Review: Lego Marvel's Avengers (PlayStation 4)
- Release Date (NA): February 26, 2016
- Release Date (EU): February 29, 2016
- Release Date (JP): February 28, 2016
- Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- Genres: Action Adventure
- ESRB Rating: Everyone
- PEGI Rating: Three years and older
- Also For: Computer, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Single playerLocal MultiplayerOnline MultiplayerCo-operative
More Super Heroes!
I am of the opinion that 2013's Lego Marvel Super Heroes is one of the best Marvel games out there and definitely the best Lego game to date. With that in mind, I had high expectations for TT Games' latest title set in the Marvel universe. Lego Marvel's Avengers takes place not only in Avengers Assemble and Avengers: Age of Ultron, but we also get to play through levels from both of the Captain America movies, Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 3.
Playing through 5 different movies isn't as interesting as it should be and levels and scenes are mixed up incoherently. Gameplay starts with the opening of Age of Ultron, then flips to Assemble, then back to Ultron with smidgens of the other movies thrown in here and there. It doesn't make much sense and if you haven't seen the movies, or only some of them, you'll have no idea what is going on throughout the rather lacklustre story mode. Most of the best scenes from the movies are recreated via cutscenes, with minimal humour instead of being woven into gameplay. Series' standard puzzle mechanics return; smash everything up until you find the bouncing bricks, build an object that allows you to progress, rinse and repeat. This formula is to be expected in a Lego game, it's just a bit of a disappointment that there is no real advancement in gameplay when compared to Lego Marvel Super Heroes or any of the other recent Lego game franchises.
Combat is also almost identical to previous games, but for some reason normal enemies seem to take a lot more damage than usual. This could be to coax the player into using the new chain combos each character now possesses, which can kill an enemy with a single button press, but the animation is always the same and takes around 2-3 seconds to play out making it sometimes more viable to just ignore the enemies, smash up the level and move on.
Despite the stories shortcomings, there is still a lot of fun to be had in Lego Avengers. Once the story is out of the way and the hub worlds are all unlocked, we get to mess around, do side missions, drive vehicles and start unlocking more characters. My 6 year old son loves Manhattan and I can see why. It's a huge level, great for flying around, jumping from the Hellicarrier or discovering hidden secrets. Flying controls have been tightened up and aren't nearly as unpredictable as they have been in previous games, especially when taking on racing challenges.
Playing splitscreen coop with my son in freeroam mode is where the game shines the most for me. He is always a flying character, because of course he is, and I usually use a character with Might so I can kill stuff with ease. He flies around looking for stuff whilst I take on missions and unlock more characters for him to try out. The fact that we can both essentially play the game at the same time, but independently is pretty awesome.
It's weird to have no Fantastic Four, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man or X-Men to play as, especially when they were all in the previous game, and we are in the same city here, but there are over 200 characters to find and unlock which is always exciting even if you have no idea who 70% of them are!
+ Loads of content
+ Over 100 new characters
+ Manhattan is awesome
- Story is boring to play through
- Not as much fun dialogue and jokes as in previous games
- Poor sound recording of movie dialogue
Bright, colourful and faithful Lego recreations of the Marvel World, characters and movies.
The standard Lego mechanics are present and correct but there aren't many new additions to puzzles or general gameplay in the world. Team moves are cool, but enemies seem to take more damage than ever making it easier to repeatedly use the new combo moves each character possesses, or skip combat altogether where possible.
Story mode took me around 12hrs to get through but a lot of that was playing coop and showing my son how to advance through the levels. There are 40-something characters to unlock in the story mode, then another 170+ to unlock in free roam. As usual, getting all of the characters, gold and red bricks and vehicles for that 100% will more than likely add another 30+ hours of play time.
out of 10
(not an average)
Lego Marvel's Avengers is a fun solid title but is also another by-the-numbers Lego game. There isn't really any advancement to gameplay mechanics and this is a bit of a disappointment after how great Lego Marvel Super Heroes was. The story mode is a bit boring to play through and once again the real highlight of the game is free-roaming the world hubs.