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First DLC packs announced for LEGO Marvel’s Avengers

Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment have announced that the first downloadable content packs for LEGO Marvel’s Avengers will be available on March 29 for season pass holders. The Classic Captain Marvel & Level Pack and The Masters of Evil Character & Level Pack will both be available from the 29th and will offer players new characters, levels and vehicles. These character packs are the first of many to come as part of the Season Pass dlc content for Lego Marvel’s Avengers of which more detail is outlined below.

  • Classic Captain Marvel Character & Level Pack – After an exploding alien machine grants her amazing super powers, Carol Danvers became the interstellar Super Hero known as Captain Marvel! Now, when arch-enemies reappear in her life, it’s up to Captain Marvel to save the city of New York. This pack features eight playable characters, a new vehicle, and one new level.

Characters and vehicles included: Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel’s Skycycle, Helen Cobb’s Plane,Kang The Conqueror, Magnitron, Moonstone, Poundcakes, Tic, Warbird, and Wonder Man

  • Classic The Masters of Evil Character & Level Pack 
    Baron Zemo and his Masters of Evil are up to no good when they attempt to lure out the Avengers and defeat them in this re-telling of the classic 1963 comic book adventure. This pack features 11 playable characters and one new level.

Characters and vehicles included: Baron Zemo, Black Knight (Dane Whitman), Black Knight (Nathan Garrett), Enchantress, Executioner, Iron Man (Classic), Melter, Radioactive Man, Thor (Classic), Valinor, and Whirlwind

  • Classic Black Panther Character & Level Pack
    In a re-telling of T’Challa’s origin story, Black Panther and his sister Shuri must evade the chaos of an invasion of their home country Wakanda and save their mother from the clutches of the villainous Klaw. This pack features nine playable characters, one new vehicle, and one new level.

Characters and vehicle included: Aragorn, Black Knight (Augustine du Lac), Black Panther, Black Panther Skybike, Dora Milaje Warrior, Killmonger, Man-Ape (M’Baku), Shuri, Ulysses Klaw (Classic), and White Wolf

  • All-New, All-Different Doctor Strange Character & Level Pack 
    Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange and his powerful ally Clea must travel to the Dark Dimension and fend off the villainous Mordo and Dormammu. This pack features eight playable characters and one new level.

Characters included: Baron Mordo, Clea, Doctor Strange, Doctor Voodoo, Dormammu, Jennifer Kale, Mindless One Warrior, and Night Nurse

  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Character & Level Pack 
    The team finds itself in a dangerous position after failing to make peace with the enigmatic Inhumans. The Inhumans have now occupied the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier and it’s up to the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to neutralize the threat and uncover the secrets of Afterlife. This pack features 13 playable characters, one new vehicle, and one new level.

Characters and vehicle included: Agent Daisy Johnson, Agent Leo Fitz, Agent Koenig, Agent Melinda May, Agent Bobbi Morse, Agent Jemma Simmons, Cal Johnson/Mr. Hyde, Deathlok, Gordon, Grant Ward, Jiaying, Lincoln, Raina, and The Bus

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Classic Black Panther, Doctor Strange and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D character packs will be available later this spring and if that wasn’t enough Season Pass holders will also get free access to three more additional Character Packs;

  • The Avengers Explorer Character Pack, featuring Iron Skull, Scuba Iron Man, and Space Iron Man
  • The Avengers Adventurer Character Pack, featuring Hyperion, Scuba Captain America, and Space Captain America
  • Thunderbolts Character Pack, featuring Atlas, Citizen V, Jolt, Mach V, Meteorite, Songbird, andTechno

All DLC packs will be available to buy individually for £2.49 each or you can pick up the Season Pass for £7.99. For more information on LEGO Marvel’s Avengers check out their official website or why don’t you check out what our very own Rich had to say in his review of the game?

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers review

The absolutely stunning Avengers film hit the silver screen in 2012 with immense critical success. What was surprising is that TT Games didn’t follow up the film’s release with their special brand of LEGO humour, instead we saw LEGO Marvel Super Heroes the following year.

One thing I love most about the LEGO games (besides the fact it’s LEGO) is the awesome humour – taking iconic scenes from the films they are based on and having fun with them. This was lost in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. Without that anchor point I didn’t enjoy the game as much. LEGO Marvel’s Avengers set this to rights by going back to what the series has done best – focusing around the films.

