Well well well… Marvel finally made it somewhere in the video game industry.
DC will always have the Arkham games. And they were masterpieces. But here’s a game that Marvel can cling on to as one too.
Before this game, I played Lego Harry Potter (Years 1-4), Lego Indiana Jones and Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (which, infuriatingly, is now the Incomplete Saga). This game is a million times better than all of those, and I great part of that can be credited to an original story. The story in this game is well thought out and inculcates a great number of characters, and there’s always an element of surprise with originality.
I played through this game with a friend, completing everything as a team. I really like that about Lego games. They encourage co-op play. And it was a lot of fun.
When I mentioned that the story is well thought out, I mean it was really well thought out. So many elements and story arcs are combined that it could all become one piping hot mess, but it blends really well. And with a character roster this cast, it could become stale. It doesn’t. Every single character is unique. Nobody other than Spider-Man and Venom can swing. Nobody can scratch other than Wolverine. Sure, there are some abilities that are imitated, but the overall character is unique to itself.
Throughout the game, the ensemble of heroes, headed and controlled by S.H.I.E.L.D., are taking down a series of increasingly powerful (by hierarchy I mean) villains, in an attempt to get to the big bad, who is (supposedly) Dr Doom. These adventures take you from New York, to Latveria, to Asgard to space. And every level keeps switching out its protagonists. I’m glad the rights problems don’t apply to video games for Marvel. You play one level with Iron Man, Thor and Spider-Man, and the next with Storm, Jean Gray and Cyclops, and the next one with Wolverine, The Hulk and Captain America, and so on, and so on, and so on. The last level, mind you, brings everyone (including a little surprise cast) together, and it’s such a massive scale boss battle with someone I won’t name. Brilliant.
Outside of the main story, there’s on open world in New York! Do the side missions, find characters, find the one hundred Stan Lees hidden everywhere, and play as just about anyone. It’s so much fun.
And don’t forget, there’s still that Lego magic of foolishness and downright fun stupidity. Mr Fantastic, for instance, can turn into the craziest of things when needed, like this:
And he can casually turn into a teapot if you make him. Just because.
Even Deadpool’s in the game, in charge of cheat codes, collectibles and all that stuff, just like Deadpool should be.
On a scale where M is the lowest, and R is the highest possible rating, with the highlighted letter being the rating: