Game Review: Lego's latest superhero game is a rare gem
With a great story and lots of playable characters, Lego's latest superhero game is a rare gem
Just when we thought that TT Games was running out of steam with the barrage of Lego games, they have come out with this gem. It's a little rough around the edges, but it is still one of the best Lego games out there. The game has you playing several characters from the Marvel universe, some as popular as Spider Man and the Hulk to the obscure ones like Squirrel Girl and Chipmunk Hunk.
This is all possible thanks to the brilliant writing of comic book legend Kurt Busiek. The story features time travelling villain Kang, the Conqueror, who has created a world called Chronopolis, which is essentially 18 different locations from different timelines in the Marvel Universe, all mashed up into one super world.Some of the locations include K'un-Lun from Iron Fist, Wakanda from Black Panther and Attilan from Inhumans. Needless to say, the characters from these locations are also in the game. After being brought to Chronopolis, the heroes from the various timelines and universes band together to defeat Kang. The game cut-scenes and dialogues are a lot of fun and feature Lego-esque humour in the best way. The voice acting is also top-notch.
The Chronopolis world is vast and exploring it through side quests and discovering obscure Marvel characters, adds lots of hours to the gameplay, especially if you are chasing 100 per cent completion. The world features many environmental puzzles and you will have to solve them by manipulating time or using your partner's special abilities.
They aren't the most difficult puzzles, but it's still a change from the usual Lego gameplay. There is, of course, a co-op mode, where you can join in at any time, which means if you have kids or a Lego loving pal, you can play this game with them. The combat is simple, and defeating enemies is just a whole lot of button mashing. The Boss fights are a bit annoying though — they keep going into the invincible mode during which time you just have to avoid attacks and kill all the plebs.
The main problem, however, with Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is the controls. We played the game on a PS4 and the same control 'triangle' initiates an attack and is also used to switch characters. This is the theme for most of the other controls as well, and this gets annoying, when you switch to another character just as you are about to fight.
Having said that, Lego has gone all geek in its latest title, going with both well-known and obscure superheroes from the Marvel universe. It is a thrill to play this game considering the attention everything has been given. While there are a few minor issues, the 12-hour main campaign, along with the huge roster of playable characters, makes up for most things that are wrong with the game. If you are a fan of the Marvel universe, this is for you.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2
Developer: TT Games
Publisher: Warner Bros
Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX
Price: PC: Rs.2,750; PS4/XBO: Rs.2,499
Video link: http://bit.ly/legomsh2
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