The latest Lego game to hit the market puts the focus on the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Lego Marvel’s Avengers.
The big draw for this game is its connection to the MCU. The game features levels from Marvel movies such as Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The First Avenger.
Although it has all of these levels, the standalone character movies are only given one level that sums up the whole movie and both Avengers films fill out the rest of the 15 levels on offer. These levels are fun, they capture all the great moments featured in all of the movies and add that little Lego touch. Smashing the puny god Loki as Hulk and partying at Avengers Tower with the crew are incredibly fun and being able to relive these moments brang me a whole lot of joy.
Although I wasn’t to big a fan of the level layout, they don’t play the levels in order of when they happened, so the first level is Age of Ultron and then you jump to Avengers and then to The First Avenger, then back to Avengers it’s just all mixed up and it doesn’t work. If you hadn’t watched any of these movies and then played this game you would be incredibly lost.
As the game adapts the movies, the team behind the game decided to convert the movies voices to the game and its kind of bad. Hearing Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr in the game is great and all but when it sounds like they are speaking in a tunnel its not good. Only the main characters get this treatment and the rest of the characters have proper voice acting and next to the movie VO its 10 times better.
The gameplay is still classic Lego, you will smash things, build things, collect studs etc etc. While this gameplay has been perfected its becoming a bit stale, I want them to try something new with the formula, shake things up cause I can’t see this being enough in the near future.
Outside of the levels the game features Hub worlds that you can explore and do things in. This is by far the best part of the game, they are really well designed with tons of secrets and things to do. With multiple Hub worlds such as Manhattan, Asgard and Hawkeye’s Farm the games is huge. The character roster is also huge but it features many variations of the same character and with characters like the X-Men and Spider-Man missing the roster doesn’t feel whole.
The graphics for the game are beautiful, the game makes Lego look so beautiful and the lighting is fantastic. The game does have a couple bugs, I’ve had times where my character has got stuck in an animation and I couldn’t get out of it resulting in a restart of the level which is incredibly frustrating and I also had the game crash on me once. The trophy list is quite simple and attainable also.
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers adapts the MCU faithfully and gives the player a ton of content to do. And although the game has some unfortunate short comings and disappointments the game should still appease fans of Lego and the MCU.