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Game Guys review - LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

10:36 PM, Oct 26, 2013   |    comments
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  • 'LEGO Marvel Super Heroes' is developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
  • 'LEGO Marvel Super Heroes' is developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Over the years, the LEGO versions of major franchises (ie: 'Star Wars') have turned out to be major successes and fun through to the end.  The latest such game from developer TT Games is LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.  Not only does it continue the addictingly entertaining gameplay traditions of the other LEGO titles, it also opens things up in a way no other such game ever has.

Unlike the other licensed LEGO games that more-or-less follow the original plots of the source material, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes features an all-new original story centered around the Silver Surfer suffering an attack from Doctor Doom that causes the Surfer's board to break apart into cosmic bricks.  These bricks hold immense power and the Marvel Universe's large variety of super villains wants to harness that power for Doom's (and their own) dastardly goals.  At the direction of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Nick Fury and Agent Coulson, it's up to the Avengers, X-Men, and loads of other Marvel Super Heroes to swoop in and save the day.

As far as who, exactly, is taking part in this game, it's tempting to answer with "everybody" because it sure seems that way.  With more than 100 playable characters both iconic and obscure, there is no doubt that LMSH has the largest roster larger than any other LEGO game made thus far.  Outside of simply being imposing in quantity, there is one issue with this list: when it pops onto the screen during gameplay it takes up so much of it that it renders gameplay nearly impossible until it goes away.

Players should know, though, that there is some redundancy with that high of a volume of characters.  While they each have their own unique abilities, some double up for gameplay reasons.  For example, objects that Spider-Man can manipulate by "webbing" them and yanking on the web can also be interacted with with Mr. Fantastic's stretchy arms.  Still, the nifty factor of each individual playable character is more than enough to compensate for things like that.

Outside of missions, which are pretty darn linear, the game is set-up in the sandbox style across the Marvel version of Manhattan complete with Stark Tower and the Baxter Building.  As a sandbox game, there's more to do than the fifteen or so storylined levels.  Across the city are citizens who need the superheroes' help.  And then there are the red bricks that can be redeemed from Deadpool in exchange for bonus levels.  All in all, there is a wealth of content and players shouldn't be lacking in things to do - even if some of the actual storylined missions lack that entertaining punch from time to time.

In terms of visuals, it's not going to blow anyone away.  These are LEGOs, after all.  What it is, however, is a high-quality game that looks clean.  And, as a more-or-less first for a LEGO game, LMSH features voice acting - something that only makes sense for a game taking its cues from an entire comic book universe.  Thanks to the typically good voice over work, player get to hear some rather hokey lines - the kind that writers can only get away with in such a medium.  Thankfully, they're paced far enough apart that it never seems like too much.

Outside of the game's main campaign logging less than ten hours (thank goodness for all of the side content), there isn't much ill to say about LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.  The game fits right in with the spirit of the other LEGO video games and is an overall entertaining play.  It's likely to be one of the hot titles for the remainder of the year and is out for enough platforms that nearly any gamer out there should be able to pick up and enjoy this game.

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Version tested: Xbox 360 (also available on PS3, Wii U, 3DS, DS, Vita, and PC)

(WBIE supplied a copy of this game for review.)

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