Lego The Hobbit
Developed by Traveller’s Tales
Published by Warner Bros. Interactive
*I’m Going on an Adventure*
Lego The Hobbit follows the same storyline as The Hobbit film series. The game takes place 60 years before the events of The Lord of the Rings and follows a young Bilbo Baggins as he goes on an adventure with Gandalf the Grey, Thorin Oakenshield and his company of Dwarves as they make there way to the lost city of Erebor in the lonely mountain to reclaim their homeland and slay the dragon called Smaug who rules the city. Along the way they will encounter Elves, Trolls, Giant Spiders and many more dangers in their quest aswell as 1 ring which would later bring about the ultimate quest which would bind a fellowship together.
Lego The Hobbit plays very similarly to the previous entries in the lego series however as expected it does have more in common with Lego The Lord of the Rings. The game features a few new features such as the ability to buddy up with another character in your team to deliver devastating attacks and to get further into the level. In addition to this, there is also numerous mini games such as pressing numerous buttons to make the characters dance and perform actions aswell as mining mini-games which allow you to mine for different supplies to build bridges and more in the huge Middle Earth open world hub. The game also retains all the good things that make the lego series so enjoyable such as the humor, the ability to smash everything to get money and who could forget the brilliant level recreation which brings some truly iconic scenes to life in the toy brick form. The co-op in the game is also incredibly fun allowing a buddy to get in on the brick smashing action.
Lego The Hobbit uses the sounds used in the actual Hobbit movies which definitely suits the style of the game. In addition to this, Like Lego The Lord of the Rings; Lego The Hobbit uses actual recorded voice clips from The Hobbit movies with the actors voices being used. Actors from the films used in the game include Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lily, Andy Serkis & Benedict Cumberbatch to name a few. The sounds in this game are perfect.
The graphics in Lego The Hobbit seem to look a lot nicer to me than the previous Lego games with the characters looking a lot more sharp in terms of the way they move and look aswell as the set pieces which look extremely realistic and sharp in picture imagery. All in all, Lego The Hobbit has the nicest graphics on a Lego game to date.
Lego The Hobbit has plenty of reason to replay from getting 100% on all levels, collecting all the mithril bricks and unlocking all the characters. Lego The Hobbit is a great game all around.
Lego The Hobbit while its the best looking Lego game to date; Its not the best one with the game being a little bit too serious for its own good (Similar to Lord of the Rings) however the game is still extremely fun and well worth a buy.
My Score = 8/10
- Great recreation of The Hobbit Movies
- The Traditional Lego Gameplay
- Fantastic Graphics (for a Lego Game)
- Excellent Soundtrack comprised of movie music
- Voices are from the film
- Co-Op is great
- Too Serious for its own good
- While Mini-Games are fun, They can get repetitive
- The return of the Build Quick mini-game from The Lego Movie
Lego The Hobbit is available now for PC, PS3, PS4, X360, X1, Wii U, 3DS & PS Vita from all good retailers. Thanks go to Warner Bros. Interactive for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Reddit & YouTube.
Review by Matt McNamee