Burdened with glorious purpose
It’s also a lot of fun when you have a companion with you to accompany you on your journey through the Lego universe on the console. Maybe not right down to the tee, but Lego Marvel’s Avengers satisfies your Lego craving by serving a sizable dollop of virtual fun unlike any other, beckoning you to follow the story of six Marvel superhero movies. Should this be your next big Lego adventure?
Kicking things off with the story, the game follows the story of the first Avengers movie, Avengers Age of Ultron, Captain America the First Avenger, Captain America the Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3 and Thor the Dark World. There is no clear chronology that the story follows and it jumps from movie to movie. This can be a bummer for someone looking for a chronological adventure or a simple time line like we have seen with Lego Star Wars and Lego Lord of the Rings. Nonetheless, there is a lot of content from the movies and the expanded universe to keep fans and newcomers to the franchise entertained through the game. You get to control a bunch of superheroes from the Avengers universe throughout the story and side quests and there are over a hundred unlockable characters adding to the roster of playable characters with unique abilities.
Sticking with the story, there is the traditional Lego humour thrown into the adventure mix that players can look forward to and some of these jokes though slapstick will bring a smile to your face, especially if you are accompanying a child through this virtual Lego Marvel’s Avengers adventure. Overall, there are those that would have preferred a more linear story but if you have watched all the Marvel films (a number of times), it’s easy to relate to the back and forth.
Coming to the gameplay, it’s exactly what you’d expect from a Lego video game. The controls are easy to pick up and master and the unique abilities of some of the characters makes trying out new characters and their abilities a lot of fun. Iron Man and Thor can take to the sky for some fun flying mini games that resemble some of the VR challenges from the Batman Arkham Games. Quicksilver can use his super speed to build stuff fast and traverse with speed, and the Scarlet Witch is there, too, with some impressive unique abilities. Each character abilities are specific to some puzzles which means that you can double back to unlock a new puzzle or challenge after unlocking a new character. There is also the ever entertaining Hulkbuster sequence and some Iron Man sequences look as though they were inspired by Resogun.
There are some open worlds for you to explore too like Manhattan, Washington DC and Asgard. These open worlds are more fun with local multiplayer thrown into the mix as both the players don’t have to do the same thing. They can pursue different side quests or simply explore the environment at their own terms. This takes away from the restrictive multiplayer gameplay style we have seen in the past. Although there are sequences during the game where only one character’s moves are needed to pass the obstacle and the second player can do nothing more than hang around waiting for the sequence to finish.
With gameplay, there is enough going on to keep the experience fresh especially since you have new characters to explore with. It will take you about 10 hours to get through the story with some side quests thrown into the mix and there are a few hours more of content to look forward to if you are looking to hit 100% completion.
The sounds of this game are pretty laid back and the background score is good keeping the theme of a serious situation but nothing too serious. The voice acting is where the game falters. There are dialogues pulled straight out of the films patched together with voice acting from a cast that isn’t that of the films and this makes the game feel disjointed at times. Sure, no one can replace RDJ as Iron Man but as a voiceover for a game, I’d prefer a good voice actor than trying to rip off the movie just to maintain a little authenticity. Remember when Pierce Brosnan gave his looks and voice to 007: Everything or Nothing, it felt like an authentic Bond game through and through. That feeling is missing from Lego Marvel’s Avengers.
One thing to remember about the graphics of the game: This is no Last of Us but it isn’t meant to be. If you have played any Lego game in the past you will feel right at home with the visuals. There is little to complain here and the obvious fact that the characters don’t have fingers or moving lips will still draw you in. The open world sequences are beautiful and it’s fun flying around town as Thor or Iron Man. Combat does get exciting with numerous enemies on screen and the graphical fidelity of the game is good. As a virtual Lego world, this game does good to immerse you into its blocky graphical visuals.
|Developer: TT Games
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Microsoft Windows
Price: PC – Rs.499. PS3 and Xbox 360: Rs.2,000. PS4 and Xbox One: Rs.2,500. PS Vita: Rs.1,799
Overall Lego Marvel’s Avengers will appeal to anyone who is a fan of the franchise or enjoys Lego games. Did I mention Stan Lee makes an appearance more than once in the game? If you liked Ratchet and Clank, or Jak and Daxter, then the Lego series will appeal to you.
|Cute graphics||Voice acting|
|A lot of unlockable characters||Non-linear story|
|Split screen multiplayer is fun|
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Sameer "Psycho Mantis" Mitha
I live for gaming and technology is my muse. When I am not busy playing with gadgets or video games I delve into the world of fantasy novels.