Lego games have long been a favourite of mine. Ever since first playing Lego Star Wars, way back on the PS2, I’ve loved the franchise and pretty much every game that TT Gaming and Lego have released. Now, after completing two of their recent games, and with the release of Lego Worlds just around the corner, I thought I’d take a look at Lego Avengers and Lego Jurassic World. First Up, Lego Avengers
Now, If you played the earlier Lego Game: Lego Marvel’s Superheroes, then you’ll have basically played Lego Avengers. The two games are almost identical, except for a few differences.
Firstly, Lego Avengers focuses on the plots from all of Marvels Movies from their own cinematic universe, such as Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man and The Avengers, where as Lego Marvel Superheroes featured its own original story line. Based on your own opinion, you may enjoy one more than the other, I however preferred the Lego retelling of the movies rather than the original story.
Another key difference between the two games are the playable characters. Lego Avengers only really focuses on characters that have been in the MCU movies, with a few exceptions such as Squirrel Girl and The Human Torch, where as Lego Superheroes featured a whole range of different Marvel Comics characters including the X-Men and Fantastic Four. This is primarily because Avengers only involves characters that are still owned by Marvel Studios. However, despite a seemingly smaller number of available characters, the game does boast over 200 playable characters compared to Lego Super Heroes‘ 155.
A final key difference between the two Marvel games are the hub worlds. In Super Heroes you only had New York to wander around in and collect Studs (the Lego currency) and Gold and Red Bricks, with Avengers however, you have eight hub worlds including: New York, Washington D.C. and Asgard. This allows for a lot more variety in the small side quests you have to complete throughout the game.
Now, the game itself. The only con I really have for the game is its plot structure. The main story is basically just the two Avengers films, Avengers Assemble and Avengers: Age of Ultron, with the other films just having one-off levels and not even all of the MCU films are included. DLC’s were brought in to include Ant-Man and Civil War (the latter not getting a level, only characters) as well as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Some DLC was also brought in to included characters from the upcoming films for Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Captain Marvel, but none of these tie-in with any of the films. The lack of full plot experience for the other films disappointed me, especially with the exclusion of any characters or levels from Guardians of the Galaxy (yeap that’s right, no Rocket Racoon or Groot in this game).
However, that is really the only negative I have for the game. Yes the camera can be a bit funny sometimes, and yes you could get stuck in a wall and have to restart the level, but that’s become common place in a Lego game, and I only experienced these issues on a handful of occasions.
The game, overall, is a really enjoyable experience. I loved trying to get all the bricks and unlock all the characters to complete the game. And if you’re not one for going for the 100% and just want to do the missions then that option is still open for you. There’s enough content in this game to give you hours of missions (including DLC) and then you could always pick it back up again and replay levels as you please.
Just an updated Lego Marvel’s Superheroes? Maybe, but hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…
Lego Avengers: 5/5
Tip: Before unlocking any characters, try getting the Red Bricks and unlock all the multipliers, your stud count will rocket and you’ll have money to spare.