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New York.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes is one of those games that has a really complicated history. Looking back, it’s amazing it ever happened. Bare with me for a second. TT Games, the long time developer of the Lego series, is owned by Warner Bros. Warner Bros owns DC – the chief rival of Marvel.

Fans had been crying out for years for a Marvel Lego game but with it being complicated… fans gave out hope. But then out of the blue – BOOM! To everyone's amazement they announced Lego Marvel Super Heroes. Was it worth the wait?
Quote The Lego series has grown a reputation for having loads of playable characters in each literation, no matter how major or minor the characters. So let's get to some numbers: Lego Star Wars II has over 50 characters, Lego Batman 2 has over 70 characters and Lego Pirates of the Caribbean has over 75 characters. So how many do you think that Lego Marvel Super Heroes has? Keep reading to find out...

When it comes to the Marvel universe, it is a massive place. There are loads of different franchises at your disposal. So guess which ones TT Games decided to include in this game? ALL OF THEM! That's right. I can reveal the number – this game has over 140 characters! That's a staggering number. If you can name a franchise that’s not to obscure and fits the Lego universe, then it will be in Lego Marvel Super Heroes.

So which characters and franchises can you play as? Characters from Spider-Man, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Captain America, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy are here, along with loads more smaller series. These characters have loads of new powers which haven't been seen before in the Lego Series, including big figures like the Hulk, tiny powers like Ant-Man and shape-shifting powers like Mr Fantastic. If you think the character select screen looks big, remember that loads of these characters have multiple versions too!

This is one of the few times that all of these different Marvel franchises are under one roof. So it begs the question: what kind of story do you think we will get? You always get the impression that TT Games only choose projects that they are passionate about. You get this vibe with the story as they haven’t gone with the simple route of having, a Fantastic Four chapter, then an X-Men chapter etc.

This would of worked, but it would feel disconnected in a way. Because of having “free reign” on the story, the developer mixed things up with each of the 15 story levels. Each has a mixture of different characters and villains from different comic series. This keeps things fresh and gives a unique take on the Marvel universe.
[Lego Marvel]The Movie that every Marvel fan wish they could make...
I'll give you an example of two chapters: One you are playing as Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Hulk, while defeating Abomination (a Hulk villain) and Sandman. The other has Captain America and Mr Fantastic taking on Doc Ock. This is fantastic to play, as usually this kind of thing only happens in the comics. The whole story is fan service, with loads of good moments and dialogue between the characters. It’s TT Games version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has the added bonus of including X-Men and Fantastic Four!

Sounds good yea? It isn’t just the story and characters that are stuffed with Marvel references. Loads of famous Marvel locations are here for you visit. So you have Fantastic Four’s Baxter Building, the Daily Bugle and Oscorp from Spider-Man, Thor’s Asgard, the S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier and even Marvel HQ! This is scratching the surface of what you will encounter during the story. If you have seen the films and read some comics, you will appreciate the inclusion. There is also famous real world locations, including one significant one…

The Lego series has gone from strength to strength over the years, and one particular milestone was the explorable Gotham city from Lego Batman 2. This was the first time we had a fully free-roaming explorable location to explore. The city was full of unlockable characters, gold bricks and of course it had loads and loads of Lego.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes follows in it’s footsteps, but it improves upon it in every way. This time we get to explore a massive Lego version of New York City, which is a great choice as nearly all of Marvel's major characters are based in or around this great city. Along with puzzles to solve, new characters to collect and gold bricks to earn, the city also has new side-missions to play. These missions are quite varied, so the problem that plagued Spider-Man 2 from a decade ago doesn't crop up. It's an absolute joy to explore New York, and its great fun to unlock and collect everything you can get your hands on!


Closing Thoughts
Classic Classic
It was a surprise when Lego Marvel Super heroes was announced, but it was no surprise how the final game turned out, making it one of the best Lego games so far. If it can stand the test of time and beat the Star Wars-y feel of Lego Star Wars, or the scope of playing as the Justice League remains to be seen, but if you love the Lego series or comic books or not a big comic book fan or a big Lego fan, one thing is for certain – fans will love every minute of it!

My One Big Highlight
Spiderman This big highlight was easy: I've dreamed of webbing around the city as Spider-Man in the Lego world, and this game gave me just that. The first time swinging around new York as Spider-Man was extremely enjoyable and a defining moment in Lego series for me.
Elephant In the Room
elephantWhile the story, characters, locations, gameplay and everything is awesome, there is only one thing that lets Marvel Super Heroes down – the soundtrack. Because it’s not based off any movies or TV Shows, the soundtrack is composed by the in-house composer at TT Games. The result? It’s quite weak, with only a few good tracks. It’s does it’s job, and nothing more.