Title: Lego Marvel's Avengers
Format: PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Developer: TT Games
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and older)
The Grade: B
Lego Avengers Haiku Review
I am Iron Man!
And Thor, Cap and many more
Now I Hulk. Smash! Smash!
What's it all about: Characters and storylines from both Avengers films are now immortalized in Lego form. Gamers can play and unlock more than 100 characters that have never been seen in any previous Lego title. This includes heroes and villains from both Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Aside from playing through portions of "Marvel's Avengers" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron," gamers will also get to experience playable content based on "Captain America: The First Avenger," "Iron Man 3," "Thor: The Dark World" and "Captain American: The Winter Soldier."
The Highs and Lows: When playing through movies from the MCU, "Lego Marvel's Avengers" soars. Getting a chance to battle throughout the different worlds seen on film is a real treat. Adding to the enjoyment are the cinematic locations that players are able to explore. Asgard, Sokovia, South Africa, Washing D.C., Malibu and even the Barton family farm are open worlds that gamers can bump around in to find collectibles and take on side quests.
Experienced Lego players can look forward to a familiar feel with "Avengers." There's basic, yet enjoyable combat, some interesting puzzle elements and plenty of humor that developer TT Games is known for. Mixing things up in this edition are combo moves. Players can pull these off as individuals or with another player. In an early level, while playing as Captain America, I was prompted to hit a specific button when next to an enemy that led to him being acrobatically dispatched. In that same level, again as Cap, I teamed up with Thor to pull off a move from "Age of Ultron." Thor jumped high and smashed on Cap's shield to wipe out a group of enemies. It was a pretty cool maneuver.
Being a Lego game, "Avengers" does fall prey to some of this franchises faults. Gameplay can get repetitive. Breaking up environments, easily dispatching goons and simplistic Lego reconstruction can get monotonous after a while. This is a title best played in short spurts. I was also a bit confused by some of the Marvel Comic tie-ins. As a comic book fan, I appreciate some of the deeper cuts TT Games tried to include. But even I had to look up Fin Fang Foom, who I'd never heard of before. Some of the more obscure characters just didn't add anything to the game because it was never explained why they were there. If there was a pop up or some kind of collectible that gave gamers a background to these unknown characters, their inclusion would have made more sense and been enjoyable to interact with.
The Grade: Despite some issues I enjoyed my time with "Lego Marvel's Avengers." There was a ton to see and do, a crazy amount of characters and plenty of classic Lego charm. If you're a fan of Lego titles, this latest super powered entry will be right up your alley.
Gazette Media Columnist Terry Terrones is a veteran video game journalist. He has written for numerous publications including GamePro, GamesBeat, PC World, GameZone, and Official Xbox Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/terryterrones. ___
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