The game follows the story arc of the Avengers films, kicking things off with the opening scene of Age of Ultron before flashing back to the first film. Scenes from Captain America’s films are beautifully woven in making the game feel like a new story while still centering on the Avengers cinematic story – it’s a shame that TT Games couldn’t weave in more moments like this, instead opting to bring in scenes from Iron Man 3, Thor the Dark World and Captain America The Winter Soldier as extra missions accessible via the world map. Just like the many Marvel films, Stan Lee gets some great cameos throughout the game, and there are LEGO versions of the end credit extra scenes.

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Before you embark on a story mission, there’s a smaller hub area to play in – some of which are available to explore further when in between missions. These serve as small introductions to each story, either tasking you with building a useful item or getting the team ready for the challenge that waits. Further exploration in these hub worlds when in between missions includes the usual gold brick and extra character collection, plus the option to play several side missions, some of which are as entertaining as the main game’s levels.

Levels are perfectly pitched. They’re not too long and stay creative enough to keep my interest – it’s a shame I couldn’t have said the same for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. The hub worlds are excellent and it was fun exploring Tony Stark’s Malibu Island or flying around Asgard. LEGO Manhattan returns and while it feels a little too familiar, new challenges and side missions await – and damn there’s a lot to do.

Combat is fluid if a little tiresome with the incessant bashing of the attack button – a team-up move does help to alleviate this slightly, which can be pulled off once a meter is filled. Classic team combination moves from the films are recreated, as well as new combination moves from the main Avengers team – perfect for instakills when you get surrounded.

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The roster has seen an overhaul too. Removing Spiderman, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, and The Guardians of the Galaxy, and their many allies and villains – a shame – but in their place is a whole new roster of the lesser-known Marvel characters plucked straight from the comics. Great for fans of paper, but not so much for those only familiar with the star-studded line up of the cinematic world of Marvel.

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers isn’t all Hollywood glitz. Boss battles are disappointing button prompt mashes and the sound mix is rather iffy. Character lines have been sampled directly from the movies and sounds muffled, when these are delivered against the new sound effects and one liners, it sounds pretty terrible.

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LEGO Marvel’s Avengers does exactly what you might expect from a LEGO game. There’s a ton of characters to unlock, lots of things to collect and a whole world of cinematic Marvel to laugh at – but it doesn’t offer anything particularly new, retreading old LEGO ground in Marvel’s boots. However, the film to LEGO humour is spot on with interesting levels that are pitched at the right length. I’ll certainly be mopping up all side quests, collectibles and rescuing Stan Lee to 100% this one!

Thanks to Xbox and Stature PR for their support

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Take LEGO Jurassic World for a spin

If you haven’t delved into the world of LEGO dinosaurs with LEGO Jurassic World, then you can grab a demo now for Xbox One. Dave scored the game 78% when he reviewed the title upon its release, saying:

It’s not perfect and there are plenty of bugs that will see you having to restart levels, such as getting characters stuck. But if Jurassic Park has been part of your life then it’s hard not to want to play this.

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LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Arrow DLC available now

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I must admit to really enjoying the LEGO game franchise. Their quirky humour and fun but challenging gameplay seems to appeal to the child lurking somewhere in the depths of my tortured soul.

It comes as no surprise then, that I find the LEGO Batman series one of the most enjoyable from any already enjoyable set and now, it could be just that little bit more enjoyable with the release of the Arrow DLC pack.

This features yet another playboy billionaire (where do they get them from?) in the form of Green Arrow’s alter ago, Oliver Queen, who was stranded on an island with his only goal to survive. He’s not on his own though, joined by Arrow series favourites, Slade Wilson, Malcolm Merlyn and Black Canary amongst others. The good news for fans of the TV series, Green Arrow, is that Arrow himself is voiced by Stephen Amell, who also appeared in Injustice: Gods Among Us as Arrow.

The Arrow DLC is available now as a separate download or as part of the Season Pass for the title.

Check out the trailer for the DLC below.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Review

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There has always been something special about any medium that is selected to get the LEGO Game treatment. From Star Wars to Harry Potter, Indiana Jones to Pirates of The Caribbean, Batman to Lord of The Rings, LEGO games have been a guilty pleasure for me over the years that when I first heard that Marvel was to get the LEGO make over I was literally smiling for days.

