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LEGO The Incredibles

Posted by GG Goblin On July - 2 - 2018

Super-heroic LEGO with a Pixar flavour.

 
LEGO fatigue is a thing. While it will take a lot more than a series of very similar videogames to tarnish my love of the brick, it can become a little tiresome starting up the next LEGO game only to find that it is pretty much the same as the previous one, just with a new coat of paint. TT Games will, at some point, have to shake the formula up and try something new to keep the fans happy.

 
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So, you may have guessed already that the latest LEGO tie-in game, LEGO The Incredibles, is following those LEGO games that came before. Players looking for something new in the LEGO formula will be disappointed. Players who have grown tired of smashing everything into studs will not find anything here to re-invigorate. And players who didn’t like previous LEGO games will not like this. Sorry, that’s just the way it is.

 
But for those who love collecting bricks, solving puzzles and beating up loads of bad guys, LEGO The Incredibles is a really good game. As is always the case, TT Games have put plenty of work into making this game authentic to the subject matter, which happens to be Pixar’s The Incredibles movies, while also dropping in some hefty doses of LEGO humour. It’s all cheesy fun, but feels perhaps a little closer to the source material this time around, maybe due to the comedic nature of the movies. Either way, it is funny as hell.

 
Fans of The Incredibles, or Pixar movies in general, will find a lot here to keep them smiling. Players will take control of Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Dash and Violet, along with a massive roster of other characters from The Incredibles world and beyond, as they fight hilarious bad guys.

 
Through a bunch of levels, players will loosely follow the events of the two movies, interestingly starting with the latest movie, The Incredibles 2, which opened in cinemas just recently. I am not sure why the developers wouldn’t have started with the first movie, but there you go. Anyway, the formula is as you would expect, beating up loads of bad guys and smashing the scenery into studs, while occasionally swapping between characters to use their own special abilities to solve puzzles.

 
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There are some impressive set pieces in the story levels, putting the player into some “incredible” situations. The LEGO games have always been family-friendly, and so it will come as no surprise that the difficulty in The Incredibles is set quite low, both with the comical fighting and the puzzle solving. That being said, thanks to the set pieces and powerful characters, it is quite empowering to play and the younger players out there, who are the real audience for the game, will get a kick out the game without any of the usual frustration.

 
The levels are great, if a bit mixed up in their layout, but it is the two open-world hubs that hold the real joy. These hubs, themed to fit in perfectly with the movies, hide all manner of collectibles, such as the elusive gold bricks and red bricks, along with a ton of distractions, including races. It has to be said that there is a certain amount of looseness to the driving in the game, but in many ways this adds to the chaos. There are also plenty of new characters to unlock in the hubs, including some from other Pixar movies, that really make it worthwhile exploring every nook and cranny.

 
Co-op play returns, which is perhaps the best way to any LEGO game, especially if it happens to be a younger player. There is something quite cathartic about running around with a younger player in a game like this, causing total mayhem. The idea of smashing all of the scenery into its component LEGO bricks is just as appealing as ever, and with new powers comes new ways to smash all of that scenery. All in all, it is another LEGO game.

 
But that means that it brings the same LEGO issues, most of which revolve around the camera. Sometimes, with so much LEGO filling the screen, the camera doesn’t sit very well and can block the view of whatever the player needs to see. This is even more of a problem when the camera gets close in tighter areas. But this is a recurring problem, and most fans of the LEGO games will have already made their piece with the quirky camera.

 
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LEGO The Incredibles is a great game, packed with action and laughs. It just happens to be near identical to every other LEGO game. Fans of the movies will certainly enjoy the fan service in the game, and the LEGO die-hards will lap it up no matter how many times they have seen it before. However, if you tire of the LEGO formula, then LEGO The Incredibles offers nothing new.

 

 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 



 

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