So, what with the recent announcements of the release two new Lego video games, Lego Marvel's Avengers and Lego [Jurassic World](movie:32752), I thought I'd do a brief timeline of the previous Lego games, as these games have all been a lot of fun to play, from the Star Wars games, to the Indiana Jones and the more recent ones, such as Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, and Lego Marvel Superheroes.
*The only Lego games mentioned in this article will be the ones based off licensed properties (e.g. Batman, Marvel, Jurassic Park, etc.)*
So let's start by going way, way back to ancient, forgotten times: 2005. The first of the licensed properties based games was released, being Lego Star Wars: The Video Game. It was released on Windows, Mac OSX, Gamecube, Playstation 2, XBox and Gameboy Advance. This game was the first of many of it's kind. It was released the same year as the finale of the Prequel Trilogy of the Star Wars movies, The Revenge Of The Sith, and featured the storylines of the three prequel movies, packed into one highly enjoyable game.
The follow up to this game was released the year after (2006), was titled Lego Star Wars: The Original trilogy. In my opinion, this game was far superior to it's predecessor, as it encompassed the full storyline of the Original Trilogy of Star Wars movies (which I think we can all agree, are far better).
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga was then released in 2007, which really ruined the franchise for me. I found it highly unnecessary for the full saga to be released, after all the movies had been covered in two games (but where is success without money?).
Then came 2008, with two more games. Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, and Lego Batman: The Videogame. Indiana Jones was just as enjoyable to play as Star Wars: The Original trilogy, and had the same vibe to it. It took the three Original trilogy of movies and turned them into one highly enjoyable game (My favourite aspect of this game was that they even included Han Solo as a playable character, because Harrison Ford, clearly).
Lego Batman: The Videogame was the first of it's phenomenal trilogy. It took two original storylines: One from a hero perspective, and the other from the villain perspective, with 15 levels for the heroes, and 15 for the villains as well. It introduced a wide variety of DC characters, primarily villains, such as The Joker, The Penguin, Two Face, and the widely under-used and under-appreciated Mr. Freeze.
The following year, 2009, saw the release of the follow up to the first Indiana Jones game, titled Indiana Jones: The Adventure Continues. I found this game to be especially unnecessary, in a similar way to the Star Wars: The Full Saga game (Clearly also released for money, like the fourth Indiana Jones movie).
2010 saw the release of Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4. I found this game to be thoroughly enjoyable, and it was a great start for the Harry Potter game franchise. Although it wasn't the first Lego Harry Potter game (the first being Lego creator: Harry Potter), it is was a lot of fun to play, and took the storylines from the first four movies, added some comedic elements, and produced a great game.
2011 was an excellent year for Lego Video gaming and gamers. It saw the release of 3 new games: The follow up to Harry Potter, Harry Potter: Years 5-6, another Star Wars game, this time based on the widely appreciated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series, entitled Lego Star War III: The Clone Wars, and Lego Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Video Game. All of these games were quite successful, however Pirates Of The Caribbean I found to be the least appreciated, and I'm still not quite sure why. Possibly because it was up against 2 major franchises (not that Pirates Of The Caribbean was bad, I just think it wasn't appropriate for a Lego game).
The year 2012 saw the release of the first true open world Lego games: Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes, and Lego Lord Of The Rings. These two games were the first, I feel, of a new generation of open world Lego games. In Lego Batman, the player had the ability to explore Gotham city as any character he/she had unlocked, such as Batman, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, and a host of other heroes, as well as Villains. Lego Lord Of Rings integrated the player into the vast open world of Middle Earth. The player was able to run from one end of the map (Hobbiton & The Shire), to the other end (Mordor and Mount Doom). Both these games had excellent storylines, however I felt the Batman storyline was very drawn out.
2013 saw the release of what is arguably the best Lego game to date: Lego Marvel Superheroes. This game combined the elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Marvel Comics to create a truly excellent game, with lots of humour, action, and a Lego scale New York City to run around in and explore, either on the ground, or in the air. This game also incorporated a "home base" element, being the S.H.I.E.L.D helicarrier, hovering above the City, which the player is able to jump off and parachute down, or simply fly down/up to it.
Last year, 2014, three Lego Games were released, two of which I have not had the chance to play yet: Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (which is fantastic), Lego The Hobbit, and The Lego Movie Videogame. Lego Batman 3 is an excellent game, and is the follow up to Lego Batman 2, continuing from that storyline. I have not played the other two aforementioned games, however I am sure they are in true Lego spirit, and are both brilliant.
There are two new games due to be released this year: Lego Marvel's Avengers, and Lego Jurassic World. Exited yet? I know I am.
Which was your favourite Lego Videogame?
And after 10 years of Lego Videogames, it's still going. That's 10 years this year. Fantastic. People still play these childish games. Including me.
I hope this was worth the read.