Lego Marvel’s Avengers Review

Lego Marvel’s Avengers

Developed by Traveller’s Tales

Published by Warner Bros. Interactive

“We Have a Hulk”

*Please Note: This Review is of the PlayStation 4 Version*

**SPOILER ALERT: This Review may contain spoilers for the MCU movies featured in the story segment of this review**

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Story:

Lego Marvel’s Avengers primarily follows the stories of The Avengers (Avengers Assemble in Europe) and Avengers: Age of Ultron however the game also features levels based on the films; Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3 & Thor: The Dark World and so I will post a brief description of each movie below.

Captain America: The First Avenger

After multiple failed attempts at joining the United States military during World War II; Steve Rogers signs up for the super soldier program which turns him into the perfect soldier. Becoming the face of the American side of the war; Steve dons the persona of Captain America and leads his small group of Howling Commandos to take on evil german warmonger; Red Skull who leads a nazi scientific research division known as Hydra who has an evil plan to take over the world however when it comes down to stopping the plan in action. Captain America must make a decision which may be the ultimate risk with a severe cost.

The Avengers

While researching the Teseract at a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base; Loki appears through a wormhole created by alien technology and plans to launch a full scale attack on the earth with the intention of making humanity bow to him and worship him as a god. Under the threat of Loki and an Alien invasion; Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. assemble the worlds greatest heroes in the form of Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and the recently unfrozen Captain America in a last ditch attempt to save the world.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

After the events of The Avengers; Captain America starts going on government missions in corporation with S.H.I.E.L.D. and starts to question whether he is actually fighting for the right thing when he discovers a new project in the works at S.H.I.E.L.D. however with the discovery of this new top secret project comes a huge conspiracy involving the resurgence of Hydra and the mysterious appearance of soviet assassin; The Winter Soldier.

Iron Man 3

After the events of The Avengers; Tony Stark is starting to have constant nightmares about the things he saw in the battle of New York and has since become a recluse locking himself up in his workshop at his mansion and creating a whole squad of Iron Man suits known as “The Iron Legion”. When a terrorist attack by new threat; The Mandarin using a mysterious new virus known as Extremis puts Tony’s best friend Happy Hogan in the hospital. Tony decides to launch a one man war on the terrorist organization and is left to rely on one Iron Man suit and his experience as an inventor and tinkerer to stop this threat before people lose lives.

Thor: The Dark World

After the event of The Avengers; Human scientist and Thor’s human love interest Jane Foster falls through a dimensional rift on earth caused by an astrological event and comes into contact with a mysterious artifact known as The Aether which starts killing her and causing bad things to happen all around her. Upon learning about the Aether; Thor travels to earth and takes Jane back with him to Asgard to help remove the Aether which has bonded with her however this small rescue mission becomes a much bigger disaster when the evil Malekith returns with his dark elf army in an attempt to take over Asgard and the other realms. Left with no other option Thor must unite with Jane and his brother Loki in order to stop the 9 realms from being destroyed and proving once and for all he has what it takes to be the future king of Asgard.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Following the events of Iron Man 3, Captain America: The Winter Soldier & Thor: The Dark World; The Avengers unite once more to finish wiping out the remaining agents of Hydra and to recover Loki’s scepter from the first movie. Upon recovering the scepter the group find out that Hydra was using the data from the weapon to create an artificial intelligence which Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to utilize by implementing it into the Iron legion under the name of “The Ultron Program” in the hopes of keeping the world peaceful. Things go horribly awry however when Ultron gains his own ideas about how to keep the world peaceful (Human Extinction) and with the help of 2 Inhumans (Mutants) who were wronged by Tony Stark sets out to cause a global detonation which leads to a final showdown between the Avengers and Ultron which could determine the overall outcome of humanity itself.

All in all, the way Traveller’s Tales has blended the stories of the movies together is great and the stories of these films are all brilliant however the lack of Guardians of the Galaxy aswell as the other phase 1 movies makes the potential of the levels slightly disappointing.

Gameplay:

Lego Marvel Avenger’s utilizes the same simplistic gameplay as the previous lego titles such as smashing, building and exploring the huge lego worlds. Like most other lego games; Avengers features multiple puzzles that can help the player to progress further into the level or to even find collectibles scattered throughout each world. The game features multiple large hub worlds for the player to explore with the biggest hub world being New York City (Which returns from Lego Marvel Super Heroes) and features many side quests and collectibles for the player to pick up in their own time through free roam. Other worlds in this game include Washington D.C., Malibu and Asgard to name just a few. One new feature made available in this game is hero team up moves which allow you to perform devastating attacks on multiple enemies by uniting with a nearby avenger. This works very similarly to fusion moves which made an appearance in the game; Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 in which heroes unite to perform even more powerful moves with one of the moves from that game appearing in Lego Avengers (Iron Man & Captain America combo).

