Review in Progress: Lego Marvel Super Heroes

"Come at me, Bub!"

In spite of the fact that it was “Unofficial Batman Week” around the GameSpot offices last week (MANvsGAME’s Jason Love ran a marathon livestream session of the three console Batman games, Batman t-shirts abounded and a small canine in a Batman costume wandering around…), the Marvel universe has my attention at the moment. Lego Marvel Super Heroes has arrived.

And it shipped with a free Loki keychain.

You can’t argue with a free Loki keychain.

While a full review is in progress for Monday, I’ve been playing the game for the past couple of days and having a great time, TT Games having lovingly crafted a sumptuous meal for Lego and Marvel fans alike. With roughly 150 characters to unlock and play as--including side characters such as Aunt May, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson and pop culture tropes such as Howard the Duck (who comes equipped with a rocket launcher)--there appears to be something for everyone here.

This, and the pleasure of exploration, make for the joy of this game. Granted, this isn’t the brainiest title you’ll pick up this year, nor will it be regarded as subtle or nuanced (the game's relatively simple plot centers around preventing Doctor Doom and cohorts from collecting cosmic bricks to build Doom’s Doom Ray of Doom), there’s an undeniable joy in what can be called the "Lego Formula." In the Lego Formula, you’ll readily jump into the level, smash or blast everything destructible around you, battle your enemies, see what Lego pieces can be picked up, what machines can be assembled or what superpowers can be used to solve the on-screen puzzles and move on from there. Yes, it’s an established method and the Lego franchise has long done this, but you’re fully immersed in the Lego-ized Marvel universe as you do this, unlocking more and more content in the process, and it’s still as rewarding as it ever was.

Superb attention to detail shows what a Lego variant of a Marvel world can truly be and for every landmark, location or item that you ever loved in a Marvel movie or comic book.

Where Lego Marvel Super Heroes truly shines is in its warmth and attention to detail. The game’s humor is light, playful and genuinely fun, the writers reveling in the implied cheesiness of the comic book genre and the super hero characters therein and hamming up the dialogue to make the cutscenes enjoyable. Background jokes such as Lego workers trying to sweep up the destruction from the last level’s epic battle, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson constantly bringing Nick Fury and other heroes snacks and the Hulk growing frustrated with a computer that he winds up smashing, keep the mood where it needs to be. Superb attention to detail shows what a Lego variant of a Marvel world can truly be and for every landmark, location or item that you ever loved in a Marvel movie or comic book (such as the Helicarrier, Asteroid M, downtown Manhattan, etc.), there’s usually a Lego version of it that catches your attention and proves fun to explore.

It’s been fun to see the Lego games grow over the last decade and Lego Marvel Super Heroes is no exception. Improved modeling, lighting and details make the game visually inviting, responsive controls make the simple act of moving around enjoyable and improvements in the combat engine have turned what seemed to be two Lego figures slap-fighting in the early Lego games into a genuine fight between the two characters being shown on screen.

Unfortunately, a few glitches have interrupted my fun. A small, unexplained black square briefly appeared above my characters’ heads towards the end of the game and a graphical glitch showed both the dead and alive versions of the Thing on screen simultaneously, the protocol calling for a dead character to explode in a shower of Lego bricks, disappear and come back again a moment later.

Between the visceral joy of pounding your opponents into dozens of exploding Legos, unlocking every character you can and taking down a set of flying Hulkbuster armor via the Iron Man 3 “House Party” protocol (wherein half a dozen Iron Man suits fly in to assist you), there's always something fun to do in Lego Marvel Super Heroes. This is the blend of Lego and the Marvel universe you’ve been waiting for, a joyously geeky concoction worthy of your attention.

I’ll have the full review come Monday.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a Lego version of Carnage to unlock and frighten a metropolitan populace with…

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45 comments
DiverseGamer
DiverseGamer

Jesus, what happened to "the full review will be up Monday"? I thought this new site was going to make reviews come out faster...

Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

"I’ll have the full review come Monday."

LIAR! lol

HesamB
HesamB

never played a lego game myself, honestly after playing this game... I WANNA BUY LEGO BATMAN 2 TOO !

RainIvan
RainIvan

Have been playing this game for about 3-4hours now, both alone and with my gf (Co-op mode on pc).
And seems like we can't get enough of this game.. When we after being stuck for a while, and finding the right path.. Then it was really easy :o
Anyway, we love the humor in the game... HULK is awesome in the first hours (As we only have played for that much of a period).

It is really awesome, and you need to have your children humor ready, though still some adult content.. :D Animations in this game is awesome and fun!

blackhex191
blackhex191

Are you reviewing the game on this gen or next? Just want to know as I have PS3 version pre-ordered and wanted to know if there are any other features that next gen would offer other than better graphics (it is a lego game after all).

normanislost
normanislost

getting this for my brother as a christmas present although may have to give it a trial run...to er.....make sure it works 

Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

Props to TT for this game. They nailed it. I was more excited than I should have been for this game and now that it's out, I can't get enough of it! Since I was really young, always loved Lego and especially Iron Man. I could fly around (and have) for hours. It's been awhile but I'm 100%ing this game for sure!

apophis32
apophis32

Never played a Lego game they look like fun but I'm gown man , should I get this one

rasterror
rasterror

So far this might be my favorite Lego game, even more than Lego Star Wars the Complete Saga and Lego Batman 2.  I loved the Asgard level and the character details are top notch.  I'm watching my son play it now and I'm itching to get back on it.

benleslie5
benleslie5 moderator

I've enjoyed the demo on PS3, kind of tempted in getting the PS Vita version more mainly because I can play a lego game when I'm out and about

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

Wait for all this glowing praise to wind up as a 7/10 review.

expeditopaz2008
expeditopaz2008

Both Lego Batman games were great, and this has potential to be even better. Kudos to TT Games!

megakick
megakick

How is this compared to Marvel Ultimate Alliance?

