LEGO's highly anticipated LEGO Marvel Super Heroes game is now available on a variety of platforms, with LEGO fans and gamers once again invited to enter a familiar world recreated in LEGO bricks. This time, the game focuses on the large cast of Marvel super heroes popularized in recent blockbuster films, but the huge assortment of unlockable characters allows diehard comics fans to play their favorite heroes and villains, as well.
An open world section lets players run around New York City, which comes complete with smart-talking New Yorkers who complain about being pushed and make snide comments about the heroes they see in their midst. Players can commandeer cars in the city to drive about or use flying characters to reach rooftops and islands. The open world features hours of gameplay by itself, which increases the value of the overall game.
In story mode, players switch between a variety of characters to make their way through a huge plot that weaves together a diverse group of Marvel properties. Different levels require players to assume the identities of the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and Spider-Man, and every hero has a unique set of abilities and powers. In free play mode, unlocked characters allow players the opportunity to complete even more tasks, playing either as heroes or villains. One of the funniest fan service elements of the game is the quest to rescue Marvel icon Stan Lee in each level.
Other aspects of the game also highlight fan favorites. S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson acts as the glue that holds the game together, and the LEGO character is actually voiced by actor Clark Gregg, who has become hugely popular since his appearance in "The Avengers" and his starring role on the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." television series. Nick Fury also has a prominent role in the game, and his frequent schwarma jokes recall the humorous ending of "The Avengers," in which the heroes gather after the credits to eat the Middle Eastern dish. The game's sense of humor is one of its biggest attractions, with Thor, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Nick Fury, Ben Grimm, Loki, Wolverine, Hulk, and even S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Hill providing plenty of memorably amusing lines.
The game includes more than 100 characters from the Marvel universe, with both heroes and villains available to play in the open world and free play levels. Plenty of female characters are featured, with Storm, Jean Grey, Sue Storm, and Black Widow all appearing in story mode levels early on. More obscure characters will delight fans, although kids might not know what to make of Ant-Man, Captain Britain, Deadpool, Doctor Strange, or Howard the Duck (yes, seriously). Other notable characters include Emma Frost, Green Goblin, Venom, Elektra, The Punisher, Mystique, Mister Fantastic, and She-Hulk.
Those who have played previous LEGO games will find LEGO Marvel Super Heroes a welcome addition to the collection, while those who arrive as Marvel fans will enjoy the game's robust engagement with the comic book characters and their histories. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is available for Wii U, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo DS, PC, and other selected platforms. For even more LEGO fun, check out the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes website at lego.com to play games and browse tie-in construction sets featuring Marvel characters. You can even download a demo of the game.
Watch the video at the top of this article for a great interview with Stan Lee about his recurring role in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. The video also includes clips from the game.