like I say, try telling that to my children, who having completed the game, are still playing it. Sure it borrows heavily from the movie and follows its plot throughout. However the diverse range of scenes to play through and the huge list of characters will have any child hooked to the screen. It may not be the best LEGO game ever made, but The LEGO Movie video game still has the magic formula which makes these games an essential purchase for any child.

No matter what system you are playing on, your child won't fail to be amused, and you never know, you may get enjoyment out of the game yourself. In fact, you definitely will.

Words by Joe Anderson
_@wotta | PSN: wotta / XBLA: wotta

(Version Tested: PS4)

Pros

+ A wide range of characters included
+ Fun co-op
+ Child friendly
+ Diverse range of environments to play in

Cons

- Can drag on a little in places (not that your children will notice)


Edited On 16 Feb, 2014

Comments
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Well I bought this for myself to play aswell as my kids and I've gotta admit I played it for a solid 2 hours and couldn't stop smiling it's a great game and a great mix of gameplay love the graphics and my 11 year old and 7 year old totally thought the game was awsome and also gonna take them both tomorrow to see the film still gonna love it even though there's spoilers in the game def buy for anyone who loves a lego game best lego game out there :)
michael 7 months ago
Got the plat trophy for this today great fun game not as good as other lego games but great for a movie tie in enjoyed it from start to finish
Dark572Assassin 7 months ago
It's not the best Lego game, but it's OK, the new master builder bits and blueprint collecting don't really add much though, and the vast open worlds of recent Lego games being replaced with a series of small hubs is a step backwards for the franchise. The lack of source material does make the game drag a little, but the story is good, although the 'everything is awesome' theme tune does start to grate pretty quickly.I feel it was rushed out a little for the films release too, for the first time ever in a Lego game I've had a glitch that made the game stick on a cut scene showing something that needed doing, and maybe the game should have spent a little longer being tested. All in all it's a pleasant enough experience, but it doesn't really advance the series, and is a step backwards if anything.
Gloria 7 months ago
I got it and platinumed it in a day. Game is fun at times, but the master builder part doesn't drag me in. You can tell they rushed it a bit to fill in the movies because they tend to put story stuff in that they haven't mentioned before. Batman and UniKitty were hilarious though. It was a massive step back on Lego Marvel though. Marvel was funnier, had better source material obviously, and just a much bigger open world. Just feels weird going from 250 gold bricks down to 70.
DynamiteWhyte 7 months ago
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