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The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game

Posted by GG Goblin On October - 5 - 2017

Bricks and Ninjas – what more could you want?

 
LEGO games have been around for an age now, with each new entry following the same basic formula and mixing up the gameplay just a little with new features. The main difference between the games as they have arrived on nearly every platform over the years, has been the license. From Star Wars and Harry Potter, to various super heroes or The Lord of the Rings, it has always been easy to pick up a LEGO game and know that you are going to have a good time.

 
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However, with the launch of a new LEGO movie based on the company’s Ninjago toy series, it is a lot more difficult to know what to expect in The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game. The movie is only just floating around at the cinemas, and unless you have small children, you may know nothing about this group of Ninjas. Sure, you may know roughly what to expect from the gameplay, but who are all of these characters, and why should you care? Surely the main reason for buying a LEGO video game is to find all of the fun ways that TT Games poke fun at your favorite on-screen heroes?

 
Well, put that to one side, because The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game happens to be pretty damn good. The story of a group of Ninjas, led by Master Wu, and their mission to protect the island of Ninjago from the evil Lord Garmadon and his Shark Army is really interesting. The main characters go on a journey through the course of the story, evolving both in character and ability, which makes them quite likable and fun to play as. Sure, they may not be as well known as Iron Man or Chewbacca, but they are still deep characters in themselves and the game does a good job of introducing them to the player. The game manages to pack in eight areas through which the player will adventure, and these areas are pretty big, offering plenty for the player to do. The main story follows the story from the movie, or so I am led to believe as I haven’t seen the movie yet, and is as cohesive as you would expect from a major cinema release.

 
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I won’t say that the story missions are the best part of the game, but they are certainly entertaining and packed with the humour that you would come to expect from a LEGO game. The Ninjago Movie Video Game makes some departures from the usual formula of LEGO games, and to be honest the puzzles seem to have fallen to the wayside. They tend to be of the “smash something to build something” or “use the right character’s special ability” that don’t really stretch the brain cells in any way, not that the puzzles in LEGO games have ever been particularly testing. They just feel a little unimaginative here.

 
But that’s no big deal, because more emphasis has been put on the combat in Ninjago. While the usual button mashing is still a thing, TT have expanded the combat to make it far more involving and enjoyable. There are a huge number of characters to use, and each of them has slightly different moves to play around with. The player is now able to chain moves together to build up a stud multiplier, and certain enemies will require a selection of different moves to defeat. There are even skill trees that the player can invest in with tokens they earn during the game, in order to further expand the abilities of their characters. The game embraces this emphasis on combat by including Dojos in certain areas that will have the player defeating waves of enemies before facing a boss. The best thing is that the combat is incredibly fluid, with the player being able to flip from one enemy to another, giving the impression of an accomplished Ninja.

 
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The fluidity follows through to the movement in the game. Exploring the different areas, which are packed to the gills with collectibles to find, players are able to wall jump and flip around all over the place with the grace and skill that befits a Ninja, moving at an impressive speed around these expansive playgrounds. The game also has plenty to do outside of the story, exploring and fighting, with all manner of side-quests and diversions to keep the player busy.

 
At the end of the day, Ninjago is still a LEGO game, and as such players will be smashing everything to pieces and collecting the studs by the thousands. There are more than 100 characters to unlock and, despite the fact that these are not well known characters, they are all fun. The game also looks better than the previous LEGO games, largely due I would imagine to only being released on the current gen consoles and PC. It is bright, colourful and largely entertaining.

 
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The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game may be a movie tie-in game, but it is also a LEGO game. Fans of Ninjago will be happy with the authenticity, while fans of LEGO games will know more or less what to expect. There are some tweaks to the standard LEGO video game formula here, with more emphasis on the combat which is really welcome. Following the story from the movie and the fact that this is not based on a much loved franchise does take the shine off a bit. That being said, if you are in the market for a new LEGO game and just can’t wait for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game ticks the stud-filled boxes for fun.

 

 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 



 

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