This game gave me one of those gaming moments I will always treasure and remember. You might know what I mean by this if I say “the first time I jumped off of the cliff-top helipad playing the Damavand Peak map in Battlefield 3”. This was more like an epiphany, except it was coupled with the joy you feel whilst watching your child open a Christmas present.
Some things are so full of potential that you can be almost too scared to look at them. This is largely due to the fear of abject disappointment that such potential will invariably lead to. And this is how I felt when I first got my hands on Lego Marvel Superheroes. I have been anticipating playing as Lego Hulk, Iron Man and quite a few other Marvel characters for a number of years now. So to have THAT game in my hands was quite a moment.
The game did not disappoint. From the first moment I was spellbound. There it was, [bits of] the Marvel Universe at my fingers tips, mine to control. And it was great in just about every way you expect a Lego game to be.
Lego Marvel 1Here’s the thing I like about TT Games. They seem to be able to make each new Lego game just that tiny bit better than the last. They learn and they tweak, so that each time you are still getting very much a Lego game still, but one that somehow still feels fresh and interesting. They might know that the game isn’t quite perfect but it’s a little bit closer than they were last time.
And TT have not reached perfection with this Lego game. There are still issues with camera angles at times; I still managed to get my characters stuck behind objects and had to quit the game; there are control issues whilst flying; trying to choose a different character when you are Hulk is a royal pain in the arse. These were enough for me to mark this game down to a very respectable 8 out of 10. And then I had my epiphany.
I handed the game over to my two sons, and that’s when it happened. To hear them shout out in complete and utter joy at unlocking Wolverine and Thor and the others was something to behold. And that’s when I realised that, as much as I love the Lego video games, I am probably not their target audience.
This game will almost definitely appeal to a large range of people, thanks to its ability to mix simple platforming game play with puzzles, with a splash of collectibles for those of a more obsessive compulsion. However more than that you get to be Iron Man. Is there anything cooler for an eight year old than that?
This game ticks all the right boxes in all the right places. Lego Marvel Superheroes is definitely TT Games’ strongest Lego game to date, despite the shortcomings I have mentioned above. The thing is, though, we’ve had Lego Star Wars, Lego DC, Lego Harry Potter, Lego Lord of the Rings and now Lego Marvel. The question is, where do they go from here? I can’t wait to find out.
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