Lego Marvel Avengers holds a lot of personal value to me. I was lucky enough to actually be a tester on this game whilst it was in the development stages. For the most part I spent my time on the handheld version, however during the last few months of the project I went over to console. However this is not a biased review of the game, far from it in fact…
The console version of Lego Marvel Avengers is arguably one of the worst Lego games to date. From the offset Lego Avengers appears to be a breath of fresh air for Lego games with a number of new hub worlds added and sweet new combo moves which can be teamed up by any two characters. However, when you delve deeper into the game it is plain to see that this is simply a reskin of past Lego titles.
The levels in the game follow the storyline of Avengers Assemble, Age of Ultron, Thor 2, Iron Man 3, Captain America First Avenger and Captain America Winter Soldier. The levels themselves, in my opinion, really do lack any challenge – I know this is a game aimed at kids however I do believe it is lacking the fun challenges and puzzles of past Lego games.
The main hub of the game is set in Manhattan and in the latest instalment it’s clear to see that this is almost a carbon copy of the Manhattan hub from its predecessor back in 2013. A few nice additions may look pretty but us fans want more! That being said, there is a definitely a lot more to do in this hub including a number of races, quests and battles.
A saving grace to this game is the vast number of characters available to play as, with over 150 playable characters ranging from the films to the comics. Avid Marvel fans will appreciate the characters that are grabbed from the darkest depths of the Marvel universe such as the gigantic Devil Dinosaur and the fantastic Gorilla Girl.
Overall, the console version of Lego Marvel Avengers is not Traveller’s Tales best creation to date however that being said, the vast number of characters available to the player and the finely polished teamwork finisher move save this from becoming a total disaster. In my opinion, if you’re thinking about getting this game but are unsure my advise would be that if you are a marvel fan or devoted collector of the Lego games then pick this up, otherwise I would wait for the highly anticipated Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens set for release later this year.