LEGO City: Undercover Wii U
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Released on 28-Mar-2013
For the first time, the fan-favorite LEGO City vehicles and play sets come to life in LEGO® City: Undercover, exclusively for the new Wii U console. Players assume the identity of Chase McCain, an undercover detective armed with clever disguises. The mission is to put a stop to the fiendish Rex Fury and end his crime wave in LEGO City. As players run, drive and even fly through the city, they'll use the Wii U GamePad controller as a new police gadget.
LEGO City Undercover Features:
- The Wii U GamePad is woven seamlessly into the game-play experience. Players use it to scan for hidden clues and criminals, receive mission updates and place waypoints on an overhead city map that displays their position in real time.
- Experience LEGO City like never before. Players will encounter familiar play sets come to life as they explore the vast city, looking for clues to bring Rex Fury to justice.
- Players can go undercover with a variety of disguises, including a firefighter, a construction worker and even a robber, and use their unique abilities to solve puzzles and access new areas of the city.
- There are more than 100 vehicles for players to collect and use to explore the city, including sports cars, motorcycles and even aircraft.
- LEGO video games are known for their humor and parody, and LEGO City: Undercover delivers this and more with fully voiced characters and ambient crowds, bringing LEGO City to life.
The LEGO series of games has shifted millions of copies and won over kids and parents alike. Now it's stepping up a gear with the imminent release of Wii U exclusive LEGO City Undercover. Taking the role of top cop Chase McCain, you'll roam the open world of LEGO City, using the game pad to aid you in your detective work.
You'll also hear a few familiar voices as you explore, as cult British comedians Adam Buxton and Peter Serafinowicz are among the cast. Buxton plays a salty sea captain who keeps popping up during your adventure, while Serafinowicz voices a snooty British billionaire. American impressionist Josh Robert Thompson, best known over here for his "More Than Freeman" TV commercials, will also be on hand to send up a few celebrities along the way.
The game's comedy pedigree comes in part thanks to lead writer Graham Goring, who as well as a career in game design spent three and a half years as a standup comic.
LEGO City Undercover is due out on March 28th exclusively for Wii U. A prequel game, LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins, will follow for the 3DS.
Wii U owners should need little encouragement to pick up LEGO City Undercover, the open world romp from TT Games that's best described as a kid-friendly version of Grand Theft Auto without all the naughty bits, but just in case you were still on the fence, here's some news that might make up your mind.
As well as the standard edition of the game, you'll be able to pick up a special version which comes with a free minifigure of the game's hero, Chase McCain. Who he? He's the multi-talented cop and all-round good guy that players will control as he roams LEGO City trying to foil the fiendish plots of the villainous Rex Fury. Chase McCain won't be available anywhere else, making him a bit of a collector's item.
LEGO City Undercover is a Wii U exclusive, and uses the consoles swanky second screen for a variety of cool gameplay features. The Game Pad screen will double as a communicator, a scanner and a GPS depending on what Chase is doing on the TV.
LEGO City Undercover is due on 28th March. A spin-off, LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins, will be out on 3DS later this year.
Coming to Wii U, the most ambitious entry yet in the multi-million selling LEGO game series sees players taking on the role of Chase McCain, an undercover detective on a mission to apprehend the evil Rex Fury and end his crime wave in LEGO City.
Featuring an open-world design that owes a lot to Grand Theft Auto and fully voiced characters that help bring LEGO City Undercover to life, the game arms players with plenty of ways of getting around, a variety of disguises, and a number of close quarters moves with which to apprehend plastic villains.
Chase is a highly mobile hero who's able to parkour his way around the city to catch up with targets. It might not match Assassin's Creed's free running, but he can pull off numerous wall runs and swings which look great in motion. There will also be over 100 vehicles for players to use to explore the city looking for clues to bring bad guys to justice, from sports cars to motorbikes and even aircraft.
Chase will have access to multiple disguises, including firefighter and construction worker outfits, to aid him in his war on mini-figures in stripy shirts. Each of these will give players extra abilities, the most exciting of which we've seen is a thief disguise enabling him to break and enter to reach new areas.
Family-Friendly Crime Caper
The game is billed as a cute police drama suitable for young players and as yet we've seen no evidence of any gunplay, although chase does use a number of close quarters moves to take down targets. The action feels fluid and satisfying as he chases down perps, tackles them and in a single motion whacks on a pair of handcuffs, which results in the lawbreaker bursting into a shower of LEGO studs.
LEGO City Undercover utilises the Wii U's Game Pad controller as a new interactive police gadget. Seamlessly woven into the gameplay experience, it acts as a real-time GPS map, so players can literally hold up the tablet to scan the city for clues and criminals. It also serves as a direct link to police dispatch, allowing players to receive mission updates and other important information.
Unlike previous LEGO games, this open-world crime caper isn't based on popular licenses like Batman, Star Wars or Indiana Jones, tie-ins which offered instant context to their charming humour and gameplay. This could be viewed as a hurdle to overcome, but it certainly allows developer TT Fusion more creative freedom, and early viewings of the game have left us really excited about the prospect of an original adventure in LEGO City.
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