A few weeks ago Warner Brothers Interactive announced that Travelers’ Tales Games is making a LEGO game based on the Marvel universe. As a fan of all the previous LEGO games and Marvel, I got very excited when I heard about this. The game is set to come out on pretty much every console in Fall 2013 and here are 5 reasons you should be excited about it.
1. Over 100 characters to play as.
Typical of the LEGO games, there is a large amount of playable characters. So far only Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wolverine, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Deadpool, Loki and Galactus have been confirmed. Travelers’ Tales Games has said that there will be a lot of fan favorite characters in the game, but also some cool lesser known characters. Travelers’ Tales Games has also said: “If you’re a fan of Spider-Man, the Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy or scores of other Marvel characters, this is the game for you.” So you can expect heroes and villains associated with them.
2. An original story.
Like in LEGO Batman 2, this game has an original story. In this game, Nick Fury calls upon the heroes of the Marvel universe to save Earth from villains like Loki and Galactus. The story is being written by Mark Hoffmeier who has written Spider-Man: The Animated Series and The Super Hero Squad Show, so he has experience with these characters. From what has been revealed it sounds like Loki is pretty similar to his character from the films and hints at him working with an unnamed villain makes an appearance from Thanos likely.
3. New York City
The LEGO games have come a long way from hub worlds like Dexter’s Diner and the Mos Eisley Cantina. In last year’s LEGO Batman 2 we had a full city to play around in for the first time in a LEGO game. The open world is one of the main parts of the upcoming LEGO City: Undercover for WiiU and in LMSH you have all of New York City to explore. It’s a LEGO-fied version of the Marvel New York so it will include famous Marvel landmarks in addition to real New York landmarks. Travelers’ Tales Games is working on making the hub world feel more interactive and has said that the city will get destroyed through the course of the game and you will be able to help repair it. You can also expect to be able to fly around as characters like Thor or Iron Man and maybe even web swing through the city as Spider-Man.
4. The Hulk
The Hulk has been available as a figure in LEGO sets for a while now and he is a unique looking figure. He’s bigger than regular LEGO minifigs and Travelers’ Tales Games has managed to recreate his look for this game. The videos of Hulk that have been shown demonstrate how TT Games has captured the feel of the character through his animations and attacks. The work they’ve put into creating one of these oversized characters leads me to believe other large characters like The Thing and Thanos will also appear in the game. Travelers’ Tales Games seem to be quite proud of Hulk, for good reasons, and have coined the great term ‘bigfig’ to describe him.
5. Unique Superheroes and powers
Marvel has a lot of interesting characters with some cool powers in its universe. I’d be interested to see how certain characters like Daredevil or even Xavier would work with the LEGO gameplay. Seeing how certain powers would be used to solve puzzles in levels will be one of the things I’ll be excited to check out when the game releases later this year. There’s no word yet on whether there will be any non-superhero playable characters in the game and its hard to tell if there will be any, apart from some S.H.I.E.L.D agents (Coulson please!), but would it really be fun to play as JJJ, Foggy Nelson or Pepper Potts? However, I do want a playable LEGO Stan Lee.
I’m really looking forward to playing this game and it definitely has the potential to be the best LEGO game yet. If you have yet to play any of these games you really should, they’re really fun to go through and complete 100%. There’s also a nice platinum trophy/bunch of achievements there if that’s what you’re into.
[Written by contributor Conor Johnston]