The Lego series has been around for a long time. In 2005, we saw the first game in a long run of games featuring classic movie franchises, puzzles, and humor. 11 years is a long time, but the games are still wildly successful. Unfortunately, this latest game in the franchise fell a little flat for me.
Lego Avengers should not be confused with Lego Marvel Superheroes, the 2013 game featuring Marvel heroes battling Galactus and an assorted variety of villains. That was an original game that featured many of your favorite heroes and villains in a lighthearted adventure. Lego Avengers decided to go a different route – the story is based on the movie franchises, like Avengers, Age of Ultron, Captain America: The First Avenger and Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3, and Thor: The Dark World. The game goes through the majority of Marvel’s Avengers and Age of Ultron, with some content from the other movies available as side quests.
The gameplay is the same as it ever was – destroy this, build that, collect the Lego studs, save Stan Lee, unlock new characters and vehicles. Wash, rinse, repeat. This time, the gameplay felt really tedious. Maybe the 11 years of the same gameplay is wearing down on me. Normally there is some humor included in the dialogue and cutscenes to help with the monotony of the gamplay. In Lego Avengers, they added humor in the cutscenes, but also included dialogue straight from the films. Boy, did I absolutely hate that. It stuck out like a sore thumb. I understand that they wanted to add dialogue because they were closely following the films. But it didn’t match up for me. I would prefer a sequel to Lego Marvel Superheroes with original story and dialogue instead of a straight copy of the movies. The graphics could also use some work. The color schemes felt a little off, especially in Manhattan. It looks like an ugly smoggy day compared to Lego Marvel Superheroes. The controls are mostly the same. For me, the flying has improved greatly. The driving still needs some improvement.
Lego Avengers on the Left; Lego Marvel Superheroes on the right – WHY IS LEGO AVENGERS SO BLEH??????????
After finishing the story, there are several ways to kill time. There are several side missions based on the films that you can complete. I recommend buying the $10 season pass. The DLC that is included is worth your time. There are a lot of great characters from Black Panther, Dr. Strange, and Agents of Shield in the season pass. You can also go through the open world Manhattan and stop crimes from happening and perform tasks to unlock characters and vehicles. Some of the characters are very obscure – there were several instances where my son yelled out “who’s that” when we unlocked them. I had to keep my sarcasm in check – “Why son, that is Cloud 9 and Beth the Waitress!!!! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.” He wasn’t very excited. The characters have improved combat moves and powers. Each character has a pretty devastating attack that they perform when you tap B at the correct time. You can also do power up moves between 2 characters.
I really do enjoy the Lego franchise. However, this game felt like a miss for me. The key to a successful Lego game is fun and humor – and it felt like they were missing. This month will bring another game to the franchise – Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Here’s hoping that Force Awakens brings back the fun that was missing in Lego Avengers.
Power Up Moves
Fun use of movie properties
Great for kids
Weird coloring in the Open World Manhattan
Same ol' puzzles like all the other games in the series
Lego humor is left out when using movie dialogue
Some obscure characters make an appearance