Hearing the term “Lego video games,” almost everyone thinks of the titles released under license by TT Games for about ten years. However, the company produces these games since 1997 (or 1995, if we count Lego Fun to Build, An exclusive title from Japan). Although Lego continues to create games with its properties, it is best known for the work it does with other brands; specifically, LucasArts, Marvel and DC. Of the many options that exist in the market, these are our favorites.
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Lego City Undercover
Lego City Undercover It is a unique case in the current offer of Lego games. Since Lego star wars, the brand has focused more than anything on licensed games, with some other thing created for mobile devices or PC. But Lego City Undercover is the first complete Lego game set in Lego City, a city from which the company develops block sets since 1991.
Originally, Lego City Undercover It was released as an exclusive title for Wii U, released by none other than Nintendo. Since then it has been remastered and is available for PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One.
Before Lego entered the licensed gaming market, it offered a variety of series inspired by Lego’s physical product lines. One of these was Lego racers, a series consisting of three installments that unfortunately went extinct in the days of PS2. The first game, simply titled Lego racers, was originally released for PC in 1999, before hitting the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation that same year.
As a racing game it is not very good. However, it is hilarious. The style of Lego racers it is very similar to that of Mario Kart, but with the twist that here you create your own vehicles. You can completely customize your car; There is also a custom driver’s license and custom drivers.
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
This is the first title in the series of Lego star wars that focuses on a specific film. Here we cover what happens in The Force Awakens, plus some transition material between this and Return of the Jedi. Also included are the voices for the film’s cast, with Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford reprising their roles.
In terms of gameplay, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens It is very similar to previous installments. Riddles must be solved and enemies must be destroyed along a series of linear levels. However, a mechanic is new: In other games it was often necessary to split Lego blocks from structures in order to advance to the next level. Here too, but it is possible to build certain structures in different ways to access new parts of a level.
For the undecided, Lego Dimensions it is proof that you can have it all. Instead of a single franchise, this game includes characters from all the franchises that Lego has official games for, and some new ones as well. It is a game of the genre known as toys to life and although Lego is no longer releasing content packs, there are still many sets available ranging from The Simpsons until Mission: Impossible and even The Goonies.
The model toys to life works great on Lego Dimensions. If you’ve ever played a Lego title, you already know the format. Whether alone or with a friend, you will go through linear levels, solving puzzles and beating the bad guys. The twist is that at each level you will unlock instructions that will help you build the set you have purchased.
Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7
The two sets of Lego Harry Potter They are excellent, but like the books, the last three years are the ones that focus on the core of the series. Also, this one looks better than the first one and has a darker shade (although the characteristic Lego humor is still there, intact).
In this game we see the events that occur from The Order of the Phoenix until The Deathly Hallows, with elements from books and movies. In addition to the usual riddles and matches, you can learn and use enchantments from books and unlock over 100 characters, many of whom have unique abilities.
Lego Lord of the Rings
Lego Lord of the Rings, another title linked to a movie linked to a book, was released in 2011 during the heyday of licensed Lego games. This same year Lego also launched Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 and Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, While allegedly developing Lego Batman 2, which went on sale the following year. But despite this seemingly hectic cycle of developments and releases, Lego Lord of the Rings It is one of the best titles that came out of the Traveler’s Tales studio.
Here we see the events that have occurred since The Fellowship of the Ring until The Return of the King. From a graphic point of view, the game looks excellent despite its age. The effects of light and weather are particularly noteworthy.
Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes
Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes It is a milestone in the series. It is the first title to include full voice acting, setting aside the grunts and sighs from previous games. The voice cast is excellent, with the talents of Troy Baker and Clancy Brown, among others, and the music lives up to it. Lego Batman 2 includes compositions from the score created by Danny Elfman for the film Batman 1989 and John Williams’ work for Superman in 1978.
In short, it was a kilometer breakthrough in terms of the level of production for Lego games. And it was also a kilometric advance in gameplay. Lego Batman 2 is an open world title that lets you explore Gotham City with over 70 DC Comics characters.
This is the first title that came from Japan to North America. The first game the Lego brand used, Lego Fun to Build, was launched exclusively in Japan in 1995. It was until 1997 that the United States and other territories had Lego island in your hands.
Although the style of play is very different from today’s Lego games, the jovial tone of the franchise is present. In it, you tour an island of Lego from a first-person perspective, completing missions that have to do with delivering pizzas, competing in jet ski races and more. It is a non-linear game that does not have a specific plot or objectives, but it is not for that reason less fun. Occasionally a physical copy appears on Amazon or eBay, although there are also online shareware versions.
Lego island 2 It is also great and much easier to find. It came out in 2001 for PC and PlayStation.
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
The first contact of many with Lego games was Lego star wars. Before the release of the first game in 2005 there were only a handful of licensed Lego games and they were all expansions for Lego Creator. Lego star wars, and the following year, Lego Star Wars II, changed the trajectory of the Lego brand, initiating an era of quirky licensed video games.
The complete Saga, released a year after Lego Star Wars II, includes both games. This means that you will have access to episodes I-VI, although unfortunately nothing else after that. An updated collection for PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, slated for 2020, will include everything from The Phantom Menace until The Rise of Skywalker.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes
Believe it or not, the best Avengers game comes from Lego, at least until Avengers Crystal Dynamics comes out this year. Not to be confused Lego Marvel Super Heroes with Lego Marvel’s Avengers; that’s a different game. This is a title set in the Avengers universe, with versions of Lego from New York City and Asgard, with a great lineup of characters and a unique story.
This is the first time that a Lego game offered so many characters that you can play with, with 180 characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe at your disposal. Also, Lego Marvel Super Heroes allows you to create your own superheroes to fight alongside the Avengers.
* Updated June 20, 2020 by Aron Covaliu