Preview: All the heroes come out to play in LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes

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Walking into a demonstration of LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes at Warner Bros.’ office, I already knew what to expect. After all, the LEGO format has been well established since the likes of the LEGO Star Wars series and new innovations like voiceovers have been in titles like LEGO Batman 2 and LEGO City Undercover.

This isn’t a bad thing, mind you -- it just gave me the freedom to see what Marvel’s heroes could offer to this already proven formula.

I was treated to a half an hour hands-off demo that was the same shown at GDC in San Francisco. The demonstration revolved around three main Marvel heroes -- the Hulk, Iron Man and Spider-Man (are you sure that's not Richard Branson in the image above? - ed). Each, as you’d expect if you’ve played a previous LEGO title, had their own quirks and special moves.

The voice actor for Iron Man has tried to make the character his own, and hasn’t opted for a Downey-like impersonation. I’m all for that.

The Hulk towers over the other mini-figures (maybe he’s classified as a figure, unlike the rest?) and has super-strength abilities that allow him to pick up and throw vehicles. Hulk can also perform a ground pound, freeing chunks of LEGO pieces from the world around him, in order to -- you guessed it -- lob them at enemies. There are limitations to his powers, of course; when fighting the Sandman, Hulk’s ground pound ability doesn’t work on LEGO sand; it just crumbles at his touch.

Iron Man is able to fly -- think Superman from LEGO Batman 2 -- and fires repulsor blasts at enemies and at intractable items in-world. He’s got the same cocky swagger from recent Iron Man and Avengers films, though he’s not voiced by Robert Downey, Jr. In what will be respected by some and not others, the voice actor for Iron Man has tried to make the character his own, and hasn’t opted for a Downey-like impersonation. I’m all for that.

Spider-Man pops up later in the level, and his powers revolve around web-swinging (a cross between Batman’s rope-swing and Superman’s flight, I’d say) and his spider-sense, which highlights intractable items so that Spider-Man or other heroes can progress through the level.

All up, it’s standard LEGO fare; move to an area, figure out which abilities need to be used to continue on, and then rinse and repeat. Collectibles continue to remain a main feature in the game, as does swapping characters on the fly for their unique abilities. Those LEGO staples tend to get old for me -- and fast -- but thankfully the series is a witty as ever, which helps to balance it all out.

You can’t deny that the game is adorable and hilarious. Hulk encounters his arch-nemesis, the Abomination, and the two throw themselves into a Benny Hill-like punch on. The Hulk can also transform back and forth between his Bruce Banner or Hulk personas, and watching Bruce’s arms and legs pop from puny human to huge green thing never got old.

Tt has even made sure to litter the game world with secondary Marvel characters, so if you’ve a good eye, you’ll appreciate that Damage Control gets called in to clean up the mess caused by Sandman.

In short, nothing about LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes should come as a surprise; the franchise is well-polished and will deliver the same open-world experience of LEGO Batman , this time using Marvel heroes. A roster of over 100 characters has been confirmed, so it’s safe to say that Marvel fans are already drooling over the likes of this title already.

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Yes if this is coming out on steam ill be buying for sure [Derp]
I was looking at this, but I only played that Lego City game on the WiiU for 3 or 4 missions before I got bored of it, might grab it way down the line.

Kerosanak said: I was looking at this, but I only played that Lego City game on the WiiU for 3 or 4 missions before I got bored of it, might grab it way down the line.


My biggest gripe with Lego city was the lack of multiplayer. I really wanted to play with my son. This one will fix that issue so I'll definitely be picking this up.
I think for me it's just Lego games aren't my thing. I laughed a fair bit and it was fun but something about it just wasn't my taste.
I'm excited for this :D
Better than the Tony Stark voice "actor" in the Avengers cartoon. My god he is so bad. Who the hell approved him. Bobcat Goldthwaite would have done a better job.
So the world needs more LEGO games? -_-

OllyEbbz said: So the world needs more LEGO games?


Yep. And the world needs more COD, Battlefield and Assassin Creed too. ;)

OllyEbbz said: So the world needs more LEGO games?


Preview: All the heroes come out to play in LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes

1wiierdguy said:

OllyEbbz said: So the world needs more LEGO games?


Yep. And the world needs more COD, Battlefield and Assassin Creed too.



I quite agree but how many AC has there been 5? Battlefield I think 3? only CoD comes close, the LEGO series takes the biscuit 12 of em on 360 alone and their all the same, then you have that awful Wii U game it has become tiresome... at least for me.
They're all the same*










* insofar as they all contain Lego characters
boring, i gave up lego when i discovered computers

gammaray13 said: boring, i gave up lego when i discovered computers


2edgy4me

Pilkingbod said:

gammaray13 said: boring, i gave up lego when i discovered computers


2edgy4me


erm yes it is

Pilkingbod said: They're all the same*
* insofar as they all contain Lego characters



Have you even played LEGO games? :O

Aside from the obvious it's always the same formula.

Play and complete story mode
Play freeplay mode on all levels to
Collect all Lego studs
Collect 10 minikit pieces
Collect a red brick
Unlock rest of characters either in level or at a store
Use red bricks to access and complete bonus areas.

There's 13 games available of the above and as new titles have released a few new features have been added like new coloured bricks to collect or maybe new ways of getting about a level.
Yes voice work is now featured and more of an open world is implemented in the titles but its still the same thing and its just real old now plus what can be said about the combat system? [sick]
If your new to the franchise great if not I just can't see whats to get excited about here. Lego game #14 with a Marvel skin.
Dying for this! DYING! DYYYYYING :D

OllyEbbz said:

Pilkingbod said: They're all the same*
* insofar as they all contain Lego characters


Have you even played LEGO games?
Aside from the obvious it's always the same formula.
Play and complete story mode
Play freeplay mode on all levels to
Collect all Lego studs
Collect 10 minikit pieces
Collect a red brick
Unlock rest of characters either in level or at a store
Use red bricks to access and complete bonus areas.
There's 13 games available of the above and as new titles have released a few new features have been added like new coloured bricks to collect or maybe new ways of getting about a level.
Yes voice work is now featured and more of an open world is implemented in the titles but its still the same thing and its just real old now plus what can be said about the combat system?
If your new to the franchise great if not I just can't see whats to get excited about here. Lego game #14 with a Marvel skin.


does not have a deep combat system, is bad game

sjt333 said:
does not have a deep combat system, is bad game



Never said it was a bad game, those are your words i am just commenting on how repetitive these titles are becoming but yeah the combat system is also quite bad never more pronounced than in Lego City Wii U. Hit a criminal, handcuff and repeat 100s of times.
I'll say it again if your new to the franchise good but if not well it is a tired one.
I'm still waiting for the inevitable total conversion that will turn Sleeping Dogs into Lego City Undercover.

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