Lego Marvel’s Avengers is an action-adventure video game about Lego versions of the MCU heroes. Traveler’s Tales developed this title, while Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released it for a remarkable number of consoles.
By 2016, the game was available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows.
Lego Marvel’s Avengers has a campaign strongly tied to the first Avenger film and Avengers: Age of Ultron. The game also visits the storylines of Ironman 3, Thor 2, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
With such content, there was the risk of Lego Marvel’s Avengers feeling like a dashed movie tie-in for cash-grabs. However, this game proves it has a lot more than meets the eye.
The game not only allows gamers to play along with the plot of the MCU movies, but it also gives us the massive open area of Manhattan to fly through and explore from earlier Lego Marvel games, as well as other 7 notable MCU locations.
Lego Marvel’s Avengers also features over 200 characters from both the comic books and the MCU films.
Despite mixing a superhero story with Lego humor, this game is a decent adaptation of the movies and their primary goal. Some players who already had experience with earlier Lego Marvel titles may see it as a sequel to those games too.
Lego Marvel’s Avengers goes as far as to borrow visuals and voices from the MCU. It feels like developers wanted to please both long comic book fans and kids who love the Marvel movies.
It starts with the same opening sequence of the second Avengers film before flashing back to the plot of the first Avengers movie. The game takes the player through the rest of the movies, one mission per film.
Then, it drops you back to the Age of Ultron plot, bringing the Avengers together to stop the psychotic robot from taking over the world.
Even if you watched the movies, it’s fun to relive some of those iconic moments in Lego style.
Lego Marvel’s Avengers does a solid job of including a lot of visual gags between those moments. It features goofy jokes most kids will surely enjoy and several references and cameos for fans.
The Lego style looks pretty good and brings a child-friendly feel to the MCU story. But, sometimes it’s detrimental to the overall visual appeal of the game.
The locations and buildings look different but when the games start to run out of clever ways to put the pieces of Lego together and turn them into something recognizable, all those Lego start filling the scenario.
The open area of Manhattan is the largest in the game, and it rewards the player for using as many characters as possible to explore it.
These areas are the element that makes you feel like a superhero by creating a place for you to fly, swing around, and complete some small missions.
Lego Marvel’s Avengers offers a lot of things to do, but it has little variety in that regard. It can feel repetitive sometimes.
However, the game has a lot of variety in characters and locations which allows the player to make their own fun setup and feel like a superhero.
You’ll have to literally break your way through this game, as it requires smashing stuff. Usually, the only thing preventing players from progressing in this game is crushing a wall or a particular structure.
Even the different ability each character has is only another way to break stuff in this game.
Some characters have unique capabilities that allow the players to interact with their surroundings in new and interesting ways.
Once you beat the missions in story mode, the game allows you to play them again with the characters you unlocked so far.
Aside from the golden bricks, mini-kits, and tokens lying around, the game also tasks players with the mission of tracking down a red brick in each story mission.
The puzzles and quick time events are simple and they only get difficult is when the game is not very clear about the players have to do, or the objective gets lost in a sea of bricks.
The missions lack freedom of exploration, but the way they present the plot of the movie makes it hard for a gamer to get bored because they always throw you something new.
The open areas have the opposite problem. They offer a larger and more developed world to play around but offer very little when it comes to quests and puzzles.
It’s a lot more fun to use a character that can fly because it makes transportation smooth and easy. But, land vehicles are very difficult to control.
When it comes to combat, the variety in the characters’ abilities keeps the gameplay fresh and fun.
Overall, Lego Marvel’s Avengers is an awesome game and we highly recommend it.