‘Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2’ Review – A Timeless Adventure
Super hero games are usually extremely hit or miss, with most of them landing on the miss side of things. Leave it to TT Games and Traveler’s Tales to create some of the best super hero games we have seen in a long time. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is a sequel to the 2013 hit, Lego Marvel Super Heroes. Think of the second entry as a much bigger, more polished and more charming version of it’s predecessor. Though nothing too crazy has been added to the game, Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is still a fun romp through the exciting new open world, with a much less exciting story.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 takes place directly after the events of the first game. We saw the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men all band together to stop the cosmic evil before them. Fast forward to the current events in the sequel and there are now no Fantastic Four and no X-Men. Corporate disagreements aside, Kang the Conqueror has come to rile over all time. His evil plot involves him stitching together past, present and future in his world of worlds, Chronopolis. Naturally the heroes of Earth and beyond must band together to stop this newly found evil. The story plays out in about 20 missions, most of which are fun to play. There are moments in the story where I felt lost with no real direction on what to do next. Each missions sees you controlling a group of characters with different abilities. When you aren’t controlling the other characters, the AI pretty much just stands around and gets in the way. To me, the other characters are just other options for you to switch from. Solving puzzles was fun and made every character in the group useful, as their powers would permit you to accomplish different tasks.
As with every Lego game (bar the Ninjago Movie game) combat is pretty straight forward with no real, negative consequences. This makes it so you don’t have to worry about suffering a game over, which is great for people like me who have kids that enjoy playing video games. Boss fights were generally pretty fun to play as well. M’Baku the Man-Ape’s fight sees you dodging molten vibranium then waiting for the correct moment to attack. Each character had different combat abilities that they had access to. Star-Lord could pop his walkman on and play one of the songs from Guardians of the Galaxy while blasting everything in sight. Speaking of characters, a lot of the iconic characters from Marvel’s past do not show up here. This is due to the same reason you don’t see the FF and X-Men in any MCU movies. They have beens seemingly replaced with different teams like the Guardians and the Inhumans. With as much push as Marvel has been putting on the Inhumans between the comics and TV shows (I actually enjoyed Inhumans), it doesn’t surprise me in the least. Joining these familiar teams are other ragtag, time-warped versions of the heroes we know and love like Captain Avalon (medieval Cap) and Spider-Man 2099.
Heroes from different timelines brings us to the shining jewel of the game, Chronopolis. As you progress through the story and inevitably beat it, you will have access to the best open world hub a Lego game has seen. The open world travel was fun, whether you were flying through the air as Captain Marvel, or swinging from your web as Spider-Gwen. There are TONS of things to do across Chronopolis. You will find yourself running through different timezone from New York 2099 to Ancient Egypt collecting bricks and new characters. They mini-map is much more well done in this than it’s predecessor. Instead of randomly colored dots on the screen, there are actual icons on the map to represent different things for you to do whether it be a collectible, a puzzle or a new character to unlock. There are also tons of vehicles to unlock, you know, in case your character isn’t capable of air travel. If unlocking characters isn’t what you’d like to do, you can create your own character. This character creator is more in-depth than previous titles. You are able to give your character different physical features as well as customize their powers and passive abilities. The only downside here was it didn’t seem like I had a limit with how many passive abilities I could use, so I could make a character that could be used for everything.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is fun and charming when it needs to be and is still able to tell a decent original story. As much as I love the MCU, I would’ve liked to see X-Men and FF characters in the game, with a roster of 200+ I can’t believe that they aren’t present. The story in the game in original but at times seems tedious and doesn’t exactly tell the player where to go leaving you stuck. Combat is simple, with some twists thrown in like being able to pair up with another hero for a double attack. Creating your own character is fun if you have ever had an idea for a new Marvel character. It’s also worth nothing that the Season Pass is adding levels from upcoming movies and TV shows like Runaways and Infinity War. Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is yet another Lego success, hopefully by the time we get another one, we’ll see Wolverine and the gang back on the roster!
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Review statement: The copy of this game was supplied by the developer for the sake of this review.