LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is the latest edition to the ever-popular LEGO franchise and it holds true to the TT Games legacy. Following titles such as LEGO Star Wars, Harry Potter and Batman, Marvel comic’s fans finally have received their favourite characters in a LEGO game. This game has again introduced an independent storyline not based on a movie as some recent titles, and it is a welcome addition to the line-up.
The story is loosely based after the events of The Avengers movie where several super heroes have been united to combat a common foe. Although in this case, they are not restricted to just 6 heroes but a massive cast from throughout the Marvel franchise. To make things better, there is just as many super villains included. Basically, if you have a favourite character from the comics, it’s almost guaranteed they are in this game. To be exact, there are 155 characters available and that is not including any DLC characters. For an avid fan of the Marvel world, the character personalities and signature moves portrayed in this game certainly meet and exceed expectations.
The game continues to house the similar layout to previous titles: A storyline this carries you through with that added LEGO comedy; many things along the way to smash and re-build; and a plethora of studs to collect, all things we’ve grown to love about LEGO games. A great advantage of LEGO Marvel is if you want to step aside from the story and do some free roaming, the massive hub world keeps you going for hours. Within the hub you have a large selection of side quests, including car and flight races, to gain more gold bricks and unlock extra characters.
Loading times between the story levels are quite cleverly hidden behind informative reports from Agent Maria Hill but otherwise unnoticeable. On the downside, when destroying structures throughout the game, some remains can take longer to disappear than they have in the previous titles. At times I found I was continuing to attack, believing they were still destroyable. This was increasingly frustrating when there were more structures behind that I had to wait before I could destroy them.
Graphics and Sound
True to the nature of the franchise, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is delightfully bright and colourful. The layout of the maps and hub is clean and flawless even within the hub when looking from the ground up to the S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier, vice versa and even during super-fast flight. Character design is the best I’ve seen so far with not only appearance but also in character motion and signature moves. TT Games hired some the best voice actors in the industry to bring to life the characters we all know and love and it is exceptional.
LEGO Marvel Superheroes is a must for fans of the LEGO games. It widens the palette of usable characters well beyond previous titles and each offer a different experience to the game. The characters personalities shine through and give a nostalgia to true Marvel fans. The hub is large and adds hours of gameplay even after you finish the story mode. It continues the much loved gameplay only experienced from LEGO titles and it’s a game that I can wholeheartedly recommend as a must buy.