In case the open world New York City found in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes was a little daunting for you, but you still need that Iron Man fix, TT Games has got you covered with LEGO Marvel’s Avengers. Based on the billion dollar films instead of an original storyline, the game string together key moments and dialogue from the movies we all love for the latest title. It’s certainly nice to be able to take part in sequences from the films, but it seems like a step down in terms of pushing the games forward.
The demo I played was of the Battle of New York as seen in the climax of the 2012 film. If you’ve played LEGO games before, it’s a breeze to pick-up and conquer. The team work aspects have been amped up though, putting a bigger emphasis on The Avengers as a unit and not just a collection of Earth’s mightiest heroes. It’s particularly fun to have Captain America launch Black Widow up in the air using his shield, just like in the movie.
Very little new moves have been introduced into the game as far as traditional combat. If you’ve played as Hawkeye and Captain America already, then you’ve mostly played as them here too. The primary difference is in the takedown moves they have. After attacking an enemy, players are prompted to press the B button, delivering a destructive blow that are both in character and cool to watch. Captain America grapples the Chitauri from behind and knocks them out with his fist, Hawkeye puts their head on his bow and pops them in the noggin with the string, and Black Widow kicks them to the ground and leaps in the air, firing her gun at them.
Players will still have the opportunity to explore New York City in the game, with the added promise of more missions and things to keep them busy. It seems like the wheels are spinning in this game though. Like LEGO games of the past, it’ll be open world with a ton of playable characters, but are better visuals that much more of a draw? The game does have a startling upgrade in terms of its graphics, which are perhaps the most crisp HD of all the LEGO games.
If you’re a fan of the LEGO titles, and the Marvel Studios movies, you probably can’t go wrong with LEGO Marvel’s Avengers. I would suggest exercising caution though, because in a world where we’ve all seen these movies a lot the only room for surprises is the trademark humor of the series, which is very much in full swing. As a fan, it’s a fun title worthy of killing time on a Sunday afternoon, plus you get to see Robert Downey Jr’s voice come out of a LEGO minifig.
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers will be available this winter for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Windows PC.