As with previous lego games; Each Hero and Villain has their own specific power or unique skill. Some characters such as Captain America, Daredevil and Black Widow all have athletic abilities while also having aim-able projectiles (Shield, Baton, Guns, Etc…) while other unique skills and powers include flight, shrinking and more. Also returning to the Lego series is Big Figs which are much bigger playable characters that also have extreme strength. These characters include the likes of Hulk, Thanos and the Hulkbuster Iron Man armor. One of the few things that I feel is horrible about this game in terms of gameplay is a problem which has plagued the lego series for quite some time now and that is flight and vehicle controls. The controls when driving and flying feel extremely clunky and awkward with the main problem being that the car steers into multiple directions while I was trying to do the races. Another big problem I found with this game is that after a while the side quests to unlock the characters and bricks located in the open world became really boring and repetitive.

All in all, I feel that Lego Marvel Avenger’s definitely builds on a gameplay style that Lego have made popular over the years and the inclusion of fusion moves aswell as the return of unique character skills and big figs really help to make the game great however the repetitive and boring side missions aswell as the terrible driving and flying controls bring the game down.

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Sound:

The sound in Lego Marvel Avenger’s is fantastic and is definitely a welcomed addition to the many lego voice casts of recent years. Like most recent games and for the first time in a lego superhero game;  Lego Avengers uses audio from the movies (at least the 2 avengers movies) with the voice cast including all the major cast members from the films like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner & Samuel L. Jackson to name a few.  In addition to this, 3 cast members from the movies returned to record new dialogue for their characters with Hayley Atwell, Cobie Smulders & Clark Gregg reprising their roles of Agent Peggy Carter, Agent Maria Hill & Agent Phil Coulson respectively.  Joining the original actors from the movies in this title are many other famous voice actors including Nolan North, Yuri Lowenthal, Laura Bailey & Jennifer Hale to name a few. Finally to round out the voice cast that I will cover, another cool feature to this game is that 2 real life people voice themselves in the game in cameo type roles where they are playable. These 2 characters are Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk TV Show) and of course; Stan “The Man” Lee.

The music in Lego Avengers is pretty good aswell but not as great as previous lego games with quite a bit of the music feeling almost rather repetitive and pretty dull at times however one of the pieces of music which I absolutely adored was the use of the Avengers Theme Tune composed by Alan Silvestri.

All in all, The sound section of Lego Marvel Avenger’s is pretty good with the voice cast being incredible and possibly one of the best voice casts in a lego game (Only lego games that can beat the voice cast is Lego Dimensions and Lego Marvel Super Heroes) however the music section really lets it down. (Apart from the Avengers Theme Tune)

Graphics:

Lego Marvel Avengers follows the traditional Lego visual style by making each level and open world hub set piece look like a lego playset and like all the other recent lego games; the figures and worlds in Lego Avengers look a lot more sharper and realistic (well as realistic as a lego game can be) with the open world of New York aswell as each level having realistic looking set pieces that almost look as though they were ripped out of a game with higher end visuals.

Overall I feel that the visuals are good for a lego game and show that with each new entry in the lego series the visuals get sharper and the colors get more vivid.

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Lasting Appeal:

Lego Marvel Avengers has plenty of replay value thanks to it’s open world hubs exploding with content. The story mode alone has a total of 15 levels with each of the levels having collectibles which require second playthroughs which just add to the replayability. In addition to this aswell as previously mentioned, there are multiple open world hubs that have many side-quests and collectibles to obtain with the New York world being one of the biggest open world hubs in a lego game (the New York hub in this game looks and feels bigger than the one in Lego Marvel Super Heroes). The game also has DLC available for many players if they are wanting to buy it which adds to the replay value since there are some DLC packs that contain levels based on Black Panther, Ant-Man & Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. while there is also character DLC that adds characters like Spider-Man to the already huge roster. As per usual, there is also trophies/achievements for the players to earn however the trophies in this game like all other Lego games are rather easy to achieve.

Overall, Lego Marvel Avengers has plenty of replay value and is one of the big selling points for the game.

Final Thoughts:

All in all, Lego Marvel Avengers is a really fun and enjoyable family game and one of the best lego games out there however it is still not as good as Lego Marvel Super Heroes primarily due to the lack of characters in the game which is understandable for some characters due to the rights being with different people (X-Men, Deadpool & Fantastic 4 being with 20th Century Fox) and while they did add Spider-Man in via DLC; I am really disappointed at the absence of the Guardians of the Galaxy in the game.  The story is really well done because it’s essentially just the plots of the movies (see the story section again for the movies covered) while the gameplay does add new things but at the same time it really does get just a bit too repetitive and the flight & vehicle controls are still really clunky.

Score = 8/10

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The Good:

  • The stories are great
  • Fusion/Team Up Moves are a great new inclusion to Lego games
  • Great Open Worlds to explore
  • Each Character is unique
  • Big Figures return
  • The Voice Cast
  • The Avengers Theme Tune
  • Visuals are sharper and more vivid than previous Lego games
  • Plenty of Replay Value

The Bad:

  • Gameplay can get repetitive
  • Quite a bit of the music was forgettable
  • Lack of certain characters
  • No levels based on Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor or Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Flight & Vehicle controls are terrible

Lego Marvel Avengers is available now from all good retailers for PC, 3DS, OS X, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360 & Xbox One. Thanks go out to Warner Bros. Interactive for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

photo3 Review by Matthew McNamee

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