When LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 arrived I was happy for a number of reasons – the main one being that I didn’t have to watch my boys play the old game anymore, they’ve played well over a 100 hours of it!
The other reason was that since the release of the original game the LEGO titles have moved on and improved a great deal. Of course it’s still the same m formula that we’ve known for years, you’ll smash your way around various levels and then eventually swap between the hundreds of characters to use their special ability that allows you to solve puzzles.
The story is great, featuring Kang the Conqueror, it’s the first LEGO game story I’ve found interesting. Kang essentially steals various locations around the world to create his own world called Chronopolis. It creates a fantastic varied world, you’ll visit Medieval England, Ancient Egypt and even Midtown Manhattan. The variation encourages to explore much more and makes the game a whole lot better. Because there is so much to see and do it can feel a bit overwhelming at times and you can quickly get lost and the games struggles to direct you properly causing unnecessary confusion.
The whole Marvel world is embraced in this game, with all the famous characters we are all used to such as Spider-Man, Captain America and Iron Man but you’ll also get to play as lesser known characters including the Black Knight and Kraven the Hunter. Each character feels unique, from their movement to their abilities. Some have variations which will see Iron Man changing into his various loadouts, Spider-Man turning back to Peter Parker and even Captain American going medieval. You’ll end up using all the characters at some point on the road to getting 100% completion.
Taking inspiration from the LEGO Ninjago game there is a local multiplayer mode that lets up to four people play against each other. The two modes aren’t hugely exciting. One involves holding Infinity Stones to score points while the other one sees you throwing coloured blocks into bins. If you have children to play it’s good harmless fun that brings in a bit of competition.
The game looks fantastic, I played on the Xbox One X and I was impressed with the superb lighting, it really made each character stand out, Iron Man’s suit was a particular favourite of mine, it felt like you could see the fibre on Spider-Man’s suit too. There were a few audio issues in the game, some characters audio was a lot louder than the others but thankfully didn’t ruin the experience.
LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 is a big step up from the original game, there is much more variation to the gameplay and the world is interesting to explore. The campaign is well written and the comedy works on all levels. If you buy this for the kids there is plenty for them to discover and if they like any sort of Superheroes they will love playing this game.