For the first time ever in a videogame, many of Marvel’s greatest heroes unite in LEGO Marvel Superheroes. Bringing together the greatest collection of characters from Marvel’s long, storied history including the likes of the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Avengers, and everyone’s favorite character Deadpool, this game is filled with all the necessities that you would expect from a good superhero game. Visually astonishing super powers, unique level design, and it wouldn’t be a superhero game without some terrible puns sprinkled throughout. With this new LEGO game, is the great power worth the responsibility, or should you run through it like a speeding bullet?
Following the normal comic book storyline, the game puts players in the role of various Marvel superheroes who are united together to cease the evil Dr. Doom’s plans of destroying the world with assistance from the vast array of Marvel villains found in a recreated LEGO version of New York City. Though the game’s story is quite shallow, the immense character interactions do make the trip through the game gratifying. If you come to play LEGO Marvel Superheroes for the story, unless you are a comic-book lover, it won’t appeal to everyone. When it comes to pure enjoyment though, this game does fits the bill.
Without a doubt, when this game runs correctly, it can be one of the most amusing games you will play this entire year. The feeling of being able to swing through the New York City skyline with Spiderman is amazing. With a fantastic assortment of characters that are playable, there are no shortage of options. Whether you are flying around shooting artillery as Iron-Man, swinging around the map trapping your adversaries in webs as Spiderman, or just demolishing everything in sight as the Hulk, you are bound to find a few superheroes you will enjoy controlling.
While many of the characters have special powers that make them fun to play and wreak havoc with, each superhero is simply classified into one of three molds (flying characters, heavy-hitters, or strictly melee). This really discredits the abundance of characters which seem to be thrown into an extremely convoluted story. When these characters are placed into combat, sadly there feels like there is no individuality between the heroes, with a large percentage of them using the same exact combination of attacks on hoards of brain-dead enemies.
The combat in this game is honestly terrible on so many levels. It’s not only the fact that you are limited to about two attacks per character, which for a superhero game is rather depressing, but rather that your partners are just as idiotic as the enemies they are fighting against. Most of the time my AI-superhero buddies became nothing more than a bullet shield for me by taking the full brunt of the attacks directed in my direction.
LEGO Marvel Superheroes features combat already found in other LEGO titles and remains unchanged for the most part. With this being a superhero title, I was hoping that they would increase the combat depth to make the game mirror the epicness of the heroes being showcased. Many of the animations found in battle look and feel recycled from previous titles in the LEGO series, not fully capturing the unique contrast between characters from this game’s predecessor and the awe-inspiring ability of Marvel superheroes featured here. The only aspect of the combat that does stands out are the boss battles. With the games already astonishing visuals, the clashing of powers do make up for the bland and inadequate gameplay found in most conflicts.
Visually, this game is incredibly detailed, whether it is the amazing recreation of the radiant city of the gods, Asgard, or the glowing flames of the Human Torches flame attacks, the game looks outstanding. Every level in the game is beautifully designed whether you are under the sea, visiting the technologically-advanced Stark tower, or flying through Manhattan, LEGO Marvel Superheroes looks unbelievable. The sound compliments the visuals for this game perfectly. Even if the script features a ton of terrible puns, they are input so well you cannot help but love the humorous nature of Marvel Superheroes, as every character has a bit of charm to them. All mashed together with a well-written score, LEGO Marvel’s presentation really does make the game worth playing.
LEGO Marvel Superheroes is a fun game, even with all the apparent bugs and problems that rear their ugly-head every now and then. The game has some glaring flaws, but nothing that should turn you away from this title. This game has a lot to bring a smile to your face, and to keep your attention for hours, especially if you are a fan of the Marvel universe. If you go into the game expecting a flawless title, you will be severely disappointed. If you can keep your expectations in check, LEGO Marvel Superheroes provides an entertaining adventure, perfect for a weekend playthrough.
(This review was completed using the Wii U version of LEGO Marvel Superheroes.)