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Review

Lego Marvel Super Heroes Review

  • First Released
  • Reviewed:
  • PS3

Avengers disassemble!

I've battled robots, supervillains, and henchmen beyond number through the streets of New York, through the halls of Asgard, under the sea, on the deck of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, and in space. And I'm only moments away from foiling Doctor Doom's nefarious, world-threatening plans, whatever they may be. Lego Marvel Super Heroes has arrived, transforming the Marvel universe into a Lego playground bursting with wit and diversity.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes starts with a standard comic book plot and runs with it. In the game's opening cutscene, Doctor Doom has destroyed the Silver Surfer's surfboard and hired every available supervillain to gather the board's cosmic brick components in order to create his Doom Ray of Doom. The plot has various super teams, such as the Avengers, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four--as well as solo heroes--working to recover the cosmic bricks while various villains swoop in to stop them.

Just three of the 150 characters you can unlock in Lego Marvel Super Heroes.

The game revels in the cheesiness and over-the-top attitude that characterize Marvel comics. The playful writing has the characters bouncing jokes off each other, and skilled voice actors chew up the scenery with every snarl. A series of background jokes--such as Nick Fury evoking the 2012 Avengers movie by asking about lunch, and a nearby S.H.I.E.L.D. agent quickly producing a takeout shawarma menu--rewards a keen eye and comic book knowledge. Upon finishing a level, you see Lego workers sweep up the damage you've caused, while Agent Coulson amusingly offers coffee and snacks to those around him.

The Lego games have always found ways to sing new songs to a familiar rhythm. You enter a level, smash or blast everything around you, snag the Lego pips that rain down, and perform superpowers and assemble machines that allow you to enter the next area. You've tapped your feet to this gameplay beat before, but Lego Marvel Super Heroes keeps things snappy, barely giving you time to breathe before ushering you to the next heroic task. The Marvel connection is a delightful complement to the spirited pace from the very beginning; the first characters you play with are Iron Man and the Hulk, and the first level involves smashing everything within New York’s Grand Central Station.

What better way to fight evil than Howard the Duck with a rocket launcher?

Unlocking new playable characters is another returning joy, thanks to the varied array of superpowers at your disposal. You can dive into a group of enemies as Wolverine and claw through everything in front of you, or harness Jean Grey's significant powers and hurl opponents into each other like human bowling pins. Either way, your slain opponents explode into dozens of tiny Lego blocks that serve as the game's primary currency. Each major character offers a different kind of gameplay mechanic, making it fun to jump into the battle and take down groups of enemies--even if your character of choice is Howard the Duck toting a powerful rocket launcher.

Your first campaign runthrough is only the starter course: you unlock loads of characters and content that make Lego Marvel Super Heroes worth returning to. Dizzying numbers of characters, locations, vehicles, and landmarks you've loved from the Marvel world have been translated into Lego form, and once you discover the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, you may explore New York as any character you've unlocked and take on missions as you see fit. The game's Free Play mode taps into the compulsive need to unearth every secret and unlock every door by encouraging you to replay levels as different characters, thus gaining access to areas previously closed off.

Inviting graphics, surging music, and great interactions between characters make for breezy entertainment.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes looks and sounds lovely, but its presentation quirks often prove distracting. Certain characters repeat the same lines of dialogue ad infinitum, which can get tiresome; there are only so many times you can hear Tony Stark proudly describe himself as "Tony Stark...genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist" before it gets old. The frame rate occasionally drops, particularly upon entering co-op mode, and a small black box occasionally appeared in the air over my characters' heads towards the end of the game. At one point, my character would respawn directly next to his still-present corpse, while a boss fight against Red Skull had me wandering around the room for several minutes looking for scenery to smash before I realized I had encountered a bug and had to restart the level.

In spite of such troubles, inviting visuals, surging music, and hilarious character interactions make for breezy entertainment. Weird moments, such as accidentally turning Mr. Fantastic into a tea kettle, and Iron Man doing the robot, further widen the smile you're sure to be wearing on your face. It's moments like these, along with taking down a suit of flying Hulkbuster armor via the House Party protocol from Iron Man 3--wherein half a dozen Iron Man suits soar in to pound on your opponent--that keep you coming back for more. Whether you're looking for a way to take down the Juggernaut or working to help a random citizen in Free Play mode, Lego Marvel Super Heroes is all sorts of web-slinging, shield-flinging, Hulk-smashing fun.

The Good
Inventive levels always give you new things to do
A big, explorable world and all sorts of goodies to unlock keep you coming back for more
Great sense of humor
The Bad
Various glitches and bugs
7
Good
About GameSpot's Reviews

About the Author

Chris Barylick has every intention of unlocking 100% of this game's content, if only to fight the forces of evil with Aunt May and her umbrella.

