By now you should know that if you've ever played a Lego game before that this new one brings nothing new to the table.
It focuses on the movie, which is great by the way, and it's split up in 15 missions. There's no true open world this time; there are hubs that can be freely explored with many of the characters, but they're not connected to each other. It isn't all that bad, but I can see why people don't like it this way. In fact, all the hubs could've been connected with a bit of creativity. Just sayin'.
The world is built entirely from Lego blocks which looks really cool. It fits the style of the movie perfectly.
The graphics are, again, the same as all the other Lego games; colorful and sharp. The game in general performs well, but there were a few times where the framerate dropped for a few seconds.
A big part of the sounds and music were also taken from the movie, including the catchy 'Everything is awesome' song.
As far as gameplay is concerned, there are a few new tricks. Building stuff with blueprints has potential, but isn't really all that fun. It needs more polish and people should be able to build stuff from scratch, instead of selecting the correct blocks. The master builder move looks great in motion and even though you don't really do anything it's still nice to do and watch.
About the missions. Each missions lasts about 15-45 minutes, and it can take much longer than that if you want to collect everything. Collecting everything will take you tens of hours. Finishing the game by just completing the missions will take you about 4-5 hours max. That's pretty short for a Lego game. I'm not the kind to collect and complete all things, but even I thought it was short in comparison to the other games. To be honest, I don't really mind. Every Lego game has the same gameplay and it's quickly wearing thin.
Give us something completely new, or add enough new stuff to make it special again. Special and fun, like Lego is supposed to be. In the meantime, this will do. Just don't play it before watching the movie first.
Posted: February 27th, 2014