LEGO Marvel’s Avengers

Traveller’s Tales has released another movie-inspired LEGO compilation – this time it’s Marvel’s Avengers. We take a look at the Xbox One version.

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, like the recent LEGO Jurassic World, can throw you off a little. In LEGO Jurassic World you were actually getting LEGO adaptations of all four “Jurassic” movies, and Marvel’s Avengers isn’t actually just about the Avengers movies either. Both Captain America movies are included, as are Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World.

There is a big difference between the two games though – apart from the obvious difference in subject matter. Whereas the Jurassic adventures were neatly separated between the four movies, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers is a bit of mashup of six different movies. The “plot” jumps from events in one movie right to the next, but even if you’re seen all the movies… these jumps can be confusing, or a stretch at best. If you’ve only seen a few of the movies, then this becomes an even bigger problem – though I’m sure the Avengers movies themselves are a bit overwhelming without any prior knowledge of the characters as well.

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Not surprisingly, developer Traveller’s Tales has stuck to their tried and true formula with their Marvel movie adaptation. The gameplay – a mix of beat ’em up, casual puzzle solving and platforming – is instantly familiar. There are subtle differences, but mainly in cooperative multiplayer settings. Here, you have access to special attacks where your Avengers join forces in attacking (fans of the movie will know what I’m talking about) – and this fun dynamic is largely lost in the single player mode.

Aside from the core gameplay, the overall style is also very much intact when comparing it to other LEGO games. A familiar visual style is mixed with an audio track that is partly lifted from the source material, resulting in either an “a-ha!” experience that provides some movie context to an otherwise just funny scene, or has you scratching your head because you can’t quite place the quote with how you remember it. If you’ve played the Jurassic Park or Lord of the Rings games, you get the idea.

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The character roster, as always, is immense. For a game that takes place in the Marvel universe, this is to be expected. Collecting and unlocking them all will take weeks (if not months), but the differences between character variations (especially when it’s just a color variation) make that task rather daunting for all but the most serious completionists. Most gamers will probably stick with the core group of characters, perhaps using a new character they randomly unlocked every now and then. And that’s not a bad thing, because the default roster is an all-star cast to begin with, and diverse in how they play. Iron Man can fly and fights best at a distance, whereas Hulk loves to get up close and personal and generally just smashes the hell out of everything and everyone.

As was the case with LEGO Jurassic World, this is a great package for those who are fans of the source material. The execution isn’t perfect, with the lack of an overarching storyline and a limited amount of originality. Still, everything that makes these LEGO games fun is there, and exploring New York City in a free roaming mode is a blast.

Score: 7.8/10

 

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