LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes PS4 Game features an original story crossing the entire Marvel Universe. Players take control of Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine and many more Marvel characters as they unite to stop Loki and a host of other Marvel villains from assembling a super-weapon capable of destroying the world. Players will chase down Cosmic Bricks as they travel across LEGO Manhattan and visit key locations from the Marvel Universe, such as Stark Tower, Asteroid M, a Hydra base and the X-Mansion. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes PS4 Features: Smash, swing and fly in the first LEGO videogame featuring more than 100 of your favorite Super Heroes and Super Villains from the Marvel Universe, including Iron Man, Wolverine, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Loki...

  • Craig Broddle January 09, 2014 PS3
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    The thing that's started bugging me recently is the level of imagination that goes into the Lego video game franchises. In my first ever review of a game, Lego Harry Potter, I found that the use of spells, pets, goblins and Hagrid's meaty mitts kept everything very fresh. Since then we've seen the release of several Lego games and voice acting has finally reared its ugly head.
    Straight off the bat I find that I'm given Marvel's go-to money maker; Iron Man. It's fun to play the Armoured Avenger and he's paired up with none other than the Hulk. The level indicates the level of depth that these games are known for, subtlety introducing new game mechanics like Hulk's ability to pick up and throw pieces of ground. But once again we're treated to a lot of the same and it's not much of anything we haven't seen before, namely in Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes. That aside, the level works quite nicely, but disappoints by likening the Hulk to a Rock 'em Sock 'em Robot. Spider-Man is introduced half way through and by then our terrific trio are in deep against the level's boss. Whilst the story is fun to play through, despite feeling very flimsy, there's nothing that feels truly coherent. For a while it feels like there are lots of different thing happening but they don't feel very well connected. Going up against Sandman sat the end of the opening level is all well and good but moving straight to a different level doesn't feel fluent.
    Boss fights are once again a standard experience; mainly quick puzzle leading to the bad guys weak spot. Once again there's the feeling of nothing terribly new here and after a while the boss fights become the part that I least look forward to. Not that it's not an engaging game though, the level's are rich with colour and variation, environments ranging wildly. It's taken a lot of imagination to Lego levels with such depth, a sad truth as it feels like it lets down the free-roam aspect of the game.
    Combat still feels very familiar as well, I'm not saying it needed fixing, but one can't help but wonder that an opportunity may have been missed to truly play with these fantastic characters. Speaking of fantastic, Reed Richards himself (if you don't know who this is, the game isn't for you by the way) makes a wonderful example of my point; pressing either the circle button or B button turns him into a tea pot when not prompted by a grate for him to squeeze between. Go to certain platforms and he'll turn into great and imaginative construct like a crane to help lift the team from peril. But though this shows him as a great example of what can be done, I found it also shone a bad light on the development of the other characters. The Thing is an orange version of the Hulk, Captain America's shield holds little purpose aside from deflecting energy beams and for all intents and purposes Iron Man is on par with so many characters that it's heart breaking rather than fun.
    At the end of the day, the voice acting makes the game feel cheesy, the combat's another case of "been there, punched that", the story is interesting but scrambles to the end too quickly with a disappointing boss and I just feel like this is nothing truly new or interesting.

    I'm a huge Marvel fan and most Marvel fans will get their money's worth. It's certainly not Marvel's down falling here but the Lego games just feel like their not evolving into anything new. Maybe a sequel will hit after Avengers 2 is released and it might even stir the gameplay up, but I felt let down after playing this Abomination... pun intended.