Come and get your Lego love.
At E3 2017, we got a sneak peek at the upcoming Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2. I’ve long been a fan of the franchise, dating back to its inception with the original Lego Star Wars games.
My gameplay demo is presumably the first level in the game. In Marvel Super Heroes, the game isn’t tied to any Marvel Cinematic Universe film, but rather borrows influence from both the films and comics alike. I began the playthrough as Star Lord, Gamora, and Drax. Yet another day-saving conundrum is on our hands, as the Guardians have to work together to get out of a pickle.
The dynamic is exactly what you would expect out a Lego game. It looks, feels, and sounds just like most of what you have experienced in past iterations. The game throws an emphasis on team work more than ever before. You can switch seamlessly back and forth between characters or have a friend drop in for co-op. Each of the Guardians have different specials and abilities. Star Lord can blow things up with his blaster. Drax is not only extremely strong, but can destroy enemies with his dual blades. Gamora is somewhat of a combination of the two, as she is strong, quick with her weapon, and can jump to heights that other characters cannot.
Back to Star Lord for a moment – if you hold the circle button down on the PS4 Dualshock controller, he puts on his classic headphones, breaks out a stereo, and dances to a song from the popular Awesome Mix Vol 1. I let it run its course for about 15 seconds and just enjoyed every bit of watching Lego Star Lord dance around the screen to “Come & Get Your Love.” Pure bliss.
The next portion of the level brought in Rocket Raccoon and…..wait for it…..Baby Groot! At this point, all 5 Guardians are playable, and you must utilize each one in order to beat the level’s final boss. There is little more satisfying in a Lego game than going on a rampage as Baby Groot. Past Lego game tropes are present, such as filling up the meter up top by collecting Lego studs (I maxed mine out, I’m pleased to say). One thing in particular that helped to make combat so much fun was whacking an enemy to pieces and seeing comic-like bubbles and fonts appear on screen, such as “WHACK!” The game is embracing its comic book roots through and through.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 looks to be an exciting, family friendly sequel to one of the franchises most popular licenses. We can’t wait to get our hands on the full game when it comes out this Holiday season. For everything Lego, you’re already in the right spot – The Geekiverse.
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