LEGO Marvel Superheroes is the latest game from ‘Traveller’s Tales’ and much like LEGO Batman 2 DC Superheroes last year, its a game that seeks to bring the large Marvel Universe of locations and characters together in a game. With all recent success of Marvel big screen films, the timing of this game is spot on for both Marvel and gamers. The best LEGO games have always found the right balance from the original source material they are using but also catering to the passion for that material from its fans, so has LEGO Marvel Superheroes found the right balance?

The introduction to the story shows Galactus feeling hungry and send his herald, The Silver Surfer, to find him a planet on which to feed on. The Silver Surfer finds Earth, but is detected and attacked by Doctor Doom, crash landing to Earth and captured by Doom. The attack leads to the creation of Cosmic Bricks, which Doctor Doom learns can power an ultimate weapon of destruction and calls on all the super villains of the Marvel Universe to seek out and collect the Cosmic Bricks for him. But S.H.I.E.L.D is also aware of the Cosmic Bricks and first sends out the Avengers to prevent Doctor Doom gaining the power of the Cosmic bricks.

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The opening level to the game is the same as the playable demo that was released in late October. As the player you begin by controlling perhaps the two most popular characters from Avengers Assemble film, Iron Man and Hulk as they go on a mission to rescue hostages from The Sandman and Abomination villains who are demanding a Cosmic Brick for the release of the hostages. Immediately you can see just how much detail has been focused on getting the LEGO Versions of the Marvel characters. From the look to their movement animations, the LEGO models of Iron Man and Hulk are beautifully put together and very true to their original versions with inspiration clearly taken from Avengers Assemble. Although the voices are not provided by their Hollywood versions, the sarcasm and cocky attitude of Tony Stark is recognisable and Hulk is a more friendly feeling character shown in the interactions between Iron Man and Hulk and facial expressions in cut scenes.

Of course, no superhero can do without their super powers and abilities and this is where the great attention to detail by Traveller’s Tales pays off for Marvel fans. As you would expect, The Hulk is super strong and powerful, able to power smash multiple objects and enemies as well as being able to pick up large objects to throw as weapons. I cannot do justice to how satisfying it is to hear Hulk cry out “HULK SSMMAASSHH” as he jumps and smashes down on enemies and objects with destructive majesty.Another nice touch is that as Hulk you can also turn back into Bruce Banner. Now whilst Banner has no real superpowers, he is capable of using switches that as the Hulk you are unable to use due to his massive size. The transformation animation from Hulk to Banner and back to Hulk is great to see on screen as a fan and is a really great touch. As Iron Man you have the ability to fly, enabling great exploration of the levels. He can also shoot his repulsors as projectile attacks and using his Unibeam as his most powerful attack requiring charging.

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Key to how those superpowers are used are the playing environments of the levels. From the now traditional ‘destroy everything and collect LEGO pegs’ to the puzzles which require the combination of the different abilities per character and the game recreates the world of New York and the well known locations of the Marvel extremely well. Each puzzle requires a certain power or ability to unlock such as computer switches that can only be accessed by a character with high intelligence like Tony Stark or Reed ‘Mr Fantastic’ Richards. Other will require a character with super strength to move an object or to throw it to activate a switch so requires a character like Hulk or The Thing. If a new ability is needed to progress further in the level then its designed for an extra playable character to be added to the mix to allow progression. As in the first opening story eve, Spider-Man is added towards the end so his ability to shoot web lines to bring down environmental objects and his abilities are much needed when battling Sand Man for the final boss encounter of that level.

As you move through the level you will come across puzzles which will require a power which you will not have access to until you have returned to that level during Freeplay mode which enables the player to replay any level once completed but having the freedom to select any character that they have unlocked during play. This is the only way to gather all the collectibles in each level and will keep you coming back time and time again as you explore and enjoy the different combination of characters that the roster of over 160 Marvel characters will provide.

One of the aspects I enjoyed most with LEGO Marvel Superheroes is the free roam option between story missions that allows you to explore New York from street level to soaring through the skies with a flying powered character. By just going off story and exploring I was able to discover amazing treats such as the Stark Tower, the Baxter building and home of the Fantastic Four and the Daily Bugle. The Marvel HQ that is in New York is included. Going free roam enables you to collect more characters, Gold bricks and vehicles which can be unlocked by completing more mini games such as races or defeating a number of enemies in a certain time limit or hitting switches in the right order again within a time limit. You will also come across people scattered around the world that will serve as quests for you, which require you to seek out an object that they have lost, find it based on the clues they provide during the conversation and return which will reward you with a Gold brick or a new character.

