The next major Wii U title is due out in four days. Every Wii U owner is wondering the answer to one simple question: Is this the game that will finally break the dry spell that has plagued us and our newly bought system during the first four months of life? The first reviews coming in from popular gaming web sites say yes.
So far the average review score of LEGO City Undercover on Metacritic.com is a resounding 79/100 with most reviews of the game being favorable. The website Cubed3 has even deemed the new Wii U title as "one of the highlights in the Nintendo Wii U software library to date" and a game that "blends together a large, compelling open world to explore with fun, suitably cheesy action sequences that can appeal to both young and old."
The game follows the story of the undercover police officer Chase McCain as he hunts down bad-guys and has a slew of disguises available at his disposal to help him lock them up. The game has been designed in a sandbox-style first made famous in games such as Grand Theft Auto. McCain can chase criminals on foot or use a variety of vehicles, including a helicopter, to accomplish his missions.
So does LEGO City Undercover offer an experience worth having on a home console with little else available to its owners? It is true that the game appeals more to the younger gamers with Wii Us in their houses, but that does not necessarily mean that older gamers will not be able to find something they enjoy about the game.
Edge Magazine's online review stated that the game was just so-so (they gave it a 50/100), but filled with enough humor to keep children and their parents entertained at least for a little while. They also state that scenes from popular movies such as The Matrix and The Dark Knight are parodied in the game, which is more than likely to warrant snickers among any of the adults in the room.
The LEGO games have always been about creating an experience that children can get lost into, while at the same time providing the option for mom, dad or an older sibling to step in and help as a second character. It allows a child and parent to bond over something as simple as teaming up to catch the bad-guy as two LEGO police officers in a world created just for their enjoyment. For this and this alone LEGO City Undercover will more likely than not be worth the asking price of $49.99.
If it's anything like any of the past LEGO video game experiences I have shared with my little cousin then parents need not look any further than LEGO City Undercover as their next must-have Wii U title.
LEGO City Undercover was developed by TT Fusion and will be available exclusively on the Wii U starting March 18th.