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LEGO City Undercover (Xbox One)

Posted by GG Goblin On April - 27 - 2017

Everything is awesome with Chase McCain.

LEGO City Undercover, from developers TT Games, originally launched way back in 2013 as an exclusive on Nintendo’s Wii U. It was, and still is, one of the best non-Nintendo games on that platform. It is also one of the best LEGO games in recent years, due largely to not following the familiar LEGO template. Now, all these years later, Warner Bros have finally released LEGO City Undercover on some new platforms. Will the passing of time take the shine from this awesome LEGO adventure? Is Chase McCain too long in the tooth to be chasing criminals around a LEGO city? Well, the short answer is no. For the slightly longer answer, keep reading…


There have been a huge number of different LEGO titles released over the years across every platform imaginable, and anyone who has played a previous LEGO will have some idea what to expect in LEGO City Undercover. The world is made of LEGO bricks and the player is encouraged to smash everything they see to gather the highly prized studs that are released. They will also be expecting plenty of humour and a low difficulty level. In this respect, LEGO City Undercover is one of the funniest LEGO games around, and it is also one of the easiest, making it ideal for family friendly gaming sessions.

So, in some ways LEGO City Undercover is just like all of the other LEGO games. However, in other ways, it is very different.

LEGO City Undercover doesn’t follow the LEGO game template as closely as the other games do. Perhaps most importantly, the game is not following a licensed theme. There are no famous super heroes or movie characters in the game. That being said, TT Games have managed to slip a theme in, that being of cops and robbers. Through this theme, the game manages to make references to many cop movies that perhaps older gamers would remember, while also poking fun at the whole genre in general. Older gamers will constantly be finding references to laugh about, while younger gamers will not be left out as the situations and characters are plenty funny without needing to know about the source material.


The other major way in which LEGO City Undercover departs from the usual LEGO template is in the way it is set out. The game plays much more like a kids version of Grand Theft Auto. The city is a living and breathing open world for the player to enjoy. The citizens go about their business, often muttering to themselves, and the player is free to make use of all manner of different modes of transport, although some of the more impressive vehicles are locked off until later in the game. Driving around the city is great fun, and there are plenty of opportunities for destruction in the pursuit of studs.

For the story, ace cop Chase McCain returns to the city after being away for a while. He is called back to recapture his arch nemesis Rex Fury, who just happens to have escaped prison and is the boss behind a city-wide crime spree. Not everyone is pleased to see Chase return, but despite this, he will have to make use of his policing skills and his multiple disguises, which each give him a new ability to use, to track down Rex and bring him to justice.

The main story missions roll from one to another, triggered by traveling to the next highlighted point on the map. The missions provide the player with set pieces that will involve a fair amount of platforming and combat. The platforming is light and easy, and the fighting is simple with just a melee attack and a dodge. Each of these mission levels will have to be completed in order, but players can go back to the previous levels should they want to find things they may have missed the first time around.


Outside of the main missions, the majority of gameplay revolves around collecting stuff, such as hidden bricks and studs. The game world may be small in the open world genre, but it is absolutely packed with secrets and surprises. Much of the fun outside of the main story will involve the use of different disguises to access certain abilities, and these will need to be unlocked before they can be used, so there is plenty of reason to go back into the game after the end credits roll.

Above everything else, LEGO City Undercover is just great fun. It manages to pack in so much imagination, and the gameplay, while simplistic, allows the player to take in all of the love that has gone into making this game. Despite the fact that the game has been ported from the Wii U, it still looks great and it plays smoothly. It’s nothing ground-breaking, but the LEGO games never have been, and the game feels like it belongs on the new consoles. The only real thing that has been added for this new version of LEGO City Undercover is a co-op mode. For most gamers, this new mode will be completely pointless as it really adds nothing to the gameplay aside from an additional Chase McCain running round the city. However, for younger players who can get lost in just roaming the city and causing havoc, the addition of co-op is a stroke of genius. I can imagine youngsters passing the hours in LEGO City, smashing things up and creating their own impromptu games.


LEGO City Undercover was great on the Wii U, and it is still great on the Xbox One. It doesn’t look old or out of place, and is a barrel of laughs to play. If you already own the game on Wii U, there is little reason to pick up the game again on another console. However, for those who didn’t have a Wii U or passed on the game, if you have ever enjoyed a LEGO game, LEGO City Undercover is one of the best and shouldn’t be missed.




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