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From the S.H.I.E.L.D Hellicarrier to the streets of New York, the game successfully puts you as the player in the Marvel Universe. There is just so much to do in this game that to me it feels as big as my first great LEGO game Star Wars the Complete Saga, and that had six films to draw from. The story flows fluidly and the introduction to new characters as heroes or villains opens up the world just so brilliantly that each new level and part of the story provides a new challenge for those who know the Marvel universe really well or for those who only know it from the big screen films. The game makes references to the comic books, animated TV Series and films for the look and style of each character, with nice little nods that provide nice fanservice for long term Marvel fans. The various locations used are all recognisable and well used to provide a really solid and great game experience which is enhanced when all the elements come together.

Which is why it is such a great shame that the game does fall down on one aspect that I was most hoping for and pretty much just expecting to be included as standard, the lack of online Co-op play. It still has local co-op but it would have just been so epic to have been able to share the LEGO Marvel experience with a friend over Xbox LIVE. Previous games have used it whilst others have not. For example LEGO Lord of the Rings does not feature online Co-op but then LEGO Batman 2 DC Superheroes, which is the DC equivalent of LEGO Marvel Superheroes, does have online Co-op, which makes the absence of it this game all the more confusing and lessens what could have been one of the best LEGO Games experiences with the series.

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Overall LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is a great addition to the series and for me as a long term fan of the LEGO game series one of the best examples of their style of games. There is so much to do in this game from the story itself to play through to free playing the levels with new characters to just free roaming around the world exploring and gathering collectibles. The Marvel universe and all its many characters are recreated lovingly in this game with great respect and knowledge of the material whilst also keeping to the traditional attention to detail that the LEGO games are known for. I completely loved this game and can easily return to experience it all again.

It is a must have game for any Marvel Fan of any age and it is as rewarding to experience as a game as it is to read a comic book or watch a Marvel film. The lack of online Co-op is a real shame and stops it from perhaps being the best game in the series right next to LEGO Star Wars The Complete Saga, but it is still one of the best and most satisfying game experiences I have enjoyed in 2013.

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LEGO MARVEL Superheroes – Launch Trailer

Get ready for some big brick-smashing action!   LEGO Marvel Super Heroes launches soon in the UK for Xbox 360  on November 15th for UK and Europe. Published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by TT Games in partnership with The LEGO Group and Marvel Entertainment, it will  also be a launch title for  Xbox One scheduled to release in UK on 22nd November.

In LEGO  Marvel Super Heroesplayers take on the role of their favourite Marvel characters like Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wolverine, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk, as they assemble to battle against some of the most menacing Marvel Super Villains, including dastardly Doctor Octopus, the ghastly Green Goblin, the ruthless Red Skull, the vicious Venom, Thor’s vexing brother, Loki, as well as the Devourer of Worlds, Galactus.  Players will unlock more than 100 playable characters, including Mystique, Elektra, Mandarin, Silver Samurai, Malekith, Aldrich Killain or Super-Skrull.  Players can also choose from a plethora of magnificent bonus hero characters, such as the heroic Guardians of the Galaxy, the Punisher, Captain Britain, Squirrel Girl and Deadpool.

Among the featured characters included in the game is Stan “The Man” Lee himself. Players will be able to rescue him from perilous predicaments and unlock him as a super-powered playable character.  And for the first time in a LEGO game, players can clobber and smash bricks harder than ever before with super-sized LEGO big figures like Colossus, Lizard, Juggernaut, Blob, Red Hulk, Iron Man’s Hulkbuster Armor, Rhino, the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing and more.

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Review

I need to make an admission. It’s an admission that I’m afraid will do nothing but enhance my current level of nerdosity in the eyes of my friends, colleagues and peers (my family already know the score.)

Ahem……I’m a big fan of all things mysterious.

There, I said it. UFO’s, Nessie, Yeti’s, Bigfeet (that is the plural of Bigfoot isn’t it?), Beasts of Bodmin and other remote moorlands, ghosts, aliens, conspiracies, the successful career of Keanu Reeves, Wayne Rooney’s hairdo, the allure of plain crisps and Lego.

Yes, Lego.

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