It can be argued that the best Lego games are the ones inspired by our favourite super heroes. The original Lego Marvel Super Heroes has a terrific open-world with an abundance of amazing characters to play with, and its sequel throws more bricks at you than you’ll know what to do with.
If you’re familiar with Lego games, then don’t expect this one to break any new ground. A smorgasbord of characters to choose from is where much of the fun comes from, and there’s more than enough — it’s a challenge in itself just trying them all out! Following an all-new original adventure, you’ll play as various heroes as they travel to different worlds and eras to battle the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror. There’s plenty of fan-service and the story is decent, but don’t expect to be blown away by it — it’s made to be easily understood by children, after all!
The same, familiar formula is left intact here, and there’s no deviation from what we’ve come to expect from the Lego games. You’ll still be fighting enemies and creating various objects, but there is one glaring issue I have with this game. I’ve had this with a few Lego games, but it seems worse here. Now, readers, I would consider myself an experienced gamer and, of course, this game poses very little challenge, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get lost countless times.
Directions are vague and so if you skip the text box that comes up and not realise who you have to specifically be, and what you have to specifically do, then you’ll be left wandering around whilst waiting for the hint box again. I found this to be happening a couple of times per mission, and it killed the flow of the game. Maybe I could always pay more attention, but sometimes it’s simply not clear enough and I imagine some children will get stumped a little by this. It’s not hard, but it’s not particularly helpful either. Other than that, it’s a game where you can easily chill out where you can enjoy the banter and dozens of Marvel’s most incredible heroes coming together to battle the world’s latest threat. It’s great fun for all ages, although I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I did the first game.
There’s not much improvement regarding visuals either. There’s a surprising amount of screen-tear for a game that can’t be pushing the PS4 in any notable way, and it’s a shame as it’s rather pretty game. The models are animated and expressive in cutscenes, despite their obvious limitations in being Lego, and each character has been faithfully re-created in brick form. Seeing so many iconic areas appear is wonderful and some characters have several different models (such as Spider-Man having so many iterations), and with so much to see and collect there’s easy justification in returning to replay missions. Objects which need to be destroyed to proceed are highlighted too, so you don’t have to mindlessly smash everything.
The voice-acting is hit or miss. I’m not too fond of Spider-Man’s and Star-Lord’s voices, and they sound overly American and more high-pitched as to what I’m used to for these characters. It somewhat fits because they mostly only have one-liners here, as do many of the characters, but they aren’t quite the depictions I’d like — that said, with so many characters it’s not as if any of them are going to have real depth, but I’m not expecting that from a Lego game. Voice-acting is solid across the board though, and it’s more the direction I have issue with. The soundtrack is fitting and they’re what you’d expect from a superhero IP at this point — energetic, sweeping orchestral scores will accompany you on your world-spanning journey.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 could’ve done with a few more months in development but if you’re a fan of Lego games, or looking for something to play as a family, then this game will suit your needs and provide hours upon hours of enjoyment. I can’t look over my frustration with the vague directions of the game and the consistent screen-tearing though, and it’s not the most fun I’ve had with a Lego game. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it, and I’ll be returning to it and its abundance of colourful content, but it’s a shame that it doesn’t feel as polished as other Lego games do.