The latest addition to the LEGO themed games has been released, expanding upon the success of its predecessor, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 brings a new roster and new challenges. What will this new title bring to the franchise that has not been accomplished before?
I have been a fan of LEGO games from the beginning and although the gameplay style doesn’t vary much, I can never seem to get enough. I enjoy the stories and the opportunity to scratch the completionist itch by ensuring I complete every task and achievement goals. From the opening title screen, I already knew I was going to enjoy this game, the company logos sequence is accompanied by Star Lord flying in his ship with a backing track of ‘Come and Get your Love’ the song at the start of the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. It was a sign of things to come and it set the mood gloriously.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes was the first to introduce enormous hubs and massive character lists, so it was no surprise to see these expanded again in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2. The story is set in a city known as Chronopolis, this city has been created by Kang the Conqueror using pieces of cities scattered throughout the Marvel Universe and its multiple timeframes. This means that some characters are available in classic, modern or futuristic forms. Also, there are some alternate universe versions and combinations that may or may not be unique to this game. Examples of these include GwenPool (Gwen Stacy/Deadpool), Carnom (Carnage/Venom) and Iron Duck (Howard the Duck/IronMan). This really showed the attention to detail, referencing of original material and just how crazy the Marvel universe can be, which is no surprise to long-term Marvel fans.
This enormous arsenal of characters will need to work together to stop Kang the Conqueror’s plans to take over Chronopolis and the entire universe. Your task will be achieved utilising each character and their special abilities to complete puzzles and defeat iconic enemies along the way. It was great to see that some characters’ appearance also matched the likeness of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This will be especially beneficial to players who may not know the original comic book appearance of characters but instead can easily recognise them from their portrayal in the movies.
Time warps play a big role in the game and this is how you progress to new areas and missions from the central hub. They also are scattered throughout the levels of the game and can be useful to complete your tasks. For example, you may have to use Baby Groot to access an area but since he is very small, you may have to advance time to make him grow older and larger to progress. This is a great mechanic which makes use of different versions of characters rather than defaulting to a certain one every time.
Audio & Visuals
I am always impressed by the presentation of LEGO games and this game is no exception. Not only are the characters all very well designed and animated, but the level design and environments are awesome. Each area is unique and includes different puzzles for players to complete. To accompany the visual presentation, the audio sound effects, soundtrack and voice acting is spot-on. Each of these elements really adds to the emersion of the story.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 expands upon the success of each of the earlier LEGO games, the unique story combined with a wealth of playable characters guarantees many hours of playability. As a LEGO game fan, this was a must-buy title and I would recommend it to every person who shares in the LEGO love. For new-comers, this is one that could be a great introduction into both the LEGO game series as well as the extended Marvel universe outside of the cinematic universe.
Thank you to Warner Bros for providing a copy of LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 for review