Discussion

77 comments
Cronoxman
Cronoxman

does nintendo wiiu have the lego games and infinity games?


feybelle
feybelle

Hi, Is there a place within this game to 'spend' the collected lego studs? In all the other lego games I've played, there is a place within the hub to go and buy the Red bricks or characters, or vehicles, etc. And the instruction booklet is totally useless, but then who takes the time to read instructions! ;) Thanks for coming to my rescue.

pillarrocks
pillarrocks

The game actually feels like Traveler's Tales took advantage of IP and made it like a huge Marvel opened world game like GTA. 

BruceWayneJr
BruceWayneJr

The environments bore me to tears in this game. Too many warehouses and rooms with pipes. The Marvel Universe is too damn huge. Where's Wakanda, Atlantis, etc? Everything revolves around the movies.

feox
feox

On the Wii U, two players can play on two separate screens: one on the Wii U Gamepad and the other on the TV.  Both players have a full-screen view of the game (not split-screen) and be far away from each other.  It is as if the players are playing solo on each of their screens.  They will only be brought together when initiating missions... after which they can go their separate ways.

MrSelf-Destruct
MrSelf-Destruct

In case you couldn't tell from the video, this game goes way above and beyond anything the LEGO franchise has done before. I've been playing through all the LEGO games with my sons, and while they were all a lot of fun, I'm actually enjoying this one enough to play it alone. Of course, it helps that I'm a huge Marvel fan and obsessive completionist and the game has 100+ unique characters to unlock. 

cell_dweller
cell_dweller moderator moderator

I want to get the PS4 version...any extra features or anything like that?  Wonder if they will review the next gen version.

StephenSays
StephenSays

Remember everyone always add one to GAMESPOT's review.

It will help you sleep better at night.

jokingjoey14
jokingjoey14

Oh my god.. Basically just add an extra point to any Gamespot review score to make it more accurate

koolr
koolr

Anybody know how to skip taht 90 second long intro that starts every time you play the game???????/

binderdundat
binderdundat

If you ever want to get your girlfriend in to video games, lego games are the starting point. 

Scorpid77
Scorpid77

Good review but I don't agree with the score. This is one of Lego's better games, there are a LOT of unlocks and there's a huge charm for kids (and stud obsesive parents). 

binderdundat
binderdundat

Is this coming out for xbox 360??? I really want to buy this. 

Gorkface
Gorkface

love the game. it's light hearted fun.


Jaxith
Jaxith

I stopped reading at 'Howard the Duck with a Rocket Launcher'.  At that point, it was obvious that I just really, really wanted this game...

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

A bit harsh of a review but a good review at that. 

lonline
lonline

Anyone explain what the differences will/are between the current and next gen versions...? Fancy getting it but not sure if it's worth getting it on PS4 or just go with the PS3 version...? There's the cost too... PS3 @ £35 ish and PS4 @ £50 ish... Hmmm... Decisions Decisions...?

MatthewSnyder86
MatthewSnyder86

This review was so enthusiastic, but ends up getting a 7? I'd hate to see GameSpot's enthusiasm for a 10 game.

Wensea10
Wensea10

Seems like a great game here even if it seems formulaic.

brxricano
brxricano

I give Howard the Duck a 1\10. Thanks, George Lucas.

funkymonkey4710
funkymonkey4710

Wow I am floored with how far the graphics have come on Lego games and that isn't me being sarcastic. Some of those scenes had beautiful background graphics.


dlmcamaross
dlmcamaross

This game is tons of fun.  Exploring or trashing Manhattan with your favorite hero or villain is a blast.   Lots to do as well.  There are a lot of glitches though.

endorbr
endorbr

Another review where the review text and review score don't seem to match up.  It seems like he was describing an 8 score.  Nothing wrong with a 7 as that is still a Good rating but it just doesn't seem to match up with all the praise the game is getting in this review.  Either way this review is a day (well more like a week) late and a dollar short as I've had my copy since last Tuesday.

bigbeckdaddy
bigbeckdaddy

I played this on PC and had zero issues, although I read some people were getting stuck on an elevator at stage 6. I think people know what they are getting into if you pick this up. If you like the past lego games then you'll like this, if you didn't, it wont change your mind.

mxpower
mxpower

7 seems pretty fair for a Lego game I guess. Your AI sidekick will finally help out in fights so I scored it an 8. It only took them 10 games to figure out how to fix it.   

