'LEGO Marvel Super Heroes' Saves The World One Brick At A Time

October 23, 2013

Since the release of LEGO Star Wars in 2005, the LEGO video game series has bridged the gap between the young and young at heart. The development team at TT Games have continually crafted great games, based off of existing franchises, that have been pitch perfect, both in terms of gameplay and overall experience. From Indiana Jones to The Lord of the Rings, some of most recognizable set pieces in film, as well as well-known celebrities, have been blockifed and put in the hands of gamers to explore with a sense of childlike wonderment.

A few years ago the series made its way into the comic book world as TT Games gave one of comic books' most prominent figures, Batman, his own title, which later extended to the full DC Universe in 2012's LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes. After that, it seems only appropriate for Marvel comics to get their due. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes serves as an introduction for Marvel's entire cast of characters to the LEGO franchise as they try and stop the worst of the worst, and save the world.

Developer: TT Games
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive

If you've dabbled in any of the previous LEGO games, then you should be familiar with TT Games' excellent work. Nine years ago they realized that there was a market for well-written LEGO video games based off of beloved pop culture franchises, and dove in headfirst. Since then, they have worked on some of the biggest franchises in the world, including Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean. Recently, they completed their first original work, the stellar LEGO City Undercover for the Wii U, and have officially their honed their craft perfectly. Marvel Super Heroes is easily one of their biggest endeavors, and their experience shows, as this release easily ranks amongst some of their best work.

It seems that Galactus is hungry again, and the Silver Surfer is sent to scope out Earth for his next meal, but things go awry, and his surfboard is shattered into a fragments. The Cosmic Bricks that made up his board hold great power, and a who's who of Marvel villains has assembled to collect them, hoping to harness the Surfer's power. Lead by Dr. Doom, this motley crew has their black hearts set on world domination, and it is up to Marvel's super heroes, spearheaded by The Avengers, to stop them. Set in LEGO's version of New York City, major battles take place at key locations in the Marvel universe, like the Baxter Building, Stark Tower, Times Square, and the Daily Bugle. While the Marvel mainstays like Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Iron Man get most of the spotlight in the story mode, more obscure characters (from A-Bomb to Volstagg, and everyone in-between, including Howard the Duck) can be unlocked for free play. Like all LEGO games, Marvel Super Heroes features co-op multiplayer, so you and your friends and family can all get in on their action and choose your favorite hero, or villain to explore the world.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes lands on every system under the sun, and a couple that aren't even out yet. If you're hoping to webswing around a LEGO New York, you'll be able to do so on you Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, or PC. Super Heroes will also be a launch title for the Xbox One and Playstation 4 when those consoles come out in just a few weeks. Also, the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita both get their own version of the game in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril which features different content than the console releases.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes helps fulfill the type of dream scenario that are usually relegated only to major Marvel Universe crossover events. The swath of characters that are included in the game, set against the backdrop of living, breathing, and blocky New York City, makes the peril imposed by the villains in the game that much more enjoyable, and it results in one of the best Marvel games ever released. The scope of the game is clearly very ambitious, but it pays off in the end, as players can create their dream teams to battle the biggest and baddest in the Marvel world. One of the consistently outstanding pieces of TT's LEGO games is the comedy that's laced into the writing, which shines through in Super Heroes. Whether the characters are cracking jokes about each other's movies, or Stan Lee is trapped under a soda machine and needs to be saved, the game is full of funny moments that can be appreciated by anyone, no matter how old they are, or how familiar they are with the Marvel world. In short, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is a great game by all accounts, worthy of the association to the beloved super heroes that provide the basis for it.

Oh, also, smashing LEGOs as The Hulk may be one of the most satisfying activities of this console generation.