LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

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8.5 Overall Score
Gameplay: 9/10
Story: 9/10
Presentation: 8/10

Hilarious Writing | Big Open World to Explore | Replayability | Tons of Fun

Occasional Glitches | Puzzles Get Repetitive

Written by on November 9, 2013 in [, , , , ]


Do villains ever take a holiday? Don’t they have anything better to do than scheme for the Earth’s destruction or enslavement? From the looks of things in LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes, I would say no, no they do not. Prepare yourselves for “Doctor Doom’s Doom Ray of Doom!” No, seriously, that is the name of the next diabolical plan Doctor Doom has come up with. And he is not working alone, he has hired just about every villain in the Marvel universe, from Loki to the Green Goblin, to help him in collecting Cosmic Bricks to power his Doom Ray.

After the Silver Surfer came to our planet, Doctor Doom blew up Silver Surfer’s board and it shattered to pieces, sending Cosmic Bricks all over the place. Now Doctor Doom and his huge team of villains are on a mission to collect them all. But that is not the only threat to worry about. Galactus is following the Silver Surfer and he is hungry for a new planet. S.H.I.E.L.D is now calling on all heroes to help obtain the Cosmic Bricks and save the world from Doctor Doom and Galactus.

If you have ever played a LEGO game before and loved it, you won’t be disappointed. And if you have played previous LEGO games and were not impressed, then this will be the one to change your mind. Traveller’s Tales delivers the same humorous story telling and dialogue we have come to love from the LEGO series, while still giving plenty of nods at Marvel comics and movies that would make any fan grin from ear to ear. Such as Nick Fury wanting to order take out and requesting Shwarma, or Iron Man making a comment about how his building can never stay in one piece.

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While the characters may not be voiced by their actual actor counter parts (that is, except for Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson) the characters still have their big screen attitudes. Though it would have been interesting to see Chris Evans voice both Captain America and Human Torch. (Fun fact: teaming up Captain America and Human Torch in co-op will earn you a silly, yet funny, achievement titled “Don’t I Know You?” Oh there is that TT humor again). Spiderman is still a smart mouthed high school kid worrying about tests, homework, and his girlfriend. Iron Man is still full of himself. And Wolverine insists on being the tough guy and calling everyone “bub.”

LEGO games always have a wide variety of characters to unlock and use but in LEGO Marvel they really outdid themselves. With 150 Marvel universe heroes and villains to play as, solving puzzles and saving “Stan in Peril” will be a breeze. Every character has their own skill set and abilities they can use. There is no one power character, you will need something from each one, though there are only so many abilities and so the characters skill sets are mixed and matched. For instance, both Iron Man and Human Torch can fly and use a heat laser to melt gold things, but between the two, only Iron Man has the intelligence and can hack terminals and the like.

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As always, there are quite a few side mission you can do to keep you entertained even after the story is over. One of those is the Stan in Peril missions. Essentially the same as Citizen in Peril, Stan will be stuck in various situations and you will need to use certain characters to save him, thereby earning you a Gold Brick. Gold Bricks come in handy for opening up bonus areas spread throughout the open world of New York. While New York seems to be the place where you will spend a lot of time, it isn’t the only place you will visit. High above the hustle and bustle of New York sits the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier where you can buy characters, vehicles, and red bricks (in Deadpool’s room — yes he has his own room). You will also get to go on missions in Stark Tower, Asgard, Latveria, X-Mansion and more, each with its own LEGO block spin on things.

Most of the characters handle pretty well and are easy to control, which made it easy for my daughter to take over and claim her turn. But a few of the characters do seem to be a bit on the difficult side and don’t respond as well as they should. Another small issue was flying. It is fun to fly, however some of the mechanics are a little screwy and more often than not, I found myself over-shooting my target or flying into buildings. While that is not a big deal, there were a couple of times where the levels would glitch and I would have to restart just to progress. The doors to the level might disappear or the stepping-stones you are trying to place so that you can climb up a wall might get stuck under one another and in the ground, unable to move.

Despite the occasional glitch or screwy control, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is a game that really does a service to the LEGO franchise and Marvel universe. Both children and adults alike will have hours of fun laughing at the silliness of the story and playing as their favorite heroes or villains. If you were on the fence about this one, get off that fence and start breaking bricks, solving puzzles and saving Earth from evil villains who clearly need a vacation (perhaps in a containment cell).

A copy of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes was provided to TMG for the purpose of evaluation and review.

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Author: Samantha Olvera View all posts by
Tester at Aperture Labs, vacations in Rapture, and leaps from buildings into haystacks for fun. I love gaming almost as much as I love my two kiddos. I play for fun, but I aim to win.

One Comment on "LEGO Marvel Super Heroes"

  1. Craig November 15, 2013 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    Great review it really makes me want to play it also gives me a good idea how it plays so nice job :0 keep up the good work.

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