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First Impressions: Lego Marvel Superheroes

Lego meets the Marvel Universe. Is this new Lego game a smash it or has the Lego formula gotten stale?

The Lego video game franchise has been chugging along since 2005, when Lego Star Wars first debuted. The newest game in the line of "Lego meets blank" is the Marvel universe. This marks the 14th game Lego has released in this crossover series, and one that many people have been really amped for. But this begs the question, has the Lego video game format gotten stale or are the games still fun? We got to check out Lego Marvel Superheroes for the Wii U, and here's our first impressions.

What Lego Marvel Superheroes really boils down to is the classic battle of good versus evil. Cosmic blocks, made up of Silver Surfer's board, are scattered across the globe. Loki and other big names from the Marvel Universe are scrambling to get them because they're incredibly powerful and bad guys love power. It's up to heroes of the Marvel Universe to stop them.

You'll end up chasing down classic villains throughout the Marvel Universe in some familiar places like the Baxter Building, Hydra Headquarters, Stark Tower, and even the Marvel building in NYC where you battle The Vulture and Howard the Duck. That's right. Howard the Duck is in this game. What sets this game apart from the others is the fact that in between levels, you have all of New York City to explore. The open-world gaming here is a lot of fun, but horrible for people with A.D.D.-gaming. There's lots of options, in-between levels. You can fly up to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, unlock side missions when you collect enough gold bricks, search for unlockable characters, or even just smash things as the Hulk for fun. Lego Marvel Superheroes takes the things that really worked in Lego City Undercover and expands on them, making the replay value of this game incredibly high.

So Galactus is pretty big...

The Wii U experience is going to be quite different than playing the game for any other system because of the fact that the Wii U features the second screen on the controller. There's a few different ways to use it. The first way is to use it to quick switch to another character on your team. This comes in handy when hitting the X button doesn't always give you the character you want. The second way is to actually play the full game on the second screen. Again, this comes in handy, especially when someone else in your household wants to catch up on something like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The last way, and one of our personal favorites is that the second screen becomes the map of the area you're in. This comes in handy when you're searching the city for unlockables and the map on your television isn't detailed enough. Lego Marvel Superheroes utilizes the Wii U controller incredibly well.

The replay value is extremely high with this game. You can't collect everything on your first playthrough, so you'll need to beat the level, unlock more characters, and come back for freeplay mode, and for the most part, the levels are so much fun that it doesn't seem like a task. It's more than a pleasure to play these levels all over again. Plus, who doesn't want to unlock EVERYTHING in this game? There's so many different characters, levels, and places to go that you'll be glued to your seat for weeks.

One thing that really stood out was the voice acting. There's a ton of familiar voices throughout the cut scenes and gameplay here. Clark Gregg reprises his role as Agent Coulson, and John DiMaggio comes in to do a slew of voices, including Galactus, whom he played on the Hulk Agents of SMASH cartoon. Also included in this game are Phil LaMarr (Blade, Gambit, and War Machine), Tara Strong (Squirrel Girl), Will Friedle (Archangel, Nova, and Rick Jones) and returning is the man who truly has been the voice of Wolverine for the past few years, Steve Blum. There's lots of variety in the voices here, and it makes comic nerds, like myself, very happy.

Captain America is dreaming about cotton candy

The game isn't without its faults though. Switching between characters, in battle, can sometimes be a hassle, especially when you're looking for a specific character to complete a puzzle. On top of that, the AI of your other teammates is incredibly stupid. You'd assume that the rest of your team should follow you around, but so many times, they're stuck in another part of the level, just running in place or they can't make the easiest of jumps. These are the two most frustrating parts of this game.

As always, with Lego games, you will come to a point where you just have no clue what to do. It happen a few times while playing throughout story mode. On occasion, a box will pop up either giving you a hint or telling you what to do for a certain puzzle, but there were actually a few times where the puzzle blended in way too well with the rest of the scenery, so you couldn't really figure out what to do next.

Lastly, one minor problem that irked me with every level was that Stan Lee's "Excelsior" was the loudest thing in the game. When you get to 100% of collecting the little pegs, his voice screams through the television like Banshee's voice. It was the most terrifying part of the game.

This game will forever warp how you look at Reed Richards. He's kinda gross.

This was a series I thought was done. I didn't think they could make another really good Lego game, since the past few, aside from Undercover, never really won me over. That being said, Lego Marvel Superheroes may be the best of the franchised Lego games. As a comic fan, I actually enjoyed this game more than Lego City Undercover, which was a crowning achievement in Lego games. Sure, this game is, in a sense, more of the same. You know what you're getting into when you pick it up; however, Lego Marvel Superheroes takes all the things that worked in previous Lego games and raises the bar. It's a good mixture of the 616 Universe and the Movie Universe to give fans of the comics and films a warm, fuzzy feeling. If you're on the fence about whether or not to pick this game up, come over to the fun side and give it a shot. Overall, I highly recommend this game, unless you hate fun.

Lego Marvel Superheroes is available for the Xbox360, PS3, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, and PC. It will also be available for the Xbox One and PS4.

Mat "Inferiorego" Elfring is a writer, podcaster, blogger, tweeter, and can't stop flying around New York City as Iron Man.

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Edited by fables87

Kind of wished they made a set of the Fantastic Four.

Posted by TheManInTheShoe

I played this a little and I hated that they referenced the movies all the time.

Posted by Trevel8182

My biggest problem with this game, is how Avengers centric it is the X-Men and FF only get one mission and other groups like the Midnight Sons and the Guardians of the Galaxy are just ignored.

Posted by StMichalofWilson

This game is so fun! It brings out the kid and nerd in me!

