Another day another world brought to life by the tiny building blocks I loved as a kid. Since my first entry into the Lego world of video games with Lego Star Wars there have been plenty of Lego games that have hit the market. There have been some great franchises Lego-fied in recent times, such as Batman which spurred a few games, The Hobbit, Jurassic Park and much more. It was only fitting that the Avengers received the same treatment. I have not played a Lego game since my play through of the Star Wars games, but I have to say, Lego Marvel’s Avengers was quite a joy.
To start, the game does a great job at sticking with the movies and also adding tiny bits of gameplay that adds even more character development. Although we already know every heros’ story, it is nice to get that small flash back in the game to remind you about who the hero is and where they came from. The storyline stays very true to the movie in playing out iconic and funny scenes from the movies. As always with Lego fashion every scene is filled with hilarious background shenanigans and small comedic moments that I really enjoyed watching. It made me want to watch each cut scene even though I knew what was going to happen.
The gameplay and controls are simple enough. This button hits the bad guy, this button turns the thing and this button switches characters. The combat was fun for the first bit, however, I found myself repeating the same thing over and over. Each Avenger has their own unique finishing moves they can unleash on the baddies. They are pretty cool to look at but after a while it become old and mundane. You can take out the enemies in one button press if you do the finishing move, however I would actually button mash sometimes just to break up the monotony. One cool thing I did really like was that certain Avengers could team up to unleash killer tag team moves. For example, you could use Captain America’s shield and bounce Tony Stark’s laser to roast the enemies.
On the opposite end of that the game does change up the play style here and there. In one instance you play as Captain America, on the ground fighting, taking the fight to the enemy. During that same time you can switch over to Ironman who is flying around shooting the bad guys out of the sky. You go from ground combat to a Resogun style space shooter just like that. It is a nice way to keep the game fresh and exciting so it’s not the same fighting mechanic over and over.
The game looks awesome. The settings look beautiful, the character movements are crisp and all the action is executed flawlessly. Each hero is voiced perfectly and the cutscenes are some of the best parts of the game. The sounds in the game are what really pull everything together. From Tony Stark’s lasers sounds to the hurling of Captain America’s shield, the sound in the game is right on point.
The one thing that got me about the game is that it does not hold your hand. Most stages require you to find a certain object then either break the thing or build a thing and then use the thing to open a thing. But when you start you have no idea where to go or where to look. In one instance when I was actually playing co-op with Grant, we were given three objectives to complete to move on. At the top of the screen were three icons symbolizing what we needed to do, and that’s it. We ran, jumped and flew around for about ten minutes before we figured it out. It was a little of a drag because we just wanted to continue on and keep playing the game. This was the case for several stages as I played through the game. This became little annoying throughout the game but it is not something that would bring the whole game down.
Reliving the movies as the tiny sized building block people was entertaining. I really enjoyed recreating the scenes from the movie and playing through the game with all the heroes I love and cherish. Although there are plenty of Lego games flooding the market nowadays, Lego Marvel’s Avengers is another good one to add to the list.
+ Game looks great
+ LEGO’s classic comedy thrown in
+ Variety of gameplay
– Repetitive combat
– Some objectives are not clear, causing confusion
All in all Lego Marvel’s Avengers was enjoyable. If you are a Lego game fan I definitely recommend it. The world of Avengers brought to life by Lego is a cool thing. I would say that the game is not for everyone, but if you like Lego anything, go play it.
Jon Moore is the General Manager at The Game Bolt, and loves a good Oreo cookie. For more useless knowledge and nerdy shenanigans follow him on Twitter.