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It’s no secret that the Lego brand and series of games has seen a rapid increase in popularity recently.With countless new sets being released, and an increasing stream of videogames, the Lego company has had a fantastic couple of years. As such, they have branched out and put their neck on the block by releasing their first full-length theatrical movie. It appears that the film release comes as a culmination of success seen from the games, and the experience gained in writing scripts for them. After all, the vocalised games are known for their sense of humour.So whilst the Lego Movie aims for the stars at the box office, gamers are treated to a companion game which allows you to play through the onscreen antics.
One thing is for certain; if you haven’t watched the film then don’t play this game. It’ll spoil the events of the movie and you won’t understand what is going on either so only dive in once you’ve experienced the silver screen delights.
By now, you know what to expect from your Lego games; lead a merry mob through levels in which you collect, destroy and re-build. The Movie adaptation provides the same antics as you will have experienced before, yet it takes place in a new and vibrant world which is both crazy and fantastically created. Hubs tie the levels together as you advance and unlock new characters and they also act as places which you can explore and purchase extra characters and replay previous missions.
There is undoubtedly less on offer in this title, which is probably due to there only being one film on which to base levels on. However, this does make the game a much leaner experience and one which may be easier for the younger gamer to get to grips with. Or indeed for those who are new to the Lego games; that’s if there are still people out there who haven’t played them yet.
But that isn’t to say that it’s a boring game or one that is a short throwaway. The usual collectible mechanic is in place and you’ll still find yourself hoovering up loose coins in order to unlock characters and cheats. There’s a selection of additional quests on offer too, as well as the hubs in which you can cause mischief, which gives the game some added longevity.
As you’d expect, the story in the game follows the same script and sequence of that in the movie. You play as Emmett, a run-of-the-mill construction worker who gets washed up with Wyldstyle and is soon enlisted to fulfil an ancient ‘prophecy’. This takes you on a journey through Lego City, to the Wild West and you even meet up with Batman on your journey which makes for some entertaining scenes later on. As usual, there’s humour aplenty in the script and dialogue giving you reason to pay attention to each scene and the banter between the characters.
The game is broken up by sequences from the movie where key events occur and to bridge the gaps in the story between the levels. If you’ve watched the film however, this makes for odd viewing at times, as the movie isn’t CGI where the game is. Having watched the film, which is created using real Lego pieces, switching between this and CGI can be an odd sensation but one that doesn’t spoil the party.
A concern for those who are familiar with the franchise will be if the game breaks the mould in any way or rinses and repeats those established before it. The answer is a bit of both as it sticks to what it knows best, but also adds some new little mechanics on the way. Master Builds are spread throughout the story which sees you build some immense structures, with some vehicular chase scenes included for good measure. It’s nothing major, but brings some new things to the party and shows that the series has some life and direction left in it for future outings.
In an attempt to engage with the younger audience which will be attracted by the film, puzzles and levels aren’t as craftily created as they have been in the past. This possibly explains the shortened campaign too, but for those who have experienced previous games and want something of a challenge they may be left disappointed.
There are a couple of niggles with the gameplay which have been evident in previous games too such as buggy AI and getting stuck on a rogue part of scenery. It’s nothing that will spoil the overall enjoyment of the game but its noticeable nonetheless, especially when you’re in co-op mode and get stuck off-screen.
- Great addition to the movie
- Usual Lego mischief
- Shorter than previous titles
- Simple puzzles
The Lego Movie Videogame PS4 ReviewThe Lego series may have become stale for some, but in some ways this outing shows signs of hope for future titles in terms of bringing new things to the party. Whilst those additions might not be ground-breaking or innovative, it's enough to make the game feel like it's doing something fresh.
But whilst that may be the case, it should be noted that this is a streamlined outing and has been aimed more at a younger audience. As such, previous devotees may find this game much easier and complete this sooner than they might like, which counts against the game.
If you can afford it, it's still a great Lego game that must be played by any fan of the series, as it stands though this could be one of the weaker titles in your collection.
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