Earlier this year, Warner Brother's Interactive released one of the best family games we've seen from any publisher: Lego Dimensions. Not only was the game a tremendous challenge and a lot of fun to play, it featured some of the greatest pop culture icons you could imagine.
Here's a brief list of the franchises that appeared in Dimensions: The Simpsons, Ghostbusters, Doctor Who, Scooby-Doo, Jurassic World, The Lord of the Rings, & The Wizard of Oz. Having them all in one package at launch kept us grinning throughout Lego Dimensions's hilarious campaign. Therefore, when we look at the other Lego games on the horizon, it's proving difficult to be as excited.
Can Lego Marvel's Avengers Rival Lego Dimensions?
As ever, your hype for a Lego game hinges on your connection with the IP that it's exploring. Unless you're one of those gamers that actually really enjoys the chore mechanics of a Lego game... but I'm not entirely sure they exist? Prove me wrong, dear reader. In any case, if you don't like The Avengers, you're hardly going to be anticipating shelling out $60 for Lego Marvel's Avengers... OR ARE YOU? DO PEOPLE LOVE THE GAMEPLAY THAT MUCH?
Sorry. Here's Hulk in a field.
In terms of gameplay, here are some of the features from Lego Dimensions that Marvel Avengers will have to trump:
- The blending of toys and games is pushed forward by innovative game design and a willingness on both sides to create an enjoyable experience.
- Puzzles are extremely well balanced, offering players the opportunity to enjoy themselves while still feeling rewarded for their cognitive strain.
- This game is indicative of the series's strongest attempts at writing. The tale is well constructed and manages humor, adventure, and pop culture references with apparent ease.
My worry is that the Lego games have reached their peak. Lego Marvel's Avengers may have some excellent source material, but I suppose a blending of IPs allows for more "suggestive nudging" from the developers. The amount of references in The Lego Movie, for example, coupled with great writing is what made it such an enjoyable experience. Can Lego Marvel's Avengers illicit the same level of joy after having played Lego Dimensions?
Let us know what you think of the Lego games in the comments and whether the IP in question is actually a deciding factor for you when it comes to picking up the latest installment. Can Lego Marvel's Avengers be just as good as Lego Dimensions?