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GAME Talks: LEGO

LEGO has always managed to capture our nostalgic imagination. Developing from those classic brick building sets we all had when we were kids, LEGO has become so much more. In a world focused on technology and high octane-action games, it would have been easy to imagine LEGO being relegated to the region of collectors, gathering hosts of retro building sets and LEGO collections. Nothing could be further from the truth, LEGO has rode the wave of technology expertly.

Releasing popular feature films, such as the fantastic The LEGO Movie, LEGO has proven it's versatility in the digital age. Nowhere is this more evident than in gaming; LEGO has established itself as a big player on the gaming scene, with huge games including the likes of LEGO Harry Potter, LEGO Lord of the Rings and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.

The sheer range of scope available to LEGO means that it can move in any direction it wants. LEGO certainly shows no signs of slowing down; so we decided to have a look at the past, present and future of the franchise, and relive (or look forward) to some of the best moments LEGO has to offer.

The Building Blocks


Looking at some of the massive franchises that have had a LEGO release, it's unsurprising to see how successful the LEGO series is. With blockbuster movies getting the traditional LEGO treatment, the bricktastic style has garnered fans all around the world.

I was personally quite late into the LEGO mania. My first LEGO game was LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, on the PS4. It was actually the first game I purchased for the console, after I'd had some playing around on Killzone, I wanted something a little more light-hearted.

LEGO was the perfect answer to this need, with its unique brand of comedy, that you won't get anywhere outside of LEGO, Marvel Super Heroes brought a smile to my face on more than one occasion. It was a great entry into the history of LEGO games. With a great cast of heroes to choose from (I'd always choose Hulk though), easy to pick up controls, and a storyline that could easily fit any block-buster movie the game had me hooked.

I began to have a look back at any games I may have missed from LEGO. And boy, had I missed some great games. LEGO Harry Potter was a must for me, as a huge fan of the books (yet I still haven't seen the movies...) this was the first game I gravitated to after my super hero fuelled experience. Then came LEGO Lord of the Rings, and LEGO Star Wars.

I was, and still am, surprised by the sheer range of games that have been graced with a LEGO iteration. But they're hardly just reskins of franchises, LEGO blocks layered over movies. The LEGO games inject their own sense of humour and gameplay elements that wouldn't work outside of the world of LEGO.

If you haven't looked back over the range of LEGO games available, then take a look and I'm sure you'll find a LEGO game you're going to be dying to play!

Some Assembly Required



If, like me, you were a fan of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, then you must be aware of the newest release from LEGO, the recently launched Marvel Avengers game.

Inspired by the critically acclaimed movies, Marvel's The Avengers and Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, the LEGO game offers up an action-fuelled experience peppered with the unique humour we've come to expect from the franchise.

Building upon the tried and tested formula from LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Avengers offers a huge roster of characters to choose from. With over 100 new and returning characters, each with their own trademarked talents, the game has a huge replayability. Played through the majority of the game as Iron Man? Well then try out Hulk, Black Widow, or Captain America. With so much choice it's easy to get lost in the open world of the game.

The free-roam gameplay gives you a huge scope of activities to take part in. Go clean the streets of enemies, or take part in numerous side quests available. The game is a completionists nightmare! With so much to do, it'd be easy to sink hours upon hours into the game. From personal experience, I've already found myself planning to play an hour or so, only to realise about 5 hours later that I probably need to get some sleep before work...

If you want to find out more about LEGO Marvel Avengers, then why not check out our review here.

The Bricks Awaken



How good was Star Wars: The Force Awakens? If your answer is anything but absolutely fantastic, then you're wrong and should probably just skip this section.

The recent news that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be getting the LEGO treatment was met with great excitement around the GAME Head Office, I for one can't wait for this. Being a massive Star Wars fan boy, this is just the news I was hoping for. With LEGO already showing its ability to take on the Star Wars franchise, in LEGO Star Wars, this is shaping up to be something special.

Taking you deeper into the new film than any other game out there, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will see the new characters, such as Finn, Rey, and the mopey Kylo Ren, getting the LEGO makeover. It'll also offer six pre-Episode VII missions. Are you still wondering why C-3PO has a red arm in the new movie, well you'll be able to find out in LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The game offers some great new gameplay elements as well. There's an enhanced "Multi-Build" system which will allow gamers to choose multiple build options at once, allowing you to advance through the game at hyperspace speed. You'll also be able to engage in new Blaster Battles for the first time, take up your weapon and prepare to wipe out the First Order.

There's even the chance to fly a Millennium Falcon made entirely out of LEGO, what else do you need?

Building Towards the Future


We don't know what's going to come after LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens but with the huge scope available to the LEGO franchise it's sure to be something exciting. One of the best parts of the LEGO games is that can pretty much take on anything and turn it into a bricktastic adventure for all the family. A touch of nostalgia with a progressive outlook, the next LEGO game could be pretty much anything. I can't wait to find out what they choose to do next, until then I'll just sit here patiently waiting for LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens to be released. At least I have enough LEGO games lying around to keep me entertained until then.

Written by Alex Stevens

Published: 22/02/2016

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