Any video game that kicks off with a money-shot of Earth’s mightiest mortals assembling to deliver a combination of Gamma-powered punches, Asgardian metal and explosive arrows to the face should be the kind of game that you’re keeping an eye on. And that’s the kind of video game that the latest in Traveller’s Tales and TT Fusion’s vast library of LEGO games wants to be.
Right from the opening shot, you’re thrown into a world of Vibranium shields, Homicidal AI systems run amok and a certain god of mischief looking to take over the Earth. The Avengers series has been an epically successful film franchise for Disney and Marvel, a high stakes comic book adaptation that has made billions over the years by being daring and ahead of the curve.
It’s just a pity that the LEGO adaptation is so hellbent on its refusal to actually add any new content to a very worn-out formula.
If you’ve played one LEGO game, you’ve played them all. The basic gameplay premise has you smashing LEGO blocks around you, collecting studs and assembling pieces into new tools to get through a level and make the most of the characters that you’re stuck with. It’s a simple setup, geared towards kids who want to use Tony Stark to fix stuff, watch the Hulk tear walls apart and charge equipment up as the mighty Thor Odinson.
It certainly does work, but every new LEGO game trots it out and further dilutes the process more than homeopathic medicine. And that’s a damn shame, because LEGO Marvel’s Avengers has a lot going for it. First off, the LEGO Avengers themselves are adorable. Little mini-heroes, lovingly realised in the trademark LEGO style and ready to save the world. It’s impossible to not like seeing a LEGO Tony Stark grin or watch LEGO Black Widow and Bruce Banner make kissy faces at each other.
It’s the fan service that really shines here. Spread across six of the recent Marvel movies (Avengers, Age of Ultron, Thor: The Dark World,Iron Man 3 and both Captain America flicks), the attention to capturing the cinematic details is mighty indeed. Various zones don’t just look the part, they feel right at home. Captain America goes into battle with trademark agility and strength, the Hulk smashes everything he sees and flying around Manhattan in one of the various Iron Man suits is always exciting.