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

I really don't care about this game and probably will never even play it, but is "Various glitches and bugs" listed as the single bad thing about this game that score breaking? Just asking.

goldglover1025
goldglover1025

i fail to understand y people come to this site, look for the score of a review, and than complain about how bad gs is, every review is a personal opinion, they just get paid for it and run a website, its only one persons thoughts

woodyfr
woodyfr

@feybelle Don't know if you have found the answer, but I spend a few minutes too to find the Deadpool's room. It's where you can spend your studs and see the comics. When you're on the ship (in the sky), go to the blue elevator and go down. Then go the the left trough a door, and it's the first door to the right (there's a face on the map).

woodyfr
woodyfr

@BruceWayneJr I agree ! Except for New York and Asgard, the level design sucks. The game is too short. When you play with another player the camera is really bad most of the time. Glitches, bugs and still no patch to correct them (at least not for PS3). I think than TT Games release too much LEGO games and they cannot make them as good and as long as Harry Potter or the first Star Wars trilogy. This year they will release LEGO Movie : the game and the one from the Hobbit (but not complete with the 3 movies!), it's way too much and they sacrifice quality over quantity.

woodyfr
woodyfr

@MrSelf-Destruct Harry Potter and Star Wars was way better. The level design sucks for Marvel and it's too short. I can only recommend to play alone, with another player the camera is bad and it's really frustrating to not be able to see where you go or to see only half of the puzzle. 

woodyfr
woodyfr

@jokingjoey14 No, the game is not as good as other LEGO games and it's really short.

troll65
troll65

Yes, I know exactly how.

ricanick
ricanick

@binderdundat and Mario party. especially the one where you have to shake the remote vigorously.... good times

PowerDingALing
PowerDingALing

@binderdundat I got a million better things to do with my girlfriend than to get her in to videogames. I play videogames when I'm alone, 'cause even with my friends I got better things to do.

lonline
lonline

Just found a tit bit on Digital Spy...

Quote ""Asked by Digital Spy if there were any major differences between current and next-gen versions, Parsons said: "The main difference is the amount of stuff that's there.

"One of the reasons we demoed on the next-gen is the amount of LEGO and it still runs in a frame. It draws beautifully, it's running at a full 1080, and we've got extra lighting layers.

"On top of that, there are no loading times. It's just instant because it's coming straight off the hard drive.""


nait2k4
nait2k4

@MatthewSnyder86 From what I recall of the GTAIV review, it was simply a picture of the DVD case with some white sticky stuff on it.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@funkymonkey4710 I know. The last one I played was Lego Star Wars 2 and I've come back to the series with this and they really are a lot lot better. I didn't even expect you to be able to free roam around NY with the side missions and so on. It really is a pleasantly surprising game with a lot of content to keep you busy.

Teufelhund84
Teufelhund84

@funkymonkey4710 I own Lego City Undercover and I am very impressed with how much better Marvel's visuals are than those in LCU.       

JusticeCovert
JusticeCovert moderator

@endorbr We didn't receive an advance copy of the game on this occasion and so purchased one from our local GameStop on the day of release. We'd have loved to have a review ready on day one, but there's not much that we can do without a copy of the game.

woodyfr
woodyfr

@mxpower Funny how 5 people agree with you and are so wrong!

woodyfr
woodyfr

@mxpower Wrong. In previous games they help you too, like in LEGO Batman 2.

Syrlink
Syrlink

@goldglover1025 A "professional" review may include an opinion, but I certainly hope it's more than that.  This argument that reviews are JUST opinions is being used waaaay too much these days, and is hardly an excuse.  I'm not talking about any review in particular, btw, and I have no idea how good this game is. The last Lego game I played was the Harry Potter one.

DeadManRollin
DeadManRollin

@goldglover1025 No, this is not "one person's" thought actually. An official review in gamespot means that the website believes in and endorses the score the reviewer has given. That is why gamespot gets the heat when they unnecessarily give high scores to bad games and vice versa. 

normanislost
normanislost

Because people are stupid and don't understand that just because a paid reviewer doesn't like a game does not mean you have to have the exact same opinion

And then funnier still is when 2 completely different types of game get compared because one has a higher score than the other so it must be better

goldglover1025
goldglover1025

I agree. All I'm saying is people need to stop comparing one score of a game, to the score of another completely different game, reviewed by someone different, and get irritated.

goldglover1025
goldglover1025

@DeadManRollin @goldglover1025 there is only one name at the top of the page, and u know what i mean, its one score than, regardless how many people are involved in the review, or review process, its sad to c many people hang on to one score given to a game theyre interested in...and than lose interest or even get upset with unexpected results


LEGO Marvel Super Heroes More Info

  • First Released
    • Macintosh
    • PC
    • + 5 more
    • PlayStation 3
    • PlayStation 4
    • Wii U
    • Xbox 360
    • Xbox One
    LEGO Marvel Super Heroes features an original story where players take control of Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine and many more Marvel characters as they unite to stop Loki and a host of other Marvel villains from assembling a super-weapon capable of destroying the world.
    8.4
    Average User RatingOut of 157 User Ratings
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    Developed by:
    TT Games
    Published by:
    Feral Interactive, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    Genres:
    Adventure, Action, 3D, Open-World
    Content is generally suitable for ages 10 and up. May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.
    Everyone 10+
    All Platforms
    Cartoon Violence