Friday, October 9, 2015

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes - Initial Thoughts

About the Game (From the Steam Store Page)

LEGO® Marvel™ Super Heroes features an original story crossing the entire Marvel Universe. 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. Players will chase down Cosmic Bricks as they travel across LEGO Manhattan and visit key locations from the Marvel Universe, such as Stark Tower, Asteroid M, a Hydra base and the X-Mansion.

Smash, swing and fly in the first LEGO videogame featuring more than 100 of your favorite Super Heroes and Super Villains from the Marvel Universe, including Iron Man, Wolverine, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Loki and Deadpool.

Help save Earth as your favorite Marvel character with your super-cool strengths and abilities:
  • Iron Man flies, hovers, shoots missiles and unleashes a powerful unibeam directly from his chest.
  • Spider-Man shoots webs, uses his spider-senses to spot objects invisible to others, crawls up walls and, of course, web-slings.
  • Captain America throws his mighty shield at objects and enemies, embeds it into a wall to create a platform, and protects himself from damage.
  • Hulk smashes!
Perform new and powerful moves as “BIG-fig” characters like Hulk and Abomination. Leave a path of destruction as you smash through LEGO walls and throw cars using hyper strength.

Discover LEGO Manhattan like never before, and travel to iconic locations from the Marvel Universe, such as the X-Mansion, Asteroid M and Asgard.

Create unique Super Heroes with customizable characters.

Enjoy an exciting original story, filled with classic LEGO videogame adventure and humor.

Previous Playtime

0 hours

What Was I Thinking When I Bought This

This was another one of those on-sale impulse purchases that have become such a thorn in my side recently. I bought it because I was in the middle of a bunch of super serious games (I believe this was around the time I was playing Velvet Assassin) and its colorful, safe-for-kids aesthetic seemed really appealing by way of contrast.

Expectations and Prior Experience

I played the original LEGO Star Wars back on the Gamecube, and though the game was somewhat shallow, it was also a breezy and effortlessly humorous good time. I really enjoyed reliving the movies through a goofy, LEGO-themed lens, and especially enjoyed unlocking its huge cast of characters. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes looks to be more of the same, though hopefully with a decade's worth of experience to draw upon to make it more sophisticated and satisfying.

Of course, I have not particular reason to think that it will, seeing as how the LEGO games are still primarily directed towards children, but honestly, even if it's just as simple as I remember it, I'll probably be happy. Sometimes you want a deep, engaging experience that will challenge your limitations and force you to think in new ways, and sometimes you just want to smash stuff against the backdrop of a silly story while controlling an appealing character.

My expectation is that LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is a game that will deliver on the latter.

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