LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2
Release Date: November 14, 2017 (NA).
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
Developer: Traveller’s Tales.
Genre: Action-Adventure – Children’s.
ESRB Rating: E 10+
MSRP: $59.99 USD
Official Site: https://www.lego.com/en-us/marvelsuperheroes/marvel-super-heroes-2
Thanks to the mighty Marvel movies Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch and others are all household names. But what about Kid Colt, Stingray, Adam Warlock or Wonder Man? Are they and others doomed to live in obscurity as B-List heroes?
Not anymore, true believer.
The best part of Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is the developers at Traveller’s Tales have really done their homework. Little-known but meaningful characters to the overall Marvel mythology have been thrust into the spotlight as playable characters. In fact, everything about Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is a tribute to Marvel comics and comic books in general. The developers love the medium, the art form and that is abundantly clear in the final product. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is full of heart.
Our story begins with the Guardians of the Galaxy uncovering a diabolical plot by Kang, the Conqueror, and yes, that is how serious he is as a despot. It is “conqueror” with a capital C. A worthy adversary of both The Fantastic Four and The Avengers, Kang is a despot from the future who, although he has no superhuman powers, can manipulate time and is one of the greatest minds the universe has ever known.
Kang’s scheme in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is to create his own kingdom – Chronopolis. The problem is Chronopolis consists of territories Kang has ripped out of time such as Manhattan and Asgard. Trapped in a world and a time that is not their own, the occupants are now Kang’s prisoners and puppets.
A motley band of superheroes led by The Avengers attempt to foil Kang’s plan and put everything back where it belongs. That is where the minor bosses come in. Offered power and wealth by Kang, villains such as Klaw, Doctor Octopus, Kingpin and Man-Ape thwart the heroes at every turn.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 remains consistent with the new breed of Lego titles which have moved away from the standard gameplay formula which ran through such past titles such as Lego Indiana Jones or Lego Harry Potter; a formula which wore out its welcome with fans and gamers alike. The current Lego games are far more free-flowing with the focus being on action and adventure rather than convoluted and monotonous puzzle solving. Instead of those, there are a host of fetch missions like the one where you search for mystical runes in Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum.
The action in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is wide-ranging and just great fun. One minute you are battling an invading Surtur in Asgard, the next you are swinging through the air as Spider-Man chasing the Vulture in Manhattan. The time-traveling adventure also brings you to other eras including the Medieval Period as you assist the Black Knight against The Enchantress and visiting the Old West where you partner with the gun-slinging Kid Colt to stop a moving train.
To broaden the adventure even more, some stages are ripped right out of current era Marvel movies. You will trade spells with Baron Mordo in Doctor Strange’s sanctum and the Mirror Dimension. As Thor, you enter an arena to battle a gladiator Hulk. The way Traveller’s Tales has incorporated these scenes as part of the overall adventure is quite clever.
Speaking of arenas, Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 has a new battle stadium in which four players at a time can beat the tar out of each other. It is nothing really unique, however, it is nice to have the option available especially with younger children who may tire of adventuring and just want to battle as their favourite heroes.
The are a few minor shortcomings that continue to hound the Lego series though. Changing characters on the fly is easy with the Y button but when you also have to interact with an object with the same button you can end up swapping heroes when you really mean to board a vehicle or mount something like a laser cannon. Some interactive points can be a bit buggy as well. You might have to circle an area over and over before the button prompt becomes available and visible to use.
For the first time ever in a Lego game the A.I. characters don’t always follow you wherever you wander as well, which is really odd. Having to switch characters and move them along to where they are needed at that point in time can be incredibly bothersome.
With all the passion that is put into Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 by Traveller’s Tales these minor annoyances are just that. This is a knowledgeable, quirky, enjoyable adventure for comic book fans of all ages, a wacky tribute to comic books and also continues the Lego game franchise down a far more unpredictable and progressive path.
- THE GOOD
- Traveller’s Tales are true comic book fans.
- A new battle arena.
- Playable scenes from the movies.
- The time-travelling adventure.
- Expansive cast of characters.
- THE BAD
- Buggy interaction points.
Whether you are a comic book fan or not, a young gamer or not, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is a fun-filled adventure.