LEGO Marvel Avengers is a game that, when first announced, I was worried that it would be a step back from Lego Marvel Super Heroes. Did this end up being the case? Read on to find out.
This title brings players into the worlds seen on the big screen, taking you through major events seen in The Avengers (or Marvel’s Avengers Assemble in the UK), Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World. Sorry, no ‘Civil War‘ yet in Lego Form!
It dives in head-first with an introduction straight out of Avengers: Age of Ultron but with our heroes in that oh-so-versatile mini figure-style topped off nicely with the great voice work of the original cast from the movie. Once you complete the first level – invading Von Strucker’s Hydra base – you then go back to the events at the beginning of The Avengers. I’d guess the reason they started this way is to allow the player to have some fun with the most popular of the heroes before playing with some of the less known (or popular, by comparison) SHIELD characters like Maria Hill, Nick Fury, Hawkeye and Agent Williams.
The story uses events from previous Marvel movies involving the characters either on a flashback basis, or to explain what happened in the films, or to otherwise get to current events, which is good for those who may not have seen all of the films associated with this game. As a whole, it follows events seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from Captain America: The First Avenger to Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, some original plot, like in the previous Marvel Lego game wouldn’t have gone amiss.
As always, Lego keeps the game child friendly by bypassing any gory scenes from the films – such as where Loki uses an unsavoury device to get the eye Hawkeye needs in The Avengers – and keeps to familiar light-hearted comedy seen in previous Lego games, which will keep kids amused.
The gameplay opens with Hawkeye and Black Widow working their way through the mini figure bad guys (Hail Hydra!) while using their unique abilities to get across the war-stricken terrain to get to your next objective. So there’s your opener but just how is the gameplay exactly!?
If you’ve enjoyed playing previous Lego instalments you should feel right at home, with some new features like double team attacks and cool dynamic special moves added to the mix to keep monotony at bay. Unfortunately, though, the persistently respawning enemies is pretty overbearing, giving you little room to breathe to do the tasks that you need to do, in order to progress.
However, gameplay sometimes can take a change from grinding respawning enemies to taking out turrets or using devices to progress. Different scenarios I found, whilst playing through after these events, included entering a flying scrolling shooter with Captain America and Iron Man, and another with Maria Hill and Agent Williams chasing down Loki in a turret-mounted SHIELD vehicle.
Puzzles are perhaps a little simplistic for older players but are well suited for the gaming abilities of the targeted age group. Players can also immerse themselves running, driving and flying around the city hub world where you can meet other Marvel heroes and help them with small tasks for rewards which proves to be rather fun. However, falling off cliff ends when trying to perform tasks can occur from time to time, especially on narrow paths and sometimes finding the way to go and what to do even with hint boxes scattered around the playing field, may keep players a little confused.
Go to page 2 for more thoughts on the game plus conclusions.