LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 Review
“It’s a LEGO game”. At this point, does anything more even need to be said? As the game never steps too far away from the expectations left by its countless predecessors, it’s pretty easy to guess if you’ll enjoy the game or not. If you like older LEGO games, this one will probably be just as pleasant. If you didn’t, LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 probably won’t do much to change your mind.
As LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 features almost the exact same design philosophy as the majority of other games in the series, it can be hard to find specific details that set it apart from the rest. Overall, like most LEGO games, the game uses a very simple, arcade-esque hack and slash style for the majority of gameplay, with simple puzzle elements for the rest. Sadly, neither of these sides of the game features much depth, with nearly all enemies being easily defeated in the exact same way, and the game constantly holding your hand through its already extremely basic puzzles. Now, I do require myself to take a certain amount of leniency with the game’s difficulty, as it is very clearly intended for children. Though what I mostly care about is how well it holds up for an older audience; an audience who may have grown up with LEGO games of the past.
While no character is particularly interesting or complex on their own, the game attempts to make up for that with the sheer variety of characters, which reaches across all corners of the Marvel universe, even going as far as including a personal favorite of mine, Squirrel Girl. Yes, despite my cynical view on the game as a whole, unlocking underappreciated characters I’ve come to love never once failed to put a childlike smile on my face, as I couldn’t wait to play with my new toys, regardless of depth. No matter how similar two characters are, simply playing as certain recognizable heroes is more than enough to make one forget their troubles, and return to their childhood.
One of the biggest appeals of LEGO games, to me, has always been in their presentation, and I can easily say that LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 consistently either holds up to, or demolishes the aesthetic of all other games in the franchise. Yes, while I didn’t necessarily enjoy the combat itself, the fantastic visuals made it absolutely impossible to be bored, even with the most menial, repetitive of tasks. Boss fights, which are mostly just a series of extremely simple puzzles (which the game directly tells you how to solve) still manage to feel epic and wondrous, due to their fantastic scale, and amazing artistic design.
Honestly, it’s hard to find a single complaint about the presentation of the game. The LEGO style forces the designers to take a minimalist philosophy for the appearance of their characters and the layout of their levels, but they make the most of it, to such an extent, that it never fails to be impressive. Characters look fantastic, and are almost all immediately recognizable. Voice acting is perfectly in character, and remains spot on, even when they don’t sound quite like their live action counterparts. Level design is as varied and complex as I’ve ever seen in a LEGO game, which is only further augmented by the fantastic set pieces and impressive visuals. Honestly, if you enjoy Marvel movies, and grew up with LEGOs at any point, the game might be worth the purchase for visual nostalgia, and accurate character representation alone.
While the story of LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 is certainly nothing impressive by storytelling standards, it absolutely does manage to give decent reasons for why everything is happening; and really, that’s all you need for the video game equivalent of a child, bashing his action figures together. Though the story is certainly passable, I find myself wistfully missing the silent, visual storytelling of classic LEGO games, with physical humor, and over the top animations. Yet, I have trouble imagining that working for any original story, and I did find myself, at the very least, content with what was provided.
While I never quite cared about the overarching story itself (as the game didn’t really seem to either), and despite my love of silent storytelling, the one thing I did, ironically, constantly enjoy was the characters’ dialogue and interactions with each other, which were mostly clever, satisfying, and surprisingly true to character. Yes, not only does LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 deliver fantastic nostalgia, it will also more than likely keep any comic fan happy, with its impressive roster, and proper portrayal of almost the entire cast, taking only the slight liberties you’d expect from a LEGO game.
At the end of the day, LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 is, without a doubt, a fantastic children’s game, easily worth the price for any young fan of recent Marvel movies. Now, while an adult may be bored with general gameplay, they’ll likely easily be able to look past that, if they have even the slightest nostalgia for either LEGO or Marvel, especially if they’re a fan of obscure characters. All in all, it’s a must buy for a present, but if you’re on the fence about buying it for yourself, maybe wait for a sale, and you’ll have a fantastic way to kill time, and relive childhood memories.
Disclaimer: PC Aficionado was provided with a code for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in the review are the writer’s own and are not influenced by the developer and/or publisher in any way.
- Perfectly captures nostalgia in a pleasant way
- Fantastic roster of characters
- Surprisingly accurate representation of characters
- Bland, repetitive combat
- Little depth anywhere to be found
- Might not hold an adult’s attention for too long