SuperDutchy
SuperDutchy

I'm getting this and Assassin's Creed IV when I get my PS4 on November 15th.

rasterror
rasterror

So far I'm really loving this game.  My son and I are on it and we always find ourselves laughing at the simple skits.  The detail and the love for Marvel Comic characters is there plus certain moves and actions recall key moments in comics and movies.  I'm loving it so far.

lionheart1981oz
lionheart1981oz

Damn this looks amazing, pre- purchasing on STEAM, much cheaper then consoles :)


megakick
megakick

This game is coming out for the PS4 and XBOX ONE 2? If I was going to buy a XBOX ONE or PS4 I would just wait....

Gegglington
Gegglington

been playing it all week just brings a smile to my face

GreekTheGeek
GreekTheGeek

After lego city this is the only lego I want in my collection and that's because of the marvel factor they hit gold with all the untapped potential in the lego universe could this be the best marvel game yet? I seem to think its going to be very close

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Looks interesting, i'm really considering to buy. Lego City Undercover was a great surprise, for me, i never played any Lego games.

The problem is there are too many games right now. Somebody hug me.

KBABZ
KBABZ

Personally I'm curious as to how the PS4/XBO version of the game compares to the PS3/360 version.

DiverseGamer
DiverseGamer

Could this be the game to bring me back into the LEGO franchise?

cogadh
cogadh

@apophis32 As a grown man myself, I highly endorse this game for adults and kids. If you like Marvel comics, have at any time in your life enjoyed LEGO and like video games, then your age is irrelevant, just get the game. Frankly, you could say that about pretty much all the TT LEGO games... well, replace the "Marvel comics" with whatever theme the game has (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, LOTR, DC Comics, etc.) and you can say that.

Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

If you're a fan of Marvel at all then yes. Absolutely! I'm a grown man as well but can honestly say I'm enjoying the hell out of this game

Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

The Vita version is NOTHING like the console versions. Basically a bunch time trials

twisted_sith
twisted_sith

@benleslie5 i would wait for a review on the vita...the lego batman 2 and lord of the rings vita games have been ports of the 3DS versions. which are terrible.

cogadh
cogadh

@GAJY_FILTH It's Manhattan in this game, not any city that has appeared in any previous LEGO game.

rasterror
rasterror

I can buy it right now brand new on Gamefly including game case and all for $28.97. Can Steam beat that?

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

@megakick 

I think just for PS4 and XONE. Nothing confirmed for Xbox One 2.

rasterror
rasterror

@KBABZ I will find out.  I have the 360 version and my son duped me into pre ordering the Xbox One version.  I hope there's something extra or I'm gonna feel like a sucker. And they better not add characters like Bird Man or Rocket Racer. Man those two sucked.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

@HowlPendragon @Dragon_Nexus I do like her and her reviews, but she can be pretty damn critical, I agree.

I don't think she's a bad reviewer, I just think she has more demands of a game than her peers.

lionheart1981oz
lionheart1981oz

@rasterror 

Its $26.99 on steam if you pre-purchase :) So yes. Ends in 2 days though so hurry if you want it.

Personally I prefer digital copies over physical copies but each to their own.


lionheart1981oz
lionheart1981oz

Yeh its playable with a keyboard and mouse however I have the xbox controller for pc so I would be using that. I would recommend that over the keyboard and mouse anyday and you can get them dirt cheap nowadays.

HesamB
HesamB

@rasterror @KBABZ this's what lego said :"the most important difference between lego on nex gen and lego on current gen is there aren't any loading times, it's instant . "   :|

KBABZ
KBABZ

@rasterror Heh, whoops! I would expect the game to be mostly identical aside from the graphics. My real curiosity is how much better the graphics are, and I expect things like draw distance, pop-in and texture resolution to be the main improvements.

This next-gen leap has only happened once before in the LEGO series, with Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (compared to Lego Star Wars I and II on the PS2). In that instance, the game was more of a port-up where the graphics were obviously better, but didn't look like it was utilizing the full power of the platform (to me that didn't happen until Lego Harry Potter 2).

iMpLuX
iMpLuX

@Dragon_Nexus @lionheart1981oz The "X360 controller for PC" includes a wireless usb dock so you can play wirelessly. I don't believe Microsoft sold just a wired controller as you needed a special dock to allow the wireless controller to work w/ PC.

I bought a special edition CoD wired controller that they use at tournaments as it had rubber grips on the sides and was the same price as the wireless 360 controller for PC.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

@lionheart1981oz Did you...actually buy the "Xbox 360 controller for PC" or did you just buy a wired controller? If you did the former, you spent an extra $5 on a driver CD.

KBABZ
KBABZ

@rasterror Yeah I had the same thing; I had Lego Star Wars I for PS2 and then later got The Complete Saga for PS3. I don't anticipate anything hugely impressive for a next-gen console out of the PS4 version of Lego Marvel, but certainly better than the PS3 one.

Funnily enough, with all the talk of consoles frame rates and resolutions, nobody has mentioned that the Lego games have been doing it since The Complete Saga!

rasterror
rasterror

@KBABZ @rasterror My son when he was 2 or 3 thought if he put multiple games in my PS2 and play them at the same time and destroyed it it so I bought the complete Saga for the 360 and it was definitely an upgrade.  Not eye popping but it was definitely noticeable.