- you already know the story.
+ the story is superb, if you like fantasy.
+ suprises everywhere
+ there's no need for deep character development, because you know them well enough from the movies or the books.
- you've heard it before.
+ it never gets old.
+ the game follows the lore of the movie, while the LEGO "approach" allows for lots of additional content and suprising ideas which never feel out of place.
+ most movie derivatives fail because they try too hard to be exactly like the original movie. This game doesn't even try to be the movie, it simply wants to be the LEGO version of that movie, and it works!
+ originial and genuine, unlike any other game out there (except other LEGOs, of course).
+ think of a style which is as timeless and unique as WoW, but technologically advanced.
+ you travel through a miniature world, which never tries to look too realistic - and that's exactly where the magic comes from (again, think of WoW).
+ you don't have to be a fan of LEGO, a certain taste for unconventional aesthetics will do.
+ relaxing, but entertaining.
+ has a casual feel to it, but there are many "serious" 18+ AAA titles out there which are a lot dumber than this one (I mean a lot!). There is no tutorial, thanks LEGOD! Finding out how the game works and what you're supposed to do and maybe stumble upon a new secret or minigame by accident is part of the fun here.
- don't rush through the game, you'll miss the game!
+- no challenge in terms of fights or puzzles, it's all about keeping the flow. If you bring some patience along though, you'll find many suprises in this world. Lots of interactive hotspots and little secrets. Explorers will be rewarded! And by rewards, I mean interactive stuff, not that "superegosword +2".
+ it appeals to the child inside you, but it's never immature thanks to a world-renownded story and lots of self irony. It's not just the movie made into a game, it's a different approach to the same story. It feels like light satire without making fun of the original.
+ so light-hearted, it'll make your heart reach for the sky! Think of the opposite of Dark Souls.
+ brings back the magic of the good old gaming days. Don't ask me why - magic can't be explained.
- stay away if you're the "more of the same" type of guy. This game is unlike any other, a true creative achievement. All LEGOs follow the same formula, but this is my first LEGO game and noone forces you to play them all. Just rule them all!
-if this game doesn't make you smile, go see a doctor.