I am a huge fan of the LEGO games, of that there is no doubt. I’m fairly certain I own almost all of them, and I love most of them. Of course I was all over LEGO Marvel’s Avengers when it was first announced, and I was fortunate to get a review copy of the game for Action Trip.
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers is the LEGO “retelling” of the Avengers movies that are currently out, and it throws in some pieces from Captain America, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Thor: Dark World, and Iron Man 3. The game definitely needed those pulls from the other movies for content, but how they implemented them were sometimes incredibly awkward. In particular, I’m not sure who thought it would be a fun and entertaining idea to have Captain America putting together his gym and punching bags while Nick Fury watches.
I’ve played a lot of the game over the last couple of weeks, and while it is fun for the most part, it just doesn’t have that LEGO pizzazz these games normally do. Nothing really made me laugh out loud and nothing was all that clever with abilities. In fact, we’ve already seen all of the abilities before in either the LEGO Batman games or LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. That may not be entirely their fault, as they have already done the super hero games and therefore the abilities. However, I would have liked to do more than crack the occasional smile at a clever reference, such as the Tahiti vacation reference above.
Here’s a bit from my full review on AT:
The game does find ways to turn the more violent aspects of these movies into kid-friendly devices that are rather humorous. For example, instead of Black Widow stabbing a Chitauri to get him to turn his air-scooter, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers has her use a toilet plunger. There’s also this strange motif with everyone drinking strawberry shakes and spilling ice cream. Apparently that’s the real reason for Hulk’s anger—dropped ice cream. Stan Lee’s random appearances and comments are just as hilarious as well. And of course, the idea of Thanos growling over the loss of yet another Infinity Stone while doing his laundry is quite comical indeed. But that’s the extent of the humor in the game, and it’s sadly far and few between in comparison to other titles.
I still like the game, but it’s not the best LEGO game out there by far. Right now I’m plowing through the freeplay and all of the Hub Worlds. I still can’t believe there are so many.