An early look at LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

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'LEGO Marvel Super Heroes' is developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

The Avengers won't be the only Marvel super heroes assembling this Autumn when Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment brings video game LEGO Marvel Super Heroes to market.  Releasing onto a half-dozen gaming platforms, players will get the chance to play LEGO versions of more than 100 characters from across the Marvel universe.

"This isn't an Avengers title. it isn't a Spider-Man title.  It's all of these characters mixed together," said game producer Phillip Ring.  "And that is really important to us."

The game's levels will have players controlling teams comprised of two or three Marvel characters at a time, but these team-ups aren't exactly going to be as familiar as, say, the Fantastic Four.

"We get to do some really interesting combinations of people you might not necessarily think would work together because they're from different franchises," Ring explained.  "This is a whole part of the Marvel world.  Let's make these cool matchups and let's see what we can do with that."

Marvel crossover matchups appear on the villain side of the coin as well.  Thus far, the game's know heroes include Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, and Nick Fury.  The bad-guy roster is populated with the likes of Sandman and Abomination.  As for the rest of the game's roster, developer TT Games is still working on it and hasn't yet finalized exactly who will round it out.  Marvel fans hoping to see the likes of Kitty Pride, Fin-Fang Foom, and  Beta Ray Bill might have their wishes fulfilled.

"We haven't actually finalized things yet," said Ring.  "We're still working on things.  We're still changing and going, you know, what would be cool characters to add and what are people interested to see."

For those who have played the licensed LEGO video games in years past will find many similarities between those and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.  The usual mechanics of build-this-to-do-that exists as does the LEGO piece currency for unlocks and the like.  The game's overall lighthearted attitude, too, seems quite familiar to titles past.  Where the game really differs this time around is in its presentation.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes will feature increased dialogue compared to the previous games.  In fact, there is quite a bit of chit-chat between characters - especially in cut scenes.  The dialogue is the same kind of catch phrase comic book corniness that one might expect, but that always seems to fly in the video game adaptations thereof.

Also, while past LEGO titles have followed the already-established storylines of 'Indiana Jones', 'Star Wars', and the like, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes will have its own story unique to the game.  As told to the Game Guys recently by Ring, the game's plot revolves around the Silver Surfer's board breaking up into little LEGO bricks from being shot down after arriving to Earth (New York City, to be exact).  It seems various Marvel villains are finding these bricks and plan to use them for less-than-delightful things.  Oh, and there's something about Galactus, though nothing in specific has been revealed about the Eater of Worlds.

At this point, no ESRB information for this title is yet available and neither is a solid release date, but the game is scheduled to come out sometime during the Fall and will do so onto a number of different platforms.

"We know there are a lot of people out there who are LEGO fans and they want to be able to play the games on the different platforms," stated Ring.  "So, we've got the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, DS, 3DS, Vita, PC.  We really want to give people the opportunity that if they have a platform they can come on and play this game."


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