I decided to create this journal because I needed a place to share impressions about games I’m yet to finish and I know I’ll never review… Well, in this case I just needed to praise some piece of hardware. ;)
Here we go, I hope you like it!
It’s been some time since I played a LEGO game I really liked–probably the last one being LEGO Star Wars on the Wii, and I guess saying I don’t like the Star Wars franchise says a lot about it–and my bet is that happened because their systems have been growing into messier character/puzzle relationships–which means you must constantly swap characters, frequently for no apparent reason besides that being imposed to you for the sake of it.
Well, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is still no different than that, and the mess goes further through busier backgrounds and the consequent camouflage of interaction points in them. Quick Time Events don’t help it that much either on that matter. But…
I’m liking it; and it’s tough to nail why. But if I had to sum it all up in a single argument I would go with a better use of the franchise than the average.
The base personalities and behaviour patterns of the characters are all clear in the average public’s mind after the last decade-and-a-half barrage of Marvel movies and to this point it’s easy to pick the right tone for Iron Man, Captain America or Wolverine for instance. Funnier lines and “acting” come from that, but the main evolution lies in gameplay balance. It just feels more natural to have Hulk throwing cars at distant enemies but having a tougher time assembling things or using switches; or using the spider sense to highlight those aforementioned obscure interaction points (maybe a poor solution but it still works nevertheless); or Dr. Richards transforming into funny/useful things as needed and so on.
Another positive point is having New Your City as a huge, alive sandbox playing the role of a hub for accessing other levels. The place alone can make it for having an endlessly good time by just walking around, smashing things and using vehicles in a decent tongue-in-cheek GTA.
I’m some half a dozen hours into it–posing the ridiculous 4.5% progress rate–and of course I can still change my mind. But I wouldn’t be this far anyway if it hasn’t something to be hooked to.
That’s it, more comments to come in further posts. :)
See ya, take care!