Lego Marvel Super Heroes PS4 review – We built this city on block and roll
It’s official: no film franchise is safe from Lego’s relentless campaign of blockification. This time out silver screen stars Hulk, Wolverine, Spidey and more succumb to Traveller’s Tales’ adorable miniaturisation treatment. Bruce Banner’s smashy green alter-ago may not seem the type to provoke cries of ‘Aww!’, but just like the Harry Potter and Batman games that went before it, Lego Marvel Super Heroes treats its subject matter with due reverence and attention to detail.
The roll call here reads like a comic fan’s dream: Iron Man (replete with multiple iterations of his armour), Thor, Captain America, Red Skull and even Stan Lee himself – there’s well over 100 to choose from. The story, concerning attempts to get ‘Cosmic Bricks’ made from Silver Surfer’s shattered board out of the wrong hands, is predominantly there as justification for set-piece after set-piece. The game throws you in at a Sandman-sieged Grand Central Station and largely doesn’t let up from there, whether you’re fighting your way into a hacked Stark Towers or traversing the roof of the Fantastic Four’s HQ.
It’s all wrapped up in trademark offbeat humour, too. Example: when he’s not needed to morph into something actually useful, holding circle as Mr Fantastic turns him into… a teapot. I’m still not entirely sure what the point of this is, but it’s certainly good for a giggle as you make him hop about showing off his handle and his spout.
If you’ve played any of the prior Lego games, you will of course be familiar with the template, from which Lego Marvel Super Heroes deviates little. You rampage through stud-scattered levels with a trio of characters with different abilities, destroying anything that looks vaguely bashable, and engaging in a mixture of puzzles and combat. The scrapping is still largely simplistic, with fights against legions of henchmen mainly consisting of hammering Square to deliver melee hits. The balance between the goon-bashing and environmental manipulation, however, is well-maintained enough to forgive.
A platform-puzzler that’s fantastic for kids, but the content & attention to detail will likely leave Marvel-loving adults just as entranced
Each of the levels culminates in a boss encounter, some of which display real imagination, and some of which involve a few too many waves of the aforementioned goons. Taking on Abomination proves a particular highlight, with Wolverine clambering about the arena activating floodlights, dazzling the behemoth enough for Hulk to start clobbering’.
Despite the inclusion of an open-world approximation of New York City – peppered with races and prisoners to round up and so on – at a gameplay level none of this is really reinventing the brick-built wheel. However, that’s arguably not the point of a series whose main selling point is the joy of seeing favourite characters reimagined in the glory of minifig form. A well-balanced platform-puzzler that’s fantastic for kids, but the wealth of content and attention to detail will likely leave Marvel-loving adults just as entranced.