The story looks to be a brilliant amalgamation of several movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It follows the plots from The Avengers and The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and even takes moments from Captain America, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It is hard to say just exactly how these plots are going to be woven together but even simply the concept is commendable and intriguing.
The narrative is propelled and defined by the films, and even goes as far as taking important scripted moments scene by scene from the movies. Also the voices in the game will be reused from the movies instead of using its own voice actors like they did for the last game.
There is obviously going to be a great story mode to play through that follows the films closely, but the majority of your time will be spent in the expansive open world. Everywhere you go on the map there are events and activities to occupy your time including: time trials, missions, and randomly generated crime situations like car chases and muggings.
There is a massive character roster, not limited to the standard Avengers team. They are actually taken from more than just the movies and dip into the TV shows and deep into the comics to give you a chance to access the diverse make up of characters in the Marvel universe.
You have access to both obscure characters like Moon Knight and Devil Dinosaur, and major ones like Captain America and Hulk. As always it includes a hilarious and fun cameo by Stan Lee with a sort of Hulk Buster Suit that looks like a beefed up metallic version of Mr. Lee – he even starts typing on a typewriter when left idle for a period of time.
There will be over 100 new characters incorporated into this new game, and even the characters that have existed in previous Lego games will work differently in Lego Marvel’s Avengers with new, revamped powers and functionality.
In typical open world games you use vehicles as a means to traverse the map and make your way to mission destinations, and this game has plenty of that but there is nothing more thrilling than the characters themselves. Iron Man can blast off into the sky and soar across the map, the Hulk can leap the length of a football field and the height of a skyscraper, and Spiderman can sling webs and swing across town.
Lego Marvel’s Avengers gives you a massive city to explore, a game surrounding the Avengers and based on an enormous universe of superheroes and villains, filled with seemingly unending unlockables and quests. You are given uninhibited freedom to do whatever you want. They give you the building blocks to forge whatever experience you can imagine in its rich, detailed world.
It is a game that is meant for kids and that is made clear in some situations but for the most part it certainly could be enjoyed by anyone and everyone.