Everything is awesome, again…
Following in the wake of the catastrophic events that played out during the closing scenes of The Lego Movie and then expanded upon in this years Brickbuster sequel, see what we did there, our unlikely duo are back to save what is left of a crumbling Bricksburg. For this outing, TT Games return to the foray, in partnership with Warner Brothers, bringing to life what could be the single greatest and most important chapter in the Lego universe to date.
Roughly following the beats of the movie we see Emmet and Lucy travel beyond the world they know to save their friends from an army of invading alien monsters. This journey will have them search the Systar System, collecting items and completing quests all of which will push their Master Building skills to the limit. Thankfully, they won’t be going it alone as the pair team up with fan favourites LEGO Batman and MetalBeard while introducing new faces into the fold, notably Rex Dangervest. He loves danger and wears a vest, not just a clever name! In the usual Lego video game tradition, The Lego Movie 2 features 100’s of unlockable and playable characters from both movies, a whole heap of items to collect, bricks to build and secrets to find as you head for the magical score of 100% completion.
At its core, The Lego Movie 2: Video Game sits firmly in the sandbox genre, which is a different approach for most of the movie tie-ins but not the first. We’ve been treated to some great offerings previously with the Lego Marvel Super Heroes series and even Lego City Undercover. Regrettably, this time around it feels like something is missing as the worlds feel a little on the empty side. The main quests tend to be fairly easy, in keeping with the target audience, mostly consisting of fetch and return missions or simple puzzle solving. You are guided through the vast lands by an onscreen marker counting down exactly how far away from the given target you are. Progression is made by completing the main quests and collecting Master Bricks in return, nothing new to the trusted formula we’ve come to expect.
It was refreshing to see that this incarnation goes a little deeper into the micro-management side of things, need to climb up to that seemingly out of reach ledge well no problem. All you need to do is collect the right amount of bricks, check your instruction books and as longs as you have progressed in the story enough to unlock it, build a trampoline. This ideology runs throughout the game and it is you that designs the solution, within the given limits. The different worlds are stitched together with boss fights every now and again. Some designed to play out on an epic scale that could be at home in the latest God of War, just with added Duplo.
We’ve come to a point in this generations visual output where developers have mastered exactly how best to utilise the power of our constantly iterated home consoles. The subject matter being a world made of Lego gives some limitations to this in just how the game will look and feel, it’s a bit of a mixed bag though all be told. On one hand, the characters at times look near photorealistic with their precise models, bright and bold textures married with a background style akin to something you would find in the first incarnation of Minecraft. Yes, we know everything is made of bricks but for the first time in a Lego game it really hits home that our backdrop is as such, this could be in part to the emphasis on having to rebuild the world as you delve into the storyline. There are numerous blueprints scattered around to find and build including certain areas that can be destroyed using the power claw upgrade. Playing on the Xbox One there were occasional instances when gameplay suffered from slight screen tearing making the experience a little jerky. The voice acting is top notch, although not voiced by the stars of the movie the performances are remarkably similar.
A big plus point while playing through the game was the ability to drop in and out of co-op mode. It allowed for my child, the person really into Lego games, to help out from time to time. For the most part, it worked adequately but the occasional framerate drop was apparent. Whichever way you decide to play the Lego Movie 2: Video Game will keep you entertained.
The Lego Movie 2: Video Game is a solid entry into the franchise but in the same breath doesn’t ever hit that high note. For fans of all things Lego it’s a blast that will entertain while playing. The game has a few annoyances but nothing that we haven’t seen before. If you are looking for a fun way to escape for a few hours then this game is definitely worth a look especially as it retails at a lower price point than the usual.