It really does seem like Warner Brothers indeed manages to get the LEGO games, as a series, right. LEGO games have been such a great co-op experience and just overall fun sandbox and beat em up experience through so many franchises and themes. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is no exception to this formula. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is a lot of what you’d expect and that is fortunately a good thing. In this installation, you get a wide roster of heroes and levels to play on, which is nice seeing it gives a lot of lesser known heroes some love.
The whole premise behind this game involves Kang the Conqueror who has stolen several cities from the Marvel universes (spanning different time periods as well) to form a new mega-world, Chronopolis. This makes for some interesting changes in scenery which includes, two time periods of Manhattan, Asgard, Hala, Attilan, and that is just to name a few. Spanning across these cities you get access to an interesting sort of Avengers for the main cast. You start out playing as the Guardians of the Galaxy and you end up playing fan favorites like Captain America, Iron Man, and even Spider Man. The voice lines and plot devices are really cheesy and “comic-booky” but its exactly what you’d expect and the fact nothing is taken to seriously… it reflects well for the LEGO style and comic book setting alike.
Its the same cut and dry LEGO formula. You smash stuff, you build stuff, and you use special characters to do certain things. Honestly, its not anything surprising because its always been fun from the start. If you are one of those players that likes to steal everything possible in Fallout or Skyrim, you are going to have fun smashing everything and collecting all those coins. Some reviewers have complained that you’d expect to be able to do more as a super hero and a lot of it feels on rails (because truly it is for the most part) but the formula works and at least the “puzzles” and planned usefulness of each enemy is varied enough to keep it fresh, at least for the first few hours.
If you need a little more idea of what to expect, here is a video showing some highlights of the game via Playstation Access.
New to this game is a four-player competitive “Super Hero battle mode”, which will allow you and your friends to fight each other in an open battle arenas. Currently it is local play online and will probably remain that way. Its better played when you are with an actual person, as the CPU ai has a lot to be desired at times. Still, its a welcomed addition and gives a new wind towards the drive in unlocking all those hero characters!
Its a super hero LEGO game… how can you hate it? Sure, the formula is a lot of the same but the pacing is rather okay and the game can be rather lengthy, which is a good thing for most people. The game doesn’t take itself too serious and provides a fun time with exploring, building, destroying, and collecting all those crispy coins. You can’t really go wrong with this game, especially if you are buying it for your kids this Christmas (but hey, us big kids can enjoy it too).