Ahh lego, who doesn't have a soft spot for it.
If you are new to the series don't let the appearance fool you. While the gameplay is simple in nature it's still very enjoyable for all age groups. Great blend of action and puzzles. Keeping to the tried and tested formula you swap between 2 or more characters (if playing solo). Each character will receive different costumes throughout the story, every costume changes the abilities you can use. Puzzles usually require use of all characters combining abilities to complete the task. Controls are simple and effective, though as with all lego games I would definitely recommend playing with a gamepad (or two).
Levels are a little shorter then some of the previous titles, but they do manage to fit a lot of action into each 'scene'. Upon completion you will unlock each of these for freeplay mode (open world). Length of the game gets extended quite a bit because as you progress through the game unlocking more characters, you can use these and return to past levels finding new areas and secrets you couldn't access earlier. Each level is a scene reenacted from the movie while cutscenes are copied directly from the movie itself, though they blend in well with the gameplay.
Graphically speaking it looks the part and performance is great overall. The artstyle helps a lot with the humour too which is classic tongue-in-cheek lego. Both adults and children should find it amusing on different levels. Game supports a range of video settings covering some higher end setups, eg, basic AA, 1440p+, 120hz+, DoF toggle etc. (small note: at the time of writing you need to load into the game itself to change graphic options). No fps caps in place here either folks.
Voicework is top notch, all the official voice actors are used and I'm almost certain they managed to get some new lines written too.
Does make me sad each time a new lego game is released and it doesn't have online co-op support though. That would be the only small downside. Having played most of them now I can honestly say the last several have been brilliant. LOTR, Marvel and now The Lego Movie Videogame are all well worth picking up, particually if you have a children or friend nearby for some couch co-op. Solo play is a still an absolute blast, don't hear me wrong. ;)
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Posted: February 8th, 2014