There are so many LEGO games out there now that Warner and TT Games could probably launch their own hardware and see it be mega successful, thankfully though there doesn't seem to be any plans for that, so PlayStation, Nintendo and Xbox fans get to play through these wonderfully licensed, if not similar games, for the foreseeable future.
Having pretty much smashed the Toys to Games market with the wonderful LEGO Dimensions, TT Games has now turned its attention another universe which was sadly missing from that game, in Marvel and the Avengers. The only place you'll see a LEGO figure in this game is on your TV, although that doesn't take away from how brilliant the on screen action is, in fact this is probably some of the best fun i've had yet with LEGO games.
As you would expect, this latest game is based on the Marvel Universe of the Avengers, with the game’s opening oddly starting off with a scene from Age of Ultron before heading back into Avengers Assemble and then Captain America: The First Avenger. As if that's not enough, there are also scenes from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World too. It all seems to work well, will please fans of Marvel and certainly keeps things from getting predictable, especially if you have already seen of the movies.
The LEGO games are pretty predictable in the way they play, however TT Games does mix things up here, with Marvel’s Avengers adding in new finishing moves and team-up attacks, which while being nothing game changing, certainly help to make this game feel new and fresh. Also the returning are the Resogun style shooting scenes, which last made an appearance in LEGO Batman 3. You'll bump into this gameplay style early in the game as Captain America and Iron Man team up to take down some rather large cannons and whether you are playing these levels from the first time or are returning after LEGO Batman 3, you'll have a blast shooting enemies out the sky as Iron Man.
This is a LEGO game of course, so there are plenty of collectables to be found as always, with each environment capable of being smashed to bits. This allows you to collect all the coins that you'll need, as well as going back to find all of the other hidden gems once you unlock the various characters capable of entering the hidden and locked off parts of each level.
The humour returns too of course, with perhaps some of the funniest parts involving Bruce Banner smashing his head and other body parts as he grows ever more angry while struggling to transform into Hulk within a confined space. There are many other humorous moments of course, but this is the one that certainly sticks out for me.
A few of the issues with the previous LEGO games have been addressed in LEGO Marvel Avengers, with puzzles and jumping sections being more simplistic and refined, meaning that you won't get caught out with a bug hampering your progress, which was something that would frustrate in the past. The character select wheel meanwhile, has been dumped completely, with the game now asking you to tap of the Triangle button to choose your character, a decision that has no doubt been made due to most levels only having two characters at a time.
It's possible that some of the boss battles could have been better designed, as some rely far too heavily on what amounts to bashing a button, but overall it's hard to complain about the overall quality of what is on offer here.
Graphically this LEGO game looks as amazing as ever, with TT Games making good use of the LEGO Jurassic World graphics engine to bring some of the best lighting and graphical effects we’ve seen yet. On PS4 the game feels pretty flawless, other than a few moments, such as when my Iron Man character got stuck when jumping to recover a hidden chest.
From the detail of all the characters to audio soundtrack and stellar voice over work, it's really hard to complain about the effort that's went into LEGO Marvel Avengers. There may have been some out there thinking that TT Games may have spread itself a bit thin, what with working on this game and LEGO Dimensions at the same time, however you needn't worry because LEGO Marvel Avengers really is a quality product.
Words by Joe Anderson
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(Version Tested: PS4)
+ Lots of fun, well designed levels
+ Plenty of humour
+ Looks fantastic
- Some boss battles could be better designed