"LEGO Marvel Super Heroes"
Microsoft Xbox 360 (PS3, PC)
ESRB rating: E10
Review rating: 4.5 stars
When "LEGO Star Wars" was released, I don't think anyone imagined this new LEGO series would become renowned worldwide. After covering everything from "The Lord of the Rings" to "Harry Potter," it makes sense to turn the focus to society's obsession with superheroes. Fortunately, comic book fans can rest easy now that "LEGO Marvel Super Heroes" has been released.
This game takes place in an open-world version of New York, and centers on the fight against the world-consuming enemy of mankind, Galactus. In addition, many other super villains, including Loki and Doctor Doom, plan on using this deadly distraction to further their own agenda. Only a vast legion of LEGO superheroes has the power to band together and save Earth!
More than 100 Marvel superheroes ranging from well-known staples like Captain America and Deadpool to lesser-known good guys like Colossus and Doctor Strange are playable. Not every character is available while performing missions, but they're all at my fingertips in the open-world hub of New York. It's really cool to experiment with so many different iconic superhero powers. Some collectibles can only be obtained by swapping powers!
Thankfully, the game play has more variety than previous LEGO installments. For example, the first boss fight against the Sandman forces players to switch between powerful characters like Iron Man and The Hulk to use their specific powers against the ever-changing threat. It's also fun to simply explore New York using different characters and flying machines.
Unfortunately, it's still way too easy to literally get caught up in the environment, which forces players to restart from the nearest checkpoint. I could see the humor in A.I. characters getting stuck in repeating animations while lodged on an object, if it didn't happen so often. I also don't like the rotating screen and awkward camera angles that plague co-op mode.
Still, "LEGO Marvel Super Heroes" is a solid entry in the franchise that's sure to please comic fans!