Lego marvel’s Avengers
Saving the world, one brick at a time
Didn’t he just use to make cameos? There are so many collectables, unlockable costumes and whole scenes featuring Stan Lee in Marvel’s Avengers, he’s practically the star. His constant presence and cries of ‘excelsior!’ will either charm you or make you want to brick him. We hope it’s the former, because this might be the best Lego game yet. Also because we don’t want you to hurt Stan Lee.
Lego combat (finally) sees an improvement, with every character getting a special takedown: Loki turns invisible and then attacks from behind; Hulk rages out on any goon foolish enough to pick a fight with him. Even better are team-up moves, like having Thor strike Captain America’s shield for a killer shockwave. You’ll want to try more Avengers just to see them all.
One minute you’ll be shooting arrows and kicking Hydra agents to blocks as Hawkeye and Black Widow, the next the action will fly to Hulk and Thor, and you with it. Frequent switching between pairs keeps the pace up, and levels show a keen eye for cinematic action. Set-pieces, like the battle for New York, use slow-motion, explosions and Lego pedestrians running around screaming to capture the mad buzz of a superhero blockbuster. There’s little filler here – Traveller’s Tales skips to iconic scenes and focuses on getting them right.
It’s a shame that the production values falter at the voice acting. The main cast’s audio is ripped from the films, and with no new dialogue we’re left with surprisingly straight retellings of Assemble and Age of Ultron. Lines aren’t even recorded well, with music fading out as we strain to hear another whisper-quiet Robert Downey Jr quip.
Limited by the dialogue, TT settles for visual gags, like Thanos listening to his own Guardians of the Galaxy- style mix tapes, and even a kiss between Hulk and Tony Stark. It’s frequently funny and always charming, but we still wish this franchise had gotten the full Lego Batman- style skewering it deserved.
But it’s hard to stay disappointed at a game so generous. Over a hundred characters, huge hubworlds full of fun side quests (‘defy Odin by taking a selfie on his throne as the Hulk’) and some of the sprightliest Lego gameplay yet. Excelsior, indeed. OXM