Of the various LEGO Videogames released by TT Games over the years, one of the most popular by far was LEGO Marvel Superheroes, released back in 2012. The game united characters from a wide range of Marvel comics, many of whom had been kept apart on the big screen due to different studios holding rights to certain Marvel properties. This time round the focus is squarely on the immensely popular Marvel Cinematic Universe which has woven a fully connected world of movies since 2008’s Iron Man. But how have TT Games fared in translating that intricate universe into the latest LEGO adventure? Find out in my LEGO Marvel’s Avengers video game review.
LEGO® Marvel’s Avengers™, is the first console videogame featuring characters and storylines from the critically-acclaimed film Marvel’s The Avengers and the blockbuster sequel Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Play as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in their quest to save the world while reliving some of the most amazing moments from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the famed Battle of New York between the Avengers and Super Villain Loki as seen in Marvel’s The Avengers.
- Diverse roster of Marvel’s Avengers characters –Play and unlock more than 100 new and returning characters with an array of exciting capabilities, including fan favorites like Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America and Thor, new characters from Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and more.
- New and enhanced powers and abilities – Battle in new ways with enhanced powers and character abilities. Team up with core Avengers to execute incredible combo moves.
- Free Roam Gameplay – Enjoy LEGO Marvel’s Avengers’ unique take on open world gameplay as you assume the roles of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to collect gold bricks, studs, and unlock additional characters.
- Variety of iconic locations – Visit iconic Marvel Cinematic Universe locations from around the world.
- Experience the blockbuster action from the Avengers films – Relive key moments from Marvel’s The Avengers, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and more, with a splash of classic LEGO humour.
The excitement surrounding the launch of LEGO Marvel’s Avengers seemed a little muted compared to previous LEGO titles but, as a fan of the LEGO Videogame genre and of the Marvel movies, I was looking forward to fully experiencing TT Games’ new take on the LEGO Marvel Superheroes world ever since first playing it last year. This time around the original storyline of LEGO Marvel Superheroes is replaced with the events of some of the more recent Marvel movies – oddly beginning with the second Avengers movie, Age of Ultron. In fact the way TT Games have weaved the various movies together is extremely clever and one of the game’s best achievements. Both of the main Avengers movies make up the main bulk of the games main storyline, with other Marvel movies such as Thor: Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier and Iron Man 3 making up the rest of storyline.
Game play follows the same familiar set-up of previous LEGO titles, with the main levels following the storyline before the game really opens up with it’s massive openworld hubs and freeplay levels. During levels you’ll constantly stumble upon areas and obstacles you cannot overcome with the characters you are playing with, but once the level is complete you are free to replay it with any characters you like, providing you have access to the relevant abilities, which is where the open world elements come into play. LEGO Marvel Superheroes lets you explore the massive LEGO version of Manhattan along with the Helicarrier, both acting a fully explorable hubs. Each have various missions to complete and collectibles to find, many of which result in adding to the cast of over 200 playable characters. This time round you can also explore additional areas such as Barton’s Farm and Asgard, all of which provides even more replay value with fan-pleasing touches.
With each new LEGO title, TT Games like to add something new to keep the franchise fresh. In LEGO Marvel’s Avengers the new addition is Super Team Ups. This not only provides an impressive set piece among various characters but often another means of injecting comedic hilarity. As you fight off enemies the team-up gauge increases, and when full you can tap the relevant button as it flashes blue to unleash your duo attack. There are also points throughout the game when you require the services of two specific heroes to move past a certain point. They are fun to watch and certainly add to the heroics. Another less welcome addition though, is the pinpoint scanner. During levels you’ll be met with areas pitted with red and blue glowing Avengers logos. These require tech characters like Scarlet Witch to pull up a scanner device which highlights four areas on the screen. Then you have to find the four highlighted areas to unlock whatever may have been hidden. The actual concept isn’t the problem, just the amount it’s used. Within a 10 minute section of the game it was used four times, which really breaks up the flow of the game and feels very overused.
Dialogue is once again lifted from the movies, mainly to great effect, although there are parts where it’s a little jarring and feels out of place, which is always the risk when using audio from a previous source in place of specially recorded VO. Thankfully, this time round the use of famous folks to fill some of the supporting roles has been kept to a minimum as those in LEGO Batman 3 felt a little out of place. In LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, Marvel mastermind Stan Lee returns to provide plenty of fun-filled appearances and former IGN host Greg Miller voices Aldrich Killian. The music is not something you’d really expect to be something to talk about when reviewing a LEGO Videogame, but the soundtrack for LEGO Marvel’s Avengers is truly epic. Blending familiar themes from the movies with all-new music to create a memorable OST, you’ll be humming between play sessions.
If you plan on taking on the many side missions and embarking on the road to collect everything you’ll be rewarded with many hours of gaming, and even if that isn’t your sort of thing the main levels still offer up plenty of content. After launch the game will be supported by a number of extra content packs which will offer additional characters, vehicles, and levels. These can be purchased individually or as part of the Season Pass. What these packs will include hasn’t been fully revealed, but PlayStation console owners can expect to enjoy early access to the Ant-Man level pack in a few weeks time. I highly expect other content packs to focus on the two Marvel TV shows, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, along with Guardians of the Galaxy.
If you enjoy any of the previous LEGO Videogames then you’ll have a blast playing LEGO Marvel’s Avengers. The humourous take on some pretty brutal scenes is outstanding and it’s problably one of the funniest LEGO Videogames to date, from Hulk selfies to pig-based weapons of mass destruction, you must have a heart of stone is you don’t find yourself chuckling away at somepoint during the game. There are a few little issues mentioned above but they don’t make the game unplayable. You’ll especially enjoy the game if you are a fan of the Marvel movies and LEGO Marvel Superheroes playsets which are featured heavily in the game, including some of the newer sets just released. LEGO Marvel’s Avengers is available now for PlayStation 3, PS4, Nintendo Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC DVD. There’s also a separate version available for PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS. Version reviewed – PlayStation 4. Season Pass content is not available for Wii U, Vita or 3DS.