The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame has arrived with fun characters from the film and an open world full of imagination. Read on to find out if everything is awesome!
I’ve been playing LEGO titles since 1997’s LEGO Island, they’ve always made me feel like a kid again. The games transport the colourful building blocks I fondly grew up with into fun, humourous digital worlds. Imagine my excitement then when The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame tie-in drops just a few short weeks following the LEGO film!
The video game title is closely based on the theatrical release, doling out family fun with new characters, builds, puzzles and levels. If you’re hoping to continue your adventures with Emmet and the gang after the credits roll on the big screen, this game satisfies that itch with fun gameplay and hilarious one-liners to carry you through to the game. Buckle up as we dive deep into Emmet and friends latest adventure to see if “everything is awesome!” in their latest gaming adventure.
Solid, responsive controls
The game’s first level, Apocalypseburg, is fun to play through and gives you a feel for what the gameplay is about, which is wide-open exploration and building.
While LEGO games based on movies tend to be linear and follow the story, that’s not the case with The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame. Instead, the game is an open-world building experience at its core, much like LEGO Worlds, a game itself inspired by Minecraft. The biggest region for building is Syspocalypstar where you construct entire neighbourhoods. Afterward, you can populate them with vehicles and other mini-figures that you find from other parts of LEGO Movie 2’s universe. The game introduces goggles that let you scan your surrounding, including nearby objects, to add to your build inventory.
As we’ve come to expect with Traveller’s Tales LEGO games, the controls are responsive and accessible in a plastic universe filled with lots to explore. The title features a drop-in/drop-out couch co-op mechanic making it a family-friendly experience, and one my son and I enjoyed immensely!
As you progress through the game, you’ll get story and side missions that you need to complete to claim purple bricks. These allow you to move forward in your quest to save your friends from the alien menace Duplo, the same antagonists from the animated film.
Along the way, you’ll find chests scattered throughout the world with studs, bricks, and loot crates. The loot crates are especially interesting as you can take them to your nearest shop to claim new characters, weapons, and buildings for your world. This unlocking system grew on me as I could obtain modern or retro LEGO pieces to enhance my in-game LEGO creations.
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Graphics: a brick-by-brick look
The graphics in the game are very blocky… get it? It’s a LEGO game, of course they are! Now that we’ve gotten the corny dad jokes out of the way let’s take a close look at the graphics. If you are a veteran LEGO gamer, you’ll instantly recognize the game’s brick-built aesthetic and rich palette of colours. Furthermore, characters are animated well and in-game effects, like water, look great, but the environments they live in leaves something to be desired. The large swaths of levels are fairly empty and plain, lacking the character and polish found in other more linear LEGO titles.
On the plus side, the environments span a variety of interesting biomes, from post-apocalyptic wastelands, to asteroids, and giant LEGO sandboxes to play in. If you enjoy the visuals from the movie, this title does a great job of recreating that experience.
Everything is sounding awesome!
The excellent sound design brings the movie-going experience into the game with characters that sound close to their Hollywood counterparts. While I would have preferred having the original cast lend their voices, the sub-in actors do a good job bringing the world to life. Hilarious one-liners from characters like Rex Dangervest are delivered just like in the movie, adding to the fun, playful attitude we love from the series.
The various riffs on the iconic “Everything is Awesome” theme song helped to keep my four-year-old riveted throughout our playthrough. We also enjoyed the familiar clattering of LEGO pieces, especially the rapid-fire LEGO building sounds, which are as satisfying as ever. Weapons like the sticker gun make funny “plunking” sounds when fired and the assortment of buildings and vehicles come together with satisfying clicks and snaps just like the real bricks, adding authenticity to the LEGO world we built.
Final thoughts: The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame
The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame is aimed squarely at younger fans who enjoyed LEGO Worlds, an open-level experience where you build your own world. The collectibles are ultra-addictive and fun to seek out, allowing you to drop them into your builds to create more elaborate LEGO cities.
Instead of rehashing the linear experience from the first LEGO Movie game, the sequel offers up something entirely new and different. This fresh experience might not be what I expected, but it provided a lot of family fun and we enjoyed the open-world direction. Despite its technical issues, there is still plenty of fun to be had especially with a co-op couch partner. Now get out there and save your plastic pals from the alien menace!
The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame – Pros:
- Fun, family adventure that includes hilarious movie moments
- Colourful open worlds with variety in the scenery
- Many characters to choose from, and dozens of options to create your own player
The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame – Cons:
- Abundant screen tearing
- Very small draw distance that has objects frequently “pop-in”
- Poor framerate and camera issues often arise
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