Edited by kid Apollo

i just downloaded the demo but havent goten a chance to play yet. now im looking forward to it for sure

Edited by JoeC_Mommy

It's turned 3-year-old Joe into a gamer, or at least a gamer wannabe. For him, it's the best of both worlds: superheroes and Legos. I've enjoyed it, too, when I've had the chance to play it.

Posted by Sleepbutnodream15

I haven't played it, but it does kinda bug me that they put Samuel L Jackson's movie version of Nick Fury in the game instead of the original one. Marvel's movies have been good, but I hate how much influence it's had on everything else it does. If anything they should have just made a Nick Fury Jr. character that kinda looks like Jackson and kept the original. Also, they need more X-Men characters. At the very least, they need to add Cable.

Posted by dreamfall31

Cannot wait to play this!

Posted by HeckTate

I don't understand what the huge Lego video game craze is, I'm guessing it's mostly based around synergy and the fact that you can kind of half-as$ the graphics: at a certain point people don't care how realistic looking you can make a rectangular prism look, a block is a block.

Edited by TheMantisShrimp

I want a Galactus Lego figurine

Edited by PeppeyHare

Getting this on next gen just cuz. Looks great

Edited by Herokiller12344

TARA STRONG AS SQUIRREL GIRL!? That's fantastic! And this is the second time she's ever done that voice...so really, she's the official VA now!

I am getting this game!

Posted by sasquatch888

@hecktate said:

I don't understand what the huge Lego video game craze is, I'm guessing it's mostly based around synergy and the fact that you can kind of half-as$ the graphics: at a certain point people don't care how realistic looking you can make a rectangular prism look, a block is a block.

agreed make ultimate alliance 3 not this bullshit

Online
Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

loved this game. its fantastic.

@hecktate said:

I don't understand what the huge Lego video game craze is, I'm guessing it's mostly based around synergy and the fact that you can kind of half-as$ the graphics: at a certain point people don't care how realistic looking you can make a rectangular prism look, a block is a block.

agreed make ultimate alliance 3 not this bullshit

why cant they do both?

Posted by CitizenJP

Lego Galactus >

Edited by andy_117

"...Stan Lee's 'Excelsior' was the loudest thing in the game. When you get to 100% of collecting the little pegs, his voice screams through the television like Banshee's voice"

People keep saying things like this like it's somehow a negative thing. STAN LEE SCREAMING "EXCELSIOR" TOO LOUD IS GAME OF THE YEAR MATERIAL

Posted by Spideysense44

Really want this game

Posted by FriendlySymbioteVenomMan

It's a fun game (love all the little humor), but the X-Men really are neglected. Wolverine and Storm get some screen-time, but the rest of the gang mostly just shows up for one level. Which is weird, since they use the Brotherhood so heavily as villains. Mastermind is playable, but Nightcrawler and Rogue are nowhere to be found.

Posted by smashed_pumpkins

I want to play this at some point. I really liked Lego Batman 2. I enjoyed the gameplay but my favourite thing about it was the humour. That game had some really funny Superman/Batman interaction.

Posted by Veshark

I only want to play this because it's the closest I can get to a new MUA game. Plus, it looks kinda fun in a silly sort of way, and the idea of so many characters appeal to me.

Posted by nappystr8

I want this game sooooo bad! Curse brokenness.

Posted by Rick_Grayson

It's a fun game (love all the little humor), but the X-Men really are neglected. Wolverine and Storm get some screen-time, but the rest of the gang mostly just shows up for one level. Which is weird, since they use the Brotherhood so heavily as villains. Mastermind is playable, but Nightcrawler and Rogue are nowhere to be found.

No Nightcrawler!? Why does marvel hate NC so much!?

Edited by Lykida

"This game will forever warp how you look at Reed Richards. He's kinda gross."

I always knew Reed Richards was gross. Hate to see him using his powers...

Anyway... Is there a multi-player mode?

Posted by ZZoMBiE13

I'm going to play this on the X1. :)

Posted by inferiorego

@lykida said:

"This game will forever warp how you look at Reed Richards. He's kinda gross."

I always knew Reed Richards was gross. Hate to see him using his powers...

Anyway... Is there a multi-player mode?

I believe you can, but that means inviting a friend over. I played the game mostly at night. My single friends were all drunk and my married friends were all in bed and/or just waking up to crying babies.

It's hard to find friends to play games with now.

Posted by Lykida

@lykida said:

"This game will forever warp how you look at Reed Richards. He's kinda gross."

I always knew Reed Richards was gross. Hate to see him using his powers...

Anyway... Is there a multi-player mode?

I believe you can, but that means inviting a friend over. I played the game mostly at night. My single friends were all drunk and my married friends were all in bed and/or just waking up to crying babies.

It's hard to find friends to play games with now.

That's very sad to hear. I guess I'll give it a try together with my boyfriend and good friend of our's.

Posted by FeedMeSeymore

I hope Daredevil is in it, but If he is, I probably still won't get it.

Posted by PunyParker

I played this a little and I hated that they referenced the movies all the time.

You expected anything else?!.......say thank you,they didnt put Bell to do Spider-Man in this one,at least....

Posted by TheJedinator13

really good game especially with Stan Lee in it :D only downside (IMO) was the whole new york part... I am an Uber OCD gamer so that was the death of me.

Posted by Sebast_Allen

really good game especially with Stan Lee in it :D only downside (IMO) was the whole new york part... I am an Uber OCD gamer so that was the death of me.

Yo, are you limited to the whole new york, or can you free roam in other places, and compared to lego batman 2, how big is it

Posted by Oscars94

@lykida: Online would've been sweet! Imagine having a massive group of friends battling against a massive group of villains online. A missed opportunity in my opinion. The game is still awesome!

Posted by Jokerpoker

I'm in the middle of it, and it's awesome!